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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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