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Docklands Light Railway

DLR train at Canary Wharf manual driving controls view from the front of the train

The DLR has a total of 94 trains in service, built by BN Construction/Bombardier in Bruges. They are two-car articulated units, which normally operate with two units coupled together. There are three batches of trains in service, made up of two types, designated B90, B92 and B2K—following the convention for London Underground surface rolling stock, the '90' '92' and '2K' (ie. '2000') giving an indication of the year of construction. B92 and B2K stock were built to the same design; B2K stock trains were delivered with changes to internal and external colour schemes made to comply with updated disability discrimination legislation.

Delivery has commenced of a new batch of 24 units, designated B07 stock; these will be followed by a further batch of 31 units, designated B09 stock. These units will be used when the platform extension works have been completed to enable 3-unit trains, and for the new services to Woolwich Arsenal and Stratford International.

B07 unit B07 unit interior B07 unit interior

When the DLR opened in 1987, it was operated with just eleven trains of P86 stock (numbered 01–11), built by German manufacturer LHB. These were joined in 1989 by 10 cars of P89 stock (numbered 12–21) built by British Rail Engineering Ltd. (BREL). The P86 stock was sold to EVAG in Essen, Germany in 1991, as it was unsuitable for operation in the Bank tunnel; P89 stock followed in 1997.

DLR rolling stock is unique in a number of ways. The trains are designed for full Automatic Train Operation (ATO), and so have no seperate driver's cab. The train may be driven manually by the Passenger Service Agent (formerly Train Captain), by controls normally kept locked under cover at the front of the train, but in normal operation the PSA's only intervention is to press a start button from a position within the passsenger saloon after closing the doors, after which the train proceeds under automatic control. The lack of a cab means unrivalled views from the front passenger seats, particularly spectacular on the ride through the Isle of Dogs.

DLR units coupled inside B92 inside refurbished B92

The other unique feature is the method of current collection—traction current is supplied at 750Vdc through a third rail, but with the current collector making contact with the underside of the conductor rail, which is insulated on the top and sides.

Fleet list

B90 stock

Delivered 1991

Fleet numbers 22–44 (following on from original P86/89 stock fleet numbers)

B92 stock

Delivered from 1992

Fleet numbers 45–91

B2K stock

Delivered 2002–2003

Fleet numbers 1–16 and 92–99

B07 stock

Delivery commenced in 2007

Fleet numbers 101–124

B09 stock

Delivery due to commence in 2009

Fleet numbers 125–155

Complete listing

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Unit numberTypeLivery
01B2KDLR
02B2KDLR
03B2KDLR
04B2KDLR
05B2KDLR
06B2KDLR
07B2KDLR
08B2KDLR
09B2KDLR
10B2KDLR
11B2KDLR
12B2KDLR
13B2KDLR
14B2KDLR
15B2KDLR
16B2KDLR
22B90DLR
23B90DLR
24B90DLR
25B90DLR
26B90DLR
27B90DLR
28B90DLR
29B90DLR
30B90DLR
31B90DLR
32B90DLR
33B90DLR
34B90DLR
35B90DLR
36B90DLR
37B90DLR
38B90DLR
39B90DLR
40B90DLR
41B90DLR
42B90DLR
43B90DLR
44B90DLR
45B92DLR
46B92DLR
47B92DLR
48B92DLR
49B92DLR
50B92DLR
51B92DLR
52B92DLR
53B92DLR
54B92DLR
55B92DLR
56B92DLR
57B92DLR
58B92DLR
59B92DLR
60B92DLR
61B92DLR
62B92DLR
63B92DLR
64B92DLR
65B92DLR
66B92DLR
67B92DLR
68B92DLR
69B92DLR
70B92DLR
71B92DLR
72B92DLR
73B92DLR
74B92DLR
75B92DLR
76B92DLR
77B92DLR
78B92DLR
79B92DLR
80B92DLR
81B92DLR
82B92DLR
83B92DLR
84B92DLR
85B92DLR
86B92DLR
87B92DLR
88B92DLR
89B92DLR
90B92DLR
91B92DLR
92B2KDLR
93B2KDLR
94B2KDLR
95B2KDLR
96B2KDLR
97B2KDLR
98B2KDLR
99B2KDLR
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104B07revised DLR
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106B07revised DLR
107B07revised DLR
108B07revised DLR
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§ unit due for delivery 2008–2009
B07 cars which have been delivered are not yet in service

Liveries

The original DLR livery, as applied to P66 and P89 stock, comprised a blue skirt and blue body, a red band with white stripe top and bottom below the windows sweeping up around red doors. The 'Docklands' fleetname was applied on the sides at car ends, in Rockwell typeface. The livery has also been used with a more recent DLR logo.

B2K stock was delivered with the same livery as above, but with doors painted white to comply with recent disability regulations that require vehicle doors to be visually distinctive. In this version of the livery, the red band and white stripes do not sweep around doors.

The current DLR livery was introduced in 2004, and is now carried by all B90, B92 and B2K units. This comprises a red base with a blue wavey band (representing the River Thames) along bodyside, silver doors and a turquoise and dark blue 'DLR' variant of the TfL roundel on bodysides and on car ends underneath windscreen. The new B07 units carry a variant of this livery with black ends and window surrounds ('revised DLR').

 

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