This is my 95ts train. It is the third of my LU creations but the first one to be functionally complete.
The 1995 Tube Stock was built by GEC Alsthom Metro Cammell (now Alstom) as part of the PFI (priviate finance initiative) for the London Underground on a 25 year lease. The stock operates on the Northern Line and numbers some 106 6-car trains. 95ts is virtually identical to the 96ts that operates on the Jubilee Line but the latter entered service first due to ‘commissioning difficulties’. The 95ts entered service on 12th June 1998 replacing 56ts, 59ts and 62ts on the Northern Line.
The 95ts is arranged into 3-car units of DM-T-UNDM (Driving Motor car - Trailer Car - Uncoupling Non Driving Motor car). The latter car has no cab but a control panel to facilitate shunting. Two of these units are arranged back to back into one train. My model is arranged as DM-T-DM in order to have a (unofficial) short train.
Acquiring parts for this model proved to be problematic. I’ve had to use light grey slope45 2x1s because trans-clear ones are too rare. White slope45 2x2 doubles were used because 2x4s don’t exist. And; I’ve had to mix dark grey and dark bluish grey, the former is used on the roofs and floors of the cars while the latter is used in the car ends due to the 1x2x2 plane windows and 1x2x3 train windows only being available in the newer dark (bluish) grey.
One important factor in the design and construction of this train was the height contstraint due to the shape and size of all tube stocks and the tunnels the run in. I followed Jon Reynold’s 73ts model’s 8-brick height (including track) having experimented and finding it was the most appropriate.
The wheels of the train are the new ‘small train wheel’ type. Even with the fact that these run much freer than the old ones I needed WD40 (thanks for the suggestion Jon) to remove sufficient friction in order to allow the running using a single 9v motor. The motor itself required significant modifying of the car body, by using side-skirting and attaching the lower rear of the car body to it (instead of to the rest of the body) it fits sufficiently and doesn’t stand out too much. As such it means I have only one actual Driving Motor car, the other is in effect; a Driving Trailer car (there have been no DTs since the earliest 20th century tube stocks).
The body of each car is actually 5-wide. The 95ts has external leaf doors which I (off)set at 6-wide (car width) and the cab and car ends are also the same width as the door sections. The result is an interesting mix and a construction nightmare.
“This service terminates at Edgware” (or High Barnet, Morden or Kennington!)
These photos were taken at the Great Western Lego Show in October 2008 (and replace earlier images on here) on my layout:
And with my other LU Tube stocks; 1972mkII, 1923(Standard), 1995 and 1938.
Quoting Ethan Brown
This is absolutely amazing! Reminds me of when I went to London back in 2009 :) Is there any way you'd release instructions for this masterpiece? I'll give you my email if you reply to this message and we could discuss pricing. Thanks, and I hope you could release instructions!
Mind the gap! Music to my ears and brings back great memories of the times I took the Underground, always getting off at the end of the day at the Queensway Station walking three blocks to my hotel: The Whites!
The Underground has a rich history and matches ours in NYC! Now that the music has died down I have to also tell you it was eye candy to see!!!!
hello,my name is Gabriel i realy like your train and i realy what to build my own one but i don`t know where to buy the pieces so if you could give my some information about it and how to bild it would be great THANGS!