Metropolitan line Gallery 3
S8 Stock awaiting departure from Baker Street for an "all stations" service to Watford, as Train 443. Although the S Stock will form a common design for all of the Sub-Surface lines, only the eight-car trains used on the Metropolitan line will incorporate transverse seating.
Perhaps the most obvious difference (from a passenger's perspective) with the new trains is that there are no longer any interconnecting doors between cars; instead, the trains are designed to be "walk-through" by means of these articulated sections.
Still at Baker Street, we can see one of the LED marker lights that is installed at each passenger doorway. As the 'door open' button is also still illuminated, the doors would still open if pressed. Once the train departs, both of these illuminated objects extinguish.
A similar view to that pictured above, except that we're now on the move and travelling between Baker Street and Finchley Road. The thin 'T5' size fluorescent lamps look rather too small for the much wider trough-shaped diffusers that surround them.
The seating moquette features the colours of the four Sub-Surface lines; again, this will allow for a more uniform appearance once the other lines are also running S Stock trains.
Various publicity posters highlighting that this was a 'new' train were placed instead of advertisements on some parts of the train.
After alighting at Wembley Park, I crossed over to the southbound platforms, and was in time to witness the arrival of another S8 Stock train. This train terminated here, as it would then travel empty to Neasden Depot for stabling.
The train's line was confirmed by the external Dot Matrix Indicator display.
This view demonstrates the articulated sections between cars.
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