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Discussion in 'London Underground' started by Class86Fan, 8 Jul 2012.
That's EXCELLENT news. Really, really pleased about that. Thanks for the info.
Whatever duty its on, could someone post the likely times on the day please and confirm it is running. I'll be checking the Forum to see it is running and where to catch it during the day.
Thanks in advance.
I passed what looked like 2 A class met line coaches on the M3 heading south on Tuesday evening (obviously on the back of low loaders). Any ideas where there were heading? My initial thoughts were IOW, but not sure that they would fit through Ryde tunnel.
They would most likely have been heading to Eastleigh Works, for scrap.
722 is just a duty number for a driver which drives it part of the day.
The train number for the day is 412.
However should an incident occur the train can be put away/ reversed/ reformed, etc. Or even cancelled last minute without notice. However I think they are unlikely to do this as with the 67 stock last passenger run there were delays but they still made it happen and made a big day of it.
Thanks for the info winterchief
I can now say that the info contained in posts #17 #31 #35 is indeed now correct.
The Metropolitan Line General Manager message to Staff confirms it.
Thank you for the confirmation.
Very very good news. Thanks for confirming.
On another note - does this mean all of the S8 sets have now been delivered?
according to the google docs sheet there are 57 S8s delivered with one, the former pre production unit, yet to be delivered.
Do you think that because of the Saturday £40 trip, they're not going to make such a big deal of the Wednesday running?
I think it's less to do with the Saturday trip and more to do with avoiding having 89,574 bashers trying to pile into it at once...?
I think the idea was a chance for staff to have a ride, but obviously it's a service train so anyone can get on.
Realisticly, I reckon there'll probably be about 50 to 100 bashers out on Wednesday and most of them will only cover part of the diagram. When the 1967 stock did its last public runs there were about enough bashers to fill one coach.
I understand that the Saturday trip is raising a lot of money for charity, which is good. But it's a real shame that the last public service (by which I mean, a train running a normal service pattern) isn't being celebrated like the Victoria Line 67 stock run was.
Saturday is more like a heritage run that the LTM run from time to time.
It's no different to the '67 First and Last tour that was run in May 2011, though... This was done as well as the 'Last Trip' stuff that happened (and was featured on 'The Tube')
89,575 as I'll be on it in the afternoon
Are any of the A-stock sets being retained by LU or the LTM? There are only 2 left in existence, right?
If anyone else from the forums is on the last few trips tomorrow evening, send me a PM as myself and some others will be there too.
All I can say is that I would not be surprised if the demand from enthusiasts and historians to ride these last few A-Stock services is far, far greater than anticipated, but then again maybe not.
At this stage, I intend to be on at least one or two of tomorrow's A-Stock services, but I can't say which ones. It's entirely to say that, with all they've lived through, the millions (billions?) of passenger journeys, the countless famous events and personalities they've catered for, et cetera, et cetera, this will be a massively historic day.
I'm sure I'll see somebody from the forums on board, but I sincerely doubt we'll recognise each other!
I suspect rather more than that for this trip for several reasons:
Firstly, this one isn't mainly or totally in tunnels.
Secondly, it is a more classic stock with full height soft seating and a decent turn of speed.
Thirdly, it's the last public timetabled run anywhere in the World of Cravens built rolling stock.
Fourthly, the detailed times of diagram 412 have been broadcast over an awful lot of websites and gen groups, to say nothing of the off list messages flying about as well.
I'm on the train. Normal passengers keep talking about how this is the last old train. One girl just called her friend to tell her.
Do we know who's driving? Someone special?
Just the rostered drivers for the day.
A ballot was made for the Tour drivers on Saturday.
I'll be out and about this afternoon, just about to head into London now...
Amersham was swarming with enthusiasts when I went through and plenty others around all the way to Harrow. Never had my train photographed so many times on one trip and it was only a bog standard 165.
Which Chiltern service was that? If it was one of the ones before the 1347 departure to Aldgate, I can assure you that most of the enthusiasts were snapping the A-Stock train in the siding! Any shots of the 165 were largely an afterthought, or so it appeared.
I was on three of the A-Stock runs this afternoon. They were all at least half-full at any given point with enthusiasts and staff from LU, NR and various TOCs!
The units have not been cleaned especially well at all, but were as one might expect a typical Metropolitan Line train to be. In a way, this was the best farewell - it was a typical train on typical routes. Whilst it's very sad that so many years of service have finally begun drawing to a close, the finale today has been as realistic as possible (bar the appearance of some of the higher-ranking staff at Aldgate, including Mr Collins himself).
That is, apart from the fact that there were about six staff in the cab and a few rather unusual announcements...
Were there any actual ordinary passengers? :P
Not really that many! Maybe a 1:4 Non-Enthusiast to Enthusiast ratio!
There were a few groups of schoolchildren on school trips, the odd leisure passenger and some police officers...
Quite a few. I was on the peak Aldgate-Watford (1808) and that's my normal train. Normally out of Aldgate there are about 10 passengers. Today it was 75% full (that's about 300 passengers). It got steadily more and more full along the route to the point where I've never seen a Met carriage so busy.
The platform announcer at Farringdon even told passengers they should "feel privileged to take this train for the final time". Nice touch. I didn't notice any other unusual announcements except at Harrow, when the driver did the usual "all stations Watford," and then added on to the end of it, "and that's the last time you will ever hear that announcement on this type of train, this A60/62 stock is being withdrawn from service today after more than 50 years of faithful service on the Metropolitan line." A commuter getting off the train and walking up the stairs stopped and took her earphones out to have a listen.
The end of an era.
I've seen pictures- good to see that they made a headboard for the day.