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Steam train chugs through London's subway system

Sunday - 1/13/2013, 8:26am  ET

Metropolitan 1, a restored steam train built in 1898, passes a modern tube train through Farringdon Tube station on it's journey between Olympia Tube station in the west to Moorgate station in the City of London, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, as part of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the London Underground Tube system. The first stretch of the world-famous network opened to the public on Jan. 10, 1863. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LONDON (AP) -- Tourists waiting for their morning subway train to Madame Tussauds were treated to an unusual sight Sunday: a 19th- century steam engine chugging down the tracks.

Transit officials sent the Met Locomotive 1, built in 1898, down London's Metropolitan Line to mark the 150th anniversary of the capital's Tube network, the world's oldest.

Hundreds of train fans, costume-wearing enthusiasts, and curious onlookers gathered at platforms and bridges across the city to watch as the locomotive traveled non-stop from Kensington Olympia station in the west to Moorgate station in central London.

London Mayor Boris Johnson was among the invited passengers aboard the historic black-and-red locomotive. He said the trip was "romantic," describing "thick clouds of white steam going past and then bits of soot coming through from the engine."

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