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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Heritage Train Journeys in May

London Transport Museum’s 1938 Tube Stock is back on the tracks. Unfortunately, last September's journey was cancelled but on Sunday 22nd May 2011 London Transport Museum are running four special
heritage train journeys. I was lucky enough to travel on the art deco 1938 Tube train a few years ago and it's a real nostalgic treat.

1938 Art Deco Tour -  Mind the Gap

"The train has an elegant semi-streamlined exterior with flush fitted windows and air operated sliding doors controlled automatically by the train guard. This was all the last word in modernity in 1938 when most main line passenger trains were still steam hauled with slam door coaches". It's a great journey and was one of the last units to run in regular London Underground service until 1988 (just in case you wonder why there are a lot of 1970's and 1980's ads in the cars). Ticket prices and journey details are below:

10:38am - Harrow-on-the-Hill to Watford then to Rickmansworth then to Amersham – 1hr 30mins
Adults £25 Children £15

12:55pm – Amersham to Rickmansworth, then to Watford and back again – 50mins
Adults £15 Children £8

1:56pm – Amersham to Rickmansworth, then to Watford and back again – 50mins
Adults £15 Children £8

2:56pm – Amersham to Rickmansworth, then to Watford and on to Harrow-on-the-Hill – 1hr 30mins
Adults £25 Children £15

All journeys travel via Watford and the North Curve which is a part of the line rarely used for daily services.

All tickets include free travel on Sarah Siddons - the oldest working main line electric locomotive in Britain - subject to availability. You can can travel separately on this train as it makes special trips between Harrow-on-the-Hill, Watford Rickmansworth to Amersham. "Engine no. 12 , Sarah Siddons, was built in 1922 and is the last operational Metropolitan Railway electric locomotive; the only surviving working engine out of 20 built by Metropolitan Vickers and named after real or fictitious people associated with the area served by the Metropolitan Railway. The engines had a top speed of 65 miles per hour." said London Transport Museum.

Sarah Siddons locomotive

Tickets for the Sarah Siddons only are £5.00 for adults and three quid for children.

A free heritage bus service, including the Museum's iconic Routemaster RM1 will be making journeys from Rickmansworth Station to the Rickmansworth Festival site at Batchworth Lock.

Tickets must be booked in advance on 020 7565 7298. Full details and the timetable are on London Transport Museum's site.


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