The Anonymous Widower

Siemens’ View Of The Future Of The Underground

This mock-up of an Underground train is being shown at The Crystal by the Royal Victoria station on the Emirates Air Line.

If they ever build these trains, what will be much more significant is the technical specification of the new trains.

If you look at these pictures, you’ll see that the cross section appears taller and wider than the current deep-level trains. It has been designed so that someone of 2.6 metres can stand without stooping.

The trains are designed to be articulated with a walk-through gangway, like the new S Stock on the sub-surface lines. I think Siemens hope that air-conditioning could be squeezed in.

It is a pity that most of London’s Underground was built to such a small size, but that is one of the problems you get by being first. The technical problems of London though, are probably minor compared to building new trains for the Glasgow Subway, which is even smaller and totally unique.

I doubt London will ever see a new Underground line built to the current tube standard, developed by the Victorians!

Crossrail is effectively a main line railway and other lines across London will probably use that standard, with the possible exception of some lines built to the standard used on the Docklands Light Railway.

October 31, 2013 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , ,


  1. Reblogged this on Javmode.

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  2. […] The various proposals for new deep-level Underground trains seem to have through gangways like this proposal from Siemens. […]

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  3. […] Siemens have shown designs for the Underground, which I discussed in Siemen’s View Of The Future Of The Underground. […]

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  4. […] In 2013, I went to an exhibition of |Siemens’ early design study, which I wrote about in Siemen’s View Of The Future Of The Underground. […]

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  5. […] The article has four pictures of the final design of the new trains for the Piccadilly Line and the pictures don’t seem to be the same as those I took of the mock-up in October 2013 and can be seen in Siemens’ View Of The Future Of The Underground. […]

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  6. […] This is an interesting picture of a Siemens design study, which I wrote about in Siemens’ View Of The Future Of The Underground. […]

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