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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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Jack in the Box
Jack in the Box
11 months ago

They are not selling because they are too expensive, simple.

Bob
Bob
11 months ago

Scrap them ! Best thing for them all

Ventnor Mum
Ventnor Mum
11 months ago

If we connect all the carriages together would they stretch across the Medina at Cowes / East Cowes, just wondering…….

Bird table
Bird table
11 months ago

Straight out of Only Fools and Horses if you ask me. Marcus!

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Bird table
11 months ago

he who dares rodders!

Someone
Someone
11 months ago

Seriously? He spent £32,000 on the things with nowhere to store them, and just assumed someone on ebay would help him out?
Marcus, can you give me some money? You seem to enjoy throwing it away.

yes way
yes way
11 months ago

Sad to see them in that poor state given that they ran in London in fair nick for 50 years.

In Walthamstow someone has turned an old Victorian line tube carriage into a restaurant, but that would be some project give the state of these ones!!!

Alas farewell.

Level Phil
Level Phil
11 months ago

Perhaps if the seller was a tad more realistic with his selling price they could be saved from the cutter’s torch.

not a cinch
not a cinch
11 months ago

Start the bidding @ 99p and they will be gone by the end of the week. Someone will stick them in a field and call it upmarket glamping with a retro feel. 🙂

Just Sayin’
Just Sayin’
11 months ago

If they are going to be scrapped then that’s all they are worth, the scrap value. I would have thought that some local glamping site owner could make great use of them.

Islander born & bred
Islander born & bred
11 months ago

What a shame they are in that state. Hope they can be saved.

 

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