Now here's a real treat for train enthusiasts... the London Transport Museum are giving people the opportunity to travel back in time and ride a real steam train on the London Underground to celebrate the 150th birthday of the District line.
They are promoting this as maybe your last-ever chance to ride a heritage steam train on the London Underground network, and they'll be recreating what it felt like to ride the District line back in 1868. You'll even be able to mingle with Victorian characters on the platform, soaking up the atmosphere whilst listening to live music from Victorian brass instruments.
11.11 to 11.36 - Ealing Broadway to High Street Kensington (you'll remain on the train)
12.07 to 12.33 - High Street Kensington to Ealing Broadway
13.06 to 13.32 - Ealing Broadway to High Street Kensington (you'll remain on the train)
14.07 to 14.33 - High Street Kensington to Ealing Broadway
15.06 to 15.32 – Ealing Broadway to High Street Kensington (you'll remain on the train)
16.07 to 16.33 – High Street Kensington to Ealing Broadway
The train will be made up of the following locomotives and carriages:
Met No.1 steam locomotive (towards Ealing Broadway)
Bluebell Chesham Coaches
District Railway Coach No.100 (from the Kent and East Sussex Railway)
Met Jubilee Coach 353 (from the London Transport Museum)
Sarah Siddons electric locomotive (towards High St Kensington)
> Craig’s review of London Transport Museum – “I'm always a bit embarrassed when I come to the London Transport Museum because in my head I imagine that it's full of train spotters, so I tell people that I'm visiting the Imperial War Museum instead -- something a bit more manly. Because it's sort of the same, isn't it? Both places have got vehicles in them, except the ones at the Imperial War Museum have guns at t… continued”
Somerset House Historical Highlights – Every Thu and Sat – This tour has tales about Tudor intrigues and the extravagant entertainments laid on during Georgian times
Guided walk around Charles Dickens’ London – Every Fri – This guided walk will take you around some of the most memorable streets and locations that Charles Dickens used in his novels.
11 — London’s cheapest sightseeing bus – Every day – If you don't fancy spending money on an open-top sightseeing bus, then there's a cheaper alternative — the No 11 bus.
City Highlights: The Top 10 sights – Every Mon, Wed and Sun – A two-hour guided walk around the Square Mile, showing you some of the most famous historical sites and buildings in the City of London.
Mansion House: The Lord Mayor’s Residence – Every Tue – Look inside the Lord Mayor of London's official residence at Mansion House and see the interior courtyard and famous Egyptian Hall.
Guided tour of Wren’s best churches – Every Tue and Thu – This guided walk will look at the outside of St Pauls Cathedral and at a selection of Christopher Wren's finest City churches
Guided walk around Roman Londinium – Every Wed and Sat – Walk through the streets of Roman Londinium and see what remains of the old city walls, military fort and amphitheatre
If you enjoy London Transport Museum then you might like to visit Museum of London (walk it in 24 mins or catch the tube from Covent Garden to Barbican) and Science Museum (catch the train from Covent Garden to South Kensington)
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