The 150th anniversary of the London Underground is being conmemorated with a special service recreating the first tube journey of 1863.
The anniversary journey is scheduled to run from Olympia station to Moorgate, following the route of the earliest underground railway. 300 passengers will ride in a restored steam engine dating from 1898, which will pull a series of carriages with the help of the worlds' oldest electric locomotive, named the Sarah Siddons. Among the carriages being pulled is the Metropolitan Railway Jubilee carriage no. 353, otherwise recognized as the oldest operational carriage, on the tracks since 1892.
The limited passengers will include various retired Underground employees whose family histories can be traced back alongside that of the rail networks', families whose various generations have all worked for the transport services.
London's tube services are recognized as an integral element of city's history and for the daily life its' residents. Consequently, the anniversary is being conmemorated throughout the year in various forms, which include the release of a special £2 coin bearing images of the tube, in addition to an anniversary Oyster card edition. Rail enthusiasts will also get the chance to venture into the disused Aldwych station to enjoy a series of theatrical performances.
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