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353 Goes Far East!

353 goes far East? Well certainly about as far East as it could and still claim London Underground legitimacy. The restoration of Metropolitan carriage no.353 to its former glory was a significant investment, and the Museum was helped out by a generous grant from the Lottery Heritage Fund. In recognition of this help, the carriage has been used at a number of events in 2013 at which the public can both see it and take a ride in its stunning first class interior.

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Hence on an early Saturday morning in July I found myself stood next to 353 on the platform of North Weald station of the heritage Epping and Ongar Railway, which was until 1994 part of London Transport’s Central Line. The Epping and Ongar Railway had organised an Underground 150 event as its contribution to this year’s celebrations.

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Truth be told, in my concern not to be late, I actually arrived a bit too early, just as the station was opening. Consequently I was treated to a happy hour or so watching while the trains for the day were formed up; it was a highly nostalgic image of what I would imagine a sleepy early morning in the summer on a steam secondary line must have been like.

The nostalgia quotient was piled on as a brace of Country Area RTs and a couple of RFs arrived on the apron outside the station, ready to run the shuttles bringing passengers from Epping station.

However, I wasn’t in deepest Essex to wallow in the past. For a change I was actually making myself useful and I spent the day acting as the steward on 353. This meant looking after the carriage, to make sure that nothing untoward happened to it. Just as importantly, I was also on hand to ensure that the public safely enjoyed their day and were able to understand a little bit about the history and restoration of 353. At this point I also have to mention the Epping and Ongar’s volunteers, who I found to be immensely friendly and helpful.

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So I spent a very happy day trundling to and fro through the summer countryside, in a train consisting of Metropolitan loco no. 1, carriage 353 and a “Dreadnought” carriage. I think it would be a fair reflection to say that a good time was had by all! (But especially me……)

Dave Olney, Volunteer

World in Motion – Black History Month Event

On Saturday 1st October, London Transport Museum hosted a fantastic day of workshops to celebrate this year’s Black History Month. Black History Month has been celebrated in the UK since 1987. Its aim is to recognise the contributions of African, Asian and Caribbean people to the economic, cultural and political life in London and the UK.

So why does the Museum choose to celebrate Black History Month? Well, Transport for London is an incredibly diverse organisation, with nearly 30% of its workforce Black, Asian and Minority Ethic (BAME). The TfL BAME staff network group are always keen to make Black History Month a focal point of their year, to promote the work they do and to celebrate the organisation’s diversity. For the past 3 years the BAME staff network group have worked in partnership with the Museum to deliver activities, with this year’s event being the biggest yet!

On Saturday we ran a storytelling session, telling families all about the amazing Caribbean bus drivers in the 1960s who played for London Transport’s Central Road Services cricket team. Being great sportsmen, the team won the cricket championship 26 years in a row, with lots of their players being awarded the London Transport’s sportsman of the year trophy. In the afternoon, current TfL staff came along in their uniforms and helped to deliver a hat making workshop. Using the fantastic Rastafarian uniform hat and a uniform turban from our collection as inspiration, families made hats to take home, and the event was a great success.

Now to work out what to do for next year’s Black History Month to make it even bigger and better…!