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24/02/2016 08:43 GMT | Updated 09/03/2016 11:59 GMT

London Underground Maps Show Evolution Of The Tube Over The Last 153 Years

Of all the things in our nation's capital, the London Underground map is one of the most instantly recognisable.

Yet in its 153-year history, the key to the Tube has changed dramatically with early versions looking nothing like the highly stylised schematic versions of today.

Crossrail's Elizabeth Line is the latest addition to London's transport system prompting yet another change.

The first combined map, from 1908, is a hand drawn affair showing eight lines the vast majority of which are in central London, north of the river.

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The first combined Tube map from 1908

Fast forward to today and the current Tube map shows a sprawling network of undergrounds, overgrounds and even cable cars

For a comprehensive history of London Underground maps click here.

London Underground Maps

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