Next month is a chance to have a look around both the Transport Museum’s overflow warehouse, and the Heathrow Express train depot on the same day.

Over the weekend of 26th-27th September, the Acton warehouse where the Transport Museum stores its heritage trains, buses and ephemera is having one of its semi-regular open weekends.

Highlights at the Museum Depot include:

  • See the original  printing blocks used for the  Johnston font – London Transport’s typeface
  • Discover more about the vehicles with talks
  • Find out how moquette – the seat covering on the tube – is made, from design to manufacture, with a talk from Harriet Wallace-Jones, of the Wallace#Sewell textile design studio
  • Explore the Depot through bite size family tours
  • Film screenings from the LTM archive

Entry to the Acton Depot is £10 (children free).

You can turn up on the day, but the queue is often lengthy, so booking in advance is recommended.

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However, on the Saturday only, there will also be behind-the-scenes tours of the Siemens Heathrow Express Depot.

Design activities at the Siemens Heathrow Express Depot open day:

  • Find out about how Siemens trains are designed.
  • Hear about the recent re-design of the Heathrow Express Class 332 interior.

Other activities at the Heathrow Express Depot open day:

  • See a train up on jacks ready for maintenance.
  • Take a walk under a stationary train to see how it’s maintained.
  • Visit show and tell sessions to get hands-on with real train parts and how they work.
  • Sit in a driver’s train cab and ask a train driver questions.

There will be a free shuttle bus service between the two depot sites, which are just a few miles apart.

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