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Siemens and London Underground link-up to  celebrate anniversary year 

30 January 2013

2013  is  already  proving  a  momentous  year  for  engineering  organisation  Siemens  and London Underground. In the year that Siemens celebrates 170 years presence in the UK, the  company  is  also  a  principal  sponsor  of  London  Underground’s  celebrations  to  mark the 150 th  anniversary of the Tube.

A  year-long  schedule  of  events,  activities,  seminars  and  open-days  kicked-off  at  the weekend (Sunday, 13 th  January) with heritage steam train runs recreating the very first passenger journey that took place on the Metropolitan line in 1863. All the events taking place in 2013 will explore the Tube's history and look at the role it will play in the future - both in the lives of Londoners and the economy of the City and broader UK.

February  sees  the  launch  of  the  Siemens-sponsored  Poster  Art  150  exhibition  at  the London   Transport   Museum.   Since   its   first   graphic   poster   commission,   London Underground  has  developed  a  worldwide  reputation  for  outstanding  poster  designs, becoming a pioneering patron of poster art - a legacy that continues today.

Poster Art 150 will showcase 150 of the best designs chosen by an independent panel. Using the Siemens Poster Vote visitors will be invited to vote for their favourites and the most  popular  poster  will  be  revealed  at  the  end  of  the  exhibition.  Well-known  posters, including the surrealist artist Man Ray’s ‘Keeps London Going’ pair, will feature alongside lesser-known gems. The exhibition, which runs from 15 th  February through to October, will also offer a rare chance to view letter-press posters from the late nineteenth century.
Later  in  the  year,  London  Transport  Museum’s  store  at  Acton  will  open  its  doors  for special behind the scenes events. Themed days will include photography, art and design and creative writing days. London Underground will also take the opportunity to open up the disused Aldwych Underground Station to the public for a series of special ‘residency’ evenings.

Steve  Scrimshaw,  Managing  Director  of  Siemens  Rail  Systems  in  the  UK,  commented: “The Tube is iconic and unique, a transportation system held in high regard around the world.  No  matter  who  you  are,  or  where  you  come  from,  a  visit  to  London  for  either business  or  pleasure  is  made  easier  thanks  to  the  network  of  Underground  trains  and tunnels running across our Capital city.

“Siemens own relationship with London Underground extends back to the 1890s, when the  very  first  electric  underground  locomotives  made  their  appearance  in  London. Indeed, equipment designed by Siemens is still commonly used in electric motors today. We are therefore delighted to be supporting the 150 th  celebrations, with the year made even more special as it coincides with our own 170 th  anniversary in the UK.” He   concluded:   “Congratulations   to   all   the   men   and   women   who   keep   London Underground   -   a   system   that   has   been   copied   worldwide   -   operating   to   peak performance, night and day, to showcase the UK’s rail expertise on a global stage.”

Mike Brown, Managing Director of London Underground and London Rail, added: “This is a hugely exciting year for London Underground. I would like to thank Siemens, and our other  sponsors,  for  their  support  of  the  150 th   celebrations  and  their  commitment  to helping us explore our Tube’s history and the role it will play in our country’s economic development in the future.”

For  further  information  of  the  full  range  of  activities  taking  place  over  the  year  please visit: http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/tube150/calendar

Notes to editors:
About Siemens in the UK:
Siemens was established in the United Kingdom 170 years ago and now employs around 13,520 people in the UK. Last year’s revenues were £3.2 billion*. As a leading global engineering and technology services company, Siemens provides  innovative solutions to help tackle the world’s major  challenges,  across  the  key  sectors  of  energy,  industry,  infrastructure  &  cities  and healthcare.  Siemens  has  offices  and  factories  throughout  the  UK,  with  its  headquarters  in Frimley,  Surrey.  The  company’s  global  headquarters  is  in  Munich,  Germany.  For  more information, visit www.siemens.co.uk 

*Data  includes  intercompany  revenue.  Data  may  not  be  comparable  with  revenue  reported  in annual or interim reports.

Siemens Rail Systems
As  part  of  the  Siemens  Infrastructure  &  Cities  Sector,  Siemens  Rail  Systems Division  provides expertise and technology in the full range of rail vehicles – from heavy rail to metros to trams and light-rail  vehicles.  In  the  UK,  the  Division  employs  around  700  people  and  maintains  over  350 Siemens  passenger  trains  for  First  TransPennine  Express,  South  West  Trains,  Heathrow Express, National Express East Anglia, Northern Rail, London Midland and ScotRail.