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Ah, but Gelsenkirchen (like many others in Germany, Austria and Belgium) is just a tram in a tunnel and not really a metro.

And some of the Köln lines don't even use a single tunnel, while even those which do are just more of the trams-in-tunnels variety.

Quick question: despite London's underground system, which other cities have you used?

Not many.
Liverpool, Paris, New York and San Francisco only. I bet many of you can beat that.

I've ridden the subway/metro in Boston, Washington DC, London, Hamburg, San Francisco, Portland OR, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, and the monorail in Seattle.

Oh, I forgot Montreal.

*Echoes Stefan* The Rouen one is not truly a metro. Tramway rolling stock and technology which happens to have part of its network underground.

Ahem. Aren't there some links missing here?

Dodgy links now fixed, sorry.

Were you pulling our leg about Bombay/Mumbai having an underground ten years before us? I just Googled for it and found a history page from somewhere (\\_chap08.asp) which states, "This form of transport for Mumbai was first thought of as early as in 1924".

I'm just reporting what the Metro Bits website said. I think its definition of a "metro" rail system may be rather looser than our own.

You could, arguably, say that parts of the London Underground opened even earlier. A large chunk of the District east of Bow Road was opened by the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway in the 1850s (and District trains ran to Southend until the late 1930s). A small part of the H&C Line, around Royal Oak, was opened by the Great Western Railway in 1838; the north end of the Bakerloo is along the London and Birmingham Railway, opened 1837.

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