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4-DD Stock

Postby windsor_lad » Sun Jan 01, 2017 7:49 pm

Double deck rolling stock gets mentioned in the national press on occasions and sometimes the solitary examples designed by Bulleid get a comment. But of course they were not true double deck stock. They had their own problems, which included what we would now call ‘dwell time’ at stations as passenger tried to find a suitable seat and make their way down from the upper deck.

Can anyone describe what it was like to travel in these units and comment on the problems in joining and alighting?
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Re: 4-DD Stock

Postby Richard Allen » Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:08 pm

A bit late in responding, I know, but my father remembers travelling on them from Blackheath in the late 60s and they were extremely unpopular. The main issues, in no particular order, were:

1. No external stepboards (owing to loading gauge), so there was a higher than average incidence of people missing their step and falling down the gap between the platform and train.
2. No luggage racks of any kind.
3. Upstairs had no opening windows and could get very stuffy in summer.
4. People were reluctant to go upstairs at very busy times, fearing they would not be able to get out of the train at their stop, making the downstairs area very crowded.
5. A generally claustrophobic ambience.
6. Long dwell times at stations, leading to poor timekeeping.

The problem is that to have travelled on them as an adult, you have to be in your 70s at least, so by definition there are fewer people around who remember them.
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