Will these trains be able to couple together or will they be kept seperate?Until I retired in 2010 the Mk1 & Mk2 96TS never ran together in service,although they did test they did work together by running a Mk1 & Mk2 coupled up around SMD.
The METs will never work with existing 95 / 96TS as they will be incompatible (in theory), obviously they will still be able to couple up for recovery purposes with suitable precautions in place. The additional four trains of 96TS have been reformed with original build units when required and operated in passenger service.
There must be serious gauging problems on the Bakerloo preventing it from getting longer carriages, else it might have ended up with TfLs most reliable fleet, the 73ts, after the pic gets its new trains. As it is though, any serious expenditure on the 72ts is only justifiable if they are made to work for another couple of decades.
There are many places on the Bakerloo Line where serious gauging problems occur. In fact there are not many decent straights south of Queens Park. There is a severe curve on both roads south of Paddington and then there is Baker Street northbound platform and then the curves between Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross and both platforms at Waterloo.
Was Waterloo one of the stations where, upon middle doors being provided in addition to gates, said additional doors were initially kept locked because of the platform gap? Did this practice cease with air door stock or before hand? The 1920 CL stock had the same rough layout.