Neasden Depot
Location
LocationNeasden, London, England
History
Opened1882
South end of Neasden Depot, photo taken from the North Circular Road (A406) bridge
South end of Neasden Depot, photo taken from the North Circular Road (A406) bridge

Neasden Depot is a London Underground depot located in Neasden in the London Borough of Brent, between Neasden and Wembley Park stations on the Metropolitan line. It is the largest depot on the London Underground, and is currently responsible for maintenance and overhaul of the 191 S Stock trains used on the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.

History

Neasden was opened as a locomotive and coach plant in 1882, producing locomotives and coaching stock for the Metropolitan Railway.[1] 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 and 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

24 Jubilee line trains also stable at Neasden Depot, however these are now serviced in Stratford Market Depot, an extensive new build facility built as part of the Jubilee Line Extension 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

Battery electric works locomotives 20, 27, and 32 in sidings at Neasden Depot in 1988.
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 one of only a handful of level crossings 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 District line, on the Hammersmith & City line and on the Circle line.

Incidents

On 17 March 1976, a train inspector discovered an IRA bomb on a train at Neasden depot. It was later defused.[9]

See also

References

  1. ^ "LU's 'super depot'". Rail. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Buckinghamshire Railway Centre Stockbrook". Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. 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. Archived from the original on 19 March 2011. 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.
  9. ^ Borrell, Clive (18 March 1976). "Armed police to travel on Tube". The Times. No. 59656. p. 2. Retrieved 22 January 2022.

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