On this day: a final railway journey in England

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The passenger train at Tenterden Town railway station in England runs for the last time on the 2nd of January, 1954. All railway traffic ceased in 1961. The locomotive was built in 1896, and rebuilt in 1908.

Tenterden is in Kent in the south of the country, and the railway opened in the year 1900.

Today, a tourist heritage railway operates.

On this day: the Queen in Yemen

Queen Elizabeth preparing to knight subjects in Aden, Yemen on the 27th of April, 1954. Prince Philip stands to the side.

Eight years later civil war broke out in Yemen. The conflict lasted more than eight years, from 1962 to 1970.

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Queen_Elizabeth_in_Aden_1954 Queen Elizabeth preparing to knight subjects in Aden, Yemen. 27th April, 1954. Prince Philip on the side.

On this day: the Yonge Subway Line

Canada’s first subway line opened in Toronto on the 30th of March, 1954. Called the Yonge subway when it opened, it ran from Union Station.

Front Street outside Union Station being excavated to create the tracks. 1950. X

Front_street_excavationFront Street in Toronto being excavated in 1950 for the new subway.

A 1950 image of houses demolished to make way for the line. X

750px-Yonge_subway_home_demolitionView after homes were demolished to make way for Toronto’s (and Canada’s) first subway line. 1950.