World’s first underground railway celebrates 150th birthday with historic steam train experience


The journey will have passengers passing through the tunnels between Paddington and Farringdon.


By Jordan O’Brien

The world’s first underground railway is celebrating its 150th birthday and it’s the last chance to apply for tickets to experience what is was like when it opened.

The journey, which has been arranged by the London Transport Museum, will have passengers passing through the tunnels between Paddington and Farringdon, just like their predecessor travellers would have when it opened on 10 January 1863.  

The journey will take place on Sunday 13 January and Sunday 20 January and will feature Met Steam Locomotive No. 1, which has recently been restored to its former glory.

It will haul the world’s oldest operational underground carriage, Jubilee Carriage No 353, which will carry passengers on the short journey.

Those who want to take part in this monumental occasion will have to enter the public ballot, which will not guarantee a ticket on the trip, but allows them to request up to two tickets, the date and first or standard class seats.

The ballot will close on Sunday 11 November and afterwards a computer will randomly select people who the London Transport Museum will begin notifying from 19 November.

Successful applicants will then have to arrange payment with ticket prices varying depending on vehicle and journey allocated, with the cheapest being £50 all the way up to £180.

The Museum will be holding other special events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the underground’s opening, including an exhibition at the museum featuring the London Underground’s best posters.

There will also be some Behind-the-Scenes events at the museum’s Acton depot.

If you’re interested in the heritage steam run or other 150th anniversary events visit or call 020 7565 7298

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