London Underground would like to offer passengers a luxury dining experience in a Royal railway carriage. Nope, not a joke, but real.
Back in 2010, TfL acquired heritage coach DM45029, which is notable amongst railway buffs for being the last coach upon which the entire Royal Family travelled together.
Currently in the sort of state that most heritage carriages end up in after a period of neglect and then restoration, TfL is now considering an option to fully restore the kitchen and dining facilities and to turn it into a fine dining experience which would operate across the London Underground.
The plans would also see the coach being pulled by Sarah Siddons, an historic fully restored electric locomotive originally built in 1923.
Presumably, the occasional steam trip would also be possible.
London Underground are really just jumping onto the railway bandwagon of the luxury railway dinner that supports quite a few mainline railway heritage companies, who charge a princely sum for lunch while being pulled by a steam locomotive.
Then again, it’s not the first time that London Underground has offered supper on the tube — although the last time was a publicity stunt to mark the opening of the Jubilee Line in 1979.
And there have been the occasional wags who cause even unshockable tube commuters to look up from behind their newspapers as a full dinner service is laid out.
If TfL do start the luxury dining service, it would certainly make a change from the vending machines that used to be a bit of a running joke on the London Underground for swallowing cash from unwitting users and ever so rarely disgorging a bar of Fruit and Nut chocolate.