WD 2-8-0 No. 90308 beautifully portrayed at Huddersfield circa 1950.

WD 2-8-0 No. 90308 beautifully portrayed at Huddersfield circa 1950. 90308’s WD number was 77444 and it was one of the Southern’s contingent transferred to Huddersfield from Feltham in June 1950 whilst its BR number was acquired in January 1951. Withdrawal was from Huddersfield shed in November 1962.

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Q35 car at the Ashford Steam Centre, early 70s

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Q-stock was built in the 1920s and 1930s to two very different designs.The earlier cars show the American influence on early Underground operation, with their characteristic stepped “clerestory” roofs. Later Q-stock cars have an “Art deco” look with flared sides. Q-stock operated principally on the District Line

One of the earlier Q-stock cars is on display at the London Transport Museum at Covent Garden.

There are four other Q-stock cars in the Museum collection. They are:

  • 4416/17, built in 1938, and withdrawn from passenger service in 1972.
  • 08063, built in 1936, withdrawn from passenger service in 1971, and presented to the Museum in 1997.
  • 4184 dating from 1923 and withdrawn in 1971.

The Friends and Museum have recently carried out a detailed review of the Q-stock project. The aim now is to restore three of the cars to operational condition.