More details of next years celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the London Underground have been released and there are some juicy bits of fun being planned.
The steam locomotive running along the original Underground line will be the highlight of the events, and tickets have already been sold for that. However, when the steam locomotive makes its trips on the 13th and 20th of January, sitting next to it in one of the stations will be a new S7-Stock train with an exhibition inside the train marking 150 years of transport.
I presume that train will need a bit of a scrub down afterwards!
The steam train will then spend the rest of the year at other heritage events — so if like myself — you didn’t secure a ticket for the anniversary trips, there will still be a chance later to take a trip on another part of the line.
The steam train will be up at Rickmansworth and Amersham for the local heritage festivals, where they usually try to run the 1938 tube train each year.
In other events:
Two £2 coins will be in circulation from mid/late January 2013, as well as a commemorative pack and line commemorative special editions, which will be available during December 2012.
Commemorative stamps from the Royal Mail will be issued on the 9th January – the exact anniversary of the opening of the Underground railway. (Update – first images of the stamps here)
There will be an exhibition of past and present train stock at the Neasden depot on the Jubilee/Metropolitan lines at the end of August 2013.
The disused Aldwych tube station will be opened again — roughly throughout May and June — with an art event described as an “immersive original experience involving a range of artists from several different art forms”
An exhibition at the Transport Museum will feature poster designs from their archive.
A commemorative Oyster Card will be issued from the middle of this month.
A number of goodies will go on sale, such as books and trinkets, and the Evening Standard will be looking for 150 people to talk about their transport thoughts.