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1938 Stock on the Isle of Wight
In 1967 when the Ryde - Shanklin railway was electrified British Railways continued a long tradition of equipping the Island's railways with second-hand rolling stock. Cars of London Transport Standard Stock were modified repainted and moved to the Island.
By the late 1980s these trains were beyond life expired! Some cars were almost 70 years old, the fleet held the distinction of being the oldest trains in regular passenger service on the British Rail system. A modernisation programme in 1989 saw their replacement by more second-hand trains! . 8 pairs of 1938 TS driving motors were selected and refurbished at Eastleigh. 4 more cars followed in 1992. The cars were painted in the red, white and blue Network SouthEast livery then applied to Southern Region rolling stock. Most of the Standard Stock cars were scrapped, a few returned to London for possible display in the LT museum.
In 2000 units were repainted in an eye-catching "dinosaur" livery. This consisted of bright blue paintwork with dinosaur vinyls and celebrates the importance of the Island for dinosaur fossil discoveries. In 2003 unit 007 was returned to service in original LT red livery albeit with the effect spoilt by yellow warning panels on the cab ends! Unit 009 was latter also repainted. More information about the Island Line can be found at the Island Line website.
The following photographs were taken on 15th July 2003. Units 002 and 006 were in service, units 004 and 008 were stabled at Ryde. Sadly newly painted 007 was hidden away in the shed!
The use of both the 38 TS and the Standard stock on the Isle of Wight is now described in detail in a book from Capital Transport - Tube Trains on the Isle of Wight by Brian Hardy.
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