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Want to see what travelling on the Tube 150 years ago looked like?

It doesn't look particularly safe, but they seem to be having a nice time. Commuters waving their hats in the air as they pass Portland Road station during a trial trip on the London Metropolitan Underground railway in 1863. Picture: Hulton Archive/Getty Images It doesn't look particularly safe, but they seem to be having a nice time. Commuters waving their hats in the air as they pass Portland Road station during a trial trip on the London Metropolitan Underground railway in 1863. Picture: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
3:10 PM

It is nearly the end of London Underground’s anniversary celebrations, looking back at 150 years of subterranean transport in the capital.

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For modern-day Londoners it's probably impossible to comprehend quite how revolutionary seeing a train drive underneath the city must have been 150 years ago. Here, a Metropolitan train passes through Praed Street. Picture: Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesFor modern-day Londoners it's probably impossible to comprehend quite how revolutionary seeing a train drive underneath the city must have been 150 years ago. Here, a Metropolitan train passes through Praed Street. Picture: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

From the first Metropolitan Line trains and the pneumatic railway, to one of the busiest and most-connected subway systems in the world, it is an iconic part of the city’s history.

And to mark that, we trawled the archives to find some amazing photos of the first trial journeys beneath London, as the revolutionary new form of transport was launched in 1863.

We’ve also dug out some others from the Tube’s amazing history, and as you can see from the pictures, quite a lot has changed, and quite a lot hasn’t, which neatly highlights what makes travelling on the Underground both charming and deeply frustrating all these years later.

Check out the gallery below and let us know what are your favourite images from 150 years of the Tube, or contact us on Twitter @London24.

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