Onto the Carriage and Into Our Hearts

In 2010, the citizens of Tyneside, England, composed and performed an epic musical number about their metro system. Try to watch it without weeping.

Passengers onboard a subway passing through the Haymarket station, September 2010. Image by Getty Images.

The short film begins with a nighttime shot of a postindustrial riverside in North East England. Against this glittering backdrop, a mournful melody begins playing on the Northumbrian bagpipes. Then, suddenly, one of the strangest and greatest tributes to the leftist dream of state-funded, public-focused civic modernism begins to unfold in the form of an […]

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