London Transport Museum Depot

November 4th 2013katie

TFL Acton Depot

Not much will drag me out to West London, but one that definitely will is the promise of transport nerdery. This Saturday (after spending the morning viewing the Cheapside Hoard with Kathryn – phew, culture all over) we trundled way over to Acton Town to visit the London Transport Museum Depot‘s open day.

TFL Acton Depot
TFL Acton Depot

Emerging from the attractive 1930s tube station, the museum depot is directly opposite. The first big clue is the vintage buses giving tours in and out of the entrance.

TFL Acton Depot
TFL Acton Depot
TFL Acton Depot
Feather dress
TFL Acton Depot
TFL Acton Depot

In the giant warehouse space, upstairs houses a huge collection of station signage and maps dating from the 1920s up the present day. It was fascinating to see how the map changed over time.

TFL Acton Depot
TFL Acton Depot
TFL Acton Depot
TFL Acton Depot
TFL Acton Depot
TFL Acton Depot

Some nice type specimens to spot along the way, including a plan chest stuffed with the Johnson Underground typeface blocks.

TFL Acton Depot
TFL Acton Depot
TFL Acton Depot
TFL Acton Depot
TFL Acton Depot

Downstairs is an assortment of cool old machinery: ticket machines, whole kiosks, signal boxes, clocks and so on.

TFL Acton Depot
TFL Acton Depot
TFL Acton Depot
TFL Acton Depot
TFL Acton Depot
TFL Acton Depot
TFL Acton Depot
Feather dress
TFL Acton Depot

And there are a load of old buses and tube carriages – reminding me of the Brooklyn museum. But cooler ;)

TFL Acton Depot
TFL Acton Depot

I don’t know if this is a regular fixture, but on the day we visited there were a bunch of stalls selling ephemera: postcards, old maps and brochures, decommissioned signs and stickers, and so on. We scored some great stuff: old place nameplates, a deadstock moquette seat cover and some postcards and stickers, all for very cheap.

TFL Acton Depot

I’m so glad that such an effort is being made to store all this historical stuff and show it off to the public. If you fancy visiting – and I highly recommend it – there are monthly open days and regular guided tours. Check out the site for the next available dates.

Comments (5)

  • Vicki

    November 4th 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I have been to the Transport Museum in Covent Garden & love it. It satisfied my inner geek so much.
    After seeing your photos I need to visit this one too. It looks amazing
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

  • Jade

    November 4th 2013 at 9:28 pm

    This place is right up my alley! Amazing, will have to add it to the list of places to visit this winter.

  • Sally

    November 5th 2013 at 12:25 am

    Gah! Would have loved this but the only tours available seem to be sold out :( Great post though! x

  • Rhianne

    November 18th 2013 at 10:00 am

    LOVE these, though they are making me miss London so much :)

  • Irene

    December 19th 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Brilliant photography. I so much enjoyed your post. Merry Christmas.

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