I wasn't sure where to put this and didn't want to cause thread drift elsewhere.
Does anyone know whether there is any way these trains can be used anywhere else once they are withdrawn from the Central line (and the W&C), I am of course mindful of the fact that the fleet has been far from problem-free since their introduction to service and also that withdrawal is still someway in the future.
Or would they go straight for scrap?
I ask given how expensive the process of replacing rolling stock is and wonder if LU can somehow recoup all (or as much as possible) of the expense of keeping the 92ts in serviceable condition.
They are only compatible with one specific type of signalling, so a lot of modifications would be needed.
I realise that the thought of more expensive modifications to enable compatibility with another signalling system would limit the chances of any other rail operators being willing to take on the cascaded fleet
Perhaps a car that has the most duct tape could be preserved at Acton to show just how bad these trains were, as part of a display that also makes it possible for visitors to see the motor hanging down (to demonstrate what caused their emergency withdrawal for many months in 2003)... otherwise they should be scrapped. It would be unfair to the recipients to sell them to anyone.
I would not even use them as emergency temporary housing for the homeless, holiday homes, school classrooms, etc., such as has sometimes happened to trains that are no longer needed by the railway.
Isn't this stock the first that was NOT designed by London Underground?
Yes and it shows but some of the brief to the designers didn't help. The main problem is the size and curve of the windows which causes the body to flex. This caused the end car windows to almost pop out and the need for duct tape.
The original bogies were bought from Japan and the frames cracked soon after entering service and had to be welded together.