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“For the Enthusiast”

London Transport Museum Depot
Ranked #487 of 1,655 things to do in London
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
35 attraction reviews
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“For the Enthusiast”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

If your a transport enthusiast and you left the LT Museum in London's Covent Garden/West End feeling shortchanged and harrassed by running screaming children then the chances are you should have came here. Granted, it's only open certain times of the year but this is where the best stuff is and is cheaper to get in as well! It's a veritable Aladdins cave and treasure trove of London Transport Buses, Trams, Trolleybuses, Tubes and every artifact you can think of. Many gleaming under the spotlights and many, sadly, still awaiting restoration and in various states of decay. Downstairs on the main floor is where all of the tube trains and buses etc are kept, upstairs you will find rows and rows of maps, destination boards and signs, some going back over 100 years. They probably need to work a little bit on presentation as some of it is a bit haphazard. And more care needs to be taken to show off the Tube Trains in their glory instead of hiding a lot of their lines and angles with wooden platforms and other such 'stuff'. And the hiding away of FRM1, arguably one of the rarest and most important exhibits here, into a corner against a wall where you can't get a decent picture of it is just bizarre! Though you could argue that this place is more a depot/very large store room than an actual museum so that's why these things stand out. But it's well worth a visit!

Visited October 2012
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“An Excellent Alternative Visit to The Museum Itself”
Reviewed March 23, 2012

Lets face it the London transport museum is great but there is a limit to what they can place on display. The depot holds all its reserve stock and its great to see this too.

The depot is only open on limited weekends so always check the website before you visit. There is however so much to see, obviosuly being a depot its not all set out like a museum and can look a bit messy, however it is still easy to see all that is there. The building is large and it will take a long while to see it all. The depot is also a working area and we got the chance to go and see a bus being restored and go under it.

We also got a ride on RM1 the 1st routemaster around town as part of the admission fee.

Being an open day there are a lot of demonstrations going on you would not normally see and also they sell a lot of items you would not commonly see in the shops.

Well worth a visit but be aware that being open only limited weekends it can get very busy.

The depot is accessible for the less mobile of you in some places but not all.

Visited March 2012
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“Well worth trip out to Acton”
Reviewed November 18, 2011

The heavyweight stuff that won't all fit into the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden. The depot is only open a few days each year but when it comes to life, retailing and catering are activated and the whole huge place definitely gets animated! See the enamel sign collection and ancient AEC bus engines serviced and shrink-wrapped ready for another restored London bus. Visit in conjunction with the Covent Garden museum site and read into the excellent museum website to master the intricacies of London's transport history. Just on the inside of the A406 North Circular Rd, south of the Uxbridge Rd junction. Acton Town station on District and Picc lines is not all that far out west - Heathrow airport is much further out. Nothing much else to do in immediate area but head for Syon Park, Richmond or riverside at Chiswick.

Visited October 2011
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