London Transport Museum Acton Depot Open Weekend

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Where: London Transport Museum Acton Depot,
Gunnersbury Lane, across from Acton Town Tube

When: Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March 2011
Time: 11.00 - 17.00 (last admission 16.00)

The London’s transport in miniature open weekend will feature working transport model layouts exhibited by guest professional and amateur modellers. Displayed in various sizes and scales, and in the finest details they cover all modes of London travel from Underground trains to trams.

Special guest Christian Wolmar, author and broadcaster specialising in transport will give two talks each day over the weekend. Both talks will be centred around his newly released book Engines of war and also Subterranean Railway which was published in 2004.

Engines of war: How wars were won and lost on the railways;
Subterranean Railway: The fantastic achievements of the London Underground’s pioneers.

Saturday 12 March
Engines of War: 13:20 – 14:00
Subterranean Railways: 14:50 – 15:30

Sunday 13 March
Engines of War: 13:30 – 14:10
Subterranean Railways: 15:30 – 16:10

Family activities

Throughout the Open Weekend visitors will be greeted by many of London Transport Museum’s enthusiastic and knowledgeable Volunteers running all manner of activities. For the first time ever our Young Volunteers will be running family activities for young children, where they can help build a model metropolis and design their own Travel Card wallets to take home. During the Mapping in Miniature sessions, families will be invited to show us how they travelled to the Depot. Younger visitors can enjoy storytelling sessions on the Museum’s 72 stock Tube train and the ‘Tickets Please’ handling collection sessions gives you the opportunity to handle some of the objects from our collection.

Families can also ride on the Acton Miniature Railway on either a replica 1938 tube train or a Metropolitan steam train or take a journey on one of our Heritage Bus Runs. Volunteers will be actively involved all round in making the weekend a great success.

For model collectors

TWO special limited edition Red London Transport Routemaster models made by Exclusive First Editions to 1:76 scale will be available during the Open Weekend - RM1095 Route 117 to Egham Station and RM1134 on Route 81B to London Airport Central. The models will only be available for purchase by visitors to the Open Weekend.


Tickets are valid on both days and cost £10.00 for adults, £8.00 for senior citizens, £6.50 concessions and £5.00 London Transport Museum Friends. Accompanied children under 16 Free.

To avoid the queues, tickets can be booked in advance by calling 020 7565 7298.

10 March 2011