One of the curious legacies of the post-Beeching railway era is the concept of the Parliamentary Train. Essentially, due to the mandatory consultation process that must now take place before a section of line is closed to scheduled passenger service, it is often easier (and cheaper) to run one train a week over sections of line that are no longer used rather than go through the lengthy process necessary to officially close them. One such Parliamentary Train currently runs between Kensington and ...
Whilst the eight car S Stock is now a relatively familiar sight on the Metropolitan Line, the S7 variant will not make its public debut until after the Olympics. It will then be rolled out onto the Circle, Hammersmith & City and District Lines. It is, however, in production at Derby and the photo below gives a good first look at the longitudinal seating layout that they’ll contain. Longitudinal S-Stock Layout With thanks to MA for the photo
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