The appearance of this stock appealed to me because I
realised I could use the new 30 degree 1x1x2/3 ‘cheeses’
for the distinctive flaring on the coach bodies. The O
stock was the first of a new type of Electric Multiple Unit
(EMU) train for subsurface running on the Underground.
174 cars were built by the Birmingham and Gloucester
Railway Carriage & Wagon Companies. These ran on the
then Hammersmith and City Branch of the Metropolitan
line and were transferred to the Circle Line in 1955 after
conversion, along with sister stock P. They were retired
in the late 1970s and scrapped.
As with all the other designs, I worked this first in MLCad
and created several virtual versions before I was sufficiently
satisfied to actually build it. The colour scheme
was easy, using the old London Transport red with a dark
grey roof. The flaring appears at the top of the windows,
to hide vents, and along the bottom of the coach side.
The latter was actually a safety feature for it meant that
when the sliding doors were closed there was no step
protruding upon which a determined passenger might try
to board the train after it had started moving. In order to
keep the appearance correct, the Lego train motor is
actually mounted under the trailer car in the middle of
the train creating an odd reversal of situation - a powered
trailer and two dummy driving motor cars.
You might remember I emailed you a few years ago to share the LU A stock train I built.
I saw on the Brickish pages that you'll be displaying your LU trains at the Acton Museum Depot weekend in March. I've always wanted to display my A stock, Beyer-Peacock Loco and District railway B stock there, ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/brapps/159902177/in/set-72057594080359823/ ) but I don't drive, and couldn't really transport a whole layout down there from where I live.
I plan to take my son to the event this year, and wondered if you would mind if I brought a couple of my models, and maybe ran them on your layout for some of the time?