Tube150: Go Behind The Scenes At Acton Depot

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Tube150: Go Behind The Scenes At Acton Depot

This is a sponsored article on behalf of London Transport Museum.


This November, London Transport Museum’s Acton Depot opens its doors for three days of behind-the-scenes events giving visitors a unique glimpse into one of the most comprehensive urban transport collections anywhere in the world.

You might have already visited London Transport Museum in Covent Garden, but the Museum’s Depot at Acton houses the majority of the museum’s collections, which are otherwise not on display. With a staggering 400,000 items, including many original works of art, vehicles, signs, models, photographs, engineering drawings and uniforms, the Depot Open Weekend is a fantastic opportunity to discover this transport treasure trove for yourself.

In addition to exploring the collections, there are a number of activities to enjoy throughout the three-day opening:

  • Curator-led tours of the small-object collection
  • Talks and film screenings — learn about the restoration of Jubilee Carriage 353 and join artist Ross Ashmore as he talks about his project to paint portraits of every underground station
  • Miniature tram and railway rides
  • Heritage bus rides
  • Live art by Ross Ashmore as he paints the Metropolitan Locomotive No.1 and Jubilee Carriage 353
  • Costumed interpreters — look out for a Victorian steam train traveller and an 1800s tunnel miner
  • Drop-in family creative workshops — storytelling, stop-frame animation fun with Chocolate Films, hands-on signalling and engineering demonstrations
  • Exclusive retail products available

Behind the Scenes at Acton Depot Open Weekend takes place 1-3 November 2013. Advance booking is recommended to avoid possible queues on the day. Kids go free. Tickets are valid for all three days. Adult tickets £10.00 (£8 concessions). Find full information and book at

Last Updated 25 October 2013