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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Presentation drawing for diagrammatic Underground map, by Henry C Beck, 1931

Love your line

Join us for a fun-packed weekend at our Museum Depot as we explore London’s Underground lines.

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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 Twitter Moment

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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 will mark 150 years of the District line with a special heritage event that will see 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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Moquette design socks

Who knew transport inspired fashion could look so good? Pick up a pair of Routemaster or District moquette design socks in our online shop! Every purchase supports our charitable work.

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Steam on the Underground

Be transported to a by-gone era of Victorian steam power as we mark 150 years of the District Line. Don't miss out on tickets - this is your last chance to see central London by vintage steam train!

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Object of the Month

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Object of the Month

A ghostly Edwardian family are board an early Tube train on the right, while a new train has its air-powered doors open to welcome contemporary passengers on this poster designed to promote network changes...

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