Ride On A 1938 Art Deco Tube Train This September

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Ride On A 1938 Art Deco Tube Train This September
A man in a bowler hat waits for a bright red tube train arriving into the station
Image: London Transport Museum

Dream of travelling to a bygone London? This September you can do just that — thanks to a weekend of heritage rides on a 1938 tube train.

The art deco style train — consisting of four carriages, and replete with wooden frames windows, sleek light fittings, and a sumptuous red and green cut and loop wool moquette — is running various journeys between Amersham and Watford, and Amersham and Harrow-on-the-Hill, on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September 2023.

Red and green vintage moquette seats
Image: London Transport Museum

In all, over 1,100 of these 1938 cars were built — with some of them still in use in London up until 1988. A handful of the trains were recycled on the Isle of Wight's Island Line, but in 2020 these were replaced with 'new' (aka 1980s) London Underground stock.

Nowadays, though you can see them in museums and depots, you rarely get a chance to ride one of these beauts.

A red tube train on the rails in a wooded area
Image: London Transport Museum

Tickets for September's heritage rides are on sale now, although very much not at 1938 prices — it's £28.50 for an adult return ticket, £20 for concessions and £15 for kids. This time around, however, you can also book a single, which is cheaper to do.

If you're looking for a thriftier heritage tube experience, you can always hop on the Bakerloo line.

Last Updated 16 August 2023

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