Former London Underground trains that have recently retired from service on the Isle of Wight could be scrapped in the next 5 weeks unless a buyer is found for them, according to their current seller.
Several carriages from the 1938 tube stock – which was removed from the Island’s railway network as part of a multi-million-pound upgrade plan – have been found worthy homes on the Island, including 2 carriages that have been rehomed at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Others have been listed on e-Bay, as previously reported by Island Echo.
The latest news regarding the trains comes from the online seller named Marcus, who bought 3 of the 80-year-old carriages for £32,000 following the news of their retirement and listed them on the online auction site. He says that he is in a race against time to find a new home for the historic fleet due to having no space to store them.
The carriages, which are currently being stored at a scrapyard, are facing death row should no buyer come forward. Marcus has revealed that the yard is under instruction to have them destroyed should they remain there beyond a further 5 weeks.
Potential new owners are able to buy and remove the carriages – which had sat idle on the Island for several years and been used for parts – in their current poor state, or have them restored by train specialists recommended by Marcus.
You can find an online listing for the trains here.