The interior of the completed Paddington (Praed Street) Station, looking east towards Edgeware Road. The photographer's portable darkroom can be seen at the end of the westbound platform. From a series of 64 photographs taken in the late 1860s by Henry Flather to document the construction of the railway from Paddington to Blackfriars via Kensington, Westminster and the new Victoria Embankment. Construction was by the 'cut-and-cover' method used to build the first underground railways before the development of the tunneling shield by James Henry Greathead . The first tunneled, or 'tube', railway in London was the City & South London Line, which opened in 1890.
1866 AD - 1870 AD
The construction of the Metropolitan District Railway; c.1866