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Help us restore the last 1930s Q stock cars

London Transport Museum needs your help to raise £200,000 to restore three rare and distinctive examples of London’s transport heritage, for future generations to enjoy.

London Transport Museum needs your help to raise £200,000 to restore three rare and distinctive examples of London’s transport heritage, for future generations to enjoy.

We are restoring a unique piece of the District line’s heritage, the last three remaining 1930s Q stock cars:

  • 08063 (Q35), formerly N stock, built in 1935 by Metro Cammell in Birmingham
  • 4416and 4417 (Q38), both built in 1938 by Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company

The 1930s Q stock trains were formed from sleek new cars with flared sides, purpose-built to run with a mix of older cars with American-style clerestory roofs dating from 1923.

Unlike modern fleets which are all built from identical connecting cars. Passengers never knew what formation of cars would pull into their platform.

We urgently need your help to complete the restoration to mark 50 years since the Q stock was withdrawn from service.

How you can help

We aim to restore the cars, held in the Museum’s collection, to operational condition and include them in our award-winning heritage vehicle events programme.

Previous Museum restoration projects have delivered the much-loved 1938 stock, Metropolitan Railway Jubilee carriage No. 353 and the First World War Battle Bus, which are all operational.

With your help we can complete the restoration of three Q stock cars and tell the transport story of:

  •  life in wartime London, sharing the story of evacuation in 1939
  •  the rebuilding of London in the 1940s
  •  the growing optimism and prosperity of the 1950s and 1960s.

Thanks to a bequest from the late Bob Greenaway and individual donations made by London Transport Museum Friends, work has already begun on the car interiors. This work is being delivered by a mix of retired London Underground drivers, guards and engineers and people passionate about preserving London’s history.

We need your help to raise a further £200,000 to get the three cars back on track and operational again.

Help keep the train

Your donation can help us in the following ways:

 

£5 lightbulb

Light up a 1930s fluted glass lampshade. The train needs 250 lightbulbs.

 

£15 Poster

Decorate each car with reproduction posters appropriate to the period, which help tell the unique story of each car.

 

£50 panel of Lacewood

Fit one panel of original London plane wood, also known as Lacewood. It’s rare now but was plentiful years ago and covered the walls of the Q stock cars.

 

 £330 moquette seat

Cover a seat with a period moquette textile design. We need to upholster 120 seats.

 

 £50,000 two brake vans

Refurbish the worn parts of the vans, including the timber work.

Make a donation and help us reach our final destination.

If we raise more money than is needed for this project, any additional funds will go to care of the Museum’s collection