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London Underground 150th Anniversary Celebrations

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We start what was a very long day, on the Circle Line making my way from Victoria to the lovely 1868 built station of Notting Hill Gate. The first steam journey of the day (

) from Kensington Olympia to Moorgate, was for London Underground and TFL staff, accompanied by members of heritage organisations involved in this project. Also Boris Johnson, Mayor of London. We see more of him later!.. At (
) Sam Mullins (in the hat) Director of the LT Museum and (
) closest to camera in the spotty tie, Howard Collins, London Underground Chief Operating Officer
At Moorgate (
) a barrier train, a brand new S7 unit, was placed to deter too many onlookers but also to mitigate the risk of passengers on the steam train opening the doors on the wrong side!! So people struggled to get a snap of the steam train through the S7's windows....
Back to Great Portland Street for the half empty return trip....what happened there???
After a gap of several hours we then see the main evening shuttle services (
) at Baker Street, Euston Square and Great Portland Street. These ran between Moorgate and Edgware Road, the oldest part of the Underground.
The train comprises of steam engine Met 1, dating from 1898. Milk van number 3 built in 1896 and just restored to take part in these celebrations. "Jubilee" coach 353 dating from 1892 also just restored in a 16 month, £572,000 part lottery, part friends of LT museum funded project at the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales. This derelict coach was rescued in 1974 after use as a farm building. It had been in storage eversince in the London Transport relics collection. You can watch a film of the restoration here.
 Finally, the four 1898-1900 vintage Metropolitan coaches know as the "Chesham set" on loan from the Bluebell Railway in Sussex.. From this Easter, it will be much easier to visit when the Bluebell railway joins up with the national rail network at East Grinstead.
Bringing up the rear is 1923 built Metropolitan Vickers Electric loco, Number 12 "Sarah Siddons" which ran in service until 1962.
For the last trip (
) it's back on the Circle Line to where we started, Notting Hill Gate.
A similar evening of journeys will be held next Sunday 20th January (see my other film)
On 30th January 2013 Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cambridge (Camilla) rode on the underground from Farringdon, one stop to King's Cross as part of the 150th celebrations.

 

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