Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Steam power marks Tube anniversary

The first Tube journey was from Paddington to Farringdon

The age of steam will return to the railways to mark the 150th anniversary of the Tube.

A series of specially restored trains will re-enact the first Tube journey - from Paddington to Farringdon - on January 13.

Trains that will run will include the 1892-built Metropolitan Railway Jubilee Carriage No 353 - the oldest in existence - which is being restored with support from the Heritage Lottery fund.

The January journeys are part of a series of events, including heritage rail trips, which celebrate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the London Underground (LU).

Two new £2 coins issued by the Royal Mint will go into circulation next year to mark the anniversary and there will be an exhibition at London Transport Museum.

Next year will also see the issue of a commemorative Oyster travel card, while there will be a series of poems and art on the Tube as well as a series of theatrical events at the disused Aldwych station in central London.

LU managing director Mike Brown said: "LU has always played a hugely important role in the success of our city - from the growth of the early network which led to the expansion of the suburbs in the last century, to the development of Canary Wharf's financial powerhouse in the 80s, and on to today's system which successfully moved record numbers of people during the Queen's Jubilee and London 2012 Games.

"As we mark the 150th anniversary of the world's first underground railway with a range of wonderful events, we are also building for the future - transforming stations and replacing trains, signals and track to create a truly 21st century network able to maintain London's vital role in the UK economy."

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