The Anonymous Widower

What Do We Do With the Old District/Met/Circle Line Trains?

Last night, I travelled to and from to Upton Park on some of the old D-stock trains. They may be thirty years old and are to be replaced in 2015, but they asren’t fit for the scrap heap yet.  In fact with a bit of a tart-up, they would probably last another twenty years or so, judging by how well most Metro-Cammell trains were built.

Ride to Upminster and back on one and then say that they should be scrapped forthwith. You won’t get the words out, as none of the problems on the line, are the D-stock.

The good burghers of Harrogate, who might or might not live up to that Yorkshire stereotype of being canny have proposed that some of these trains be used between Leeds, Harrogate, Knaresborough and York.

The respected rail commentator, Alan Williams, hasn now weighed in with some south common sense.  It might be Yorkshire common sense to, as I think he lives in Scarborough.

  1. He asks why this system is not being proposed elsewhere, like for the Welsh Valleys.
  2. He also says that it the thinking is very much in line with the McNulty Report. I suppose one could ask, if the civil servants are in-line with it. They probably aren’t as they never travel outside of London, except by air or limousine! It would be interesting to know how many of the top civil servants, who effectively run our railways have travelled in a Pacer.
  3. He says too, that they could use a modern protected third rail system, where the electric rail couldn’t be touched by trespassers. This is used on the DLR in the UK and in many places abroad. Perhaps civil servants would be more impressed with the proposals after a round trip of Europe inspecting systems elsewhere?

We could have a competition, where there was a prize for the most innovative use in a railway context of the D-stock trains.

September 28, 2011 - Posted by | Travel | , , ,

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