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Photos - 1972 Tube Stock in Original Condition

Fig. 1:  1972 Mk I Tube Stock as delivered

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1972 Mk I Tube Stock as delivered.  It was basically a copy of the 1967 Tube Stock but modified to form 7-car trains with a crew of two instead of 8-car trains with ATO and a crew of one.   They were equipped with guard's door controls at the trailing end of motor cars.  There was no external painting, except for the black roof.  Motor cars only were provided with UNDERGROUND transfers.

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Fig. 2:  1972 Mk II Tube Stock Before Refurbishment

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1972 Mk II Tube Stock at Kensal Green, Bakerloo Line in near original condition.  There were two batches of this stock, Mk I and Mk II.  Both batches were very similar, being delivered unpainted except for the Mk II cars which had red painted doors.  Mk II trains lost the UNDERGROUND transfers but had a plain red roundel on each car instead.   The provision of car numbers over the cab windows was an addition which appeared in later years.

A later addition was the horizontal handrails and foot plates on the cab front.  Like the 1967 Tube Stock, the 1972 Stock has no side cab doors.  Those working on the Bakerloo were fitted eventually with handrails and footsteps across the cab front to allow drivers to get out of the cab without having to go through the passenger saloon.  This was done to avoid difficulties when changing crews at Baker Street on a crowded train.  These were not provided on the stock when they were first delivered.

The remaining trains of this stock still in passenger service have all been refurbished. Photo by B Hardy.

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Fig. 3:  1972 Tube Stock Interior Before Refurbishment

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The interior of a 1972 Tube Stock motor car before refurbishment.  The original upholstery and grooved maple wood flooring were standard at the time.   Trailer cars were similar but had longitudinal seating in place of the transverse seats in the centre of the car seen here.  The internal panelling was made of melamine covered hardboard and it provided a smooth and easy to clean surface.  It was replaced under refurbishment since it was regarded as a fire risk although, in reality, this risk was very small.   Perhaps it was more to do with trying to brighten up the interior decor.

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