A rare chance for tube-geeks to ride on a bit of the network that is not normally open to the public — and to do so in a vintage tube train no less.
The venerable art-deco style 1938 tube train is going to take a couple of trips along the tube network next month, and one of those two trips includes a very special bit of tunnel.
The Kennington Loop!
Northern line trains from Charing Cross that terminate at Kennington actually carry on southbound around a huge loop and return on the northbound platform. It’s one of three loops on the underground network — another being at Heathrow and the third is the long abandoned and flooded loop at Embankment.
Passengers are normally told to get off at Kennington and are not allowed through the (allegedly haunted) loop — but next month, you can ride in a vintage tube train through it yourself.
OK, I’ve been through it, and it is just a dark tunnel with nothing to look at — but it’s a dark tunnel that very few passengers ever get to travel through, which automatically makes it something people will want to travel through.
So that’s one trip — along the Northern Line from Edgware down to Kennington and back again.
The other trip is along the Picadilly Line from Cockfosters to Ealing Broadway.
As usual with these trips, apart from the sheer novelty of being in an old tube train etc, much of the fun is passing through stations and watching people stare in amazement and shock as an old red train passes through. That entertainment is worth the ticket price along.
The trips take place on Sunday 21st July, cost £20 and tickets can be booked here.
Now, what would have excited this sad old tube geek is to be on the train when it crosses over from the Northern Line to the Picadilly, which it does through another of those tunnels that are “never seen by passengers” at King’s Cross where the two lines are closest together.