How about this – a chance to take the tube to the closed Charing Cross tube station – and not just any tube train, but the heritage 1938 stock.
Just had an email from TfL letting me know that there will be another excursion of the heritage train in a few weeks time, but this time along the Jubilee Line – and the trip will include a stop at the disused Charing Cross platforms on the old part of the Jubilee Line.
They say it is likely to be the last time a heritage train can run along the Jubilee line, as the new signalling system being installed will make future trips impossible. As that new signalling is itself shutting the Jubilee line most weekends (DiamondGeezer passim), this heritage trip will take place on a Wednesday, not at the weekends as would be normally expected. Specifically, Wednesday 5th August. Still, I’d expect a fair number of tube fans will jump at the chance, especially for the chance to get to the closed tube station (we tube geeks like things like that).
This is part of the Jubilee line’s 30th/10th-anniversary celebrations, and likely to be the last opportunity to ride on 38 stock on the Jubilee line before their new signalling is commissioned.
There are two trips:
Trip a) Stratford to West Hampstead, down to Charing Cross and then back to West Hampstead: costs £25 per person
Trip b) West Hampstead to Stratford: costs £10 per person
The train arrives at Stratford, platform 14 at 11:00 and leaves at 11:22 (plenty of time for photo opportunities), there are also 20 minutes scheduled at Charing Cross disused Jubilee line platforms for more photo opportunities. The train arrives at the end of trip a) at West Hampstead at 13:18.
Trip b) from West Hampstead at 13:48 and arrive back at Stratford at 14:28.
Huge cheers to TfL for letting me know about this – and while I have done the heritage run a few times, the sight of the train inside the disused Charing Cross station might make it worth another go. Not to mention the look on the faces of the bankers and financial whizzes when travelling through Canary Wharf station in an ancient tube train 😉
Tickets now on sale at the London Transport Museum website.