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Railway vehicle; London Underground 1938-tube stock driving motor car No. 11182, 1938
Classic red Metro-Cammell tube driving stock car. Car no. 11182. These trains had the traction control equipment fitted under the floor increasing passenger capacity. They were also fitted with Automatic Wedgelock Couplings.
Simple name : Railway vehicle
Date : 1938
Collection : Vehicles
Object location : Covent Garden
Reference number : 1981/541 part 0
Associated line : Northern line
Operated by : London Transport
Manufacturer : Metropolitan Cammell (Metro-Cammell) : 1938
Mode : Tube
Vehicle caption : When it was introduced, the 1938-Stock was the most advanced electric tube train in the world. All motors and electrical equipment were housed beneath the floor and despite experiments with streamlining, the new trains were given flat fronts. Both these features allowed greater numbers of passengers to be carried in each car. The last 38-stock retired from service in 1988, six weeks short of 50 years service. This car travelled more than one million miles in its 40 years service on the Northern Line.
Colour : Red
Height : 9ft 2in
Length : 52ft 4in
Seating : 42
Type : 1938-tube stock
Weight (unladen) : 27tons 8cwt
First date in service : 1940
Last date in service : 1978
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With a schoolfriend in 1975-76, I remember waving from the footbridge over the Bakerloo Line in Canons Park, getting the drivers to poop-poop their airhorns as the 7-car sets trundled up to Stanmore. If you crouched down, you could just see the 'buffer beam' / solebar of the driving car as it waited at the platform to head south again. Happy, simpler times! Tim from Birmingham
I rode these trains on my first visit to London in 1976. I thought they were the most marvelous rolling stock -- great color, great light, great sound, wooden floors... something out of the 1930s. I was sad when they were withdrawn, but understood why. As a New York subway fan, I love the old-time stock. Dave from New York City, USA
I well remember travelling on 1938 tube stock every week to my school's sports field, the journey being on the Northern Line from The Angel to Totteridge and Whetstone. These trains were the most comfortable I have ever travelled on, and I would welcome the opportunity to ride on them once again. Bob from Twickenham
I well remember these old trains as, like Tanya, I was a kid in the 70's and we used to visit my grandparents in Surrey - Central line to Bank and then on to the 'red trains' to Morden. I remember the little round lightbulbs fascinated me as did the springy green seats - you could feel the springs! There is an olefactory memory too but I can't describe it. I was also a pageboy at a wedding in St. Martins in the Fields and on being dressed for the occasion being bundled into the train at Bank, I think, and being told 'if the next stop's Goodge Street run for it!' Lovely old rattlers - pity I can't make 5th August. Michael from Bourne, Lincolnshire
When I was a very young child in the early 1970s I remember travelling on the little red Piccadilly Line trains. There were not so many of them however, as more and more of the 1950s white trains were running on the line and the red trains were disappearing. I really loved those red trains and my poor mum would have to wait ages on the platform with me as I refused to get on a white train. I always liked to sit in the back carriage so I could watch the conductor push the buttons. Last year I went on a heritage ride on a red train and it reminded me of the little girl I once was and I felt nostalgic and cried a bit, I have since been on a couple more heritage runs and hope to go on another one in June. I will always adore the little red trains and I am glad I can still travel on them. Tania from London
I joined the northern line in 1970 and was stationed at High Barnet as a guard on the 1938 stock then moving to morden where I have worked ever since. I have driven and been a guard on these along with 1959 Tube stock and 1972 Mk1 and 2 and still on the job at Morden Depot now. I now work for the maintenance side as a maintenance instructor on the now 1995 stock. Loved the 38 stock with the wood floors and the bee hives(retarders in the cab). The old busmans canteen on the platform at Barnet and the mellows coach hire in the early mornings from Morden to Camden then Barnet. Memories to be cherished not only of the stocks but of the staff from the earlier years. David from Surrey
when I was a kid my Dad used to take me to my nan in Tooting Bec. We would always get in the carriage that stopped by the Nestles chocolate machine at Kennington. Dad and I would run off, get a bar of chocolate and hope to get back on. Sometimes we didn't make it. Many years later I worked on the tubes and had the privilege of driving the last 1938 stock journey from Morden Depot to Morden platform during the Northern Line centenary celebrations in 1990. That four car unit is now in the Depot Museum louis from london
London Underground 1938-tube stock driving motor car No. 11182, 1938 I went to school on the Northern line in these trains every day in the 1960s, but at the time I didn't really appreciate their significance. They were probably the most advanced trains in the world when they first appeared in the 1930s, a brilliant combination of the latest electro-mechanical engineering with a stylish modern appearance and a high level of passenger comfort. The perfect Tube train! Oliver