ATO on the Underground

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I know the Victoria & Jubilee lines have Automatic Train Operation (ATO) along their entire length.

Does the Central line have ATO on it's entire length or just the Deep-Level sections?

Are there any other LU lines that have any sort of ATO? (Excluding DLR)

Thanks in advance. :)
 
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Sorry if a stupid question but do ATO drivers have a slightly easier task than non-ATO ones? Or is it much of a muchness?
 

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Sorry if a stupid question but do ATO drivers have a slightly easier task than non-ATO ones? Or is it much of a muchness?
I believe that when the Victoria line first opened the ATOs (as they were known then) were actually recruited from the most experienced Motormen on other lines. I seem to remember reading that they were also on a higher rate of pay initially.
 

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I believe that when the Victoria line first opened the ATOs (as they were known then) were actually recruited from the most experienced Motormen on other lines. I seem to remember reading that they were also on a higher rate of pay initially.
Correct on both counts; the ATO's were selected after successful application/interview from senior men from all LT Underground depots. In many ways an easier job if nothing went wrong, but a much lonelier one from what the Motormen had become used to.
 

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I believe that when the Victoria line first opened the ATOs (as they were known then) were actually recruited from the most experienced Motormen on other lines. I seem to remember reading that they were also on a higher rate of pay initially.
It was, as was everything in those days, based on seniority (which didn't always equate with 'most experienced').
 

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The higher pay was on account that they also did the work of the guard
They didn't also do the work of the guard - it was practically just a glorified guard's job except they were at the front of the train instead of the rear. It was only when OPO came in on the Hot & Cold that you could actually say that was the case.
ATO & OPO were not the same.
 
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