Last steam trip tops bill in District line 150 celebrations

THE last steam-hauled passenger rides through the central section of London Underground will be run as part of a series of events to celebrate the District line’s 150th anniversary.

The modernisation of signalling on the Hammersmith & City, District, Circle and Metropolitan lines means this will be the last time a steam train will be able to travel through the section beneath the heart of the city.

Services to the London Olympics at Wembley in 1948 are advertised outside this view of the entrance to Westminster station. TfL

The train – run by Transport for London in conjunction with London Transport Museum – will be headed by Metropolitan Railway E class 0-4-4T No. 1, as per similar events over the past few years, with the Chesham set of wooden-bodies coaches hired from the Bluebell Railway. 

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Metropolitan Railway Jubilee coach No. 353, which later ran on the Weston, Clevedon & Portishead Railway, and former District coach No. 100, from the Kent & East Sussex Railway, will be added to the rake.

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