A Stock Luggage Racks
In early 2012, London's Transport Museum commenced the sale of the famous luggage racks from decommissioned A Stock cars. Being deemed to be 'collectable', prices were considerable, even for one of the 'small' racks; nevertheless, I decided to purchase both a 'large' and a 'small' rack when the items became available - another 'medium' size would be released later.
The small racks measure (L) 440 mm × (D) 325 mm × (H) 210 mm; by comparison, the large racks measure (L) 1000 mm × (D) 325 mm × (H) 210 mm, and the medium racks are 670 mm in length but have a slightly shallower maximum overall height at 160 mm due to the lack of an umbrella hook.
A luggage tag is tied to each rack when delivered; these carry Transport Museum branding and assure the purchaser that the racks are authentic.
The racks are of an all-aluminium construction, with the two fixing limbs and umbrella hooks being cast and the main body being rolled sheet.
The umbrella hooks are pop riveted to the frame, while screws secure the body to the end pieces.
The cast spacer brackets for attaching the small rack to the car walls were included.
After spending far too much money on obtaining these racks, the last thing I was going to do was not put them to use...therefore, both racks will hopefully be installed in due course. The large rack was fitted above my Metropolitan-themed moquette headboard (I am probably the Museum Shop's best customer right now!) on Friday, 9th March 2012.
The small rack was subsequently installed a week later.
To see a PDF copy of the small booklets that accompany each rack (one can be seen tucked behind the hook in the above photograph), please click here.
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