Neasden Depot

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South end of Neasden Depot. Photo taken from Neasden station.
Interior of one of the stock sheds at Neasden Depot.

Neasden Depot or Neasden Works is a London Underground railway depot on the Metropolitan line, located between Neasden and Wembley Park stations. It is the largest depot on the London Underground, maintaining the Met's 58 London Underground S Stock fleet.[1]

History[edit]

When it opened, Neasden was also a manufacturing railway works, producing locomotives and coaching stock for the Metropolitan Railway. The final locomotive produced at the works was in 1898.[2] The depot serviced both steam and electric Metropolitan locomotives.

Major work was undertaken at Neasden between 2010-2011, with much of the 1930s layout being altered to make it suitable for maintenance of the S Stock, which began to be rolled out in 2010 to all London Underground Sub Surface lines.[3]

Due to the rebuild, Neasden's steam shed has now been decommissioned and converted into the Depot's training facility.[4]

Jubilee Line[edit]

24 Jubilee line trains used to be stabled at Neasden Depot, however these are now serviced in Stratford Market Depot, an extensive new build facility on part of the site of the old Stratford Works.[5]

Although not part of the Depot, the Jubilee line signalling control centre is based on the same site.[6]

Metropolitan Line[edit]

Battery electric works locomotives 20, 27, and 32 in sidings at Neasden Depot in 1988.

Neasden is now the main depot for the Metropolitan line, stabling passenger trains, and works vehicles including battery electric locomotives and wagons. Access to the depot by road is just off Neasden Lane, and is the home to the only road level crossing on the Underground.[7] It is also possible to access the depot by foot from Neasden station via a subway at the North end of the station. A final point of entry is at the end of Quainton street, in Neasden village, where the street names are named after the furthest extents of the old Metropolitan Railway: Quainton, Verney, Chesham and Aylesbury.[8]

The depot also carries out S Stock servicing for trains used on the Hammersmith & City line and on the Circle line.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Case Study - Neasden Depot Upgrade". The Institution of Engineering and Technology. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Buckinghamshire Railway Centre Stockbrook". Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Works begin to build new maintenance facility at Neasden Depot". Transport for London. 28 September 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Murray, Bruce (April 2008). "NEASDEN MET STEAM SHED RIP 1937 - 2008". 9466.co.uk. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Jubilee line facts". Transport for London. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Signal Boxes/Cabins". Anorak Heaven. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "TQ2185 : Neasden Depot". Geograph. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Map of Neasden Village : Neasden Depot". Google. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 

Coordinates: 51°33′28″N 0°15′31″W / 51.5578°N 0.2586°W / 51.5578; -0.2586