Depot Open Weekends
The Museum Depot at Acton houses the majority of the Museum's collections which are not on display in the main Museum in Covent Garden. With 400,000 items, including many original works of art used for the Museum's celebrated poster collection, vehicles, signs, models, photographs, engineering drawings and uniforms, it’s a wonderful treasure trove that together form one of the most comprehensive and important records of urban transport anywhere in the world.
New for 2013 are the newly restored Metropolitan Line Steam Locomotive No. 1 and the Metropolitan Jubilee Carriage 353 which was originally built in 1898 and is one of the oldest working underground carriages. The gleaming carriage, finished with gold leaf and carrying no fewer than ten coats of varnish, bears little resemblance to the sorry-looking hulk that was used as a garden shed, and subsequently restored by experts at the Ffestiniog Railway in Wales.