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Sunday, January 18, 2004

Isle of Wight Tube

The Grandaddy of tube trains

Thanks to Bradley yesterday who made
a comment saying that I wouldn't want to end up falling asleep, getting to Heathrow and sleepwalking to a plane bound for the Isle of Wight, where they have 1938 tube trains running. If I was going to sleepwalk onto a plane I'd hope that I would be bound for somewhere far more exotic than the Isle of Wigget.

However, this reminded me that fellow blogger Stuart went home to the Isle of Wight for Xmas and took some pictures on his camera phone:

Stuart said: "I live on the Isle of Wight, which has a small and rather...erm, quaint rail service. It was rated as the most punctual in the nation when someone gave out stats without taking into account the fact that they only have three trains and one line, which is itself about nine miles long in total.

Anyway, the bit I thought you'd be interested in is that they are old Tube Trains...and I mean OLD. Most of the inside is still wooden panelling, wooden floors etc etc and they maintain the old purple London Transport livery. Needless to say coming home it was a bit odd having been on the Piccadilly/Northern Line earlier in the day, to go across the Island on what must be like the Grandaddy of the newer trains.

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