Central line

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The Central line is a London Underground line, coloured red on the tube map. It is a deep-level "tube" line, running east-west across London, and, at 76 km (47 mi), has the greatest total length of track of any line on the Underground.[1] Out of the 49 stations served, 20 are below ground. Overall, it is considered the 'Deep Level' line with the fastest trains on the London Underground Network, reaching 62mph (100km/h) after the 1992 Stock was rolled out. It is also the second busiest line on the Underground after the Northern line.



The beginnings

Although the Central London Railway (CLR) was incorporated in 1891 for a line between Shepherd's Bush and Bank (with an extension to Liverpool Street authorised in 1892) the time for completion had to be extended twice (1894, 1899); and it was not until 27 June 1900 that it was formally opened, a month before public traffic began to use the railway on 30 July to Bank station. The railway was initially operated by electric locomotives hauling a train of trailer cars. The distinctive station buildings, few of which survive, were designed by the architect Harry Bell Measures.

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