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Old July 26th, 2010, 07:19 PM   #1241
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Old July 27th, 2010, 12:08 AM   #1242
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New Tube seating fabric captures the spirit of London



London Underground (LU) revealed the winner of a public competition to design a brand new Tube seating fabric. A London-based company called WallaceSewell, famous for their patterned woven scarves, beat over 350 entries from around the world to win.

Their bold design was chosen because it captured the spirit of London as well as meeting the judges' demanding technical brief. With around three-and-a-half million customers using the Tube every day, entrants were asked to create a fabric design that would be practical and contemporary.

Innovative design is part of the Tube's identity and history.

Shades of blue and red

The Tube seat fabric, also known as moquette, needed to be something that according to the brief, translated well into a woven material.

Designers were told that it should not be too jazzy or complicated and that it should not have too large a repeat pattern - as this would help to economise on materials when cut to fit the seats.

The winning design is based on shades of blue with red highlights.

WallaceSewell's starting point was London landmarks which were turned into abstract primary shapes like circles, triangles and squares allowing customers to interpret the pattern as they wish.

Soft and comfortable

As part of the TfL Investment Programme the fabric will be used on refurbished Central line trains from the middle of 2011 and on other new trains where possible.

The colours and design reflect the iconic LU brand.

LU is one of the few Metro operators which has not changed to plastic or metal seating.

It is hoped that this high-quality moquette, which is soft and comfortable, will enhance customers' journeys.

Distinctive pattern

Richard Parry, Strategy and Commercial Director for LU, said: 'We chose the WallaceSewell entry because it captures the spirit of London.

'Quality design has always played a very important role at London Underground and this distinctive pattern reflects our corporate brand perfectly.

'The standard was extremely high but this unusual seating fabric - which is practical, attractive and economical - met the very tight design brief on every level.'

The WallaceSewell two-woman team also created the moquette for the new London Overground trains, Croydon trams and the East London Transit.

Emma Sewell, WallaceSewell, said: 'It's a real honour to win this competition.

Rich design heritage

'We can't wait to see our creation on Tube trains and see how passengers react to our design.'

Co-designer Harriet Wallace-Jones, WallaceSewell, said: 'We've always admired the world famous London Underground seating fabrics and colours.

'Nothing beats the feeling that you are going to be part of the Tube's rich design heritage.'

The judges included Lynda Relph-Knight, editor for Design Week, Rachel Halliburton, deputy editor for Time Out magazine and Robert Elms, BBC London radio broadcaster.

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Old July 28th, 2010, 04:29 AM   #1243
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Old July 29th, 2010, 12:51 AM   #1244
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Old July 30th, 2010, 01:33 AM   #1245
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First S Stock will officially run in passenger service on Monday, with a preview run on Saturday

2009 Stock now up to 10/47 so more than 20% of the fleet (albeit with some very high-profile failures this week)
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Old July 30th, 2010, 08:22 PM   #1247
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What rolling stock is that?
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Old July 30th, 2010, 08:31 PM   #1248
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I'm more than sorry to say that I have no idea LOL.
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No problem . But it looks like the C Stock.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 03:59 AM   #1250
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It's the 1973 Stock running on the Piccadilly line.
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Old August 1st, 2010, 01:24 AM   #1251
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Thanks for clarifying.
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Old August 2nd, 2010, 03:56 AM   #1254
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The S Stock ran for the first time in passenger service on Saturday... here's my write up.

New Sub-Surface lines Trains (London Underground S Stock)

First Passenger Journey: 31st of July, 2010.

As the A Stock on the Metropolitan line is now 50 years old, new rolling stock is desperately needed. The capacity of the Metropolitan line (and to a lesser effect the rest of the Sub Surface network) is currently limited by old signalling and old trains with low performance (bad acceleration/decceleration). The trains are 8 cars long for the Metropolitan line, and 7 cars long for the rest of the SS network, they are known as S8 Stock and S7 Stock respectively. This means that on the Cicle and Hammersmith & City lines there will be an increase in capacity, as the existing stock is 6 cars long platforms at stations on the western side of the H&C/Circle lines will either be lengthened or selective door operation will be used. The seating layout also differs for the Metropolitan line trains, it will be half transverse and half longitudinal which suits the more commuter-rail-like nature of the line. The 7 car trains for the rest of the SS network will be all longitudinal. These trains are the first on the network to be fully walkthrough, and are also the first to have full air-conditioning. Air-conditioning is possible on the SS network as the tunnels were originally designed with several gaps located in cuttings which allowed the original steam-powered trains to gases. They will also feature 1.3m/s/s acceleration and have a top speed of 62mph/100km/h. The trains will enter service with manual operation on the existing signalling and eventually modern signalling will replace it, taking advantage of the train's increased performance. The total amount of trains will be 191, trains will enter service on the Metropolitan first, then the Circle/Hammersmith & City, and then the District. This is because the District has the most modern rolling stock, which has recently been refurbished.

Current trains (London Underground A Stock)

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New trains (London Underground 'S8' Stock)

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Old August 2nd, 2010, 12:22 PM   #1255
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That must just be the S7 figure... the total number of S Stock trains on order is 191.
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Edited. Could you please add this to the first post?
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I like this trains as much and the London Overground trains.
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How many train buffs turned out? You all should of cheered when it pulled away at the end. SO what did you think of the new stock PortoNuts? The main benefit is obviously the internal space, and light aerie feel.
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New S Stock racing with the A Stock.

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