City & South London Railway "Padded Cell" coach No 30 - railway carriage

Opening in 1890, the City & South London Railway was the world's first Underground electric railway. The first trains to run in the Tube tunnels had no windows, as it was thought there would be nothing for passengers to see in the tunnels. When the train arrived at each station, the guards would shout the name of the place to let the passengers know where they were. During rush hour, up to 72 people packed into these carriages. Like tramcars, the trains had short boarding platforms with steel gates at each end. Inside, the seats were cushioned and had high backs, earning them the nickname 'padded cells'. They were in use until 1924.
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