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Moving Tube Heritage Railways Division Heritage Lecture

12 October 2009

The lecture will cover the operation of heritage trains on the London Underground network over the past 20 years.  Looking at the respective roles of LUL and the London Transport Museum, the reasons for operating these trains and describe the trains used at the present time.  The trains involved are the LUL owned restored 1915 electric locomotive Sarah Siddons, which previously operated between the City and Rickmansworth on the Metropolitan line until the electrification of the line to Amersham in 1960, and the Museum owned restored 1938 tube stock train withdrawn from service in 1986.

Talking about some of the safety, maintenance and operations issues in the use of these trains.

Concluding with a description of the current train restoration project being managed by the London Transport Museum Friends – restoring four carriages of Q type electric rolling stock, built between 1923 and 1938 and withdrawn from passenger service in 1971, with the aim of having these operational in time for the 150th anniversary of the Underground railway in London in 2013.


Moving Tube Heritage

: Ian Arthurton joined London Transport in 1962 as an Engineering Trainee following an apprenticeship with the British Thomson-Houston company. He was involved with the development of the train-borne automatic driving equipment for the new Victoria line trains, and subsequently spent periods in train rolling stock design and maintenance, both with depot and main overhaul works responsibilities. Ian was appointed Director of Passenger Services in 1988, with responsibility for the operation of LUL and all day-to-day maintenance.

On taking early retirement from LUL at end 1994, Ian acted as consultant to Alsthom, and subsequently Tube Lines up until their appointment as PPP contractor for the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines.

Ian became Chairman of London Transport Museum Friends in 2003, and is a Trustee of the London Transport Museum.

Spencer MacManus has 40 years experience in the railway industry. His career has been diverse and spanned many aspects of rapid transit railways, both front line units and specialist back room support.

Spencer retired as Head of Security and Policing for London Underground having been previously the general manager for the company support services and before that the line general manager on the Piccadilly line. He has managed multi-million pound budgets, been the chief liaison officer with British Transport Police, and worked with HM Government emergency planning teams and a member of the London Underground Safety review group.

Trained initially as an engineer, then in railway operations, he has been security cleared to the highest level in the railway business and was awarded the MBE in 1999.

Duration: 1:26