In the build up to Christmas steam train enthusiasts are in for a real treat as vintage locomotives will be returning to the rails of West London.
London Transport Museum will running a series of special services to Uxbridge along the Metropolitan line not seen since 1992. The trains will be setting off on December 8th and could be the perfect afternoon treat in the run-up to the festive season. Get West London reports that the there will be a number of steam engines on display.
The two highlights are the newly restored Metropolitan Locomotive Number One and the Victorian ‘Jubilee’ carriage 353. These two models will come together to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground.
For many it will make a welcome change for their normal commutes on the tube. For anyone that has ventured to central London during the morning rush hour they will know of the cramped conditions that they can be faced with so it will be a welcome change from this norm. The trains will travel from Harrow-on-the-Hill and Uxbridge in what will most likely be the final time on this line.
Passengers will also be able to choose between travelling on the restored 1892 ‘Jubilee’ Carriage or London Transport Museum’s 1950s ex-British Rail 4TC coaches. It will allow to experience the London Underground in a way that will be alien to most, especially the younger generation.
Steam trains regularly patrolled the London Underground in the 19th century but like with the overground locomotives they were overtaken by the diesel and electric-powered modern machines. It makes it all the more poignant that the trains return to the tracks to rekindle this love affair during its 150th anniversary.
There will be five trips during the day with prices starting at £15 and places can be booked at www.ltmuseum.co.uk or by calling 020 7565 298.