Railway vehicle; LER Q23-stock driving motor car No. 4248, 1923
I remember these trains with great affection. As a child in the late 1950's we would travel regularly from Upton Park to Blackfriars where my father worked and once a year to Sth Kensington for the Boys Brigade Annual Display at the Albert Hall; A huge adventure. Even though the door buttons didn't work, my brother and I still pressed them ! I remember the small blue hued lights at the ends of each carriage which Dad told us were the only lights used during the blackout in WWII. Those childhood journeys led to a lifetimes interest in the underground and the tube . Don from Cambridgeshire
I remember this vehicle and some other Q23 cars on the East London line in the late 60's and early 70's as a child. I was 15 in 1970 and they seemed very archaic but had a presence all their own even in the then standard LT interior colours of dark green panels and varnished wood. I was exploring the LT system on One Day Rover tickets ... purchased in advance at the pay office at Sutton bus garage on my way home from school so I could get an early start on the Saturday, clocking uop as many miles as possible on the bus and underground all day for 2s/6d If memory serves me right.... happy days when a child could wander the tube system and feel safe. John from Birmingham
These trains were comfortable to drive and fast, although slow to accelerate.They could be brought to a smooth stop braking was very good.The RPA equipment was above your head, clicking away when you started to accelerate. David from Norwich
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This cross section of Piccadilly Circus is known as a 'stomach diagram' as it shows the 'insides' of the station. You can clearly see the booking hall, escalators, passageways and platforms of the station!