While I hesitated to post this as I don't want them to go, the new stock at the LT Museum shop seems odd. The item (can be found under Code 330459 and is on the home page) is listed as a small rack and the dimensions and slats as pictured reflect this. However, it does not have the hook which is odd - only the medium racks at the cab ends had no hooks from memory.
I called yesterday and the member of staff while helpful did say they were the small ones and had no hook when I asked for confirmation of sizes. When I expressed surprise at no hook/asked if it had been removed they unfortunately had no further information other than confirming this batch have no hook.
Anyone got any more information - I think it is a shame if they have had the hook removed as people are not then buying an unmodified original item.
Yes exactly - that was why I called them to check. Anyhow apparently they definitely are without the hook and it does seem likely it was removed, but staff I spoke to do not know why this was done. Seems a shame.
Interesting DistrictSOM - did the RAT knowingly have hooks taken off the [small] racks? Would happily buy one as I missed out first time around and prices elsewhere are higher, but I don't want something that has been altered and is no longer authentic. Staff were very friendly and helpful and asked the stores where they are kept, but sadly don't have the answer.
I've got a small rack from when they were first released and mine has a hook, there's currently an umbrella hanging on it.
I note the LT Museum shop markets them as "Original Raw Metropolitan Line Luggage Racks". At first the ones sold were cleaned up and this justified a higher price, however a few years back they started selling ones that hadn't been tarted up at a lower price. I'm assuming that the ones on sale now couldn't be tarted up, possibly because they were damaged when removed hence why they are sold at a lower price sans-hooks.
Ive just moved one of the A stocks around neasden depot. I can confirm that the luggage racks in the trailer cars by the car end windows were not fitted with hooks. Hope this solves the mystery for you.