Saturday, 17 December 2011

Southern Electric - New rolling stock for the Waterloo & City

No reason behind today's selection, other than it really interested me. The Waterloo and City Line is always an interesting little line, as it is not connected to the main Tube network. So the only way to get something in and out was via the Armstrong lift (see the video above).

Sadly the Armstrong lift no longer exists, it was demolished (along with the entire Western sidings) in 1992 due to the construction of Waterloo International – the former Eurostar terminal.

These days the procedure is carried out using a road-mounted crane in a shaft adjacent to the depot, south of Waterloo mainline station on Spur Road. This is only necessary for major maintenance work that requires lifting of the car body as the Waterloo depot is fully equipped for general maintenance work.

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