Tube Map Walks: District and Piccadilly
District and Piccadilly
Today was the turn of the south west section of the District line. Starting on the Richmond branch, the route headed north across the river to join the main section, a slight detour took in the Kensington (Olympia) branch, before heading back south of the river to finish on the Wimbledon branch.
The District line started in 1864 when the Metropolitan District Railway (commonly known as the District Railway) was created to form an underground 'inner circle' connecting London's railway termini. The first part of the line opened using the Metropolitan Railway's gas-lit wooden carriages hauled by steam locomotives before introducing its own trains in 1871.
Distance: around 15 miles.