The London Midland rail franchise has come up with a novel way of getting some new stock in on the cheap -- buying up old London Underground trains and converting them to run on diesel.
The trains are set to be tested on the tracks between Coventry and Nuneaton later this year, where the refitted District line carriages -- now known as the prototype Class 230 train -- are being lined up to expand existing services and allow more people to travel by rail to and from the region's sports arenas on match days. The Ricoh Stadium in Coventry often outputs large numbers of men at the same time of an afternoon, and the local line's existing rail infrastructure isn't currently able to cope.
Coventry City Council's David Welsh said: "...local people want the option to leave their car at home and travel to the Ricoh by train. The current single carriage train once an hour is woefully inadequate to serve events – and it’s not what we wanted for the city. The new Class 230 will boost the event day service and make it a credible and reliable option."
You can find out what else clever people are doing with retired public transport vehicles here. [London Midland via Rail News]