I just happened by chance to be in London on Sunday evening 13th January and joined the crowd at Baker Street to watch London Underground‘s 150th Anniversary Steam Train zip sedately by. It was apparently newly restored Met Locomotive No 1 pulling the beautifully restored Metropolitan Railway “Jubilee” carriage No 353 (built in 1892) and the Chesham set of coaches on loan from the Bluebell Railway.
Together with hundreds of other Londoners and visitors keen to commemorate this occasion, I waved and cheered at the lucky passengers, taking picture of them as they were taking pictures of me! It was the most British of occasions – high excitement, laughter, applause and train whistles – with genial staff and transport police joining in the fun. Most touching of all was the comment by a London Underground worker I spoke to later who commented how proud he was to work for them. Aw.
The steam train locomotive will be puffing again this coming Sunday, 20th January if you would like to see her for yourself. Check out London Transport Museum’s website for more info.
Contributor & photographer: Sue Lowry
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