|BC458AC||Celebrating 150 Years of the London Underground Stamps from the M/S, carried cover (unsigned)||£20.00||Buy Now|
|BC458A||150 Years of the London Underground Stamps from the Miniature Sheet, unsigned (not carried)||£25.00||Limited Availability|
|BC458ACS||150 Years of the London Underground Stamps from the M/S carried cover signed Ian Blake||£30.00||Buy Now|
|BC458AS||Celebrating 150 Years of the London Underground Stamps from the M/S signed Derek Smith||£35.00||Limited Availability|
|BC458AS2||150 Years London Underground Stamps from the M/S, carried and signed by Ian Blake & Derek Smith||£45.00||Buy Now|
|BC458AC2||150 Years of the London Underground Stamps from the M/S carried on the Sarah Siddon (unsigned)||£20.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 09/01/2013
Issue Name: 150 Years of the London Underground Stamps from the M/S
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 the 4 stamps torn from the miniature sheet which feature iconic posters, along with a London postmark and is available signed by train driver Derek Smith or Ian Blake.
The London Underground - A Short History
In 1855 an Act of Parliament was passed approving the construction of an underground railway between Paddington Station and Farringdon Street via King's Cross which was to be called the Metropolitan Railway. The Great Western Railway gave financial backing to the project when it was agreed that a junction would be built linking the underground railway with its mainline terminus at Paddington. The GWR also agreed to design special trains for the new subterranean railway.
Lack of money delayed construction for several years. Charles Pearson, Solicitor to the City of London Corporation at the time, wanted to replace the slums with new housing in the suburbs. The new railway would provide transport to work in the city centre. Although he was never directly involved in the running of the Metropolitan Railway, Pearson is widely regarded as one of the earliest visionaries for underground railways. In 1859, Pearson persuaded the City of London Corporation to help fund the scheme. Work finally began in February 1860, under the guidance of chief engineer John Fowler. Pearson died before the work was completed.
The Metropolitan Railway first ran on 9th January 1863 and opened to the public a day later on 10 January. Within a few months it was carrying over 26,000 passengers a day. The Hammersmith and City Railway opened on 13 June 1864 between Hammersmith and Paddington.
The early underground was a huge engineering achievement and very well used, but had one big disadvantage. Its steam locomotives created a permanent sulphurous fug in the stations and tunnels. The only surviving steam engine from the 1860s, Metropolitan number 23, is on display in the London Transport Museum.
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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.
Ian Blake started his career with London Transport at the tender age of 18 on the 6th of May 1980 as a Bus Conductor at Mortlake Garage in SW London.