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The London Transport Museum has over four hundred thousand items for visitors to go and see, and include everything from poster collections, vehicles, signs, models, photographs, engineering drawings, and uniforms. But as you can imagine four hundred thousand items take up a lot of space, so it is impossible for them all to be on display at the same time. So when something is not on show, where does it go?

The museum has a depot in Acton, which houses the majority of the collection, and although it is usually just used for storage, they do occasionally hold open days for the public. The next open days are on the 13th & 14th April between 11am-5pm, with admission at 10.

The We Love Steam! open day is in honour of the newly restored Metropolitan Line Steam Locomotive No. 1 and the Metropolitan Jubilee Carriage 353; it was originally built in 1898 and is one of the oldest working underground carriages. Before its restoration, the carriage was in a sorry looking state and was used as little more than a garden shed; now, however, the carriage gleams with ten coats of varnish and is finished off gold leaf paint.

In celebration of the 150th birthday of the London Underground, you will also be able to see miniature model displays of the Met No.1, Ffestiniog Railway's narrow gauge train, Prince, and a Lego representation of what Baker Street looked like in 1863.

There will be plenty of fun activities, including steam rides on the Acton Miniature Railway, film screenings, hands on workshops, talks, book signings, and the chance to build your own model train station, which will include decorating Victorian passengers for the crowded platform, and making a miniature steam train.
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Why? Fun day out
When: 13th & 14th April
Phone: 44 (0)20 7379 6344
Where: Transport Museum Depot
Cost: 10
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