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The original coaches used on the Metropolitan Railway had long wooden bodies mounted on a fixed iron frame. First-class compartments had upholstered seating, but third-class passengers had to sit on hard, cramped wooden benches. The trains had gas lighting. There were two lamps in each first-class compartment, but only one in second and third class.
The District Railway's steam trains were even more basic than the Metropolitan's. They were made up of short, four-wheeled carriages in eight or nine coach sets. Each compartment was designed to seat five passengers on each side, even in first class.
The Metropolitan introduced more comfortable coaches like this in the 1890s, when its main line was extended above ground out to Buckinghamshire. The main bodywork is wooden. It is constructed mostly of varnished teak. All compartments are upholstered, even in third class, and equipped with battery electric lighting.