Photographer's Note

Todays more visited cathedrals in the UK are the railway terminii.
Squeaky clean with an almost a religious fanaticism these are a melting pot of people from around the world.
Infact they are the common world religion everyone dreams of!!
Initially, the railways catered mainly for the middle classes, but from the 1860s Parliament stipulated that railway companies must run special cheap workmen’s trains to ensure that the working classes could relocate from the old central slums to new and affordable housing being built up particularly to London’s north-east and east around Tottenham, Poplar, and West Ham. The ability of the working classes to travel considerable distances to work was also enhanced from about 1860 by horse-drawn trams.

The greatest revolution lay in the underground railway, beginning in the 1860s with the Metropolitan Line between Paddington and Farringdon, and followed by the Circle and District lines. Initially these were shallow tunnels built on a “cut-and-cover system”, with carriages hauled by steam locomotives. It was only with the coming of efficient electric traction in the 1890s that a deep tube system became feasible—the Northern and Central lines were constructed first, and then, in the 20th century, the Piccadilly Line followed. Underground railways proved crucial in getting commuters and shoppers rapidly into the very heart of London without further contributing to the traffic jams that had become all too common.

This picture tribute to mechanical engineering and its marriage with art.

However I must add...I missed the smells and the beggars that form a sub culture of every Indian railway platform !!!
You can take the man out of India but you can't take India out of this man !

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Additional Photos by Vijay Parmar (ttmountainman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 24 N: 662] (2279)
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