The Metro Gnome tour remembered, Saturday May 7th 1994

 

 

 

 

 

A unique tour featuring the first diesel on the underground, plus mileage behind Metropolitan Vickers “Sarah Siddons” electric over routes unfamiliar to many of us especially in ex BR “4TC” stock. Well done to the Class 20 locomotive society and London Underground for a superb and unusual day out

 

POWER                      ROUTE

 

Sarah Siddons}           Wembley Park-Harrow on the Hill-Watford

20227(d)}

20227}                                    Watford-Rickmansworth-Chalfont-Chesham

Sarah Siddons (d)}

Sarah Siddons}           Chesham-Chalfont-Rickmansworth-Harrow on the Hill

20227(d)}

20227}                                    Harrow on the Hill-Rickmansworth-Chalfont-Amersham

Sarah Siddons (d)}

Sarah Siddons}           Amersham-Chalfont-Rickmansworth-Watford

20227(d)}

20227}                                    Watford-Harrow on the Hill

Sarah Siddons (d)}

Sarah Siddons}           Harrow on the Hill-Rayners Lane-Uxbridge

20227(d)}

20227}                                    Uxbridge-Rayners Lane-Harrow on the Hill

Sarah Siddons (d)}

Sarah Siddons}           Harrow on the Hill-Rayners Lane

20227(d)}

20227}                                    Rayners Lane-Harrow on the Hill-Wembley Park

Sarah Siddons (d)}

 

 official itinerary with times, links to readable version

 

 

                                The £17-50 tour ching included the bonus of a free LU Travelcard for the day so a few of us used turbos 165013/026 from Marylebone to get to the unknown  haunt of Harrow on the Hill. A beast of a Class A Met line tube took us back to Wembley Park.

                        A few minutes down, Metropolitan Vicker's 1921 built monster, number 12 " Sarah Siddons" arrived hauling a 5 coach rake. At the rear of the ex 4TC (8015) and mk iib FO consist was an immaculate 20227. After an initial farce over seats we were soon enjoying growling Sarah thrash to astonished looks from normals on parallel running tubes.

                        The first of many reversals saw 20227 take over for the climb up the bank to Chalfont before the steep descent into Chesham. To give us a branch path the scheduled service had been replaced by a bus, imagine that on today’s Network Rail!

                        A 1 minute turnround at Chesham then Sarah showed off her hp in a steady climb back up to Chalfont and downhill to Harrow. A reversal at Harrow, then a rainy lunch stop at Amersham before various jaunts to Watford and Harrow. This station was visited by the tour six times! The last new destination was Uxbridge where Sarah at the stops and 20227 thrashing on departure were perhaps the highlights of a truly outrageous day out. 5 hours of non stop action with 45 powered miles behind each loco, and all on track unfamiliar to both us and 20227. The Metropolitan line proved to be a bit more than just another tube line and it was especially nice to have a class 20 on a mainline again….               

 

Metro Gnome Phot-spot       

 

20227 arrives at Harrow-on-the Hill with tube action adjacent, thanks to Trev Rolfe for the phot

 

 “Sarah” at Watford Met, in a quiet leafy part of West Watford with the tour. Watford Met will be abandoned when Met diversion to the “Jn” is completed

 

 “GJ” was on hand to record 20227’s first visit to Watford Met

 

20227 at Chesham, a rare haunt for any loco, thanks to Trev Rolfe

   GJ’s side profile Amersham view

 

Trev Rolfe's classic Underground profile of 20227 at Amersham

 

 20227 at a rainy Amersham, a preserved diesel loco hauled tour the then BRB couldn’t ban!

 

 “Sarah” at Uxbridge, quite outrageous really!

 

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