By kind permission of the Curators of the London Transport, Museum Depot, Acton, we have been offered our own opportunity to visit the museum located at Acton Town with the specific intention of seeing the re-created demonstration of the London Underground Victoria Line traction control, train operator cab and passenger door system.
Coupled with the train-borne ATO and signalling it was the forerunner of such systems today and from its conception in the late 1950’s, through to trial running from 1964 on the Hainault loop and finally into front line service in late 1967 it was only replaced within the last 10 years with the introduction of new rolling stock and signalling systems. This demonstration is a worthy tribute to the determination of the engineers of the day working together to advance train control systems from a traditional era of over 100 years into a new world.
The museum is not open regularly for visitors and the opportunity for our own “personal” visit is one that will allow time to view this demonstration close up, discuss its operation and enable some thoughts on the era it ushered in.
There will also be opportunity to view other items in the Museum Depot’s collection which is a unique and fascinating look back through the history of London’s Transport system including rolling stock, train describers, signalling, buses and collections of documents and memorabilia.
Numbers are limited to 20 and places shall be allocated on a “first come first served” basis by registering (see details below). We shall be asking for a £10 contribution for the visit, all monies which will go to the funds for the restorations the Museum is carrying out.
You may invite guests if you wish, subject to availability of space.
Please arrive at 17:30 for an 18:00 start.