Metropolitan Line From A to S
In 2012 the A stock was finally withdrawn from the Metropolitan Line of London Underground after over 50 years service. Between 2010 and 2012 it was progressively replaced by new 8-car trains of S stock. In this video we see it in action alongside the new trains during its last year of operation, and see the special train that ran on the last day of public service carrying a commemorative headboard. (46 mins)
MET 150 "Underground Pioneer" Steam Specials
London Underground celebrated the 150th anniversary of the opening of the world's first underground railway between Paddington and Farringdon in 1863. Steam hauled specials ran on Sundays the 13th and 20th January 2013. These consisted of Metropolitan Railway steam locomotive number 1, built at Neasden in 1898, hauling a train comprising 4 teak livered carriages built in 1898/1900 and known as Chesham stock, restored Metropolitan Railway "Jubilee" coach 353 of 1892 and milk van 3 of 1896.
At the other end of the train was former Metropolitan Railway electric locomotive number 12, "Sarah Siddons", built in 1923. The train started from Lillie Bridge depot and then ran a series of shuttles between Moorgate and Edgware Road. The first run was made in the morning of the 13th January for invited guests including the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Two S stock trains were also specially decorated for the occasion. Large crowds turned out to witness the event.
This video covers both days' runs and captures some of the atmosphere of the event. Also featured is locomotive number 1 in action at Quainton Road 4 weeks later, hauling preserved "Dreadnought" Coach number 465. (26 mins)
Narrator: Paul Ross
Produced by - J & K Video
Running time - 72 Minutes
Format - 16:9 Widescreen, Filmed in full HD