1960 tube stock (Cravens Stock) Preservation Society The origins of Cravens Heritage Trains go back to 1994 when the Cravens Preservation Group was formed in order to save the 3-car 1960 tube stock unit which had operated the final day's services on the Epping to Ongar section of the Central Line on September 30th of that year. The Group took its name from the builder of the unit's two driving motor cars - Cravens Limited of Sheffield.

Sufficient funds were quickly raised to enable the purchase of the Cravens unit to proceed and subsequently a 4-car 1962 tube stock unit was also purchased. This latter unit had run on the Central Line until replaced by current 1992 stock.

In early 1997 the name of the group was changed to Cravens Heritage Trains to better reflect the group's widened scope in actively pursuing the acquisition of other historic Underground rolling stock, when it becomes available. The 1960 Cravens units had originally been built as prototypes. To replace the pre-war 'Standard' stock, then operating on the Central Line. However, due to the rapid decline in serviceability of the `Standard' stock and the increase in passenger numbers following the Eastern Region electrification works, it was decided that there was no time to thoroughly test the new design.

Consequently the 1962 stock,
almost identical to the 1959 stock
already operating on the Piccadilly Line,
was ordered instead.

1962 tube stock left, 1960 tube stock right
Here then is the historic connection between the two units we presently own. Our Cravens unit is stabled at London Underground's Ruislip Depot in West London where, in 1997, it was given a complete external repaint by Cravens Heritage Trains ' members. It re-entered service on Sunday 27th July 1997 by operating the Metropolitan Line Passenger timetable on the Chalfont to Chesham branch. The Cravens unit thereby became the first privately-owned train to operate a scheduled passenger service on the London Underground system for some 64 years! The operation was repeated on Sunday l7th August.
1960 tube stock (built by Cravens) In September 1997 an all-day tour on the Metropolitan, Piccadilly, Hammersmith and City and District Lines was successfully completed. The unit has also featured in the `Steam on the Met' celebrations, has appeared at Stanmore Open Days and has operated successful railtours over other parts of the system, many of which never see tube gauge rolling stock in passenger service.
The 1962 stock unit is at  Hainault Depot,  at the eastern end of the Central Line, where it is undergoing internal and external refurbishment.
For London Underground's internal purposes the two units owned by
Cravens Heritage Trains are classed as part of their Heritage Fleet.
London Underground supply the necessary operating staff for the trains when they are running on their lines. Cravens Heritage Trains members who wish to take part in the refurbishment and maintenance of the units attend a Safety Course run by London Underground to obtain the necessary Depot Pass - these courses take place on an `as required' basis.


However, you don't have to work on the trains to join us, your financial
contributions are most welcome to support the maintenance of the stock.
Besides being able to offer practical experience in the preservation of
railway rolling stock for the enjoyment of future generations,
membership of Cravens Heritage Trains entitles you to
a copy of our quarterly illustrated journal `CHT bulletin'
and a copy of `A Guide to Cravens Heritage Trains'
as well as advance notice of forthcoming railtours and other events.

For more information try their own web site at
www.cravensheritagetrains.co.uk

or if you are looking for the Epping-Ongar Railway then try
www.eorailway.co.uk

 


We look forward to welcoming you as a member of Cravens Heritage Trains in the near future!

Cravens Heritage Trains is sponsored by Bywaters Recycling and Waste Management.

Please call Bywaters on 0181-558 1141 for your recycling and waste management needs
and mention Cravens Heritage Trains.

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