In Pictures: A Rolling Stock Round-Up


Recent weeks have seen both the S-Stock and 172s debut on Underground and Overground. Below is a brief photographic look at both.


The first of the new S Stock trains is now in service, running about four times a day from Wembley Park to Watford and back. The current rollout plan holds that there should be a new train every seven days, completing the 53 train rollout in just over a year. The S-Stock will fully replace the fifty-one year old A Stock on the Metropolitan line, and will be rolled out on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines from 2011, and the District line from 2013, finishing in 2015.

Being two metres longer than they were initially intended to be, some platforms have had to be extended, in order to accomodate them. Examples of this can be seen at the bay platforms at Aldgate and Platforms 1 and 4 at Baker Street.

Interestingy, the map in the unit pictured showed the DLR’s Stratford Internation Extension, although it has yet to be completed.

The 172s

London Overground Class 172 trains have now entered service on the Gospel Oak – Barking line. Trains 172004, 172005 and 172006 are in service. These new diesel trains have two cars per train, and London Overground has ordered eight in total. These replace the Class 150s, which will be transferred to First Great Western.

Written by George Moore