LU150: A Birthday Steam Test

In the early hours of this morning, the final “dress rehearsal” for the upcoming heritage steam runs on the Underground took place. Along with the staff and volunteers were a number of guests, including many of those who have worked hard over recent years to make the steam runs possible.

With Sarah Siddons on hand to provide a shove if needed, Metropolitan Railway Steam Locomotive No. 1 pulled a train comprised of Metropolitan Railway ‘Jubilee’ Carriage No. 353 and the Chesham set of Bogie stock coaches from Earls Court to Moorgate via Baker Street and back again.

The test run was a success, making it an excellent way to properly kick off the birthday celebrations. A selection of photos and videos from the run can be found below.

Met No. 1 Pulls into Earls Court for the first time

Met No. 1 at Earls Court

Met No. 1 at Earls Court

Residue under steam

Residue quickly builds up under steam, leaving ghostly impressions on the windows.

Steaming through Paddington

Met No.1 at Edgware Road

Met No.1 at Edgware Road

Met No. 1 from the front

Met No. 1 from the front

Looking down the platform at Edgware Road

Looking down the platform at Edgware Road

The BTP travelling in style

The BTP travelling in style

Another view down the train

Another view down the train

Sarah Siddons, there to lend a hand

Sarah Siddons, there to lend a hand

Met No. 1 at Moorgate

Met No. 1 at Moorgate

Water tanks at Moorgate

Water tanks at Moorgate

Opening up the tanks

Opening up the tanks

Preparing to take on water

Preparing to take on water

Taking on water

Taking on water

Still taking on water...

Still taking on water…

A very contented Knight of the Realm

A very contented Knight of the Realm

A very busy fireman

A very busy fireman

Written by John Bull