THE LONDON UNDERGROUND SYSTEM
London's underground railway system is the oldest in the world, the first section having been opened
between Paddington and Farringdon in 1863 by the Metropolitan Railway.
Ever since those days of choking, steam operation, there has been almost continuous expansion and
development of the system; from electrification, tube line construction and amalgamation, to the automatically
driven operation of both the Victoria and Central Lines, computerised signalling, and the “driverless” Docklands
Now, the work on both the Jubilee and Victoria Lines major signalling upgrade projects is nearing completion,
and brand new fleets of trains are imminent on all four of the Sub-Surface lines and also on
the Victoria Line.
Construction work on the long awaited Crossrail project has now finally commenced.
The system is so extensive that there are still numerous reminders of the past to be seen and, due to London
Underground's long established pride in its history, a great deal of interesting data is available.
THE LONDON UNDERGROUND RAILWAY SOCIETY
The London Underground Railway Society exists to study all aspects of London's underground railways - past,
present and future, including the Post Office Railway, the Docklands Light Railway, relevant sections of the
London Overground and the national rail network, and including some long forgotten and bizarre ones in
addition to the main system. The LURS was founded in 1961, and has been growing ever since.
A monthly meeting is held on the second Tuesday of each month, usually taking the form of an illustrated talk by
a specialist speaker.
Another interest covered is modelling. The Society has available information for modellers of London
Underground including scale drawings and lists of suppliers of kits and 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.
If you wish to view some articles from 2006 to 2012 click HERE (articles are in PDF format).
Full membership is available to all 16 years & over. To those between 12 and 15 years of age, the Society offers
Associate Membership at a reduced rate, but with restrictions on participation in certain visits because of safety
requirements of our hosts. Membership runs from January to December each year, but those joining on or after
1 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 link HERE or fill in the membership application form (PDF).
The London Underground Railway Society is not part of, or associated with,Transport for London, London
Underground Ltd, Metronet Rail BCV Ltd, Metronet Rail SSL Ltd, Tube Lines Ltd, or any other company.