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Old December 15th, 2011, 08:03 PM   #2621
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I agree with that analysis, other than the claustrophobic thing, which while true - S stock is more open - doesn't matter as A stock isn't claustrophobic anyway.

4 is sort out-able, 2 wouldn't have been hard to have - while maybe not the quality of A stock, at least better than it is and so is the most disappointing thing.

Another grip is the fun of the announcements and scrolling thing. I arrived at Amersham and used the toilet on platform 2/3. A train arrived from London on platform 2. All the side things said "Baker Street" and, while I was pretty sure that it would be going to reverse in the sidings (as they normally do), I certainly didn't want to take the risk and not get the train having been caught out before by trains leaving for London from platform 2. The train announced that it was going to Baker Street, so I boarded, only to be detrained almost instantly. Going back over the footbridge, there was a lot of people that were crossing, until I told them that the train wasn't actually going to Baker Street, and they turned back.

When actually going into London, the train was billed as fast, until Ricky when they announced a change of terminus and the train was still a Baker Street, but now all stations. At Harrow, being a semi-fast, it became a fast again (with the same automatic change-of-terminus announcement, even though it was always going to terminate at Baker Street).

OK, there were engineering works, and I've had A stock the last time I took a (now timetabled) semi-fast into London earlier this week, so don't know whether it was just the train being changed, rather than timetabled to be a semi-fast. However the Amersham announcement was far more a problem, causing confusion and unnecessary effort by the people crossing the bridge.
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Old December 16th, 2011, 02:47 AM   #2622
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That's great news indeed.
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Old December 16th, 2011, 03:44 AM   #2623
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Old December 16th, 2011, 06:57 PM   #2625
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Old December 17th, 2011, 05:07 AM   #2626
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Quote:
Tube reliability ‘continues to improve’

Figures published by Transport for London (TfL) show that reliability on the Tube is ‘continuing to improve even while the network carries increasing numbers of passengers’.

The figures for the four-week period from 18 September to 15 October, published by TfL, show that delays caused by problems with signals and points have fallen by 18%, while lost customer hours have been reduced by 212,000 on the previous four-week period.

The upgraded Jubilee line ‘continues to improve, with this period’s lost customer hours the lowest for over a year’. Since the Tube became part of TfL in 2003/04 lost customer hours have been reduced by more than 40%.

LU operated 96.5% of scheduled services in the four-week period, with the year so far standing at 97%.

During the period 91.9 million people used the Tube, the highest ever number in a standard four-week period, with more than four million people using the Underground on Friday 14 October.

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Old December 18th, 2011, 03:13 AM   #2627
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Old December 31st, 2011, 12:12 AM   #2628
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Old December 31st, 2011, 12:16 AM   #2629
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although too bad this ain't a series
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Old January 6th, 2012, 03:24 AM   #2630
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I can't tell whether the passengers must've been irritated by the on-board announcments ...
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Film set ; Trafalgar Square being worked on, will reopen; test area for raising platforms per wheelchair accessibility
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that looks like where they filmed the movie "Creep"
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Old January 7th, 2012, 09:08 PM   #2633
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featuring Standard tube stock 1927 -- I love its crazy noisiness too
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Old January 7th, 2012, 09:30 PM   #2634
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5'23": Odd, TfL having taken great pain to switch an eight-car Cravens 1962 sandite train to their corporate livery
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-- must've been a heatwave, 1'42"
Those pre-war, 1938 Bakerloo units weren't exactly slow themselves
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-- whoosh (I'd always presumed the speed 60MPH, not 70)
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Old January 8th, 2012, 02:51 AM   #2637
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I'm not sure whether episodes of Series 3 in Michael Portillo's Great British Railway Journeys appear on the Global BBC iPlayer, (Series One and Two are on their Youtube account however), but in the first week of the first series, after being in Norfolk/Suffolk, he visited East London, where he went on a ride on the now unused Royal Mail Underground service.


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Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with a copy of George Bradshaw's Victorian Railway Guidebook. Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country to see how the railways changed us, and what of Bradshaw's Britain remains. Following the route of the Great Eastern Line, Michael takes a ride on a secret miniature railway hidden beneath London's streets, rings the bells of the famous church of Bow, and tries his hand at station announcing at Fenchurch Street station.

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How come most brand new stock made by Bombardier the past several years comes with absurd, squealing brakes; the manufacturer never used to?

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