On this blog I like to give people a “heads up” about things happening that might be of interest, but rarely have I forewarned people with this much notice.
However, 2013 will be worth looking forward to as the Transport Museum has applied for, and been granted provisional approval to restore its Metropolitan Railway ‘Jubilee’ Stock carriage (No 353 built 1892) in time for the 150th anniversary of the Met Line.
Formally, the Museum has received a Stage 1 Development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support the preparations of the bid documentation and the decision to restore the carriage will be announced later this summer.
Quite obviously, there is NO point phoning them to book tickets or ask for more information – yet. So don’t hassle them!
The 150th anniversary date for your diaries though is the 10th January 2013 – although events will run all year.
If you want to see some similar carriages, then the Bluebell heritage railway brought some carriages from the similar range in 1961 for the princely sum of £65 each and restored them. They got four carriages, one was scrapped and the last one went to the Transport Museum – and is the one due for restoration if the Lottery Funding application is approved.
And here is the carriage in its current condition in the Museum’s Acton Depot. That’s quite a restoration job they have ahead of them.
However, not formally announced by the Museum, but spotted by the editor of London Reconnections – who looks at the Tranport Museum’s plans here – is the possibility of also pulling the restored carriage(s) behind a Steam Train!
Without the steam train, I would guess that they would use the electric locomotive Sarah Siddons to pull the restored carriage along the network – but wouldn’t it just be absolutely amazing to see a steam train chugging through Baker Street station again?
There is at least one version of the Metropolitan Railway E Class locomotive in working order, but it would need additional works to allow it onto the London Underground network (even if limited to the above ground bits) so that is what the tender paperwork is for.
Updated 19th May: to change the photo of the carriage from mine to theirs – as mine was the wrong carriage.