Sunday, 13 January 2013

[] Steam train chugs through Tube to mark 150th anniversary


Steam train chugs through Tube to mark 150th anniversary

APMet Locomotive 1, a restored steam train built in 1898, travels from Kensington Olympia Tube station to Moorgate station in London on Sunday as part of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the London Underground.

Tourists waiting for their morning subway train to Madame Tussauds were treated to an unusual sight on Sunday — a 19-century steam engine chugging down the tracks.

Transit officials sent the Met Locomotive 1, built in 1898, down London's Metropolitan Line to mark the 150th anniversary of the capital's Tube network, the world's oldest.

London Mayor Boris Johnson was among the invited passengers aboard the historic black-and-red locomotive. He said the trip was "romantic," describing "thick clouds of white steam going past and then bits of soot coming through from the engine."

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