Thanks, some concrete evidence that they have FINALLY been built! These were due to be on the GOBLIN in May last year, what is the chances of them being in service in May this year?
Also with the introduction of the "Flymos" the long awaited 15 minute frequency will be introduced, something which is very badly needed as anyone who uses peak time trains (me included) will tell you.
Also as part of the Users Group for this line, the general thinking is that even with the enchanced frequency, there still will not enough capacity and have made repeated calls for them to be three coaches! However, due to the short platform at South Tottenham, this looks like a fantasy!
"This station is Stratford. Change here for the Jubilee Line, Docklands Light Railway and National Rail services. This is a Central Line train to Woodford via Hainault. Stand clear of the closing doors."
It always is a Woodford via Hainault train... except when you actually want one!
Update on the 172s, testing has found a problem with the new exhausts. The new inside frame bogies meant there were two small exhausts instead of the one larger one (as large one didn't fit) and these are limiting power. The solution is apparently a new exhaust in an insulated duct through the saloon. They need to be retrofitted so unlikely to be in service before September Info is per July Modern Railways magazine
Had my first ride on One of the Class 172's it was 172 005.
I Was waiting for the train at 19:57 Departure From Leyton Midland Road Towards Gospel oak and the newer departure board which they've recently installed was showing that the train was two minutes late which i know was unusual for a class 150, unless there where heavy loadings which there weren't at that time mind you! but the victoria line was out but passengers would have alighted at Blackhorse Road & Walthamstow Queens Road.
The train arrived approximately five minutes late and the first thing i was greeted too was Auto Announcements a first for the GOBLIN, as conductors prior to the introduction of the 172's had to make manual annoucements which sometimes tended to be so faint you couldn't catch a word they where saying; the trains engines are awfully quiet compared to the class 150 engines which are throaty and loud; the trains are to quiet and resemble Hybrids :/ nevertheless with the improvements Network rail have undertaken with the line, the ride quality has improved significantly.
Oh i don't think there will be none of the packed like cattle scenarios which have plagued the line for many years; as the new trains are spacious and hopefully when the 15 min timetable comes into effect hopefully very soon then we'll see more improvements but its good to see renovation of stations moving more drastically and what not.