The Metropolitan line gets a fun throwback in September.
Whilst you can still catch some very retro trains running on the Bakerloo line, we’re talking about an actual vintage train here. This one’s from the 1950s, and on the weekend of September 7th & 8th, the London Transport Museum are taking it out for a spin on the Metropolitan line, as part of their heritage vehicle event series.
It’s a spiffing opportunity to catch a piece of railway history in action, and happily, it’s one of the Museum’s cheaper outings. First class adult tickets are available for £20, and standard class and children’s tickets are even cheaper. For that, you’ll get a jaunt on the swanky ex-British Rail (yes, this country’s railways used to be fancy!) coaches, faithfully led by an electric locomotive named after famed tragedienne Sarah Siddons.
The train runs between Wembley Park, Amersham, and Harrow-on-the-Hill, across four journeys (Wembley Park to Amersham, then two circular trips from Amersham to Harrow-on-the-Hill and back, and a final trip from Amersham to Wembley Park) that’ll take in what the museum tastefully describe as “lush suburbia”.
A treasured part of Britain’s rail heritage isn’t the only attraction on offer, as Amersham station is also going retro for the day. You’ll be welcomed to the jewel of Zone 9 (sorry Chesham) by a cadre of costumed characters, the LTM will be running a special pop-up shop, and you’ll also be able to hop a free vintage bus up to Amersham Old Town. All in all, it’s the recipe for a grand day out!
Find out more and book your tickets from the London Transport Museum website.
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