Slough’s forgotten London Underground line and where it used to go

Slough's forgotten London Underground line and where it used to go

Imagine being able to grab the Underground from Slough

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How well do you know the District Line? (Image: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Once upon a time commuters could hop on the London Underground and travel to Slough.

London’s District Line extended all the way to Windsor and could take you directly to Mansion House – smack bang in the centre of London.

The first London Underground train had its maiden voyage in 1863 making the District Line to Windsor, which arrived in 1883, one of the earliest Tube lines in operation reports MyLondon.

At this time the District Line was formerly called the Metropolitan District Railway.

It ran from Mansion House all the way to Ealing Broadway along the current route.

Trains then switched here to Great Western Rail, where the stops included what is now called West Ealing, Hanwell, Southall, Hayes and Harlington, West Drayton, Langley, Slough and Windsor – which is now Windsor and Eton Central.

The District Line into Windsor was sadly short-lived and was withdrawn from there just two years after it arrived.

Lack of popularity meant the line was uneconomical to keep open.

The new Windsor and Eton station is reportedly now situated 220 yards from the original station’s site and District Line now stops at Ealing Broadway and no Underground line has run into the Slough area since.

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