To mark the first London Tube journey – a route that encompassed seven stations from Paddington to Farringdon in 1863 – Transport for London (TfL) is putting together a commemorative service that will retrace its debut voyage.
Taking place on 13 January, the special train will be formed by four components that have run on the Metropolitan Line at some point during their lifetimes, with all of them having interesting tales.
Pulling the carriages will be Met Locomotive No.1 – an 1898-built steam engine that is one of the last surviving of its kind, only saved from scrap by the Buckingham Railway Centre in 1964, although it took a further 20 years for enthusiasts to restore it.
The oldest surviving Tube carriage will be linked to the engine, whilst behind that, four carriages – known as the Chesham Carriages – dating back to 1898 will follow. The world`s oldest electric locomotives in service completes the historic train, representing a great opportunity for history buffs to embrace the history of the Tube.
Special events will be taking place throughout next year to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, so be sure to check them out whilst taking a break in one of the excellent London hotels
Published on 24/10/2012.Latest London News