I am not the sort of person who wets themselves at the sight of a steam locomotive and, whilst I had a train set when I was a child, it was a very small one and I grew out of it by the age of eight. However, I have to admit to enjoying a visit to the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden this afternoon. It is the first visit I have made there (apart from a brief foray into a drinks reception there last year), since it was re-opened following a major re-fit in 2007.
It is now well laid out with a trail to follow – starting 200 years ago and moving forward. It is sensibly inter-active (early on, pressing a lever tells you how many tonnes of horse manure were deposited on London’s streets each day in the early 1800s, leading to the high-spot of a simulator for those who want to drive an underground train down the Edgware branch of the Northern Line) and for a moment I was even nostalgic for the inimitable smell of a 1960s tube carriage.
Currently, the Metropolitan Police, the London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade are also on hand to provide street safety tips to children.