The first section of the London Underground opened today in 1863. How much do you know about the capital’s subterranean transport network?
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OK, so let’s start with that word subterranean. How much of the Underground is actually, you know, underground?
The first line – between Paddington and Farringdon – used gas-lit wooden carriages pulled by steam locomotives. Mmm, smoky. How many passengers used the service on the first day?
There are now 270 stations on the network, but some poor bastards still don’t have one anywhere near them. How many London boroughs are not served by a single tube stop?
And talk about top heavy. How many (or should that be few?) stations are found south of the Thames?
More than 98 million passengers a year used London Underground’s busiest station in 2014. What is it, so we can avoid it?
Which was the first Underground line to intersect with all the others?
During the Second World War, which disused station provided an emergency shelter for Winston Churchill and his war Cabinet while they waited for the Cabinet War rooms to be built?
Talking of the war, which US TV host was born in East Finchley tube station in 1944 during an air raid?
Artist Abram Games created some truly splendid posters for the London Underground. But at which tube station do you find his tiled swan mosaic?
The Victoria line opened in the 1960s and was named after Victoria Station. But what was the first (frankly much more exciting) choice for its name?