District 150

1998 57307 - Q38 stock at Earls Court in 1939

On Christmas Eve 1868, the Metropolitan District Railway first opened to passengers travelling between Westminster and South Kensington. 150 years later, the District line as we know it today continues to keep London moving.

Join London Transport Museum and Transport for London to celebrate the past, present and future of this important Underground line.

Volunteers working to restore Q Stock cars

Restoring the Q stock

Help us preserve a rare piece of District line heritage, the last three 1930s Q stock Underground carriages.

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The history of the District Line

The Metropolitan District Railway first opened to passengers travelling between Westminster and South Kensington on 24 December 1868. Find out more about the history on our Google Arts & Culture story

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Poster Parade

Explore some of the iconic posters that have been seen by District line travellers since the early 1900s in our special District 150 Poster Parade - now on display in the Museum and online.

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Shop our District Line products

We sell a range of District Line-themed products in our shop online and in Covent Garden. Take a piece of Underground history home with a vintage poster, themed mug or made-to-order accessories for your home.

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Steam Train run

On Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June, London Transport Museum & TfL marked 150 years of the District line with a special heritage event that saw a steam train travelling through tunnels into central London on the Underground for the last time.

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1998 88571 Q38 stock on eastbound district line at Charing Cross now Embankment 1956 - (C) London Transport Museum collection

Our Q stock story

Q stock trains first entered service on the District line eighty years ago in 1938. Find out what makes these trains distinctive with vehicle restoration expert Katariina Mauranen.

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Hidden London book

Delve into the history of disused and repurposed London Underground spaces with the new beautifully illustrated hardback book, Hidden London: Discovering the Forgotten Underground - now available!

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Heritage bus day trip

Join us on a daytrip through time and space as we visit the Royal Observatory and the Queen’s House in Greenwich, and enjoy the autumnal splendours and maritime breeze of Greenwich Park

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Object of the Month

This Way Out sign was installed at Clapham Common when it was used as a shelter during the Second World War. The later markings show the presence of people in the deep-level shelter over the years.

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