This coming Sunday (24th Feb 2019), a vintage tube train will be running through central London, and out at Epping, vintage buses will travel around the countryside alongside a steam train service.

38 Stock tube train

This will be a rare opportunity to see  the beautifully restored art-deco 1938 train as it runs along the District, Circle, Metropolitan and Piccadilly Lines, and it will also be one of the last heritage runs on this route due to signalling upgrades on the Circle Line.

Tickets to be on the train sold out ages ago, but it will be passing through stations as a normal, but non-stopping tube train service, so very much worth looking out for along the routes – and to watch people’s reactions at stations as this small red train arrives instead of the big trains they expected.

There are two specially extended, non-stopping trips travelling through central London, and (for Journey 2) out into the rolling Buckinghamshire countryside for a taste of suburbia.

  • The first trip will depart from Ealing Broadway on Sun 24th Feb at 10.11 and operate via Hammermith, High Street Kensington (10:43 and 11:35) and then do a full clockwise circuit of the Circle Line terminating at Moorgate at 12.07.
  • The second trip will leave Moorgate at 13.11 and run via Wembley Park (13:38) to Amersham (14:14), returning via Rayners Lane (15:05) to Ealing Broadway (arrive 15.23).

Remember if out taking photos, no flash or tripods to be used in the stations.

Green Line Running Day – Bus Rally

(c) London Transport Museum

The event based at the Epping Ongar Railway‘s North Weald Station will feature routes operating to local towns and villages. Their regular route 339 will also run connecting Epping tube station with North Weald at regular intervals.

In addition to restored Green Line vehicles from the Epping Ongar Railway ‘stable’, two special pre-war ‘guest’ coaches will also attend. TF 77, the revolutionary mid-position underfloor-engine designed vehicle from the London Transport Museum collection and the much-travelled ‘T’ class T 499 which was repatriated from life as a school bus in Australia in 2004 and restored to original condition by Essex operator Ensignbus.

The latter coach will operate a special local trip whilst the TF will be available for photography and inspection during the event.

The following routes will be operated:

  • 718: North Weald – Wake Arms – Chingford Station
  • 720: North Weald – Harlow – Harlow Town Station
  • 724: North Weald – Wake Arms – Theydon Bois
  • W: North Weald – Ongar Garage

Passengers may interchange between routes 718 and 724 at Wake Arms.

Kids for a quid fares apply today, giving unlimited travel on all trains and buses (including the additional routes) all day.

Adult £14; Concession £13; Child £1.

Book tickets here.

(c) EOR


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  1. Richard Bull says:

    We still got the old underground trains running on the isle of wight

  2. Philip Bremner says:

    Come to the north any day and see vintage trains, if you are lucky

    • Jimbo says:

      Actually, the oldest trains still running are the ex-Tube stock on the Isle of Wight (1938), and the BR class 313’s running in North London and Sussex (1976). The trains that the “North” are always whining about are much newer and are due to be replaced this year.


    If you still have old trains then make it running sometime. We want to see old trains.

  4. Andrew Gwilt says:

    I understand why train enthusiasts and train spotters who take pictures and haven’t read the rules could be banned from taking pictures from stations. If they haven’t turned off the flash light and ignored the rules.

    Suppose tripods are a hazard to any people as it can Trip some one over. Except when using it correctly and stations that have longer wider platforms and train enthusiasts can be allowed to take pictures with permission.

    I’m a train spotter and enthusiast myself and I don’t use tripods but have a iPad Mini that I take it out with me and take pictures of trains at any railway station. With permission of course.

  5. Geoff says:

    How do you get from Amersham to Rayners Lane????

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