29-30 April; 1 May 2023 Adults: £28.50 Concessions: £20
The route for this event is between Acton and Uxbridge (return). There are four return journeys per day: Saturday & Monday: 10:15, 11:54, 13:47 and 15:27 Sunday: 10:15, 11:54, 13:46 and 15:26
To celebrate the coronation of His Majesty the King, join us for a ride to a bygone era on a 1938 Art Deco-style train. Be transported to 2 June 1953, which was the last time that Britain crowned a new monarch, and meet a Grenadier Guard preparing for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Before embarking on your trip, you can pick up a souvenir leaflet, take a selfie with our LU160 ‘love the Tube’ backdrop, make a paper crown, and check out transport collectibles and ephemera at London Transport Museum’s Friends stall. The 1938 Stock was the first kind of Tube train to have all of the electrical equipment underneath the floor, combining the latest technology of the era with quintessential late 1930s style
Last Edit: Apr 14, 2023 12:50:54 GMT by Dstock7080
I think the old KLL4 rotary compressors started to be replaced after the war with DHC2s (the 1949 stock and R stock had these) and then many got replaced in the 1970s with DHC5a (A60 stock) and Reavell TBC38Z (A62, C69, 1967/72mk1) compressors.
The KLL4s were a Swiss design which I think was used under tramcars. The idea was that they were small enough to fit under a tube stock car. All the previous tube stocks were fitted with larger (reliable) compressors behind the drivers cab.
Sadly, the technology wasn’t quite there yet as the conditions under a tube car were more arduous than under a tram. It took another 15 years for the technology to be proved so it would work sufficiently under the 1949 stock cars.
Does this train have the same sound as it did when in service, or have changes necessary to comply with current standards meant that different 'unseen' equipment has had to be fitted?
The majority of people around to enjoy the 38TS this year who also experienced them in 'normal' service will only have done so when they already had the KLL4 compressors replaced by reciprocating ones I think. So still a very realistic step back in time, just not to their set up in 1953...
Did the 1938ts trailer cars that were used to make 3 car 1960ts trains have the original compressors?
btw, I hope to see this train in action but it probably wont be Saturday as I'm 'triple booked' for that day and alas can only attend one of the events. Also running on that day will be the Class 321 farewell tour and the Class 313 farewell tour and - this is the event I'm most likely to attend.
The Acton to Uxbridge run should be available to this train into the foreseeable future, with Acton now out of the resignalling area, and Uxbridge coping with conventional Picc train operation even with the new fleet. A positive from the unfunded Picc resignalling until the 2030s at least!
Judging by what seems to be gear noise as the compressor stopped, Westinghouse DHC2 or DHC5A which were quite similar. The real old 'thumpers' were CP30s, but they were too tall to fit under a Tube car floor. I vaguely remember the rotary vane KLL4, but must have been very young when I witnessed those.