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LU150 – Operating Heritage Trains on Today’s Railway


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Central London Friday Lunchtime February Lecture – Operation of Historic Vehicles on a modern Railway

Date and Time

28 February 2014 - 14:00-15:15


London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the London local network.

About this event

January 2013 saw the 150th anniversary of the opening to traffic of the first section of the Metropolitan Railway – today’s Metropolitan Line of London Underground (LU) – from Paddington to Farringdon. To mark the anniversary Transport for London, through LU and the London Transport Museum, ran a number of commemorative special Heritage Trains, using the oldest serviceable Metropolitan Railway vehicles, along most of the original route, during traffic hours.

The presentation concentrates on how LU engineers and operators reconciled the differences in technology and standards to enable operation of the Heritage Trains and outlines the work done, with the LT Museum and other partners, to ensure the success of the celebrations without compromising the curatorial integrity of the custodians of historical artefacts whilst maintaining the safety and operational capability of today’s railway.

About the speaker

Chris Holmes - Coming from a railway family, Chris has a life-long interest in trains – going back to his first footplate ride on Flying Scotsman in New England Loco yard (Peterborough) at the age of two and half years.

He joined London Transport in September 1972 as a graduate trainee and was continuously employed in the railway rolling stock engineering discipline within LU and Metronet, till retiring from full-time employment in 2010. 

From 1999 to 2008 he was Asset Engineer (Roling Stock), initially for the Sub-Surface Lines Shadow Infrastructure Company and latterly for Metronet.   In this role he was responsible for assurance of the safety and performance of the trains.

From late 2008 to retirement, he was Head of Rolling Stock Engineering for the LU Sub-Surface Lines Upgrade Programme, responsible for acceptance of the new “S” Stock trains and their integration with interfacing assets.

Following retirement from full-time employment in February 2010, he has been engaged by LU on a part-time basis as “Subject Expert – Heritage Trains”, providing assurance support for the restoration and acceptance of steam locomotives and other heritage vehicles for use on LU lines in connection with the celebration of LU150.


12:00 to 13:45 – lunch in the Senior Common Room.
14:00 to 14;45 – lecture in the Seminar and Learning Centre (follow signs from Level 5 lifts)
14:45 to 15:15 approximately – questions and discussion .


Lecture free

Additional information

Delegates taking lunch in the Senior Common Room select and pay for food and drink individually.   Light refreshments may also be purchased there after the meeting.

Registration information

To register, please contact Brian Lovell, or telephone: 020 8995 0661 by the previous Wednesday evening.

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