Earlier this year, the London Transport Museum brought back its ultra-special heritage train journeys to mark the coronation of King Charles III. A gorgeously restored Art Deco train took rail enthusiasts up and down the Piccadilly line on a limited number of trips. And now it’s back again, with special journeys along the Metropolitan line to mark the 85th birthday of the beautifully restored 1938 Art Deco style train. The heritage train journeys are akin to a rideable exhibition, transporting travellers back in time with quintessential late 1930s style.
This special event will take place on September 9 and September 10, with four journeys running each day. The journeys will commence at Amersham underground station, and will involve a return trip to Watford apart from the final journey of the day which will be a one-way trip to Harrow-on-the-Hill. Stewards will be on board throughout the journey and although there is no reserved seating, guest can choose which car they wish to travel in (pink, orange, green or blue).
On Sunday, September 10, the annual Amersham Old Town Heritage Day, run by Amersham Town Council, will be taking place nearby, which includes children’s funfair rides, classic car displays, a vintage farmers’ market and heritage bus journeys.
The Art Deco trains
The late 1930s Tube trains represented the ultimate meeting of modern technology with gorgeous design. Consisting of four cars, with their brilliant late 1930s aesthetic (including Art Deco lighting fixtures), they were the first Tube trains with all the electrical equipment underneath the floor. Running on several Deep-Tube lines, they operated for half a century. And now, with a loving restoration, passengers can experience the Art Deco train at the height of its glory.
Journey departure times and routes
- Journey 1: Departs Amersham Underground Station 11:29, approx 1 hour 19 minutes return trip
- Journey 2: Departs Amersham Underground Station 13:29, approx 1 hour 19 minutes return trip
- Journey 3: Departs Amersham Underground Station 15:29, approx 1 hour 19 minutes return trip
- Journey 4: Departs Amersham Underground Station 17:18, approx 24 minutes single trip, terminates at Harrow-on-the-Hill