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Visitors to London who are also transport enthusiasts (‘railfans’) sometimes ask for advice as to the ‘best’ things to see on London’s railway network. This page is part of a guide which aims to answer that question.

If this is the first time you have reached these pages then it is best to go to the Opening Page which sets the scene, explains the difference between the small and the large profile trains, offers advice on the best type of ticket to buy and photography tips.

Alternatively, it is possible to view everything on one page


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Victoria Line
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Victoria Line 2009 stock.
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. Victoria Line 2009 stock.
The Victoria Line uses 2009 tube stock trains seen here (above left) at the only Victoria Line location which is above ground (Northumberland Park Depot)

Apart from closing the doors at stations and initiating station departure (which are still controlled by a 'real human') Victoria Line trains are fully automated.
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Below / Above Ground

Apart from the depot - where the public are not permitted - this line is entirely below ground.

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. Victoria Line Map; click image to see a larger version in a new window.
Map modified by me, original source & license:
Ed g2s / Wikipedia encyclopædia CC BY-SA 3.0
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Victoria_Line.svg
General Information.

This was London's first automated underground line and is now the first automated line ('urban metro') ever to be upgraded with a new fleet of trains and a new (different) automation system - whilst still in full passenger service.

The original automated train control system permitted the next train to be slowly entering a station whilst the train in front was still leaving. However, despite being perfectly safe, it was found that this design feature often upset passengers who thought otherwise, and therefore the train control system was modified to prevent it from happening.

All of the line's original 1967 tube stock trains - plus the 1972 Mk1 trains which were added to the fleet in the 1990's - have now been withdrawn and replaced by the 2009 tube stock trains. One unusual feature about the new trains is that they do not have heaters - anyone who has ever travelled on the Victoria Line will know that these are only needed during winter months on trains entering service (at Seven Sisters station) from the depot; at all other times this line needs its trains cooling, not heating.

Doric / Euston Arch motif Victoria Line. . Victoria Line 2009 tube stock train.
When built the seating wells on all Victoria Line station platforms featured special decorative motifs which depicted an aspect of the local area.
At Euston the motif is of the Doric Arch (also known as Euston Arch) which stood outside the station until it was rebuilt in the early 1960's.
. A southbound Victoria Line 2009 tube stock train
at Oxford Circus station.
Victoria Line Door Closing Light. . Victoria Line 2009 tube stock train.
A 2009 tube stock internal "door status" light.
These illuminate when the door is open and flash when the doors are about to close / are closing. However they are so small that very few passengers will even notice them.
One of these can also be seen in the image below.
. The first 2009 tube stock train arriving at Green Park.
This image dates from before the yellow-and-black warning signs were fitted to the doors. Also visible is an electronic destination display on the train's side.
Victoria Line 2009 stock accessibility. . Victoria Line 2009 stock accessibility.
The introduction of the 2009 tube stock also saw most Victoria Line stations being equipped with raised platform sections which
facilitate 'easy access / level entry' to a part of the train (seen here at Finsbury Park), plus wheelchair spaces inside the trains.



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