Underground Uncovered

The capital's tube network is the subject of the London Transport Museum's latest Depot opening, Underground Uncovered. Peter Gray reports.

Go behind the scenes of the London Transport Museum’s Acton Depot this September in a four day, Underground focused event.

Highlights of the opening include a talk by disused station expert Siddy Holloway, an opportunity to try your hand at being a Train Operator, and a chance to explore two historic works vehicles on the Depot forecourt.

Holloway will deliver a talk on the secrets of the Underground, interspersing with clips from a variety of secret tunnels and stations from the Yesterday channel series. Following the talk, Holloway will answer questions from the audience.

Elsewhere at the depot, visitors will have a chance to try their hands at being a Victoria Line Train Operator. A Driver’s Cab will be on hand so that enthusiasts can experience first hand what it’s like to sit in the driver’s seat of a modern underground train.

Meanwhile, on the Depot forecourt, two rare works vehicles will be displayed. The 89Q wagon and the 351X Fordson tractor are important vehicles in the history of the transport network and visitors will have a chance to explore both of them at the open weekend.

Other highlights of the opening include a series of mini talks with topics ranging from art and poster history to station architecture, a demonstration of restored London Underground signalling frames, and an opportunity to view the historic Q stock carriages.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Activities for families, meanwhile, will include an opportunity to ride a miniature railway, the ‘Down at the Depot’ storytelling session and a ‘singing, dancing, play and an interactive’ story about the Depot’s unique Milk van.

 The Director of the London Transport Museum, Sam Mullins OBE, had this to say about the event: “The Aladdin’s Cave of transport history is open once again with our Museum Depot September event. This autumn we’re delving into the past of London Underground with a spectrum of mini-talks from poster art to station architecture, and vintage vehicles displays.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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You will want to indulge your inner child on the miniature railway, shop for transport-inspired souvenirs and decommissioned originals in our pop up shop and finish a great day out with a coffee or toastie at the Mini Bean mobile café.”

So, if you fancy discovering a little bit more about London’s incredible transport history, then the London Transport Museum’s Acton Depot is the place to be!

Timed tickets to visit the London Transport Museum Depot must be booked in advance online. Adult tickets cost £15 and tickets for children cost £7.50. Kids aged 3 and under go free. Concessions are available. To book a ticket go to https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/visit/depot/events

Underground Uncovered will take place on multiple dates from the 23rd to the 26th of September 2021. More information about the event can be found here.

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What: transport exhibition
When: 23-26 Sept 21
Where: Acton