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This is one of the reasons I love London so much. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Tube, London Underground organised a number of heritage runs along the Hammersmith and City line with the engine Met Locomotive No. 1 and newly restored Metropolitan Railway ‘Jubilee’ carriage No. 353 (built 1892). My Dad and I were very, very lucky to receive tickets, first class no less, for one of these journeys – Dave managed to get them through the public ballot and gave them to us as our Christmas present – thanks Dave!

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We started our journey in Moorgate station where we had actors and a brass band dressed up in Victorian costume and there was plenty of other things to see on the platform too.

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Then our train came rolling in. You could almost taste the excitement from everyone waiting.

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The carriages are beautiful. With plush seats and leather armrests, first class was definitely the way to travel!

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The journey itself was such a wonderful experience. Seeing the smoke and hearing the engine chuff-chuff away is something I will never forget and was an absolute privilege to do. Seeing the amount of people who turned up to see the train pass on other stations was amazing. Our fellow passengers included a couple who were born and bred Londoners who had used the Tube all their life, a steam train enthusiast , a couple of LU workers and a journalist.  All chatty, all excited, all very, very happy to be there. Here we are passing through Euston Square:

I have many more pictures over on my Flickr and this BBC report gives a bit more information on the trips if you’re interested.

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