For all of you London Underground or more specifically District Line fans time is running out for you to ride a D Stock train on the District Line for the final time. This Friday 21st April will be the last day that a D Stock Train will operate in public service on the District Line.
First introduced on the District Line in 1980 to replace the ageing CO/CP and R Stock trains in use on the line, 75 six car trains were ordered with the first being delivered on 28th January 1980 and the final being delivered in 1983. Built by Metro-Cammell (now part of Alstom) the trains differed from trains in use on London Underground at the time in many ways, one of which were the single leaf doors. The trains were refurbished by Bombardier between 2004 and 2008 which included a completely new interior that included visual and voice announcements for stations and the exterior was repainted in the London Underground red, white & blue livery.
New ‘walk-through’ S Stock trains have been replacing trains on all of the sub-surface lines since 2010 with the conversion completed on the Metropolitan Line in September 2012 and the Circle and Hammersmith & City Lines in February 2014 with the first new train being introduced on the District Line in June 2014. It’s taken almost three years to replace all of the ageing D Stock trains on the District Line but the last D Stock train is due to operate in public service this Friday. A farewell tour is due to operate on Sunday 7th May to mark the end of the D Stock on the District Line, the train is due to operate on almost all of the line as well as a special visit to Northfields. Tickets will cost £50 per person or £25 for children (you must be over 11 to attend this event and children 11-14 must be accompanied by an adult) and will be sold on the London Transport Museum website so if you’re interested be sure to check out their website: www.ltmuseum.co.uk
If you miss this event don’t panic as it may not actually be your last opportunity to ride a D Stock train entirely as rolling stock manufacturer ‘Vivarail’ are currently testing an upgraded version of a D Stock train previously used on the District Line and if successful these trains could possibly be used again on the National Rail network. The new version of the train uses Diesel engines and Vivarail are hoping this version of the D Stock train known as the ‘Class 230 D-Train’ can benefit smaller regional lines in the UK.
To get involved in the D Stock discussion visit: www.theltforum.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?tid=1500
To get involved in the Vivarail Class 230 D-Train discussion visit: www.theltforum.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?tid=1873
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