It’s always special when we get to see a project we’ve worked on come to life, and that is going to be the case again after Transport for London (TfL) announced our client Siemens had been handed a £1.5bn contact to build new Tube trains for London Underground.
Having been approached by Atlantic Design Projects Ltd to develop a highly accurate scale model for Siemens on the new Metro carriage concept. The new trains are expected to start running on the Piccadilly Line from 2023, and we’re eager to see the finished product.
The order is the first part of a plan by TfL to upgrade all its deep Tube lines throughout the capital, with improvements to the Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo and City lines set to follow. The trains will replace the current stock that was first introduced to the Underground back in 1975.
The trains will be 20 feet (6m) longer than current ones, complete with fully air-conditioned carriages and improved accessibility. The new Inspiro trains will deliver higher-quality signalling technology to allow TfL to run more services at peak times, transporting an additional 21,000 passengers each hour.
Our work with Siemens
The aim of the project was to swiftly define the optimum design solution and ensure that it was delivered utilising The Ogle Factor’s creativity, ensuring the designs are attractive, comfortable, durable and cost-effective.
We were asked to produce a 1:20 physical scale model of the new Siemens Metro design. Using Stereolithography (SLA), due to the level of accuracy required for the project, we were able to achieve accuracy levels of ±0.1 mm per 100 mm.