In Pictures: London Underground in the Seventies

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With new Rolling Stock now appearing on much of the London Underground, it seems an opportune moment to take a step back and look at some trains of times past.

Below are a selection of photos showing various rolling stock in the seventies. These pictures were all taken by Nick Agnew, whom we thank for allowing us to reproduce them here, via MA.

1938 Tube Stock at Hounslow Central on the Piccadilly, July 1975

1938 Tube Stock at Hounslow Central on the Piccadilly, July 1975. The train is about to head one station on to Hounslow West, then the Line’s terminus.

Experimental Articulated 35 Stock at Acton, August 1971

Articulated rolling stock isn’t a new idea. The converted ex-1935 tube stock units 10011 and 11011 (L14A and L14B) were part of an early unsuccessful trial production run. They were used as shunters at Acton until well into the seventies.

District Line train 002 at Bromley by Bow, 1977

The silver stock with its wonderfully flared sides, pictured at Bromley-By-Bow on the District in 1997

A Circle Line Train at High Street Kensington, October 1973

A Circle Line Train at High Street Kensington, October 1973, again the flared sides are obvious.

A snowy day on the ELL in March 1973

A snowy day on the ELL in March 1973 – note the clerestory roof on the old rolling stock.

Written by John Bull