AT DEATH’S DOOR! FORMER ISLAND LINE CARRIAGES COULD BE SCRAPPED IF NO BUYER FOUND


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.

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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.

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