Sorry I should have blogged about this earlier to give people more advance notice, but this weekend, the London Transport Museum Depot at Acton is holding an exhibit of models of London's Transport. You can see "professional and amateur modellers' layouts ranging from five to twenty feet in length and from '00' gauge to '0' gauge for the working layouts" That may as well been in Greek as I have NO idea what the stuff about gauges meant!
Also "large or small, scenes are depicted right down to the finest detail and cover all modes of London travel from Underground trains and trams to cycling and walking."
"Family activities over the weekend include rides on different miniature trains (including steam trains) using the Museum's own track, craft workshops for children and dressing up to be mini transport workers." Let's hope they don't teach them how to go on strike too!
Me and Neil may be popping down (although we haven't booked). Remember that this weekend engineering works mean there are no trains between Earl's Court and Acton Town (the nearest Tube to the Depot - nice timing guys), so if travelling by public transport you'll need to "travel via the Central Line to Ealing Broadway and change for the District Line to Acton Town"!
Opening times: 11.00 - 17.00 (Last admission 16.00) - and you can find out how to get there here
Admission (tickets valid both days): Adults £6.95, Concessions £4.95, accompanied children under 16 go free. For full details click here. Have fun.
Speaking of Open Weekends, London's City Hall is also open to the public this weekend. Londonist are very excited about this: "This weekend is one of a selected few when London's City Hall gets opened up to the public. Home to the GLA and dear Ken since 2002, opinion on the asthetic pleasure of the buliding is always under discussion. We think it's pretty snazzy and hear the view across London from the top is pretty spectactular even if they have rather pretentiously named the top floor 'London's living room'."
I can confirm the view from the top is spectactular and while I was on an overnight Circle Line Walk for Maggie's Cancer Charity last September, I took the following picture of Tower Bridge from City Hall at about 5am and we all spent an hour or so there watching the sun rise. It was an amazing experience!
Londonist continues: "Most excitingly you'll be able to visit the bottom floor - home to the London PhotoMap. Made up of 200,000 photos taken from above, this is a detailed aerial view of the whole of Greater London. Man, this is like a live action role player, who really likes google maps, dream! They even let you stand and run about on the damn thing!
We are geeky and excited. You should be too! Last entry is at 4.30pm on each day, so don't miss out." More details here.