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Friends' projects

The Friends are involved in many projects, either supporting the Museum with funds for ambitious projects or developing our own initiatives.

One of the largest in recent years has been the contribution of £150,000 towards the magnificant restoration of Metropolitan Railway carriage 353 in time for the Underground 150 celebrations.

To coincide with the anniversary of the First World War, the Friends have also supported the restoration of a B-type bus - one of many which were sent to the front.

Some of the projects are much longer-term, like the restoration of District Line 'Q' stock. Others, like the Acton Miniature Railway and the signalling project provide hours of fun for visitors to the Museum Depot's open weekends. Many involve the on-going heritage bus operations.

Of course, projects don't just involve buses and rolling stock, as tram and cabbies' shelters are important reminders of our built transport heritage.

 

WATERLOO & CITY CAR

The 1940s Waterloo and City Car is getting a repaint for the 30th anniversary of Network SouthEast

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TRAIN DESCRIBERS

The Friends are supporting the restoration of Undergound train describers

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LEYLAND BUSES

The Friends are actively supporting the Museum in the acquisition of three superbly restored Leyland buses.

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Restoration projects

Battle bus

Supported by the Friends, the Museum has launched the B-type Battle Bus – telling the story of the significant part...

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Routemaster 2

RM2 is the second of the prototype Routemaster buses commissioned by London Transport.

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Met jubilee coach 353

Friends contributed £150,000 towards the restoration of Metropolitan Jubilee coach 353 for Underground 150

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Q-Stock

Q-stock was built in the 1920s and 1930s to two very different designs.

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Tram shelter

Tram shelter rescued and erected at the Museum Depot, Action

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Other projects

Heritage bus operation

London Transport Museum Friends operate buses from the Museum's reserve collection for the public to see and enjoy

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Digitisation of LT staff publications

Friends have contributed funds to the digitisation of staff publications

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Oral history

London Transport Museum has an extensive archive of recorded oral history interviews.

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Heritage Train Engineering

A dedicated team of Friends has been working with the Museum to create a new exhibit at the Depot at...

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Underground signalling

Friends have restored three signalling frames from the last hundred years of the Underground

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Acton Miniature Railway

200m of 7¼" gauge line alongside the Museum’s Depot at Acton.

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