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Heritage Train Journeys: ‘Tube 160 Birthday Special’ tickets now on sale

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June

Celebrate the Tube’s 160th Birthday on a stunningly restored Art Deco train

·      Enjoy time chatting to costumed actors from the 1860s and 1890s

·      Take selfies against a 160th year giant #LoveTheTube backdrop

·      Return Tickets available from Acton Town Tube station on the Piccadilly line via Heathrow


Join the Tube’s 160th birthday celebrations with a ride on one of London Transport Museum’s ‘Tube 160 Birthday Special’ heritage journeys. The world’s first underground railway opened in 1863 in London, since then the Tube has grown to become an iconic part of life in the capital for residents and visitors. On the weekend of Saturday 10 June and Sunday 11 June the public will have the opportunity to be transported to a bygone era of train travel with journeys on a pristine Art Deco-style 1938 vintage Tube train. The vehicle was one of the capital’s longest serving Tube trains and is a relic of London’s transport past.

  Left to right images: #Love the Tube selfie backdrop, refurbished 1938 Tube car and the 1938 Tube train on a previous outing, copyright London Transport Museum

The 1938 stock was the first kind of Tube train to have all of the electrical equipment underneath the floor, combining the latest technology of the time with quintessential late 1930s style. These trains served London, on several deep-level Tube lines, for half a century. The beautifully restored electrified trains are made up of four cars complete with green and red moquette seating, grab handles and distinctive Art Deco light fittings.

Return journeys on the restored trains will run from Acton Town to Heathrow Terminal 4, taking approximately one and a quarter hours. There will be a real sense of occasion with live music and the chance to chat with costumed actors. See if you can persuade one to join you when you take a selfie against the glorious Tube160 #LoveTheTube giant backdrop, created especially for the 160th year.  Adults and children can also enjoy some craft time making an oyster card holder, that can then be put into use for future journeys in and around London.

Ticket holders will have the chance to buy transport collectibles at the London Transport Museum’s Friends stall and take home a special souvenir leaflet.

Sam Mullins OBE, Director, London Transport Museum, said: ‘We’re looking forward to celebrating the Tube’s 160th anniversary with our much-loved 1938 heritage train event. London Underground has evolved greatly over the last 160 years, from the early steam locomotives to modern Elizabeth line trains, but nothing beats the thrill of an Art Deco classic journey.’

Saturday and Sunday timetables for the trains. Please note that the second journey each day will travel from Acton Town to Heathrow Terminal 4, then terminate at Northfields station, rather than continuing through to Acton Town:

Journey departure times and routes Saturday 10th June:

10:49 – 11:49 – Acton Town – Heathrow T4 – Acton Town

12:35 – 13:25 – Acton Town – Heathrow T4 – Northfields

14:45 – 15:39 – Acton Town – Heathrow T4 – Acton Town

16:05 – 16:59 – Acton Town – Heathrow T4 – Acton Town

Journey departure times and routes Sunday 11th June:

10:57 – 11:58 – Acton Town – Heathrow T4 – Acton Town

12:38 – 13:33 – Acton Town – Heathrow T4 – Northfields

14:58 – 15:58 – Acton Town – Heathrow T4 – Acton Town

16:18 – 17:18 – Acton Town – Heathrow T4 – Acton Town


Tickets for Saturday 10 June, Sunday 11 June are priced as follows:


Adult £28.50
Concession (student with valid ID, over 65, disabled visitor) £20
Child (aged 4 – 17) (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult) £15
Children aged 3 or under Free (must be seated on adult’s lap)
Disabled visitor’s carer/companion Free


Tickets must be bought in advance online at


Passengers can visit the local cafes the Acton Town area for refreshments. There is also a small vendor at the station entrance. Ticket holders should please note that no food or drink is allowed on the train.
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