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Historic ride on restored Underground train marks 150th anniversary of the Tube

A newly restored steam train returned to the London Underground last weekend as part of the Tube’s 150th birthday celebrations.

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The London Transport Museum has organised a series of special steam train rides on a section of the Metropolitan Line which started life as the Metropolitan Railway in January 1863 - the world’s first underground.

The event saw newly restored Met Steam Locomotive No. 1 pull Met Railway Jubilee Carriage No 353, the oldest operational carriage.

The original idea for building an underground railway came about when Victorian engineers were tasked with relieving congestion on roads between Paddington, Euston and King’s Cross mainline stations and the City.

The line was a huge success with more than 25,000 passengers a day using the railway in the first six months.

The network now carries 3.5M passengers on weekdays.

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