New trains destined for use on the London Underground have been noticed in motion… in Austria.
The ‘New Tube for London’ is a futuristic mannequin of practice being constructed, initially for the Piccadilly line. TfL has 94 on order from Siemens Mobility Ltd, 50% of that are being in-built Goole, North Yorkshire, the opposite 50% are being constructed in Vienna — and these are those which have been noticed ‘within the wild’ in current days.
Images of the smooth carriages, full with TfL roundel and pink, white and blue livery, have been posted on Twitter by varied customers — together with Secrets and techniques of the Underground presenter Tim Dunn, who noticed the pics on Reddit:
Excitingly, pics of @TfL’s new tube practice for Piccadilly appeared on Reddit tonight. Present first @SiemensMobility unit in Germany forward of testing. Be aware walk-thru articulated (& wider, cos shorter) automobiles to extend capability. Aircon will use a lot house beneath. Due in service 2025. pic.twitter.com/jcPkSrEDbS
— Tim Dunn (@MrTimDunn) July 19, 2023
New trains for the Piccadilly in Germany. These will probably be an enormous improve for London after they’re launched. Hopefully feeding right into a wider line and signalling improve within the subsequent 5-10 years (topic to funding) 🇩🇪 pic.twitter.com/sG40Ygjd1k
— Ed Dawes (@mindthedawes) July 19, 2023
(Be aware that though it was initially acknowledged the photographs have been taken in Germany, it was later confirmed that they have been snapped at a railway yard in St Pölten, Austria, near Siemens’ manufacturing facility).
— Jonas Gaiswinkler (@JGaiswinkler) July 19, 2023
A reminder of what we have got to stay up for: improved accessibility together with wider doorways and walk-through carriages; air con; and a ten% improve in capability in comparison with present Piccadilly line inventory (which has been round since 1973, FYI).
So, when will we get to journey these beauties? TfL is anticipating them to be in service on the Piccadilly line in 2025. They might properly be rolled out onto the opposite deep-level strains (Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo & Metropolis) after that. Within the meantime, we’ll be gazing within the common path of Austria, with a glance of pining in our eyes.