|BC458M||150th Anniversary of the London Underground Miniature Sheet, unsigned (not carried)||£20.00||Buy Now|
|BC458MC||150th Anniversary of the London Underground Miniature Sheet carried cover (unsigned)||£25.00||Buy Now|
|BC458MCS||150th Anniversary of the London Underground Miniature Sheet carried cover, signed Mark Cole||£35.00||Buy Now|
|BC458MS||150th Anniversary of the London Underground Miniature Sheet, carried and signed by Derek Smith||£35.00||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 09/01/2013
Issue Name: 150th Anniversary of the London Undergrouind Miniature Sheet
Producer: Buckingham Covers
On the 10th January 1863 the world's first underground train ran between Paddington and Farringdon on the Metropolitan railway. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground we have produced this stunning cover. It features 4 stamps in the London Underground miniature sheet - which feature iconic posters, along with our Farringdon, London EC1 postmark, and is available signed by train driver Derek Smith or Mark Cole.
The London Underground - 'Mind The Gap'
Shortly after 1.00 p.m. on 9 January 1863 the inaugural train of the world’s first underground railway pulled out of Paddington station to begin a 3½ mile journey under the capital’s streets and into the history books. The ground-breaking line had been built and financed by a private company, the Metropolitan Railway, to link the mainline stations at Paddington, Euston and King’s Cross with the business district of central London. One newspaper called it “the most stupendous engineering undertaking yet achieved in the railway world".
As London Underground, now the oldest and busiest network in the world, celebrates 150 years of carrying passengers speedily across London, it can pride itself that its safety record is better than all the other systems of similar age across the world and better than some more modern systems.
Operating such a complex network built over 150 years affects both passengers and those who operate and maintain the Underground. Because some platforms on the Underground are curved and the rolling stock that uses them are straight, an unsafe gap is created when a straight car stops at a curved platform. In the absence of a device to automatically fill the gap some form of visual and auditory warning was needed to prevent passengers from being caught unaware and suffering injury by stepping into the wide gap. The phrase Mind the gap was introduced in 1969 for this purpose and can be found painted along the edges of curved platforms as well as via a recorded announcement played when a train arrives.
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Derek Smith joined London Transport, as it was then known in 1968, as an apprentice and worked in various departments including signal cabins and signal control rooms as well as various depots to gain work experience before deciding in which department his career should begin.
Mark Cole applied to become an Apprentice in Railway Operations with London Underground and was successful in getting the post. His railway career began in 1991.