Steam engine returns to London Underground after more than 100 years. The steam locomotive pulled into the Baker Station Street in London yesterday.
The steam engine, Metropolitan Steam Locomotive -1 was last used in the year 1963. The first time it was used in the year 1862. It served the London Underground for more than 100 years.
A test run was conducted between Earl Gate and Moorgate on December 18. The 100 year old stem engine pulled a restored Victorian first-class carriage from Earl’s Court in West London to Moorgate in the city.
This original Victorian carriage has a luxurious touch. It is fitted with a teak frame, leather panels, gas light fittings, and crimson upholstered seats. The test run conducted on 18 December was longer than the first journey of Steam Locomotive in 1863. The first run of the engine was from Metropolitan Railway to the main city station.
Passengers using the special steam service will have to pay 180 pounds for a first-class ticket and 150 pounds for second class coach.
Last month, somewhat similar event happened in Shimla, once the summer capital of British India. KC-520, a British built steam engine that reached Shimla on November 20 was successfully tested on the Kalka-Shimla railway track. This steam engine was previously functioning from the Shimla Railway station and it was brought to Shimla after a gap of 4 years. The steam engine was built in the year 1903 and North British Locomotive Company designed this engine for INR 30,000