In this production, we trace the story of the Northern Line, from the opening of the 'City and South London Railway' in 1890. Using stills and archive film, kindly supplied by London's Transport Museum, we see the CS&L Railway's distinctive rolling stock being pulled by diminutive electric locomotives. The massive task of enlarging the original tunnels, to take standard size tube rolling stock, is featured. The story covers 'The Hampstead Tube', and the various extensions and links that were built to create today's line. The isolated 'Great Northern & City Railway', between Moorgate and Finsbury Park, became part of the Northern Line in 1939, and is seen in operation in its latter days.
The wide variety of rolling stock that has operated on the line is seen, together with 1995 stock under construction at the Alstom factory in Birmingham. The remainder of the programme gives detailed coverage of the present day scene, including interesting aspects of infrastructure and station architecture.
Duration 109 minutes