A VICTORIAN steam train carried passengers on the Underground for the final time in central London at the weekend as London Transport Museum and Transport for London celebrated 150 years of the District line.

Three steam-powered journeys took place each day between Ealing Broadway and High Street, Kensington, giving people the opportunity to experience what it would have been like to travel on the District line when it first opened on Christmas Eve, 1868.

Passengers boarding the steam train at Ealing Broadway were entertained by Victorian costumed actors and a vintage brass band.

This was the final time a heritage steam train will travel in central London on the Underground due to the installation of a new signalling system on the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.

People interested in London’s transport history can go behind the scenes at London Transport Museum’s Depot in Acton Town at the next open eeekend on July 13-14. Tickets can be booked online. They cost £12 for adults while kids go free.