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Engineering theme for LT Museum Depot open weekend


For one weekend this September, London Transport Museum’s Depot in Acton, west London will throw open its doors, giving visitors the chance to explore a treasure-trove of over 320,000 artefacts from London’s transport history.

In celebration of the Year of Engineering, the event on 22/23 September will highlight the inventions, innovations and people behind the story of transport in London. Visitors will discover the feats of engineering that have shaped the capital’s iconic transport network through a programme of talks, tours, demonstrations and fun family activities.

At the Moving London Depot Open Weekend visitors can:
* Learn about the creation of London’s Underground and the pioneers of civil engineering who built it with author Anthony Badsey-Ellis
* Join former Tube Challenge world record holder Geoff Marshall for ‘Tube Station Trivia’ – fun facts about London Underground from the man who has visited every Tube station on the network
* Look beyond London’s buses and trains and enjoy fascinating talks about London City Airport and the history of the Woolwich Ferry and Docklands
* Sit back and watch a screening of Sherbet Dab – an oral history documentary about the London Hackney Cab
* Take a special highlights tour of the Museum’s Poster Store with expert guides, and discover some of the hidden gems in one of the world’s finest and most comprehensive collections of transport posters, rarely seen by the public
* Step into the shoes of a train driver in a Victoria Line driving cab and learn how the trains on the world’s first automatic railway worked
* Explore vintage vehicles out the back of the depot, such as the restored khaki green B2737 ‘Battle Bus’ (an example of the B-type London buses commandeered for use during the First World War in 1914) as well as a Waterloo and City line rail car from 1940 and unusual works vehicles from the 1930s and 50s
*Watch demonstrations of original London Underground signalling equipment
* Visit the pop-up food village for teas, coffee and a bar, as well as delicious hot and cold food, all served from a variety of vintage vehicles brought to you by StreetDots
* Shop for unique transport-related products and gifts in our Depot shop
* Hop on a vintage bus to take a scenic tour of Acton and the surrounding area

With lots of activities for families, visitors can also:
* Take a ride on a miniature railway
* Get crafty in a make and take activity for little engineers
* Put their ears to the test in ‘Guess the transport sound’ with Bell Music Academy
* Join a bite-size family tour called My Favourite Vehicle and see highlights from the Depot’s collection of vintage buses and trains
* Join interactive workshop Send the Right Signals, and learn how to build a track and sequence of signals
Explore the underneath of a vintage bus on a guided bus pit tour

The Museum Depot is a treasure trove of the capital’s transport history, housing a range of objects including posters, vehicles, maps, signs and models. Other activities include:
* Viewing the largest collection of London transport signage in the world, which includes samples spanning over 150 years, with examples of different font prototypes, layouts and design styles on display

* Meeting the costumed character James Greathead who will be recounting his invention of the ‘Greathead Shield’ – the tunnelling shield that helped create the world’s first electric railway in 1890

* Seeing wonderfully preserved heritage buses including the chocolate brown 1924 LB5 Chocolate Express, vibrant yellow garden seat horse bus built c1881, and the fully operational red and cream 1920s K type motor bus

* Visiting the original 1930s District Line Q stock train cars and checking out the progress being made on this current restoration project


Tickets cost £12 for adults and £10 for concessions and are valid for one day only. Open from 11:00-17:00. Last admission 16:00. Children and young people aged 17 and under go free (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult).

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