You may recall that the Transport Museum has secured a grant to restore an old carriage in time for the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, which takes place in 2013.
A few more details have been released by London Underground itself about the plans for events to mark the historic anniversary.
Note – these are just Provisional Suggestions at the moment, but they sound reasonably detailed suggesting they just need sign-offs by the various management and supporting organisations.
According to the proposals, London Underground is planning a series of events in a year-long celebration, with things kicking off in October 2012.
There will be some books – an official history of the network, a fiction story per line and a design book by Mark Ovenden (of Metro Maps fame).
There may be some stamps – as in the sort issued by the Royal Mail.
There will be art, posters and poems – I’d expect an awful lot of Betjeman.
The disused Aldwych tube station might be open for tours in the summer (more about that in a day or three).
The rail depot at Neasden is expected to have an open weekend with all the existing tube trains on display together – which sounds like photographic heaven.
A recreation of the inaugural train service of 10th January 1893 – although not with steam, but with the Sarah Siddons electric locomotive. However, the restored Metropolitan No 1 steam locomotive will be at Baker Street all day. (It’s a Thursday in 2013).
Over the weekend of the 12/13 January 2013, the steam locomotive is expected to run regular trips between Acton and Edgware Road (along the District Line).
And finally, a number of heritage runs are expected, which will mate the restored carriage with other carriages from the same family loaned by the Bluebell Railway, and will use either the steam locomotive, or the 1938 tube trains.
Quite obviously, there is NO point phoning them to book tickets or ask for more information. So don’t hassle them. At least, not yet.
There might even be some additional events arranged (Down St! Down St! Down St!).
I’d be interested if they can do something with the postage stamps though, especially with the first day covers being sent from the LU Head Office.