Vivarail has finally gone public with its plans for repurposing 'D' stock due to be retired when 'S' stock spreads out across the District line. And mighty fine the plans look too! Can't wait to ride on one.
Well, it seems that the plan is to have several different versions, city, commuter, and country. Both commuter and country only have 2 doors per side. They will be internally gangwayed, and the cab structure modified, most likely to meet the new crash regulations that gave us the front sloped end of the class 380. I'm assuming that they will rip out all of the underfloor equipment and refit as necessary per their design, otherwise it might be a tight squeeze! They seem to also be planning on having them easy maintenance, and stop-start engines. Will be very interesting to see how this turns out.
Also, may I ask why this thread has been stickied?
Post by norbitonflyer on Nov 27, 2014 22:36:32 GMT
Also article in "Modern Railways" out today
[rincewind] "Three months for conversion seems a bit tight, OK later on in the program perhaps, but the first one?"
Actually four (January to May). If they've had the opportunity to measure one accurately, the modular nature of the interior and engine packs would allow work to have started already, but given the age of the units there are likely to be minor differences between them and they will probably not know which one they are going to get. Some work will doubtless be necessary to remove some existing equipment and fit whatever fittings will allow the power packs to be replaced readily.
Moreover, it is usually LU's practice to withdraw non-runners first, so whatever is wrong with the first unit to be withdrawn will need to be rectified as well. Remember that the first C-stock to go had a big dent in it. If they're lucky, the fault will be something that was going to come off anyway, like the shoegear. (A double-ender would be ideal, as they'll need two DMs to make a complete train)
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I wonder what gricers will nickname them. My suggestion would be 'Wombles' because they used to travel to Wimbledon and in the words of the (Wombles) song :- "Underground overground". OK of got my hat and coat ready.