Driver’s Eye View: Metropolitan Mainline



90 mins.

Aldgate to Amersham, Chalfont and Latimer to Chesham, Moor Park to Watford, Harrow on the Hill to Uxbridge .

The world’s first underground railway is seen in the westbound direction, with the aid of additional lighting, from a refurbished A60/62 stock train running via Baker Street.

North from here the railway is literally unique, retaining the Underground’s only fleet of commuter-style trains – the legacy of the Metropolitan Railway company’s ambitions to be a main line. The line immediately to the north of Baker Street includes full-size single line tunnels which take us through a number of closed stations – now served by the Jubilee line.

As well as the fast run to Amersham, much of it over multiple tracks, we take the branches to Uxbridge and Watford – the latter possibly soon to become history if the plan to run into Watford Junction is implemented. Finally there is the single line Chesham branch – London Underground’s furthest outpost and still retaining much of its former steam character.

Filmed in 1995

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