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As I have stated in my first posts of London pictures, a town you are visiting is characterised not only by its famous monuments and landmarks but also by the features you are in daily contact with and where you spend much of your time. According to this view the London underground is very representative of this huge city, not only because of its characteristic symbol which you find everywhere but mostly because London it’s unthinkable without its underground train system which allows you to move around at a reasonable speed and finally because it’s the place where – in the end – you find you have spent most of your time during your time there.

(From Wikipedia)

History

On 12 April 1869, the Metropolitan District Railway (MDR, now the District Line) opened tracks through Earl's Court as part of a south-westward extension from its station at Gloucester Road to West Brompton where the MDR opened an interchange with the West London Extension Joint Railway (WLEJR, now the West London Line). At its opening, the extension had no intermediate station.

The 1870s was a busy decade for the MDR. On 3 July 1871 the MDR opened a northward link from the West Brompton branch which connected to the Inner Circle (now the Circle Line) south of High Street Kensington. Shortly afterwards, on 30 October 1871, the MDR opened its first station at Earl's Court.
The original station was on the east side of Earls Court Road rather than the west. On 1 February 1872, the MDR opened a northbound branch west of Earl's Court station to the WLEJR which it connected to at Addison Road (now Kensington (Olympia)). From that date the "Outer Circle" service began running over the MDR's tracks. The service was run by the North London Railway (NLR) from its terminus at Broad Street (now demolished) in the City of London via the North London Line to Willesden Junction, then the West London Line to Addison Road and the MDR to Mansion House — at that time the eastern terminus of the MDR.

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