This historical photo is from a 1995 Metropolitan line steam event, but depicts a mode of transport that would only be familiar to users of Rickmansworth’s railway station from the 1900s to the early 1960s.
The electric locomotive shown here was one of 20 constructed by the Metropolitan-Cammell Carriage & Wagon Company between 1906 and 1907, and they were all named after individuals who had a connection to the areas served by the line. This number 12 train was named Sarah Siddons after the famed 18th century actress.
These trains saw a long service life of more than 50 years, running between Rickmansworth and Aldgate in London. They were refurbished between 1922 and 1923 by Metropolitan Vickers for higher performance.
This reign would come to an end in 1961, when the Metropolitan line was extended to Amersham. The trains were retired to be replaced by an entirely new rolling stock.
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