Post by Mike Roberts Post by Graham Harrison
As a child in the 1950s and 1960s I wasn't aware of more than one
moquette - it was all essentially the same to me. In fact I probably
didn't become aware that there were different designs for different
underground lines and buses until sometime this century.
My question is therefore how many designs of moquette has LT/TfL used
over the years and for (roughly) what periods?
The answer might be at
Simple reply, dozens. There's a book called Underground Movement, which
is a history of London transport design and has a section just on
moquettes, the book is dated 2000. Apparently the first moquettes were
used in the early 1920s, presumably it was wooden benches before that.
The first pattern was called Lozenge, introduced in 1923. Christian
Barman commissioned new designs in 1936 for the [thread convergence]
then new 1938 stock! The book illustrates 11 different patterns used up
till the late 1950s Much plainer ones were introduced in the 1960s.
Route specific moquettes appear to have been introduced in the late
1980s refurbishment programmes. After that it woud appear part of the
design brief for new trains incuded new moquette patterns.
NB the original lozenge design looks to me very similar to the moquette
used on the RT and RM buses of my youth.
This account not read.