Vehicles on the Move
We love to take our wonderful heritage vehicles out to give people a feel for what it was like to travel on them in years gone by.
Steam at Epping Ongar Railway
Tube150th Birthday Celebrations Come to Former Central Line Branch
Date: 21-24 June & 28 June-1 July
The celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the first Underground railway are going to the former Central Line branch between Ongar and Epping this June as Epping Ongar Railway joins with the London Transport Museum to celebrate 150 years since the first Underground railway!
The specially restored steam locomotive Met No 1 and the 1892 Jubilee coach number 353 will be going to the branch, offering a rare occasion to travel on the coach on former Underground rails. The Museum will also run special family fun activities and a pop-up shop selling exclusive 150th London Underground anniversary gifts on Saturdays and Sundays 22, 23 and 28 June and 1 July.
As part of the event Epping Ongar Railway are welcoming two other guest steam locos, one of which is a locomotive type which was originally used on that very line! They are welcoming the Class 'N2' number 1744 (thanks to the Gresley Society) and GWR Prairie No 5521 – Specially repainted in London Transport livery & Numbered L150 (thanks to Bill Parker).
Visitors can travel in Edwardian comfort as two vintage 'Dreadnought' compartment coaches are coming from the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway which used to run on the Metropolitan line in the 1920’s. In addition a 1950’s British Railways Suburban coach will be in use (on loan from the North Norfolk Railway).
You can travel all day behind these special locomotives for only £20 for adults and £10 for children (or £18 and £9 when purchased online), and you can upgrade to First Class and travel in Met 353 for only £5!
Bookings can be on www.eorailway.co.uk/tube150 or via their ticket agency (TYG Tickets) on 01229 717966.
Art Deco Special
Date: Sunday 21 July 2013
Travel in style on our Art Deco tube train along the Northern and Piccadilly lines, as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations of the London Underground. Passengers can take this rare opportunity, taking a journey along the Northern line from Edgware, via the Kennington Loop and returning to Edgware or along the Piccadilly line from Cockfosters to Ealing Broadway.
Journey 1 – Northern line
11:30 Edgware, via the Kennington Loop and returning to Edgware (journey time approximately 90 minutes)
Tickets: £20 per person
Journey 2 – Piccadilly line
17:26 Cockfosters to Ealing Broadway (journey time approximately 90 minutes)
Tickets: £20 per person
Discover Forgotten Metro-land
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Date: Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th & Wednesday 7th August 2013
“Child of the First War, forgotten by the Second, we called you Metro-land.”
Sir John Betjeman, BBC documentary ‘Metro-land’ (1973)
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground in the beautiful Vale of Aylesbury at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in an area that is now a forgotten part of ‘Metro-land’. The Centre is based at Quainton Road station - a former outpost of London’s Underground network on the now closed lines to Verney Junction and Brill. Events will include rides in vintage carriages pulled by Victorian steam locomotives, family fun activities, bouncy castle, as well as talks, films, and a Metro-land trail.
Quainton Road station was made famous in the 1970s by the then Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman in his Metro-land documentary which celebrated an area north-west of London that developed in the early 20th century around the Metropolitan line of the London Underground. In the film Betjeman reminisces about having sat there in the autumn of 1929 watching the Brill ‘tram’ depart.
- Steam train fun and nostalgia
- Family Fun
- Film screenings
Adults: £12.00 (advance £10.00)
Children: £9.00 (advance £7.00)
Senior Citizens: £11.00 (advance £9.00)
Family (two adults and up to 4 children) £33.00 (advance £31.00)
Group – 10% discount for parties of 15 to 24 people. Free place for driver
Group – 15% discount for parties of 25 or more people. Free place for driver
All tickets also allow 50% discount to another August 2013 event at Buckingham Railway Centre. These include:
- Moving the Mail weekend – 10 & 11 August
- A Victorian Day out in the Country – 17 & 18 August
- Pre-78 Car Rally – 26 August
All events take place at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, Quainton, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22 4BY www.bucksrailcentre.org
‘Railway Connoisseurs’ Day
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Date: Tuesday 6th August
Time: 10.00 - 17.00
A special all-day event , without the crowds, to find out more about Buckinghamshire Railway Centre and its partnership with London Transport Museum which led to the restoration of Metropolitan Locomotive No. 1.
- The event will include locomotive footplate rides all day (limited numbers), access behind the scenes in the morning including the workshops to see progress on Ex GWR 6989 Wightwick Hall and Ex GWR 2-8-2 No 7200, interior of LNWR Royal Saloon and GWR Churchill Coach.
- Talks in the afternoon by Bill Parker of the Flour Mill on the restoration of Met 1, Tim Shields, London Transport Museum Project Curator, on the restoration of Jubilee Carriage 353 and Bill Simpson, railway historian and author, on the Metropolitan Railway in the locality.
- Photographers will have the use of an open wagon and brake van for parallel running and run pasts of Met 1 hauling ex MET. Milk van, carriage 353 and Dreadnought No 465.
- 1872 Brill branch ‘tram’ with original Aveling Porter steam traction engine and replica carriage on display outside.
- Free cold buffet. Real ale on sale.
Ticket numbers are limited to 150. Pre-booked tickets are priced at £45 per person (Please note that each transaction will be subject to a booking fee of £2).
Upcoming Heritage Vehicle Runs
- 21 July - Art Deco Special: 1938 Stock (Northern and Piccadilly lines)
- 31 August - Neasden Depot Open Day
- 8 September - Amersham Heritage Day