The only surviving Metropolitan Jubilee Carriage, number 353, which is currently stored at Acton in ‘as found’ condition, is to be restored to full working order in 2013 to mark the 150th anniversary of the London Underground.

This is excellent news, but look out for reports about it being built for Circle services when in fact it was one of a batch of 32 carriages built for the Extension services to Chesham and Aylesbury, and therefore exhibited a number of detail differences from those carriages built for running on the Inner Circle. Therefore anticipate the usual media hyperbole when it is once again released to traffic!

More info about the £422,000 grant from the heritage Lottery Fund here