Prior to fleetwide refurbishment of the London Transport Piccadilly Line 1973 Tube Stock trains the three-car unit No.190 (which comprises cars Nos: 190 - 390 - 590 ) was refurbished in a way that included new car end windows and luggage racks in the central seating bays. It was also repainted in a slightly modified version of corporate livery, this being that the red was a little darker than on the other train fleets.
Each car in unit 190 was finished slightly differently, with changes including different seat layouts, fabric trims and some door standback areas being different sizes.
Because of the installation of a door closing beep alarm the electric circuits for the passenger doors were also modified and to allow a full six-car train to run unit No.123 also received the door circuit modifications.
This video includes footage from Gloucester Road, Chiswick Park and Northfields stations plus the 1990 Morden Depot open day.
Music: On the Cool Side. Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
At last we have video footage of this! Thank you very much for posting this. Having only ever seen photographs, I wasn't completely aware of the arrangement at car ends; I see there were 'jump seats' fitted and a grab bar going across the windows. I am pleased what they had planned for the middle of the cars - the transverse mix and ugly luggage racks - never materialised.
In the Morden depot shots, what's the train in the background with the blue stripe high on the bodyside and/or blue doors?
The train in the background looks like a 1972 stock in a trial livery. I can't remember if it is Mk I or Mk II.
Three units of mark 1 stock had trial liveries. One had the livery that became standard. One had the blue top, and the third, seen below, picture from Tubeprune, had blue doors. The 1973 train appears to have been parked between the latter two at the Morden depot visit, thereby demonstrating all three proposed liveries side by side.
There must be a way of designing luggage racks that don't look like something from a hospital. It's hard to combine quick loading/unloading with luggage provision. Like the Metropolitan main line, two distinct types of stock are required, and the result can only be a compromise.