TheLondoneer: New Buses and Old Trains @ The London Transport Museum

There are two interesting events come up, organised by the London Transport Museum, that you might be interested in hearing about.

On both Monday 13 and 20 June, there will talks taking place at the London Transport Museum focusing on Boris’s new bus for London. Stuart Wood from Heatherwick Studio, who won the competition to design the bus, will be on hand to talk to visitors about how it updates the traditional routemaster design with some new features. Visitors will also have a rare opportunity to investigate the interior of the mocked-up bus that sits on the ground floor of the museum, taking a look at the wrap-around glass windows on the top deck and seeing how they’ve managed to modernise the much-missed open rear platform that was the iconic feature of the old London bus. Talks take place from 6:30pm on both days, with tickets priced at £12 for adults, £10 concessions and £6 for students. You can book tickets online here.


On Sunday 19 June, London Transport Museum are running one of their occasional heritage train services for Father’s Day. A beautifully restored 1938 tube train will be returned to service for one trip only, going from Northfields on the Piccadilly Line all the way to Heathrow. Apart from the vintage rolling stock what makes this trip particularly interesting is the fact that at High Street Kensington the train will actually switch over onto the District Line before returning to the Piccadilly Line at Acton Town. Not only that but the train will visit Heathrow 4 and then 1,2, 3 and 5 – a route that normal service trains never take. One can only imagine what tourists waiting for the service into central London will make of it as it passes through the stations! Tickets for this trip, which lasts approximately 2 hours, are priced at £25 for adults and £15 for children. It sounds like it will make for a very special occasion for the travel-obsessed dads out there.