Which train station has the most platforms

1. There is only one Tube station which does not have any letters of the word 'mackerel' in it: St John's Wood.

2. The average speed on the Underground is 20.5 miles per hour including station stops.

3. The busiest Tube station is Waterloo, which was used by around 95 million passengers in 2015. In 2014 Oxford Circus took top spot, in 2009 it was Victoria, and in 2005 it was King's Cross, 

4. On the Metropolitan line, trains can reach over 60mph.

5. The shortest distance between two adjacent stations on the underground network is only 260 metres. The tube journey between Leicester Square and Covent Garden on the Piccadilly Line takes only about 20 seconds, but costs £4.90 (cash fare). Yet it still remains one of the most popular journeys with tourists.

6. Many tube stations were used as air-raid shelters during the Second World War, but the Central Line was even converted into a fighter aircraft factory that stretched for over two miles, with its own railway system. Its existence remained an official secret until the 1980s.

7. Angel has the Underground's longest escalator at 60m/197ft, with a vertical rise of 27.5m.

8. The shortest escalator is Stratford, with a vertical rise of 4.1m.

9. Only 45 per cent of the Underground is actually in tunnels.

10. The longest distance between stations is on the Metropolitan line from Chesham to Chalfont & Latimer: a total of only 3.89 miles.

11. The longest continuous tunnel is on the Northern line and runs from East Finchley to Morden (via Bank), a total of 17.3 miles.

12. Aldgate Station, on the Circle and Metropolitan Lines, is built on a massive plague pit, where more than 1,000 bodies are buried.

13. The longest journey without change is on the Central line from West Ruislip to Epping, and is a total of 34.1 miles.

14. The deepest station is Hampstead on the Northern line, which runs down to 58.5 metres.

15. In Central London the deepest station below street level is also the Northern line. It is the DLR concourse at Bank, which is 41.4 metres below.

16. The TARDIS, (Dr Who’s transport) can be found outside Earl’s Court station. Or at least an old police call box can.

17. The London Underground manages about 10 per cent of all green spaces in London.

18. Wildlife observed on the Tube network includes woodpeckers, deer, sparrowhawk, bats, grass snakes, great crested newts, slow worms.

19. Over 47 million litres water are pumped from the Tube each day, enough to fill a standard leisure centre swimming pool (25 metres x 10 metres) every quarter of an hour.

20. The London Underground trains were originally steam powered.

21. The station with the most platforms is Baker Street with 10 (Moorgate also has 10 platforms but only six are used by Tube trains - others are used by overground trains).

22.The District Line has the most stations: 60.

23. The Waterloo and City Line has the fewest stations (no intermediate stations)

24. The Underground name first appeared on stations in 1908.

25. London Underground has been known as the Tube since 1890 due to the shape of the tunnels.

26. The first deep-level electric railway line also opened in 1890.

27. The Tube's logo is known as “the roundel” (a red circle crossed by a horizontal blue bar)

28. The station with the most escalators is Waterloo with 23.

29. The total number of passengers carried during 2013/14 was 1.265 billion – making it the world's 11th busiest metro.

30. The highest station above sea level is Amersham, at 147 metres.

31. Tube trains travelled 76.4 million kilometres last year.

32. The Northern line has the highest maximum number of trains required for scheduled peak period service: 91.

33. The Waterloo & City line has the fewest scheduled for peak period service at just five.

34. The total length of the London Underground network is 250 miles.

35. In 1926, suicide pits were installed beneath tracks due to a rise in the numbers of passengers throwing themselves in front of trains.

36. The eastern extension of the Jubilee line is the only Underground line to feature glass screens to deter "jumpers".

37. The earliest trains run from Osterley to Heathrow on the Piccadilly line, starting at 4.45am.

38. The greatest elevation above the ground level is on the Northern line at Dollis Brook viaduct over Dollis road, Mill Hill: it rises a total of 18 metres (60ft).

39. One of the early names proposed for the Victoria Line was the Viking line.

40. In 1924, the first baby was born on the Underground, on a train at Elephant & Castle on the Bakerloo line.

41. The American talk show host Jerry Springer was born at East Finchley during the Second World War: his mother had taken shelter in the station from an air raid.

42. Builders working on the Bakerloo Line are reported to have suffered from the bends while tunnelling under the Thames.

43. The inaugural journey of the first Central line train in 1900 had the Prince of Wales and Mark Twain on board.

44. The tunnels beneath the City curve significantly because they follow its medieval street plan.

45. The Central line introduced the first flat fare when it opened at the turn of the 20th century. The tuppence fare lasted until the end of June 1907 when a threepenny fare was introduced for longer journeys.

46. Charles Pearson, MP and Solicitor to the City of London, is credited with successfully campaigning for the introduction of the Underground. He died in 1862 shortly before the first train ran.

47. The first escalator on the Underground was installed at Earl's Court in 1911.

48. The first crash on the Tube occurred in 1938 when two trains collided between Waterloo and Charing Cross, injuring 12 passengers.

49. Harry Beck produced the well known Tube map diagram while working as an engineering draughtsman at the London Underground Signals Office. He was reportedly paid 10 guineas (£10.50) for his efforts.

50. Harry Beck’s map was considered too big a departure from the norm, but the public liked it and it became official in 1933.

51. Busking has been licensed on the Tube since 2003.

52. Sting and Paul McCartney are both rumoured to have busked on the Underground in disguise.

53. The phrase "Mind the gap" dates back to 1968. The recording that is broadcast on stations was first done by Peter Lodge, who had a recording company in Bayswater.

54. The Peter Lodge recording of “Mind the Gap” is still in use, but some lines use recordings by a Manchester voice artist Emma Clarke. On the Piccadilly line the recording is notable for being the voice of Tim Bentinck, who plays David Archer in The Archers.

55. The Jubilee Line was the only Underground Line to connect with all the others until the East London line ceased to be part of the Underground in 2007 (now the Central Line does too). 

56. Approximately 50 passengers a year kill themselves on the Underground.

57. Fewer than 10 per cent of Tube stations lie south of the Thames.

58. The total number of lifts on the Underground, including four stair lifts, is 167.

59. Smoking was banned on the Underground as a result of the King's Cross fire in November 1987 which killed 31 people. A discarded match was thought to be the cause of that inferno.

60. An estimated half a million mice live in the Underground system.

61. 1961 marked the end of steam and electric haulage of passenger trains on the London Underground.

62. One of the levels in Tomb Raider 3 is set in the disused Aldwych tube station, featuring scenes of Lara Croft killing rats.

63. In the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the Hogwarts headmaster has a scar that resembles a map of the London Underground on his knee.

64.There are only two tube station names that contain all five vowels: Mansion House, and South Ealing.

65. Edward Johnston designed the font for the London Underground in 1916. The font he came up with is still in use today.

66. Amersham is also the most westerly tube station, as well as the highest (see above).

67. A macabre statistic is that the most popular tube suicide time is around 11am.

68. In January 2005, in an attempt to alleviate a problem with loitering young people, the London Underground announced it would play classical music at problem stations.

69. The Underground has the oldest section of underground railway in the world, which opened in 1863.

70. The first section of the Underground ran between Paddington (Bishop's Road) and Farringdon Street. The same section now forms part of the Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines.

71.The Underground was first used for air raid shelters in September 1940.

72. During the Second World War, part of the Piccadilly line (Holborn - Aldwych branch), was closed and British Museum treasures were stored in the empty spaces.

73. The London Passenger Transport Board was nationalised and became the London Transport Executive in 1948.

74. The first Tube tunnel was opened in 1880, running from the Tower of London to Bermondsey.

75. The Central Line used to be nicknamed as the 'Twopenny Tube' for its flat fare.

76. Dot matrix train destination indicators were introduced onto London Underground platforms in 1983.

77. The single worst accident in terms of fatalities on the Underground occurred on February 28, 1975 at Moorgate, when 42 people died.

78. The Piccadilly line extended to serve Heathrow Terminal 4 in 1986.

79. Penalty fares were only introduced in 1994.

80. The Tube carried one billion passengers in a year for the first time in 2007.

81.The last manually operated doors on Tube trains (replaced by air-operated doors) were phased out in 1929.

82.The Jubilee Line was named to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 – but the line did not open until 1979.

83. A census carried out on September 27, 1940, found that 177,500 Londoners were sleeping in Tube stations.

84. During the war, special supply trains ran, providing seven tonnes of food and 2,400 gallons of tea and cocoa every night to people staying in the Tube.

85. Covent Garden is believed to be haunted by the ghost of William Terris who met an untimely death near the station in 1897.

86. Another station that is believed to be haunted is Farringdon. The so-called Screaming Spectre is believed to have been a milliner.

87. The Seven Sisters Underground station is believed to have been named after a line of elm trees which stood nearby until the 1830s.

88. The fictitious station of Walford East, which features in the long-running soap opera Eastenders, is supposed to be on the District Line.

89. Every week, Underground escalators travel the equivalent distance of going twice around the world.

90. According to TFL, London Underground trains travel a total of 1,735 times around the world (or 90 trips to the moon and back) each year.

91. A spiral escalator was installed in 1907 at Holloway Road station, but linear escalators were favoured for the rest of the network. A small section of the spiral escalator is in the Acton depot.

92. A small section of the old London Wall survives in the trackside walls of Tower Hill station at platform level. One of the largest pieces of the wall also stands just outside this station.

93. Finsbury Park station has murals that show a pair of duelling pistols, harking back to a time when men would visit the park after hours to defend their honour.

You can't ride it today, thanks to industrial action. But you can learn a few things about the Tube instead.