Lon­don Trans­port Mu­seum launches ap­peal to fund Q-Stock restora­tion

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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.”

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