This summer Londoners and tourists will be able to take a ride on a steam train on the London Underground.
To mark the 150th anniversary of the Hammersmith & City line, Transport for London (TfL) and the London Transport Museum have teamed up to allow passengers the opportunity to experience the journey as Victorians would have.
The steam trains will travel between Northfields and Moorgate by way of Hammersmith throughout the week commencing on August 2. Those lucky enough to have tickets – which went on sale June 12 – will also be entertained by a brass band and actors, reports eventmagazine.co.uk.
The Chesham branch of the Metropolitan line will also travel back in time to celebrate its 125th anniversary, with steam trains running between Wembley Park, Rickmansworth, Chesham and Harrow-on-the-Hill. Five trains will be used for both journeys: the Metropolitan Locomotive No. 1, Metropolitan Milk Van, the Chesham Set, ‘Sarah Siddons’ electric locomotive and the restored Metropolitan Jubilee carriage 353.
It’s not the first time that steam has returned to the tube. TfL celebrated the 150th birthday of the Underground in January 2013, restoring the 116-year-old Met Locomotive No. 1 to run through part of the Metropolitan line.
Speaking about last year’s event, London Mayor Boris Johnson told bbc.co.uk: “This was really incredible because it was exactly as the Victorian underground traveller would have experienced it.
“When it was built, it was an utterly revolutionary piece of technology and the idea of sending a train through a tunnel under the city – no one had thought of that before.”