The lift whizzes you up to Level 2 and back to 1800, where London’s transport history is told through song, statistics, film, and life-sized original transport. Politics and equal ops also get a look-in. You know about turnpikes, tolls and trolleybuses, but how about ‘crossing sweepers’, and the origin of the word ‘Hackney’ (it’s French)? Rooms devoted to design include one themed on Harry Beck, the originator of today’s Underground map, and another detailing the latest Elizabeth line. Kids love the simulators and the All Aboard area. Highlights are a steam train from 1863, and a digital display of the Underground map, with stations appearing as the years run from 1862 to now; who knew that there was once a Post Office station (now St Paul’s)? Regular exhibitions, such as the recent 'Poster Girls', revealing the women behind some of the best poster designs, are included in the ticket price.
London Transport MuseumAll aboard for the story of London’s transport system
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