The streets of London were thick with people and horses in 1863. On “the Line,” 120 trains hauled 40, 000 passengers to and from the suburbs everyday, but there was something radical coming: trains that ran underground and would be called “the Tube.”
For 151 years the Tube has served Londoners well, not only as a mode of transportation, but also as a shelter during the Blitz of World War II. Today the Tube is still a marvel of politeness and cleanliness; there are no “Pushers” cramming people into the cars, as there are in Japan. However, it only places in the middle of a poll of “Best Subways” worldwide.
Steve Maskell photographed a train leaving the Bond Street Station in London.