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Saturday, April 06, 2013

We Love Steam! 13th - 14th April - Acton Depot Open Weekend

Here's a date for your diaries. If you missed out on seeing the Underground steam engine that travelled on the Tube system earlier this year, you can get a close up look at it at the Acton Depot Open Weekend on April 13th and 14th.

13/365 Steam on the Underground
Photo by clogsilk

Also on display will be the restored Metropolitan Line 353 carriage which again was part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the London Underground. Model displays will feature miniatures of the Met No.1, and a Lego fans will be kept happy with a representation of Baker Street in 1863.  You can have a footplate ride on Ffestiniog Railway’s 150 year old steam engine Prince.

Model Tube Trains in Lego - Museum Acton Depot - London Transport Museum Open Weekend March 2012

There's also steam rides on the Acton Miniature Railway, film screenings, hands on workshops where you can get the opportunity to make your own model steam train, talks, and book signings.

Busy Acton Depot - London Transport Museum Open Weekend March 2012

More details on the open weekend here. It's always an extremely popular weekend as the queues for the event often snake back to Acton Town Tube station.  With a chance to see the steam train up close I imagine this weekend will be busier than usual.

I've been to the weekends there several times and spent hours pottering around the Museum’s collection.  There's over 400,000 objects at the Depot including signs, vehicles, old ticket machines, station clocks, small objects, posters and more.

Tickets cost £10.00 for adults, £8.00 for senior citizens, £6.50 concessions and £5.00 London Transport Museum Friends. Accompanied children under 16 get in free.

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