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A vintage 1938 red tube train at North Ealing station
Photograph: London Transport Museum

You’ll be able to ride vintage Piccadilly line trains in London this summer

From June to September, the London Transport Museum is offering a series of heritage train journeys

Written by
Imogen Williams

Tube travel changes all the time. It wasn’t so long ago that minor delays weren’t conveniently predicted for you by Citymapper and the Overground actually functioned on weekends. All a long-gone phenomenon.

However, come this summer you’ll be able to turn back time to the golden age of travel and enjoy a series of heritage train journeys in a 1938 art deco tube train. The London Transport Museum is organising a season of events throughout June, July, August and September that’ll let Londoners ride vintage Piccadilly line trains. 

Refurbished 1938 train
Photograph: Steve Lancefield / London Transport Museum

The first journey will run on Saturday June 9 from Acton Town to Oakwood station. Across the day, there will be six journeys in total between the west and north London locations, with a single stint taking around 50 minutes. Seating is unreserved and spread across four carriages: pink, orange, green, and blue.

The timetable looks like this:

  • Journey 1: Departs Acton Town station 10:10am
  • Journey 2: Departs Oakwood station 11:50am
  • Journey 3: Departs Acton Town station 2:20pm
  • Journey 4: Departs Oakwood station 4:10pm
  • Journey 5: Departs Acton Town station 6:40pm
  • Journey 6: Departs Oakwood station 8:10pm

For those looking to extend the experience a little further and really get some bang for your buck, passengers can enjoy a couple of add-ons at the two stations. At Acton Town, transport enthusiasts can shop for transport collectibles, while at the Oakwood station end of the leg there’ll be a short talk about Charles Holden, an architect who designed a bunch of Underground stations.

Can’t make June 9? Hold out for the July, August and September trips to cruise across the capital in the dazzling vintage train. 

On Saturday July 20 and Sunday July 21, the 1938 carriages will hurtle between Uxbridge and Harrow-on-the-Hill with music provided by a Transport for London busker to keep you entertained.

On August 10 and 11, the vintage train will tackle the Heathrow loop while Saturday 7 and Sunday September 8 will see the nostalgic train trip starting at Amersham station and travelling along the Metropolitan line to coincide with the annual Amersham Heritage Day on the Sunday. Tickets for the events in July, August and September aren’t yet on sale. 

You can grab your tickets through the London Transport Museum here.

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