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Help us restore the last 1930s Q stock

Help us restore the last 1930s Q stock

Why we need your help

London Transport Museum needs your help to raise £200,000 to preserve three rare and distinctive examples of London’s transport heritage, for future generations to enjoy.

We are restoring a unique piece of the District line’s heritage, the last three remaining 1930s Q stock cars:

 - 08063 (Q35), formerly N stock, built in 1935 by Metro Cammell in Birmingham

 - 4416and 4417 (Q38), both built in 1938 by Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company

The 1930s Q stock trains were formed from sleek new cars with flared sides, purpose-built to run with a mix of older cars with American-style clerestory roofs dating from 1923.

Unlike modern fleets which are all built from identical connecting cars. Passengers never knew what formation of cars would pull into their platform.

We urgently need your help to complete the restoration to mark 50 years since the Q stock was withdrawn from service.

How you can help 

We aim to restore the cars, held in the Museum’s collection, to operational condition and include them in our award-winning heritage vehicle events programme.

Previous Museum restoration projects have delivered the much-loved 1938 stock, Metropolitan Railway Jubilee carriage No. 353 and the First World War Battle Bus, which are all operational.

With your help we can complete the restoration of three Q stock cars and tell the transport story of:

 - Life in wartime London, sharing the story of evacuation in 1939

 - The rebuilding of London in the 1940s

 - The growing optimism and prosperity of the 1950s.

Help keep the train

If we raise more money than is needed for this project, any additional funds will go to care of the Museum’s collection.


raised towards 200,000.00 target



Sep 06, 2020


My Father and Grandfather were both motormen on the Q. A nice way to remember them.

(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Jul 09, 2020


Good luck

(plus 1.25 giftaid)

Jul 09, 2020

Andy Bennett

Hopefully this donation will take you to the 50,000 mark! I'm so looking forward to riding on this train as I remember travelling on a Q stock train when I was a teenager,

(plus 41.00 giftaid)

Jul 01, 2020



(plus 50.00 giftaid)

Jan 23, 2020

David Manns

Donation given on behalf of David Manns, Harrisburg, PA, USA. David visited and loves the Transport Museum and supports the "Q Stock" preservation project.


Nov 22, 2019


Nov 19, 2019


Brilliant project!


Nov 13, 2019


(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Nov 12, 2019

Alan Gwynn

(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Jul 23, 2019


My life has been lived along the District Line - born in Barking, school at Blackfriars, work round Victoria, homes in Parsons Green and Kew. Delighted to help recover a little of its history.

(plus 3.75 giftaid)


Total raised so far


Total plus Gift Aid 50,844.75

Direct donations


Raised offline 46,500.00

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