From Flickr: “London Underground – Central line Loughton – Epping 150th anniversary poster – 24 April 2015” by mikeyashworth

April 23, 2015 Uncategorized

Tomorrow, Friday 24th April 2015 sees the 150th anniversary of the Loughton – Epping section of the Central line that opened on April 24th 1865! We shouldn’t forget that the line originally extended on to Ongar – the Underground, that took the branch over as part of the post-WW2 Central line extension programme and electrified it – closed the section beyond Epping on 30 September 1994. It has since been resurrected by the independent Epping Ongar Railway.

We’ve issued three posters to commemorate the event – these are copyright to London Underground – and I’m pleased with the results!

This image is from the cover of a c1910 Great Eastern Railway publicity guide taken from my own collection. The GER ran the railway until Grouping in 1923 when the branch became part of the LNER – finally, after a short interlude of being part of BR the whole line transferred to the Underground in the post-WW2 period.

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