The Anonymous Widower

A Trip On The Island Line

The Island Line on the Isle of Wight, is a unique train line, as these pictures show.

It was just like going back to my childhood and be transported in one of the old 1938 Stock, London Underground trains, that I can just about remember on the Piccadilly line in the 1950s and 1960s.

The Class 483, as they are now called,  still have all the same noises and a lot of the wooden features, although the seats and a few other internal features had been updated.

I do wonder whether old London Underground trains, which generally have been immaculately maintained could be used on some of the far flung parts of the network to re-instate old lines.

One of the reasons, they ended up on the Isle of Wight, was that this line has gauge clearance problems and London’s redundant tube trains fit the space available. And of course, third-rail electric trains are easier to install than  those with overhead wires.

There is a lot of talk about using new trams or tram-trains on some branch lines, but surely some retired tube trains, would be a lot more affordable and a tourist attraction as well. Over the next few years, there is going to be a lot of these trains, that will be replaced in London.

They deserve better than being scrapped!

August 15, 2013 - Posted by | Travel | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. […] got off the Island Line train at the end, which was […]

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  2. […] The Island Line on the Isle of Wight, is an oddity in that it is part-tourist attraction, part commuter link and part important railway, run using old London Underground tube trains. I wrote about my only ride on the line in A Trip On The Island Line. […]

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