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Despite London Underground being called the Underground, or colloquially known as "The Tube" (also known by the recent TV series on BBC2 also called "The Tube", not to be confused with the 1972 music show on Channel 4), certain parts of the deep level network also reach the surface and proceed for long distances above ground as well as below ground. One such section is on the Bakerloo Line between Queens Park and Harrow and Wealdstone, where Underground trains break cover and run alongside the West Coast Main Line on the suburban lines out of London Euston.

Here, 1972 Stock Driving Motor car (DM) number 3247 leads a 7 car unit southbound approaching South Kenton with a service to Elephant and Castle. The recent upgrade of the Victoria Line saw the former ATO (Automatic Train Operation) equipped 1967 Stock withdrawn and replaced by brand new 2009 Stock, which in turn saw the 1972 Stock's lifespan increased by way of component recovery and reuse from the closely related 1967 Stock trains, and currently there are no plans to withdraw any of the 1972 Stock, meaning their future, for now at least, seems relatively secure.

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:iconrobertbeardwell:
robertbeardwell Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
So this the northern or bakerloo line train?
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CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Bakerloo Line, the Northern Line uses 1995 stock.
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Raakone Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
This is very nice!
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:iconcjsutcliffe:
CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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loganberrybunny Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice lines. Just a shame it wasn't taken in Wimbledon. :P
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CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Heh, indeed so. I'll remember that for next time. :P
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Raakone Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Why do you wish it was Wimbledon?
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CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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ZiggyShadowDust Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wombling Free XD
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CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I've only just realised what I did there... :slow:
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klambert94 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The Bakerloo is unusual where about 70% of it is roughly underground, a lot of the other lines, a lot of the time run on the surface. Its only in the central section of London where most of the line runs underground. I took a shot not dissimilar but mine was nastily over exposed because the light was beginning to falter that day.
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CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
There does seem to be an invisible boundary where the tube lines dive below ground and hit the surface again. And the Victoria Line is entirely within that zone which explains it's 100% tube line status discounting Northumberland Park depot. Nevertheless it will always look strange to see tube trains running on the surface, especially with full dimensions of full surface rolling stock to compare it to.
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klambert94 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
most of the tube lines were built in the Victorian times except the Jubilee and Victoria. The above ground sections of the Underground were once rural and could be safely built on the surface without any large scale demolition. Lines like the Piccadilly the above ground sections at one point looked like branch lines in the early 1900s.
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robsouzza Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Do the new trains you mention still use the ATO?
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CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
They do yes, as does the Central Line and Jubilee line rolling stock. The Jubilee Line trains are cosmetically the same as the trains on the Northern Line, except the Northern Line does not use ATO.
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Hula121 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's The Tube...but without a tube!
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EternalFlame1891 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Was that engineer flipping you off? LOL! Nice shot and angle! Love it!
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CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
He wasn't, he's displaying the typical mood of a general tube driver. Knowing he's heading towards a tunnel once again disappearing from daylight for about 2 or 3 hours, slumped across the dash as if to say: "Do I really have to be here?" :P
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EternalFlame1891 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
That makes sense! LOL!! Come to the dark side, Master! We have... TRAINS!
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Nice shot!
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:iconcjsutcliffe:
CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
You're welcome
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