L U R S London Underground Railway Society
THE LONDON UNDERGROUND SYSTEM
London’s underground railway system is the oldest in the world, the very first section having been opened
between Farringdon & Paddington stations in 1863 by the Metropolitan Railway.
Ever since those historical early days of choking steam operation, there has been almost continuous
development and expansion of the system, including electrification, deep level tube line construction and
extensions, amalgamation of the original companies, through to the latest computerized signaling systems,
allowing the automatically driven trains of today.
With the recent major upgrade projects on the Jubilee, Northern and Victoria lines having now been fully
completed, with automatically driven trains now operating on all three lines, there is also a new fleet of air
conditioned “S” Stock trains, which are now operating in 7 car formation on the Hammersmith & City and
Circle lines, as well as on the far reaching Metropolitan Line in 8 car units. Deliveries of which are currently
continuing on the District Line, to eventually replace the D78 stock trains that are currently in service.
Construction on the long awaited east-to-west Crossrail major project is also now well underway.
Although the system is now so extensive, and perhaps complex, there are still numerous reminders of the
wonderful heritage and history, and fortunately, due to London Underground’s long established pride in its
history a great deal of interesting data and information is available.
THE LONDON UNDERGROUND RAILWAY SOCIETY
The London Underground Railway Society (LURS) exists to study all aspects of Transport for London’s
metro railways, - past, present and future. Including LUL, London Overground, The Docklands Light Railway
and Croydon Tramlink, as well as the relevant sections of London’s Network Rail, and the now long disused
Post Office Railway. Additionally, including some long forgotten and bizarre ones, in addition to the main
London Underground system.
The LURS was formed back in 1961, and since that time interest in us, & membership numbers have grown
steadily each year.
We hold a monthly meeting, which is held during the evening on the second Tuesday of the month, at an
easily accessible venue which is located in Central London. This usually taking the form of an illustrated talk
by a specialist speaker, on a relevant topic. Further details of which can be found on the “Meetings” page of
Another interest covered is modelling. The Society has available information for modelers of London
Underground, including some scale drawings, and lists of suppliers of kits & spare parts.
To keep members informed, the LURS publishes “Underground News” every month.
This fully illustrated journal is intended to keep members abreast of events on London's Underground and of
LURS activities, together with short articles on various relevant subjects.
“Underground News” is in A5 format and normally contains at least 52 pages plus colour covers.
Click on a year If you wish to view some articles from:
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 (articles are in PDF format).
Membership runs from January to December each year, but those joining on or after 1st July in any year,
may do so for the half year at reduced rate.
New members receive the Underground News backdated to January or July as appropriate.
If, having read this brief description of the LURS, you feel you would like to join us, please click on the
Membership page HERE or fill in the membership form(pdf) on that page.
The London Underground Railway Society is not part of, or associated with,Transport for London, London
Underground Ltd or any other company.