Transport In Miniature @ London Transport Museum Depot

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[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n 10 and 11 March the London Transport Museum Depot over in Acton will be opening up for a special weekend themed around models of the public transport system.

Alongside the Depot’s regular contingent of 370,000 objects, ranging from station signs to fully restored carriages, professional and amateur modellers will be showing off their scale models of the tube and tram network as well as buses. There will also be two talks by well-respected speakers on the subject of London’s transport system:

  • At 12:30 and 3pm on Saturday 10 March, Robert Hulse, the unforgettable director of the Brunel Museum, will be talking about the father and son team who were responsible for many transport innovations across London, including the famous Thames Tunnel
  • At 12:30 and 3pm on Sunday, Roger Torode, the author of the recent book, ‘Midland Red Style’, will be discussing the uses of the company’s buses as part of London’s transport system, as well as a  book-signing session

Visitors to the Depot will be able to travel around the site on the Wootton Electric Tramway, which has been brought over especially from the Isle of Wight (and which I travelled on as part of my childhood visits to the island). Specifically for kids, the museum is laying on craft workshops, storytelling and singing sessions, and the ‘Tickets Please’ collection handling station will enable them to get their hands on some of the everyday objects that form part of the collection at the Museum, including the bus conductor’s favourite, the Gibson ticket machine.

Tickets for the London Transport Museum Depot open weekend can be obtained online here or by telephone on 020 75657298.

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