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 Monday, November 08, 2010

Tube geek (31) This is the age of the train
Some of the tube trains we travel on every day are brand new, whereas others are half a century old. Here's a chronological line-by-line list, most ancient first.
• Metropolitan (A stock, 1960) The oldest trains on the network, slowly being replaced by air-conditioned S Stock (2010).
• Victoria (1967 stock) Driverless trains from the 1960s, slowly being replaced by gleaming (but tetchy) 2009 stock.
• Circle, Hammersmith & City, District (C stock, 1969 & 1977) The trains with the fewest seats, to be replaced (from 2011) by S Stock (with even fewer seats).
• Bakerloo (1972 stock) Squat rumbly trains, with disturbingly brown seating throughout.
• Piccadilly (1973 stock) Trains with Heathrow-sized luggage spaces, due to be replaced in 2014 (but on hold due to lack of funds).
• District (D stock, 1980) Serve the entire line except for Edgware Road to Wimbledon. Recently refurbished, and due for replacement from 2013 (S stock again).
• Central, Waterloo & City (1992 stock) Relatively modern beasts, replacing delightfully bog-standard trains from 1962.
• Northern (1995 stock) Replacements for trains from 1959 and 1972 (and now too long to fit in certain platforms).
• Jubilee (1996 stock) Whining, wheezing millennial trains.

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