LT Museum sends last surviving prototype 1986 Stock to Coventry

THE London Transport Museum has decided to permanently relocate its unique 1986 Stock vehicle to the Electric Railway Museum, situated a couple of miles outside Coventry.

1986 Stock car No. 16 viewed from a balcony overlooking the six roads within the London Transport Museum’s Acton depot on September 25. The driving car has remained in this position for many years, adjacent to former Electric Sleet Locomotive No. ESL107, which had been formed from two Central London Railway cars when it was rebuilt in 1939. Christopher Westcott
1986 Stock car No. 16 viewed from a balcony overlooking the six roads within the London Transport Museum’s Acton depot on September 25. The driving car has remained in this position for many years, adjacent to former Electric Sleet Locomotive No. ESL107, which had been formed from two Central London Railway cars when it was rebuilt in 1939. Christopher Westcott

Car No. 16 is unique in that it is the only surviving example of the 16 prototype vehicles constructed during the mid-1980s as the basis for a new fleet for the Central Line. The vehicle had been resident at the London Transport Museum in Acton since the depot opened in October 1999.

The Acton site holds exhibits not displayed at the museum’s main location in Covent Garden, but in recent years has become increasingly full. There are six roads for railway vehicles and the maximum capacity is 24 normal-sized cars.

Read more in December’s issue of RE

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