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‘Tube 150’ film celebrates role of civil engineers

More than 8,000 people have tuned into a special film celebrating the 150 year history of London’s Tube network.

The Engineering the London Underground film, produced by ICE London in collaboration with the London Transport Museum and Transport for London (TfL), highlights the important role that civil engineers played in delivering one of the world’s first and busiest transport networks.

It features photographs and footage from the ICE, the British Film Institute, Crossrail, the National Media Museum and TfL and explains the Tube’s history. Footage includes the period of reconstruction following the Second World War, the introduction of the world’s first computer controlled underground railway on the Victoria Line, and the construction of the Jubilee Line. It also looks to the Tube’s future.

First showing

The film was first shown at a careers event at the Central Foundation Girls School in Bow, during Tomorrow’s Engineers week - a joint initiative between the industry and the government aimed at changing outdated perceptions of engineering careers among young people.

“It’s impossible to imagine London without a Tube system, yet it’s thanks to those intrepid pioneers of the 19th century that the ‘impossible’ was achieved,” said ICE London Director Miranda Housden.

“The Engineering the London Underground film showcases and celebrates the role that civil engineers play in the daily life of Londoners and also the millions of visitors that come to see the city every year. We hope this film will inspire the next generation to see engineering as an exciting and diverse career; one that can quite literally shape the world in which we live,” she added.

London Underground capital programmes director David Waboso said: “Engineers have played a vital part in building, maintaining and renewing the Tube, and the next generation of talented young engineers is very much needed if our capital is to retain its status as a global city.

“I am sure this fascinating new film will capture the imagination of future generations of ­engineers.”

  • View the film at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSMGsi9WSss

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