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  Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Rayners Lane tube station
The station is on the Uxbridge branch of both the Metropolitan Line, between Eastcote and West Harrow stations, and the Piccadilly Line, between Eastcote and South Harrow stations.
The Metropolitan Railway (Harrow & Uxbridge Railway) constructed the line between Harrow on the Hill and Uxbridge and commenced services on 4 July 1904 with, initially, Ruislip being the only intermediate stop.
On 1 March 1910, an extension of the District Line was opened from South Harrow to connect with the Metropolitan Railway at Rayners Lane junction east of the station enabling District Line trains to serve stations between Rayners Lane and Uxbridge from that date.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Rayners_Lane_tube_station   (442 words)

  UITP - Metropolitan Railways Division
The Metropolitan Railways Division is the UITP members' forum for metropolitan railway operators, for professional discussions on all issues regarding the planning, financing, construction, operation and management of metropolitan railway systems.
The Metropolitan Railways Committee shall inform the Metropolitan Railways Assembly on on-going developments in the industry, on its current themes studied and on the position papers prepared by the Committee and submitted for discussion and approval to the Policy Board.
The Metropolitan Railways Assembly nominates the members of the Metropolitan Railways Committee, in agreement with the UITP General Secretariat and the Committee Chairperson.
www.uitp.com /about/comdiv/metro/index1.htm   (427 words)

 Victorian London - Transport - Railways, Underground - Opening of (Metropolitan Railway)
Yesterday the Metropolitan (underground) Railway was opened to the public, and many thousands were enabled to indulge their curiosity in reference to this mode of travelling under the streets of the metropolis.
The trains commenced running as early as six o'clock in the morning from the Paddington (Bishop's-road) station, and the Farringdon-street terminus, in order to accommodate workmen, and there was a goodly muster of that class of the public, who availed themselves of the advantages of the line in reaching their respective places of employment.
The Metropolitan Railway was fairly opened to the public on the 10th inst.
www.victorianlondon.org /transport/opening.htm   (1076 words)

 Casebook: Jack the Ripper - The Birth of London's Underground
The Metropolitan engines burned coke, which is clean but gives off poisonous fumes, and after abortive trials with additional ventilators at the stations, the railway went over to coal, with the immediate result of an extremely smoky atmosphere.
The Metropolitan favoured the Ganz system of high-tension alternating current, which was to be generated at 11-12,000V and stepped down by static transformers to 3,000V, at which pressure it was to be transferred to overhead copper wire conductors.
The controlling group of shareholders of the District Railway stock had turned to him for financial help, and their negotiations resulted in the formation of the Metropolitan District Electric Traction Co. Ltd, a move which improved the District's financial position and gave it equal bargaining powers with the Metropolitan Railway.
www.casebook.org /victorian_london/tubes.html   (2566 words)

 The Times Report of the Opening of the Metropolitan Railway
He did not care what the railway cost, or what difficulties had to be encountered in its construction, if they had only a sufficient population to employ it; and in that respect it could certainly not be denied that they had all the elements of success for the Metropolitan Railway.
Nay, further, it became evident by the operations and proposals of a vigorous young railway company, the London, Chatham, and Dover, that the Metropolitan was also destined to become a link in a great chain of communication from the railways on the north of the River Thames to those on the south.
This change in this position of the Metropolitan Railway, brought about chiefly by railway development generally in the country, added greatly to its value as a property, and, at the same time, made it necessary that I should reconsider the system of traction to be employed upon it.
mateengreenway.com /steampunk/MetropolitanRailway.htm   (3005 words)

  CULG - Metropolitan Line
For the early history of the Metropolitan Railway, and the entire history of the section from Aldgate to Baker Street, see the Hammersmith and City Line.
The origin of the Metropolitan Main Line was the Metropolitan and St. John's Wood Railway, a branch from Baker Street to tap the northern part of Paddington.
Traffic on the Metropolitan was heavy enough that it was quadrupled from Finchley Road to Kilburn in 1913, Wembley Park in 1915, Harrow in 1932, Northwood Hills in 1961, and Croxleyhall Junction (north of Moor Park) in 1962.
www.davros.org /rail/culg/metropolitan.html   (2538 words)

  Online Etymology Dictionary
Noun sense of "underground railway" is from 1887 (phrase underground railway itself is attested from 1834).
The sense of "underground railway in a city" is first recorded 1893, in ref. to Boston.
The railway sense of "transverse sleeper" is from 1857, Amer.Eng.
www.etymonline.com /index.php?search=railway   (2082 words)

  Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for Railway
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www.encyclopedia.com /SearchResults.aspx?Q=Railway&StartAt=41   (691 words)

 Definition of Metropolitan Railway
The Metropolitan Railway Company began construction in February 1860 on a line from Paddington to King's Cross and thence to Farringdon Road in the City of London.
It was extended to Hammersmith in 1864 and Moorgate in 1865, with plans being laid for a circular underground railway to encompass all of central London north of the River Thames.
The Metropolitan Railway was taken over by the London Passenger Transport Board in 1933, becoming the Metropolitan Line of the London Underground.
www.wordiq.com /definition/Metropolitan_Railway   (1289 words)

 Growth of London's Transport
First, the railway entered London as a means of communication with the rest of Great Britain ; then the suburban network began to be created ; afterwards came the underground railway as a purely short-distance means of communication.
The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway was at the time using the South Eastern's Cannon Street as an auxiliary terminus, and this station was served also by the London and North Western Railway, while both the Great Western and the North Western used Victoria.
Railway passengers were often obliged to choose between the "excessively circuitous" routes or none.
mikes.railhistory.railfan.net /r054.html   (3157 words)

This railway was built on the cut and cover principle, which involved excavating a trench some eight to ten metres down, laying the tracks, bricking over the tunnels and restoring the surface.
Opened in January 1863 by the Metropolitan Railway Company, this was the first line anywhere in the world built in tunnels under urban streets.
However, steam-hauled trains still run on the Metropolitan Line at special annual events, usually held in May or June, when the general public can enjoy the exhilaration of travelling behind a steam engine as it tackles the gradients of the Chilterns.
www.uni-duesseldorf.de /WWW/fjks/klassen/London/Metropolitan.htm   (1479 words)

 NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Metropolitan Street Railway also assumed the leases which had been held by the Houston West Street & Pavonia Ferry Railroad Co. In the previous year, the Metropolitan Traction Co. of New York was incorporated as a holding company for the Metropolitan Street Railway.
In 1901, the Interurban Street Railway was incorporated, and in 1902 began leasing the Metropolitan Street Railway.
In 1925, New York Railways was acquired as a subsidiary of the Fifth Avenue Coach Co., which was already operating buses in Manhattan.
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 Signal Boxes of the Metropolitan Railway
The Metropolitan was fully signalled from its inception in 1863; early structures appear to have been of both contractors' and company designs.
From 1887, the Metropolitan introduced an attractive design for their signal boxes, clearly based on Saxby and Farmer's 1876 design.
Although that company's boxes were attractive enough in themselves, the Metropolitan applied diagonal timbering (corresponding with their standard fencing) which gave them an almost oriental look.
www.signalbox.org /gallery/met.htm   (128 words)

 Roxey Mouldings / Metropolitan Railway
The Metropolitan Railway built large numbers of eight wheeled carriages for all of their steam hauled services.
Many were scrapped, at least 22 were sold to French light railways, 10 were sold to the BPGVR in Wales and 76 were retained by the Metropolitan.
The largest batch, of eighteen, was sold to the Isle of Wight Railway in 1914.
www.roxeymouldings.co.uk /metropolitanrailway.htm   (407 words)

 Line facts | Transport for London
In 1932, the Metropolitan opened yet another new branch, from Wembley Park to Stanmore (although after only seven years this became part of the Bakerloo line which simultaneously took over the Metropolitan's stopping service between Finchley Road and Wembley Park,allowing Metropolitan trains to run non-stop between these two stations).
However, steam-hauled trains still run on the Metropolitan line at special annual events, usually held in May or June, when the general public can enjoy the exhilaration of travelling behind a steam engine as it tackles the gradients of the Chilterns.
Although today's Metropolitan line had its origins in the world's first Underground railway, in fact only 9.7km (six miles) out of the line's 66.7 km (41.5 miles) are actually under ground.
www.tfl.gov.uk /tfl/corporate/modesoftransport/tube/linefacts/?line=metropolitan   (0 words)

 The London Underground
As the railway companies surveyed the land which would be necessary for the completion of their lines, they gave little or no thought to what would happen to the people living in the tenements they planned to knock down.
Stevenson's famous poem "From a Railway Carriage" is another example: "All of the sights of the hill and the plain, fly as thick as driving rain, and ever again in the wink of an eye, painted stations whistle by." <16> The railways also appeared in literature in a negative light.
Because of the huge injustice done to the poor in the construction of the railway, the return rate for the workers was lowered to 3 d.
www.loyno.edu /~history/journal/1989-0/ladart.htm   (2676 words)

 London railways
But for a further period (indeed beyond the end of steam on British Railways) some steam locomotives remained, and until the 1930s some passenger services were still worked by steam on the Metropolitan line (the Metropolitan Railway had ambitions to be a Mainline railway).
Metropolitan Railway experiments: Beyer-Peacock 4-4-0T fitted with Holden apparatus in 1898 and H class 4-4-4T No. 108 fitted with Scarab appartus in 1921 - as were two boilers at Neasden power station.
In Nottingham Victoria area the Metropolitan Railway 4-4-4Ts were known as 'Luftwaffes' and were considered to have difficult steam brakes and an unusual form of Walschaerts valve gear.
www.steamindex.com /locotype/londloco.htm   (2725 words)

 History of the Great Central Railway
The Great Central Railway had its beginnings in a much smaller railway, the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire, which was incorporated in 1846 from three yet smaller companies.
Private motor competition began to have a serious effect on the railways in the 1950s and in a climate of reduction of services, the "London Extension" was a natural target as it cut across new administrative boundaries, and all its major centres were served by other lines.
Today's Great Central Railway represents a wider spectrum, in terms of preservation, than the original Great Central, but many reminders of the old company are to be found along the line, and in the small exhibits museum at Loughborough.
www.gcrailway.co.uk /more/history.htm   (511 words)

 Thomas Parker
Yesterday an important stage was reached in the scheme which has been adopted by the Metropolitan Railway Company for substituting electricity for steam on their line, so much of which runs underneath London.
The District Railway Company were also about to electrify their line and it was in everyone's interest for the two companies to adopt the same system.
Alfred Lyttleton, K.C., M.P., as arbiter between the Metropolitan District Railway Companies on the question of the system to be adopted for the establishment of electric traction on the railways of the two companies.
www.localhistory.scit.wlv.ac.uk /genealogy/Parker/MetRailway.htm   (1837 words)

 Tubeprune's LU History Page
This was the Metropolitan District Railway, usually referred to as the District.
The Metropolitan service to Aylesbury began in 1892 and this centenary was celebrated during 1992 with special, steam-hauled services being operated over the line with privately preserved locomotives.
The opening of the CLR threatened the Metropolitan Railway's traffic along the northern half of the Circle and the District's along the southern half and encouraged both railways to get together to electrify their lines.
www.trainweb.org /tubeprune/history.htm   (3527 words)

 LURS home
London's underground railway system is the oldest in the world, the first section having been opened between Paddington and Farringdon in 1863 by the Metropolitan Railway.
The system is so extensive that there are still numerous reminders of the past to be seen and, due to London Underground's long established pride in its history, a great deal of interesting data is available, both published and unpublished.
The London Underground Railway Society exists to study all aspects of London's underground railways - past, present and future, including the Post Office Railway, the Docklands Light Railway, relevant sections of the national rail network and some long forgotten and bizarre ones in addition to the main system.
www.lurs.org.uk   (456 words)

 CULG - Hammersmith & City Line
The Great Northern Railway had just been opened, using a temporary station at or near the present site of King's Cross, and the plan was for an underground line of 8 tracks from there southeast, under a newly built road, to a large station complex at more or less the present Farringdon station.
In 1877 the Metropolitan introduced a service from Aldgate to Richmond over this route in response to the extension of the District over the LSWR; this was jointly operated by the GWR from 1894.
The Metropolitan service ended in 1906, after which the GWR changed its service to run from Ladbroke Grove to Richmond; this continued until the end of 1910, when the connection was removed.
www.davros.org /rail/culg/hammersmith.html   (0 words)

 Wyandotte County, Kansas History - Ch. XXVIII, pt. 2
The present system of street railway lines, embracing about thirty miles of double track operated by electricity of an assessed value of about $4,000,000, had its beginning with the old mule car lines in the seventies that were built by Dr. George B. Wood, Luther Wood, Byron Judd and a few other citizens.
In 1902 the Kansas City-Leavenworth Railway Company was organized by a company of Cleveland capitalists to construct an interurban railway between Kansas City, Kansas, and Leavenworth.
The right-of-way had previously been obtained and while the railway was building a franchise was granted by the mayor and council for an entrance to the city from Chelsea Park to Fourth street and state avenue.
skyways.lib.ks.us /genweb/archives/wyandott/history/1911/volume1/335.html   (2724 words)

 Metropolitan Railway Carriage Restoration: BASH Home Page   (Site not responding. Last check: )
BASH was a section of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society dedicated to the restoration of the Bluebell's Ashbury-built Metropolitan Railway Coaches.
This, along with a Metropolitan Railway steam loco, electric loco and milk van, is preserved in the London Transport Museum, who have been very helpful to us.
Three later Metropolitan Railway Coaches are preserved by the Vintage Carriages Trust, and occasionally run on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, and an example of the more modern "T-Stock" is preserved on the Spa Valley Railway.
www.bluebell-railway.co.uk /bluebell/bash/index.html   (723 words)

 From omnibus to ecobus, 1851-1875, 2nd page   (Site not responding. Last check: )
One strong supporter of the underground railway scheme was Charles Pearson (1793-1862), who was the solicitor to the City of London.
Another legacy of Charles Pearson's devotion to underground railways and campaigning for provisions for workers was the introduction of cheap fares on the Metropolitan Railway in May 1864.
The first section of the Metropolitan District Railway opened in 1868 (from South Kensington to Westminster), but due to rivalry between the Metropolitan and District companies and the very high cost of building through the City (the link from Mansion House to Aldgate), the Inner Circle itself was not completed until 1884.
www.ltmuseum.co.uk /learning/online_resources/ecobus_omnibus/pg/1851a.htm   (679 words)

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