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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

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There are 16 comments on this article
  1. Greg Tingey says:

    See also the magnificent Diamond Geezer HERE for lots more information & other links.

  2. MikeP says:

    I was getting a bit worried, but tickets for Sunday week arrived yesterday :-)

  3. Andrew Bowden says:

    Moorgate’s on my regular commute and I was wondering what those white tanks were for. All is now explained!

  4. Anonymous says:

    great rolling stock the bluebell railway

  5. Ben Harris says:

    Thanks for posting these. One correction: the view captioned “Met No. 1 Pulls into Earls Court for the first time” appears to show Paddington (and to be identical to the later one).

  6. John Bull says:

    hmmm- looks right to me. Gitch in the matrix maybe? Try fitting ctrl+f5 for me.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I understand that Sarah Siddons has sustained some damage to her roof after a mishap at Lillee Bridge Depot.

  8. Mwmbwls says:

    I particularly like the coaching stock picture that clearly shows the rounded top corners of the doors to minimise damage if opened away from a platform together with strap controlled windows.

  9. DW down under says:

    I live in Tasmania, a quiet little backwater across the Bass Strait from Melbourne. Even our local TV managed to mentioned the 150th Anniversary celebrations for the Underground.

    Cheers

    DW down under

  10. Mr Plow says:

    Just in case anyone’s interested, there’s a free lunchtime lecture at UCL on the 15th January at 1315 on the local history of the underground, further details at: http://tinyurl.com/cpe4grr. It is open to the public.

  11. Fandroid says:

    @DW down under.

    How’s the weather down there? We’ve had a lot of Tasmania news over here just lately!

  12. Anonymous says:

    well there’s the answer to one of the xmas quiz questions in your photos

  13. Anonymous says:

    Can’t wait for my trip on the 20th. :-)

  14. John Bull says:

    Don’t worry – Sarah is fine and good to go tomorrow!

  15. Simon says:

    Have we got any tips on platforms and times for watching Sundays service? (it was far too expensive for me)

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