Phantom Ride, London 1910

A Trip on the Metropolitan Railway
No Credits. UK 1910
Print: BFI

“Being a tour of both the London Underground and London itself, this fascinating film turns its viewers into passengers and transports them from the city’s centre to its outskirts via the Metropolitan line.
Much of the journey has not changed in almost a century, with the very same route being travelled today. Pulling into these stations is a remarkably familiar sight, especially since many of the platforms are still in use with only superficial alterations.
What has changed is London’s landscape, with many of the open fields that surround the railway having long since been urbanised. (…)
Attitudes to rail safety were clearly more relaxed in 1910, with spectators watching the train go by from the banks of the railway and a rail worker standing beside the tracks as the train pulls in. The film contains a glimpse of a pristine contemporary underground train, which looks positively luxurious compared to the trains of today.”
Christian Hayes
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