By Cliff Thomas

Vintage steam trains and tearooms return to London’s Metropolitan Line

Published: 21st August 2016

Heritage steam and diesel tourist trains in London’s Metroland

London Transport’s annual weekend of steam operations over a section of the Metropolitan Line – once simply tagged ‘Steam on the Met’ – will be held over September 10-11, centred on the line between Amersham and Wembley Park via Harrow-on-the-Hill.

Journey options each day cover a one-way steam-hauled trip from Wembley Park to Amersham, return trips from Amersham hauled by diesel to Harrow-on-the-Hill and steam back to Amersham and a diesel-hauled one-way trip from Amersham to Harrow-on-the-Hill.

Details of train times and ticket prices can be found at http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/events-calendar/heritage-vehicles-outings , which has an on-line booking facility.

Steam haulage will be in the hands of Buckinghamshire Railway Centre’s Metropolitan Railway 0-4-4T E class No. 1 which is under a ten-year contract with Transport for London who funded its overhaul.

Amersham station will feature a vintage tea room (entrance for tea and cake costs an additional £10 – select 'Tea & Steam' option when booking tickets), lemonade and cake stands, retro signage, displays about the history of Amersham and a pop-up Museum shop.

On September 11 a free heritage bus will be available to take passengers from Amersham station to Amersham Old Town where the town’s annual Heritage Day is taking place. Expect live bands and performances, market stalls, a children’s area and fairgrounds.

Acton LT Museum Depot Open Weekend

The London Transport Museum Depot at Acton is holding an open weekend over September 24-25. In addition to the collection of London Underground stock and buses the weekend will feature arts and crafts, talks and tours. A central theme will be the world-famous London Underground roundel logo, one of the legacies of Frank Pick, the man behind London’s iconic Underground designs. The weekend will include special guided tours of the poster store, focusing on some of the many posters commissioned by Frank Pick.

Frank Pick (1878-1941) was Managing Director of London Underground in the 1920s and the first Chief Executive of London Transport. He commissioned some of the most recognisable icons of London Underground’s identity; the sans serif Johnston typeface, Charles Holden’s art deco stations, the Tube roundel, and has thus been credited with influencing the look of twentieth-century London more than any other individual.

Open Day tickets cost £10 adults, £8 concessions. London Transport Museum friends, children and people aged 17 free (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult). Tickets can be purchased at http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/museum-depot/open-weekends .

The 75th anniversary of Frank Pick’s death is being commemorated by a series of talks highlighting his achievements and unveiling of a new public artwork memorial at Piccadilly Circus station.

The talks will be at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, on the evenings of September 21, October 18 and November 10. Tickets cost £10 for adults, £8 for concessions. Buy two tickets for the series and the second one will be half price.

The new permanent art installation by artists Langlands & Bell at Piccadilly Circus Tube station will be unveiled on November 7.

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