Visiting 1898 built 0-4-4 tank locomotive Metropolitan 1 (Met 1) will have its final weekend of action this coming weekend 12/13 July, as the locomotive is due to leave the railway the following week.
Owned by Buckingham Railway Centre, Met 1 was the last locomotive to be built at Neasden Works in London, in 1898, for the Metropolitan Railway.
As the name suggests, Met 1 was a locomotive that operated on the London Underground.
In 2013, the locomotive took part in the London Underground 150th anniversary events, returning to work some of the special underground trains, run as part of this celebration.
Swindon and Cricklade Railway is grateful to Bill Parker, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, and the London Transport Museum for making this visit possible.
The weekend is a Kids Go Free weekend, when each paying adult or senior can have one accompanying child free.
Much as it is hoped that it will not be long until a steam locomotive is working at the railway again, for the time being, this will be the last one.
The Railway is looking into a number of options for the (immediate) future, to hire in another steam locomotive, though, at this time, it could be a number of months before one materialises.
For more details, please telephone (weekends only) 01793 771615, or visit the website: www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org