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Going UndergrounD for 150 Years

This week the London Underground will celebrate 150 years since the first underground railway journey took place between Paddington and Farringdon by the Metropolitan Railway on 9th January 1863 (as advised by the London Transport museum although some commentators are stating it as being 10th January which was the first public journey). Whilst not directly Southern Railway related, the subsequent expansion of both the Underground network and the London County Council Tramways routes formed competition to the Southern Railway and certainly encouraged the onset of electrification of the SR’s suburban system.

There are a number of events, exhibitions and activities planned to mark this 150th Anniversary further details can be found on the London Transport museums website here.
The highlight will be on Sunday 13 and 20 January 2013, when the restored Met Locomotive No. 1 will bring steam back to the Underground to celebrate the inaugural public passenger underground journey. Met Locomotive No. 1 will pull the Metropolitan Railway ‘Jubilee’ carriage No. 353, which was built in 1892, only recently fully restored, and the ‘Ashbury’ (sometimes known as ‘Chesham’) set of coaches built between 1998 and 1900 that have been loaned from the Bluebell Railway. The Electric Loco No. 12 Sarah Siddons will also form part of these trains.

Video footage of last nights (08/01/13) test run with Met No1 can be seen here

So although not strictly Southern Railway related I didn’t think such an anniversary should not go UnmentioneD, so I apologise to any purely Southern followers of this blog. However, If like me you are also a fan of some the finer details and wide range of iconic architecture found across the Underground network and you have a few minutes to spare Ian Jones’s fasinating 150 great things about the underground blog is well worth a read.

A Beattie Well Tank goes ‘UnderGround’

Although this happened a week or so ago now on Saturday 25th February, and already quite widely reported,  I thought I would for the record,  post a few links to the interesting night time working of ex LSWR Beattie Well Tank 30587 doing some tests on the London Underground Circle / Hammersmith and City Line between Lillie Bridge Depot, Earls Court and Baker Street.

This was testing in advance of next year’s 150th anniversary of the Inner Circle line and the feasibility of special steam hauled trips to mark the event, hopefully utilising some of the preserved ex London Underground stock such as the Metropolitan Railway ‘Ashbury’ stock from the Bluebell Railway and maybe the Metropolitan Railway ‘T’ Stock from the Spa Valley Railway.

The testing with 30587, from the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, along with Metropolitan electric locomotive ‘Sarah Siddons’ and a couple of LU Battery Locomotives was to test and evaluate the effect on station fire alarm panels and passing trains of running steam engines through this section. Once again the London Underground demonstrate their forward thinking and willingness to hold such unique events, which they should be heartily congratulated for.

A selection of Photographs can be found on the London reconnections site here and also Bowroaduks Flickr Photostream here.

A great short video of the testing at Baker Street is on Leon Daniel’s, Managing Director of surface transport at TfL, youtube site here and also here if the embedded first clip below does not appear.