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London's underground railway system is the oldest in the world, the very first section having been opened between Farringdon & Paddington stations in January 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 numerous extensions, amalgamation of the original companies, progressing through to the latest computerised signalling systems, allowing the high frequency automatically driven trains of today.

With the major upgrade projects on the Jubilee, Northern and Victoria lines having now been fully completed, there are now fully automatically driven trains now operating on all three lines. There is also a fleet of air conditioned S Stock trains, which are now operating in 7 car formation on the District, Hammersmith & City and Circle lines, as well as on the far reaching Metropolitan Line out to Amersham, Chesham, Uxbridge and Watford in 8 car units. Deliveries of the fleet of S7 trains for the District Line have now been fully completed, and they have totally replaced the former venerable D78 stock trains that have now finally finished operational service.

Construction of the new and long-awaited Elizabeth Line, formerly known as Crossrail, has now been completed, with through running of trains as a TfL service, between Heathrow Airport and Reading in the west, through Central London via Paddington and Liverpool Street, to both Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east which commenced from November 2022.

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 heritage & history, a great deal of fascinating and interesting data and information is available.

The London Underground Railway Society (LURS) exists to study all aspects of Transport for London's metro railways, - past, present and future. Including London Underground Limited, London Overground, The Docklands Light Railway and Croydon Tramlink, as well as the relevant sections of London's National Rail Network, and the now long disused Post Office Railway. Additionally, including some long forgotten and perhaps bizarre ones, in addition to the main London Underground system.

The LURS was formed back in November 1961, and since that time interest in us, and our membership have grown steadily each year.

We hold a bi-monthly (every two months) meeting, which is held during the evening, usually on the second Tuesday of the month, at an easily accessible venue which is located in Central London. This usually involves 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 this website.

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 our members fully informed, the LURS publishes Underground News every month. This fully illustrated journal is intended to keep readers abreast of events on London's Underground and of LURS activities, together with articles on various interesting and relevant subjects. Underground News is in A5 format and normally contains at least 52 pages plus colour covers, with usually, three larger editions each year.


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 will receive copies of Underground News magazine backdated to January or July as appropriate. If, having read this brief description of the LURS, you feel you would like to join us, then please go to the Membership page, and complete the online form, and you can make payment electronically, or, fill in the downloadable and printable membership application form (pdf) on that page, and send it to us. 

The London Underground Railway Society is not part of, or officially associated with, Transport for London, London Underground Ltd or any other company.
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