Exclusive 150th Underground anniversary steam train trips were organised by the London Transport Museum Depot in Acton in January and again on the weekend of April 13-14 in which the beautiful 1898 steam engine and immaculately restored carriages were exhibited. These trips gave the opportunity to people to climb aboard these rare locomotive icons which however were stationary and not moving. It is expected that the Acton Miniature Railway will be moving full steam and there will be plenty of film screenings, workshops and guided tours.
If you visit the London Transport Museum Depot, you can see many amazing transport-related gems. There are about 400,000 items in the collection out of which you just cannot afford to miss seeing the beautiful art deco 1930’s tube train. At the Depot in Acton, the London Transport Museum stores about 370,000 items. The main objective of the Depot is to operate as a working museum store. The public can only view these items on selected dates during the year. There are diverse items on display ranging from old uniforms and posters to trains and buses. The Museum is owned and operated by Transport for London and it is a non-profit, independent Museum registered by the Museums and Galleries Commission.
The items stored at the Museum Depot include many original works of art used for the Museum’s celebrated poster collection, vehicles, signs, models, photographs, engineering drawings and uniforms. There are a total of 370,000 items that constitute one of the most comprehensive and important records of urban transport anywhere in the world.
The Depot is more like a working museum store as it provides 6000 square metres of storage space which is secure and has environmental control systems. The curators of the Depot work to catalogue and preserve objects so that their heritage is preserved for future generations. In order to visit the Depot, you can either book one of their monthly guided tours or visit it on their popular Open Weekends.
The London Transport Museum is based in Covent Garden, London and it seeks to conserve and explain the transport heritage of London. It is open to the public every day. It has recently been reopened after two years of refurbishment.