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How London celebrates the Tube’s 150th anniversary

Chad Greggor

tube7 300x225 How London celebrates the Tubes 150th anniversaryIt is 150 years since the Metropolitan line, the first of the underground railways, was opened in 1863. Now, London Transport Museum and Art on the Underground celebrate the Tube’s history with a number of exciting events, including a ride on the steam train Locomotive No.1 pulling the ‘Jubilee’ carriage, Tube art exhibitions and talks on the history of the Underground.

Sunday 13th and 20th January: There will be ‘Steam and Heritage train outings’, featuring the Met Locomotive No.1, which will pull the ‘Jubilee’ carriage No.353 built in 1892 and recently restored.  Tickets are available, but very limited. Call the Booking office on 020 7565 7298.

January 21st, Feburary 25th and March 25th: Talks by Sam Mullins, Oliver Green and David Bownes, the authors of ‘Underground: How the Tube Shaped London’, will give a series of illustrated talks on the history of the Underground over the last 150 years. For more details see: http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/

February to October: An exhibition celebrating Tube Art called ‘Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs’ will feature 150 designs chosen by an independent panel. Special posters can be purchased of the Underground art during this time. http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk

February: BFI will be showing archive footage and experimental film on the large screen at Canary Wharf in February. A section of the production, part 2, will showcase footage from the London Underground to celebrate the 150th Anniversary. The project is in partnership with Art on the Underground.

April and October 2013: London Transport Museums Acton Store will feature Behind the Scenes events, where the Met Railway Carriage No. 353 and Met Locomotive No.1 which will be on display. There will also be themed days, including photography, art and creative writing. Ref. http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk

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