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Opening of the Electric Railway by the Prince of Wales – King William Street Terminus, London, 4 November 1890

Illustrated London News | 8 November 1890

On 4 November 1890, the Prince of Wales opened the world’s first electric¬†underground railway at the King William Street Terminus in London.¬† The line ran from King William Street to Stockwell and, after its inauguration on 4 November 1890, it opened to the public the following month.

First electric railway route
Illustrated London News | 8 November 1890

Here is a contemporary newspaper story that reports on the grand opening.

Birmingham Daily Post 5 November 1890


First electric railway London
Illustrated London News | 8 November 1890



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