London Transport Museum launches appeal to fund Q-Stock restoration
The London Transport Museum is fundraising to restore three 1930s Q-Stock London Underground vehicles to operational use for heritage services.
Q-Stock ran on the District Line from 1938 until withdrawal in 1971. Unlike subsequent Tube designs, each vehicle was individually designed. They were built to run with a number of older American-designed vehicles.
The London Transport Museum says it is aiming to restore the interiors of the three vehicles to reflect different moments in the stock’s history.
One car will explore life in wartime London, the second will reflect life during the rebuilding of London in the 1940s, and the third will illustrate the growing optimism and prosperity of the 1950s.
Work has already begun following a legacy left by a former Underground worker. Volunteers have been working on the vehicles, but a further £200,000 is needed for the works to be completed.
Five Q-Stock vehicles are preserved by the museum. One 1923-built car is located at Covent Garden and depicts its final days in service, while another vehicle from 1923 is stored at Acton depot.
A spokesman told RAIL there are no plans for the five vehicles to run together, adding: “The design of Q-Stock cars dating from 1923 has already been preserved, and can be seen on display at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden.
“This latest restoration project will now tell the story of Q-Stock cars built in the 1930s.
“At this time there are no current plans to restore the final Q-Stock car built in 1923.”
London Transport Museum Director Sam Mullins said: “Q-Stock trains, with their motley formation of old and new cars, helped people navigate London for more than 30 years - from aiding evacuation efforts to taking fans to see England seize World Cup glory.
“The last surviving cars are a distinctive part of our city’s transport heritage, which is why London Transport Museum is asking people to help bring them back to life for future generations to learn from and enjoy.”