New tube trains for Piccadilly line on test in Germany

New trains set for the Piccadilly line are seeing extensive testing in Germany as introduction into service moves closer.

Photographs from Siemens show the first train undergoing testing in Germany.

There’s a hint of the Victoria line abut their external appearance.

Testing is ongoing to see how trains cope with extreme temperatures.

Temperature testing.

Note also the large screens lining the carriages.

These trains are due to enter service in 2025 and will replace stock that’s now 50 years old.

Ninety four are being built in total and will see the first air con stock running through deep tunnel. Other tube stock with air conditioning runs through cut and cover lines.

More changes include walk-through carriages which will increase capacity by 10 per cent.

Bakerloo line

Further trains are hoped for on the Bakerloo line which also have 50 year old trains but no funding is currently available.

The Bakerloo line extension along the Old Kent Road to Lewisham has been kicked into the long grass with government failing to support plans, despite the potential to unlock thousands of new homes.

In brighter news, new DLR trains are currently on test with entry into service due in spring 2024.

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    One thought on “New tube trains for Piccadilly line on test in Germany

    • The Bakerloo Line is also desperate or in need of getting new tube trains to replace the 1972 Stock. But it’s nice to see that the Piccadilly Line getting a massive upgrade with new tube trains to replace the 1973 Stock.


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