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Collecting for 2013 – The end of the A Stock

Over the past couple of years, brand new snazzy trains have begun to appear on the Metropolitan Line. These S Stock trains are gradually being added to the London Underground system, replacing the 50 year old A Stock trains. The A Stock are being removed from the network at a rate of two trains per week, and by the end of 2012 will be no more.

The transition from A Stock to S Stock has been an exciting turning point for some drivers, but the end of an era for others. Capturing the workings of the old trains in operation was identified as a priority for the LU150 anniversary project, so yesterday myself and film-maker Geoff Marshall boarded an A Stock at Harrow-on-the-Hill and accompanied driver Richard Griffin on his journey up and down the Metropolitan line for the day

Having never had the opportunity to ride in a Tube cab before, the experience was incredibly exciting! Stations, tracks and other vehicles look so different from the front of the train, and is was fascinating to see Richard operating the train, stopping at signals, making announcements and following the timetable.

Geoff captured lots of footage on camera, which will be edited into a short film and added to the Museum’s collection. As soon as it’s done I will share it up here, but for now here are a few pictures from my ride!

Collecting for 2013 – My Line: Metropolitan

The second of the My Line documentaries, this time about the Metropolitan line, has now been completed, with the Piccadilly Line film also finished this week. The Metropolitan line film was made by a group of young people from the Beacon centre near Rayners Lane over the October half term. Eight young people, aged between 8-13 years, took part in the three day workshop with film maker Jackson Ducasse, where they shared their experiences of using the line and told stories to highlight the distinctive characteristics of travelling out to the suburbs and into Metro-land.

We’re also started work on the Victoria line and District line films in the past couple of days, so watch this space for an update on them! The Northern line, and final, film will be made in December. Being a Northern line commuter, it’ll be tricky to not show favouritism when they’re all done!