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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 district history

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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 district steam run

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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