This year London is focusing on the 150th Anniversary of its “Tube”, the world’s oldest underground system. Among the many events and activities taking place in the English capital is the “Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs” exhibition in London Transport Museum.
It is an exhibition of 150 of the most striking and iconic posters to have appeared in the London Underground from the late 19th century to the present day. They were selected by a panel from a collection of over 3,300 posters in the museum’s archive. In the coming eight months, people from all over the world who visit the exhibition either in person or online at the museum’s Website can pick their favorite poster in the “Siemens Poster Vote” poll. The most popular design will then be unveiled when the exhibition ends in October of this year.
As one of the major sponsors of the Underground anniversary festivities, Siemens is this year also celebrating the 170th anniversary of its first business activities in the UK. The company’s involvement in the UK was started by the Siemens Brothers and continued to play a role ever since in the development of the railways in the UK. For example, Siemens’ connection with the London Underground dates back more than 120 years, when Siemens Brothers were given the order to supply two electric locomotives in 1891. That order heralded the beginning of the end of steam power in the Underground.
“The London Underground is by far the most important means of transport in this city – and that’s what makes it unique. Its red and blue signs are just as much a part of the cityscape as Big Ben or the red telephone booths. I hope that plenty of people participate in our “Siemens Poster Vote” poll in honor of this undisputed symbol of technical progress,” said Sandra Gott-Karlbauer, CEO of the Urban Transport Business Unit.
To this day, Siemens technology is doing its part to boost the capacity and reliability of underground service in London. For instance, Siemens integrated into one, single control center all the monitoring and control systems that had been installed in the past decades for the entire Victoria Line. A total of 13 different systems – such as for lights, pumps, display panels and fire detectors – were all combined into one neatly arranged user interface.
At InnoTrans 2012, Siemens Rail Systems presented a concept for especially energyefficient vehicles that are optimally designed for the London Underground system.