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History of the SubwayRails, underground tunnels, and a world of electric trains humming with life
Documenting rapid transit one subway station at a time
The subway, or metro, dates back to 1863 when the world's first rapid transit system, known as the Metropolitan Railway, debuted in London, England. The Metropolitan Railway still exists and forms part of the London Underground, or Tube, which serves 270 stations. Although the introduction of the Metropolitan Railway was an important advancement, the use of steam locomotives was eventually superseded by more efficient electric transit systems. In 1890, the first electric subway opened in London with the name City & South London Railway.
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