I choose a couple of search terms, see nothing and post, and then along comes someone who chooses different search terms a gets a result.
Plus, of course, these are over a decade old. And, presumably, locked.
And it didn't help that (being as how this was a question about rolling stock), I checked the rolling stock thread.
But, look on the bright side. There may be a lot of new members who have joined since those threads who would appreciate the chance to give their views; who knows?
It's always the way of things. Look for something, give up, someone else goes straight to it! Those threads are from before I joined the forum, I knew at least one of them was there because it included a poll, something which we don't see here now. I did look for them first on the rolling stock board before resorting to the search tool. Rather than faffing around merging old threads, I'll leave them alone but members reading this thread may wish to look back to see what members thought then. It will be interesting to see if anyone has changed their view and also if the general trend has changed.
brigham - you're right about including smell as well - the 38 stock had that "hot electrical" smell, whereas the District stock (all the Q types, at least) had a characteristic smell of a combination of cheap fags and wet dog - unmistakeable; the A stock just smelt "new" for a few years.
Which would be a favourite (apart from the T stock and Dreadnoughts)? Perhaps the F stock which rode rock steady and produced very satisfactory gear noises, as well as being very spacious, as well as being an interesting design.
brigham - you're right about including smell as well - the 38 stock had that "hot electrical" smell
It wasn't just the trains. The smell permeated the underground sections of the line. I loved it, and encountered it again when I was using the older type 'paxolin' (a phenolic paper laminate) printed circuit boards.
I noticed the same substance used in some more rugged electrical environments and have always assumed that it was this, heated, that gave parts of The Underground their distinctive smell.
Paxolin is not to be breathed in, yes it smells nice but the fibres can cause similar damage to your lungs like asbestos
I think it is some trace of gas that is given off that produces the distinctive smell. Intuitively it seems to me to have something to do with formaldehyde (definitely not something you want to breath in in quantity), although I have no idea if that's the case.
ETA Never mind Google, Wikipedia is my mate. It actually mentions formaldehyde in the lede!
It also mentions that toxic vapours can be produced while the material is being worked.
Are we including non passenger stock as well? I love the battery locos. They just have a certain character about them. The rumble of the compressors when you are inside the saloon, the sound of the contactors as you hand notch them and the sound of the safety valves popping if the governors are set too high.
Second favourite must be the A stock. The stock I grew up on, the seating, and the smell. Whenever I get a chance to get inside one, they always smell the same.
The 1938 stock on the Bakerloo and R stock on the district from my childhood in the 70's are my favourites. The 1962 stock as well, being the stock I remembered on the central as a kid, and also as an adult as I joined the underground and qualified on the them as a Guard and then a driver. Least favourite? The 1992 stock.
Well, I think this will turn into a generational thing...!
For me, it's the 67 and C stock - they're the trains of my childhood and I've very happy memories of them. Whenever we had a trip into London we'd jump on the Vic from Seven Sisters and I distinctly remember the funky blue armrests and the bright moquette of the trains after the 1990s refurbishment. Likewise, we'd more often than not end up on the C stock from Liverpool Street - again post refurb - and this would usually be a more exotic outing. I was particularly mesmerised going past the now-gone transmission dishes around the White City area. Sometimes we'd use an A stock, too, although this would be shorter hops from Liverpool Street to King's Cross or Baker Street for a change to a different line. Sometimes there'd be trips further out but they were very rare.
Have to put a vote in for the S stock too - sure, they lack the charm and character of the older stock, but they're very good trains and also the ones that I've worked with most since starting my LU career.