Steam Trains Will Temporarily Return to London Underground in September

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

You'll be able to ride steam trains on the London Underground for a couple of days this summer, as part of a sort-of-sad but also sort-of-cool initiative from the London Transport Museum, taking place on September 10-11.

The obsolete vehicles will be used to transport passengers between Amersham and Wembley Park on the Metropolitan line, so you’ll be able to get a feel of how the transport network worked in the good old black-and-white days, when the tube map was ever so slightly different.

Unfortunately, people dressed in contemporary garb will also be wandering around the carriages, serving tea and cakes, driving up ticket prices and attracting that bland, insufferable breed of modern person whose life seems to revolve around tea and cakes. “Ooh, I’m a tea enthusiast, look at me on this old train finding the perfect angle to photograph this slice of Victoria sponge. Vintage.”

There’ll be 1940s music too.

Apologies, that got all downbeat rather quickly. Our roundup of the retired public transport vehicles still serving us today should be just the pick-me-up you need. [Londonist]

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