The open weekend is not only a great way to mark the 50th anniversary but also a unique opportunity for people to see what it looks like inside a London Underground depot
Upminster depot celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and to celebrate London Underground, in partnership with the London Transport Museum, will hold an open weekend on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August.
The open day will feature an array of Tube trains representing the past, present and future of the District line including a mock up of the new air-conditioned trains, which will start serving the District line from 2013.*
There will also be various side attractions along with facilities for the public to buy refreshments and rest areas.
Kevin Bootle, District Line General Manager, London Underground, said: 'The open weekend is not only a great way to mark the 50th anniversary but also a unique opportunity for people to see what it looks like inside a London Underground depot.
'The event will showcase the past, present and future of the District line.
The open weekend has been made possible as there will be no trains running on the east end of the District line due to weekend engineering work.'
Upminster depot, which serves the District line, opened in 1959 and was the first depot to be built after the Second World War.
This will be the first time London Underground has fully opened one of its depots to the public since 1993.
Visitors will also be able to ride on heritage buses which run between Upminster and the depot.
Tickets for the event can be bought in advance via the London Transport Museum website.
Alternatively, they can be purchased on the day at the event. Ticket prices are as follows:
Adults - £10 each
Under 16's - free if accompanied by an adult
Concessions - £5 each
Entrance is free for senior citizens, freedom pass holders, TfL staff /dependants pass holders
The two-day event opens at 11am, with last admission at 4pm.
Upminster depot is an operational site. Certain areas may not be suitable for people with restricted mobility and all visitors should ensure that they have appropriate footwear (no flip flops, sandals or high heels).
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