The DLR use Bombardier built rolling stock built specifically for the DLR. The DLR has had three different types of Rolling Stock since it opened in 1987 although only two types remain, the P86/P89 Stock were withdrawn in 1991/1995.
As the DLR network grew the P86/P89 Stock trains became unsuitable for the system especially through the new tunnel section to Bank Station and the decision was therefore made to replace the vehicles. The Docklands Light Railway ordered 23 new vehicles from Bombardier known as the B90 Stock, these are numbered 22 – 44 to continue on from the P86/P89 stock which were numbered 01 – 21 and many were retained and used on surface sections only. The DLR was still expanding and was also converted to ‘two car’ operation and therefore the DLR ordered 47 more vehicles from Bombardier so they could accommodate this, this batch are known as the B92 stock and were built between 1993 – 1995 and are numbered 45 – 91 to continue on from the last B90 Stock train. B90 and B92 Stock trains are identical. Further increase in passenger numbers and the extension to Lewisham meant that the DLR needed even more trains and so they ordered a further 24 trains which were built between 2001 – 2002 known as the B2K Stock, these were similar to the B90 and B92 Stock trains however these differed as the doors and handrails were painted a different colour contrasting to their surroundings and they also included interior LCD displays both of these changes were made mandatory by the Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations of the Disability Discrimination Act which weren’t in force when the older vehicles were built. The B2K vehicles are numbered 92 – 99 and 01 – 16 which were numbers previously used by P86/P89 trains prior to them being replaced, the reason for this is that at the time the DLRs system only allowed for trains with two digit car numbers this was later upgraded to allow 3 car trains to operate on the system. All B90, B92 and B2K vehicles were refurbished in 2004 with a new livery, repainted interior and a new Audio Visual System (AVIS) which featured new LCD displays and “next station” and “this station” announcements, all of these changes brought all vehicles up to standard with the Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations of the Disability Discrimination Act. In 2013 the DLR opened a public vote to find out if the public would rather the front of the trains being repainted black to somewhat match the B07 Stock and the public voted in favour of this and so this went ahead.
The DLR continued to grow rapidly throughout the years this partly due to the expansion of the Canary Wharf Financial District which is well served by the DLR and the extensions to London City Airport, Woolwich Arsenal & Stratford International and so the DLR decided to start operating 3 car trains. The extensions and 3 car trains meant that the DLR needed more vehicles and in 2005 the DLR ordered 24 new vehicles which were once again to be built by Bombardier known as the B07 Stock, in 2006 31 more trains were added to this order partially funded by the Olympic Delivery Authority as the DLR would be serving the Olympic Park at Stratford and Stratford International. The B07 Stock were delivered between 2007 and 2010 and are numbered 101 – 155. The B07 Stock have a totally redesigned interior & exterior and larger windows, doors & legroom. The interior of these trains were redesigned again in 2015 to include mostly longitudinal seating throughout which resulted in a lot more space within the trains without any loss of seating.
The ‘B’ refers to ‘Beckton DLR Depot’ where the trains are now maintained unlike the P86/P89 Stock trains which were maintained at Poplar DLR Depot prior to the Beckton Depot being constructed.
Below is a full list of vehicles currently in use on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR).
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