Travel Back To 1953 On These Special Coronation Tube Rides

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 8 months ago
Travel Back To 1953 On These Special Coronation Tube Rides

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A man in a bowler hat waits for a bright red tube train arriving into the station
Special coronation tube trains will run on the first May bank holiday. Image: London Transport Museum

Tube lovers are invited to travel back to 2 June 1953, for a retro ride on a vintage tube train this summer.

For three days only — 29 and 30 April, and 1 May 2023 — special 'coronation' heritage rides will take place on the Piccadilly line between Acton Town and Uxbridge.

Passengers will arrive at an Acton Town station festooned with retro bunting, in 'preparation' for the coronation of Elizabeth II. A costumed actor dressed as a Grenadier Guard will talk about the big occasion — and there'll be souvenir leaflets, and transport collectibles and ephemera to buy.

A cartoon guardsman in front of railway tracks
Half of a pair poster produced by John Bainsbridge for Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation, 1953

Anyone with a ticket will be invited to don a paper hat, and board a cherry red 1938 Stock tube train, where rich red and green cut and loop wool moquette, grab handles, and swoonworthy art deco light fittings await.

As usual with these Transport Museum heritage rides, tickets will be in high demand, and cost considerably more than your usual tap-in fare. It's £28.50 for adults and £15 for children. Each return journey from Acton Town to Uxbridge lasts around an 1 hour 15 minutes

A younger Prince Charles appears to be standing on a tube platform looking at carriages
Train pic by M@; Charles pic public domain.

Who knows, maybe Elizabeth's son, Charles will sneak aboard. He is, after all, a bit of a tube nerd — at least he was when he was a young boy, as we revealed in this article about the time he went trainspotting at Charing Cross.

Rides are open for booking now, and will likely sell out fast.

Last Updated 15 April 2023

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