The route for this event is between Acton Town and Heathrow T4 (return).There are four return journeys per day:
Saturday: 10:49, 12:35*, 14:45 and 16:05
Sunday: 10:57, 12:38*, 14:58 and 16:18
*Return leg terminates at Northfields
In 1863, the world’s first underground railway opened in London. Since then, London Underground has grown to become an iconic part of London life for residents and visitors alike.
To commemorate the Tube’s 160th birthday this year, we’re running return journeys from Acton Town to Heathrow T4, and journeys via Heathrow T4 to Northfields, on our beautifully restored Art-Deco style 1938 stock train - a relic of London’s transport past and one of the capital’s longest serving Tube trains.
Join us for activities at Acton Town station before embarking on your trip. Chat to costumed actors to be transported to key moments in the Underground’s history, take a selfie with our #LoveTheTube wall, get crafty making an Oyster card holder, and check out transport collectibles and ephemera at London Transport Museum’s Friends stall.
I went to see this LU160 tour train on Saturday afternoon (from Gants Hill). As is normal nowadays I changed trains at Stratford for the faster journey to Central London and just by chance a Heathrow-bound Elizabeth line Class 345 train arrived at platform 5. I noted that many passengers had luggage - obviously a through train to the airport is seen in a favourable light.
I was tempted to stay on the 345 all the way to Heathrow (simply because I could!) but in the end I decided to alight at Bond Street and go to Northfields, arriving there just in time to see the tour train depart after its lunch break.
Whilst waiting for a westbound Piccadilly train to my next photo opportunity (Boston Manor) I was baffled to see the dot matrix display show a train to Hyde Park Corner from a westbound platform.
Later in the day I saw the train pass through Hatton Cross traveling westbound and then intended to go to Heathrow Central for its last eastbound journey. Alas, this proved to be impossible - the next service train was heading for Terminal 4, where it would wait for 7 minutes before returning towards London. The train after that actually reversed at Hatton Cross and the one after was too late - I would have passed the tour train whilst travelling between Hatton Cross and Heathrow Central.
My reason for wanting to end up at Heathrow Central was so that I could catch an Elizabeth line train to Stratford. I still ended up doing this, although as the first Elizabeth line train was heading to Abbey Wood I had to change trains en route. I noted that the train filled up very considerably at Tottenham Court Road, and it became quite noisy - as there was no wi-fi signal many people were actually talking to each other!
btw, for simplicity I eschewed PAYG with fares capping and bought a paper One-Day Travelcard ticket.
Yes, the dot matrix at Northfields WB local seems to like displaying Hyde Park Corner at the moment. Goodness knows why given it isn't possible to go anywhere from that platform other than onto No.5 RD into the depot or the WB to Boston Manor. Still, it disappears after a few minutes so who knows. We have a seemingly never ending signal failure at Northfields on 21 crossover (the crossover immediately after the WB Fast platform) handicapping the Pic constantly for months on end now. Perhaps it has something to do with the signalling data for every Heathrow train (95% of the service is booked down the WB Fast from Acton - Northfields) needing to be edited before they reach Acton to route them into the WB local.
Everytime I have been involved in railing the '38, a forklift has pushed it until the 1st car is on juice. There is an air line under the platform in the museum depot to pump the train up, so we have an emergency brake whilst being railed. I allude to the air line as we were entering the shed ensuring it was well under the platform before entering.
Last Edit: Jun 12, 2023 19:15:51 GMT by trainopd78
A leaflet given to ticket holders as part of this event is shown in FOI-0773-2324 published: 06 July 2023 about “Heritage Train Journeys: Tube 160 Birthday Special on 10th and 11th June 2023”. link
In its potted history of the 'Tube' the leaflet mentions “The Piccadilly line extension opens to Heathrow Central (now Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3)” Should this be updated to Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3, as shown on the current system map?
I am more concerned with the paragraph “The Victoria line opens between Walthamstow Central and Victoria, the first computer controlled underground railway in the world, with automatic trains and ticket gates.” Were the trains and ticket gates really computer controlled upon opening? I don't recall that word being used at the time, but perhaps the equipment would today be considered to be 'a computer'?
LOL, the Victoria line was 'sort of' computerised, albeit with clockwork-era technology. But it did work. Essentially it used traditional fixed block signalling with coded electrical pulses fed through the tracks to tell the train when to accelerate, brake, etc.
The technology also allowed human driven trains to also ply the same route - as happened during the trials between Stamford Brook and Ravenscourt Park (one train, in 1963) and then from 1964 onwards between Woodford and Hainault involving Central line tube trains as well as the last remaining British Railways passenger and goods trains ... the latter especially between Woodford and the junction near Roding Valley.
When the Victoria line opened the automated ticket gates used yellow magnetically coated tickets. So, these too were electronic, if not actually computerised. I have some, somewhere!
btw, London's first driverless railway opened in 1927 (mail rail, but not computerised) whilst what is believed to have been the first ever (in this era) passenger-carrying automated urban railway was the IRT Grand Central-Times Square Shuttle on the New York City, USA, Subway. Passenger services began in January 1962.