The First New Elizabeth Line Train Arrives

(Photo: TfL)

The first batch of full car sets representing the new rolling stock for the forthcoming Elizabeth Line (currently Crossrail) have arrived in London. One set was transported off the Network Rail test track in Wembley after being hauled from Derby, where it was manufactured, from where it ran under its own power to Ilford. Another set ran the line from Liverpool Street to Shenfield, currently under the operation of TfL Rail.

The new Bombardier Aventra Class 345 trains will enter public service with the Elizabeth Line in December 2018. They will initially operate in seven car sets with the aim of running nine car trains.

The managing director of London Underground Mark Wild said: “It’s a testament to Crossrail Limited who have worked hard to construct the track, stations and ticket halls that our customers will be travelling through from December next year.”

Getting rarer…

I was on board the very few D stock trains operating on the District line. The S7 stock is gradually taking over the line. If you love old trains, then take the opportunity to ride on one of these. Although no official word has come when exactly the D stock trains will be phased out on the London Underground, it could be anytime soon! Here’s a couple of photos of the interior…