Steam back on the MET

TRANSPORT for London put steam back onto the Metropolitan lines over the weekend of September 9-10 in what it branded as Vintage Summer Steam.

The weekend was effectively a 21st century take on the classic Steam on the MET events, featuring the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre’s Metropolitan Railway ‘E’ class 0-4-4T No. 1, Dennis Howells’ Hawksworth ‘94XX’ 0-6-0PT No. 9466, a 4TC EMU set, and a pair of Class 20s (Nos. 20142 and 20205).

Haulage overkill perchance? ‘Met 1’ leads No. 9466 and London Transport-liveried No. 20142 through Chalfont & Latimer with the 14.22 Harrow-on-the-Hill to Amersham service on September 9. No. 20205 was on the rear. TIM SQUIRES

LT electric Sarah Siddons was unable to feature in the event, with No. 20142 acting as translator between the steam locomotives’ vacuum brakes and the air brakes of the stock.

Services ran between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Amersham starting at 10.20 each morning, returning at 11.42.

The outward run was repeated at 13.42, with the return running from Amersham to Ruislip at 15.27.

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