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Transport depot opens its doors in Acton this weekend
THE treasures of the London Transport Museum will be on display when the Museum Depot opens its doors to the public this weekend (October 6 -7), 11am-5pm both days.
The depot, open to the public only on special occasions, houses every form of public transport in London over the last 150 years.
Visitors will be given a rare opportunity to see how London’s buses and taxis have evolved and even get behind the wheel of a taxi.
For the less mechanically-minded, there are thousands of posters and artworks, signage and uniforms.
The depot, in Gunnersbury Lane, Acton, also houses a large collection of the nameplate signs used on the London Underground over the last century.
Younger guests will be entertained by Toby the Taxi story-telling, make-and-take craft workshops and miniature railway rides.
The depot’s main function is as a museum store. It holds most of London Transport Museum’s collections not on display at the main museum in Covent Garden.
When the depot is closed to the public, curators work in environmentally controlled conditions to catalogue and conserve objects that preserve the heritage of London transport.
Tickets are £10 for adults and free for children under 16 and Museum Friends. Visit http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/museum-depot or call 020 7565 7298.