Nov 9 2012 By Ian Proctor
RAILWAY enthusiasts can take part in a draw for a seat on a passenger train pulled by a steam locomotive.The heritage trip will recreate the very first public underground railway journey which took place on January 10 1863 through the tunnels of the Metropolitan line between Paddington and Farringdon, which are now part of the Circle and the Hammersmith and City lines. Organiser the London Transport Museum knows it will prove so popular that it has organised a ballot for tickets that closes on Sunday, November 11.In a statement, said the museum said: "The journey will be recreated on Sunday January 13 2013, and again on Sunday January 20, when a series of special trains will be hauled by the newly restored Met Steam Locomotive No. 1 along part of the original route."Met No 1 was the last locomotive to be built at Neasden in 1898 by the Metropolitan Railway. It will pull the Met Railway Jubilee Carriage No 353 - the oldest operational underground carriage in existence - which has also recently been restored with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as the Chesham Shuttle Coaches from the Bluebell Railway."Ex-Metropolitan Railway electric Locomotive No. 12, Sarah Siddons, will also be part of the train."The journey forms part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the London Underground.n Ticket prices vary depending on the vehicle and journey allocated and range from £50 to £180. You can register for the draw online at www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/lu150/calendar or by telephone on 020 7565 7298.