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The Tube

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The Tube is a less formal name for the London Underground (LU), London's metro system. The underground railway has been described as the tube since 1890 when the first electric railway line running through deep-level tunnels was opened. Although the term is not the official name of the system, it is very widely used. For instance London Underground itself uses the term in marketing and customer information literature and the LU website is situated at http://www.thetube.com. The term has no legal standing.

Specific lines also have their own nicknames; the most widely used is the Waterloo & City Line's "The Drain".

Other meanings

The Tube was also used to refer to the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) subway line connecting New York and New Jersey.

The Tube was an innovative United Kingdom music television programme of the 1980s.

The Tube is also a colloquial name for television. It arose because a cathode ray tube is the major component in conventional television sets.

The Tube was also the name given by Vivian Stanshall for his infant daughter, Silky Longfellow-Stanshall...food went in one end and came out the other. Found on the album "Teddy Boys Don't Knit."



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