The construction of the Metropolitan District Railway; c.1866

Henry Flather

The construction of the Metropolitan District Railway; c.1866
3 0 c m
actual image size: 27cm x 22cm

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This construction is taking place near South Kensington Station, showing the completed tunnel arch in the distance and internal spoil waiting to be removed. In the foreground is the excavation for cutting the walls and a steam locomotive with a large workforce. From a series of 64 photographs taken in the late 1860s by Henry Flather to document the construction of the underground Metropolitan District Railway from Paddington to Blackfriars via Kensington, Westminster and the new Victoria Embankment. Construction was by the 'cut-and-cover' method used to build the first underground railways before the development of the tunneling shield by James Henry Greathead . The first tunneled, or 'tube', railway in London was the City & South London Line, which opened in 1890

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1866 AD - 1869 AD
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© Museum of London

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