This is What Went Inside London Underground's 150th-Year Anniversary Time Capsule

By Gerald Lynch on at

It's not set to be opened for another 50 years, but if you're alive and well today you can already know what awaits commuters in 2063 inside Transport for London's time capsule, marking the end of the London Underground 150th-year anniversary celebrations.

Designed to give tube users in the middle half of the 21st century a glimpse of what it was like to use the Underground system today (i.e "a bit shit", if it was being honest), the time capsule (which will be integrated into the redesign of Tottenham Court Road station), includes:

-- A letter from Mike Brown MVO, London Underground’s Managing Director, to his future successor
-- A specially made short film showing a "day in the life" on the Tube in 2013
-- Copies of the Evening Standard and Metro newspapers
-- A special edition 150th anniversary Oyster Card
-- A Baby on Board badge, similar to the one presented to Kate "the Duchess of Cambridge" Middleton at a Tube anniversary event
-- A book charting the first 150 years of London Underground’s history
-- Present day signalling equipment
-- A map to the long-lost treasure trove of the District Line...

...OK, so that last one we made up. Not exactly full of mind-blowing artifacts, is it? But at least the short film is pretty nice, free of sardine-like morning commutes, late night sick-covered revellers, and in 3D, no less. You can watch that embedded below now, too.