The world’s first underground railway is the London Underground- The Tube which opened in 1863. Today there are 11 different lines and 270 stations. 4.8 million people ride on a daily basis. I had ridden on the Boston and Washington undergrounds but that didn’t prepare me at all for the London Underground.
We went on vacation in England in the summer of 2003 and spent a few days in London. We did a lot of walking but there were some places where the way to go was to get on The Tube. Most rides were uneventful and easy. The one that sticks in my mind is a late weekday afternoon when we were about 5 miles from the hotel. We went to get on and it was extremely busy and people were jammed into the trains. I am not talking about being crowded we were used to that but everyone was pushed up against each other. We took a look and decided to just walk. I used to wear a pedometer and kept track of how many steps I walked every day- that was a record day- 30,000 steps. It worked out well though saw a lot of London that we wouldn’t have seen by taking the underground.