I have been reminded elsewhere that nine years ago today (15 May), there was the opportunity to ride a Victoria line train to Uxbridge. There were a number of us District Dave types on that enjoyable and memorable trip. It was well documented at the time, and there are a number of videos and pictures linked on this thread (starting at page 12) districtdavesforum.co.uk/thread/16083/last-67-stock-run-on?page=12
OMG I'm getting old, remember driving 3007 that day, last time I ever drove that unit. Also remember selling car numberplates to various members of this forum at Uxbridge that day
What was it like to drive so far in manual? From what I recall, they were intended for auto operation by pressing two buttons to start. The innovational combined master brake/controller design did not incorporate a deadman function, but had to keep a button depressed. Also the handle had an unnatural lift to turn movement. All acceptable for shunting or emergency movement. But a day tour?
I think Test Train Operators did most, if not all(?) of the 'Off line' driving - I certainly remember asking a favour of one of them to take it slowly through Sudbury Town, where I'd left the tour to get a couple of lineside shots.
One of the less than friendly supervisors was on duty at Ealing Broadway later that day, and was about to throw all the waiting enthusiasts off the station when the tour train arrived - I seem to remember the Victoria Line General Manager overruling him in that respect!
Back at the time Northumberland Park depot housed a full fleet of trains, with the Vic line only partly open, there was also a shortage of 1938TS due to Acton Works restricting compressor overhauls. A proposal was considered to release the 1938TS from the Northern City Line and cover it temporarily with spare 1967TS, which could transfer through the former tunnel connection from Finsbury Park. One of the problems with this proposal was the requirement to drive the new trains manually with their unsuitable traction/brake controller. It was decided that this would have to be replaced with the C-stock design, but unfortunately costs and delays eventually led to the proposal being abandoned. Details were long ago in Underground News from files rescued from Acton Works.
Post by tubelightonline on May 20, 2020 5:28:54 GMT
Gosh - was it really nine years ago that the tour occurred; I still had a good head of hair at the time!
I remember the strong smell of burning from the brakes as we travelled in ATO towards Finsbury Park, just before swapping to manual driving at the crossover, near the beginning of the tour, and of course, the brief loss of lighting at the northound crossover towards the end of the day! Other memories that remain strong to me were the train only just fitting the platforms at Acton Town or Ealing Broadway, and of course, the friendliness of everyone, particularly those in Car 6!
Spookily, I discovered recently that 3161, the DM whose destination blind now lives here, was part of the train that formed the 'Auto Tube Rambler' railtour in 1979, which also called at Ealing Broadway, as proven here. Here's a similar view from the 2011 tour - I'm fairly certain that I'm visible on the extreme-left of this image, with regulation Victoria line-coloured shirt...clearly, it was all meant to be!
Presumably the stock had to have an official second man in the cab as there was no trip cock fitted.
Tripcock was fitted and operational from Finsbury Park onwards. Anyone who was in the leading coach of the tour would have the seats just behind the cab door being lifted and the tripcock being set while in Finsbury Park platform