Secret London Underground subways are being opened to the public for the first time in a century. A new tour as part of the London Transport Museum’s ‘Hidden London’ series, is giving visitors the chance to look inside Shepherd’s Bush Underground station.
The Central Line station opened in 1900 but closed just 24 years later. However, its shut-off network of tunnels and platforms has been perfectly preserved underneath Shepherd’s Bush bus station.
Before it closed, the station was a crucial link between west London and the City as part of the Central Line, the third deep Tube railway to be built in London.
According to Siddy Holloway, presenter of the Secrets of the Underground TV series: “Pretty soon after the Central Line opened in 1900, it started to get a reputation for being stuffy and smelly.
“That has always been a problem with the deep-level lines. It’s nothing new, and they tried everything to stop it. Shepherd’s Bush was really the first bustling commuter station from the suburbs, and that certainly played a part.”
The tour is a chance to visit one of the best examples of the original Central Line and learn about its history. Guides will also explain how engineers cooled down passengers in the heat of the deep underground tunnels and how its ticketing system was a precursor to the Oyster card.
The 70-minute Shepherd’s Bush: Suburbs to the City
, tour takes place on selected dates in October and costs £44 per person.
In an alternative tour, you can explore the labyrinthine tunnels beneath Euston station
, with their gallery of preserved vintage advertising posters concealed for over 50 years.
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