TQ2580 : The final journey

taken 7 years ago, near to Kensington, Kensington And Chelsea, Great Britain

The final journey
The final journey
Passing through Notting Hill Gate station on the way from Moorgate to Earls Court and Lillee Bridge. Built by the Metropolitan Railway as part of its extension from Paddington to South Kensington, it is the one that best retains the atmosphere of London's original underground railways, having been relatively little rebuilt.
150 Underground Pioneer

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the world's first underground railway, the London Underground operated a special steam-hauled passenger service between Moorgate and Edgware Road Stations on Sunday 20 January 2013, using part of the original line.
To reach Moorgate, the train made a positioning journey, also with passengers, from Kensington Olympia via High Street Kensington and Baker Street. It then made three return journeys to Edgware Road, although in practice a points failure at Edgware Road Station meant that the journey had to be extended to Gloucester Road Station to enable the train to be reversed, giving the passengers on that trip an unexpected bonus. After the three Edgware Road trips, the train returned from Moorgate to Earls Court. It then ran to the London Underground depot at Lillie Bridge for overnight stabling.
The train consisted entirely of genuine Metropolitan Railway rolling stock, although none of it dated from the inception of the Railway. It comprised steam locomotive No.1, an 0-4-4 tank locomotive built in 1898, an 1898 milk van, a first class 6-wheel 'Jubilee' coach from 1897, a set of 4 coaches of 1898-1900 latterly used on the Chesham branch, and electric loco 'Sarah Siddons' of 1923
The following night, Monday 21 January, the two locomotives together with the van and the first class coach made their way from Lillee Bridge to Ealing Common depot for dispersal. The four Chesham set coaches were due to be transferred by road to their current home on the Bluebell Railway.

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Date Taken
Monday, 21 January, 2013   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 22 January, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Railways  People, Events 
London Underground (from Tags)
Metropolitan Line 
Place (from Tags)
Notting Hill Gate Station 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2529 8037 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.5027N 0:11.7628W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2530 8035
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