In the second episode last night there was a large part of the program on about the new fleet of trains that they are slowly introducing to replace the old stock that was manufactured in the 1960s.
All of these new trains are made here at Bombardier Derby !
|Bombardier Derby on Litchurch Lane as seen in this programme.|
The narrator says...
"One hundred and fifty miles north of London, the replacement fleet is beginning to take shape. Staff at Bombardier Transportation in Derby are building one hundred and ninety one state of the art Tube trains".
They then go on to talk to people at the factory who explain what goes into making this new fleet. We hear from Kevin Thomas, Christopher Cope and Steve Jenkinson.
These are the first ever underground trains to have air conditioning and open ended carriages !
If you have ever visited London the you will know that the underground is a necessary evil that you have to use, using it as a tourist is not the same as if you have to use it for your daily commute to work so air conditioning is going to be so good for Londoners !
"The Tube" is a program going behind the scenes of the world's oldest, largest and busiest underground train network as it undergoes the biggest overhaul in its history.
Every day, 60,000 journeys are made and not paid for, costing London Underground £20 million a year in unpaid fares. The programme follows Diane McConnell and Denese Brunker, two of the Tube's longest-serving ticket inspectors, and other plain-clothes revenue inspectors as they pursue fare evaders across the network. Find what happens to the evaders and how the money from tickets is spent.
This particular episode was broadcast on BBC Two, 9:00PM Mon, 27 Feb 2012.
You can watch the full one hour episode for free on iPlayer here :
The Tube Episode 2. or in amazing HD if you have fast broadband : HD version.
If you just want to skip to the Bombardier bit then click HERE.
You have until 10:59PM Mon, 2 Apr 2012 to watch this so you have a bit of time still.
Some screen grabs from "The Tube" Episode 2 :
If you missed it you can watch it now using the link I have provided above.
And of course there are my Bombardier march videos from July 2011 here.
Hope you found this of interest.