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The London Transport Traction Group is excited to announce that we are at an advanced stage of negotiations with the Epping Ongar Railway for the storage and operation of a class 483 unit, to be owned by The Group, on the line. Full details are pending final agreements following a costed proposal which will be produced when representatives of The Group are able to inspect the remaining units in order to identify the ideal candidate for our purposes.
A spokesman from the Epping Ongar Railway issued the following statement:
“Given our strong links with the Underground we're very excited about the possibility of seeing a unit like this run under its own power. We've had informal discussions with The London Transport Traction Group and look forward to seeing more details soon. Though we're some way away the concept of bringing tubes back to our line is something that we support - after all we did just that in 2014!"
A spokesman from the London Transport Traction Group said:
“We are very excited by the possibilities presented to us by the Epping Ongar Railway. To see a set of tube stock based on the line will be a wonderful way of celebrating this railway’s unique tube heritage as well as opening up other new opportunities for both organisations.”
The unit will be operated on the Epping Ongar Railway under its own power rather than by loco haulage, currently set to be unique within UK underground train preservation.
Negotiations with South Western Railway are currently at an early stage, but are progressing well.