Vintage Tube event cancelled due to vandalism

Image: The 1938 train calling at Acton Town station; London Transport Museum

Extent and type of vandalism undisclosed by the London Transport Museum

A planned heritage train journey on the Piccadilly line scheduled for Sunday (9 June) was cancelled after the 1938 train was vandalised.

The London Transport Museum, in an announcement made on Saturday evening, did not disclose specific details about the damage or the location where it occurred. Ticketholders were informed directly about the cancellation.

The restored 1938 Tube Stock train was set to travel from Acton Town station through central London, reaching Oakwood station. The journey, which would have taken approximately 50 minutes each way, was planned to include six return trips between 10am and 8pm.

During the journey, passengers would have had the opportunity to hear from a museum curator about the extensive work and care involved in maintaining the 86-year-old train. Additionally, a mini-talk at one station was to focus on architect Charles Holden and his significant influence on London’s station design.

The 1938 stock train was the first deep-level Tube train to house all its electrical equipment beneath the floor, merging the cutting-edge technology of its time with the distinct style of the late 1930s. These trains operated on several deep-level Tube lines in London for fifty years. The meticulously restored train comprises four cars, featuring green and red moquette seating, grab handles, and distinctive Art Deco light fittings.

Image: The interior of the carefully refurbished carriage; London Transport Museum