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in the shed, moving forward

For quite some time, the remains of a unit that formed part of the Piccadilly line train that was wrecked in the 7th July bombings had sat on the eastern fringes of the Northfields end of Northfields Depot, hidden under sheets of tarpaulin that were tightly strapped around the circumference of the cars, slowly gathering all sorts of tags from the vandals that would come and go, and slowly getting weathered over time.


Whilst I was training, I often wondered about whether or not the vandals wondered or cared about what happened to the people in those particular carriages. The unit itself was briefly visible to the public coming and going from Heathrow Airport, and I wonder whether regular commuters would see the lonely unit sitting there, if only for a second, and wonder what it was doing there for so long. I often wondered about the shunters and other depot staff that knew about the unit's history and had to go up to it or walk by it, not to mention the fitters that would most probably have had to have gained physical access to mine the remains for useable spare parts. Though somewhat curious about the unit, there's nothing that made me want to go anywhere near the thing – shunting up and down the inlet and outlet to the depot was about as close enough as I felt comfortable, especially at night – the dark coverings just made the thing look all the more unsettling.


As it stands, only one more car of the mentioned unit remains outside. If you see here, one of the cars has since been uncoupled and moved into the lifting shed. In a way, I find it somewhat comforting that in time, parts of the train have gone on to better things, moving forward by providing a means of service to the other units that have needed some TLC in recent times and, in a way, surviving the events of that awful day.


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Taken on August 25, 2012