Steam back on London Underground

STEAM is set to return to London Underground after an absence of two years. The weekends of September 2-3 and 9-10 have been pencilled in by organiser London Transport Museum for public steam trains over the Metropolitan Line between Wembley Park, Harrow-on-the-Hill and Watford.

Class 20 No. 20142 is to haul a landmark special train from the capital to Quainton Road using London Underground tracks. ANDY BARR

The trains will be hauled by Metropolitan Railway E class 0-4-4T No. 1, based at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, and a pannier tank, possibly Dennis Howell’s Hawksworth 0-6-0PT No. 9466. Back-up will be provided by veteran Metropolitan Railway Bo-Bo electric No. 12 Sarah Siddons, as before.

Bill Parker’s GWR small prairie No. 5521, which has carried London Transport maroon livery for several years as L150, and which has been fitted with a cut-down cab to conform to the tight clearances of the Underground tunnels, will not be appearing, as its boiler ticket has run out. Several trips a day will run over both weekends, it is planned.

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