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Old December 22nd, 2005, 05:35 PM   #261
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Great timing.

After reading this, I switched over to Sky Travel and episode 4 of the Tube just started. I was totally suprised when I spotted you there!

Well done. I must admit, it was rather funny when you said to the camera something like "In times like these we must bring in the professionals", and then the crazy technician starts smashing away at the panel

Not bad, looking forward to the next episode. I really must say that I admire your job. Especially if you get to travel the network and be outdoors a lot. Must get rather stressful at times though.

Yes, TV comedy gold

The next episode is even better

The role I was working there is 'Mobile', I also do a 'Desk' role which entails much more of the man-management side of things (as opposed to incident management), which is more stressful and office-bound.
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Hi Tubemonster,

don't answer this question if it will get you into trouble, but what is the state of play with the strike threat for New Years Eve, who is in the right.

Personally I'm no fan of Bob Crowe, I just wondered what the deal was?
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Tubey, do you know what episode 4 is called? DigiGuide only lists them by name...
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Old December 22nd, 2005, 08:37 PM   #264
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Why don't they build a direct train line from Gatwick Airport to Heathrow Airport?
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Old December 22nd, 2005, 09:27 PM   #265
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Are signal problems really that bad in the Tube?? lol.....
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Old December 23rd, 2005, 04:02 AM   #266
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don't answer this question if it will get you into trouble, but what is the state of play with the strike threat for New Years Eve, who is in the right.

Personally I'm no fan of Bob Crowe, I just wondered what the deal was?
I know nish... Read the Evening Standard; they always know before the actual staff do. I'm not aware of any ballot; I hear its Station Staff, not Train Staff.
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Tubey, do you know what episode 4 is called? DigiGuide only lists them by name...
Not sure, I don't recall episode names ever coming up when it was first on
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Old December 23rd, 2005, 04:04 AM   #268
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Why don't they build a direct train line from Gatwick Airport to Heathrow Airport?
It is technically possible (i.e. the tracks are there)

I'm not aware of an awful lot of need for it though; Gatwick is predominantly package holiday flights for Brits, so there aren't many transfers between Heathrow and Gatwick.
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Are signal problems really that bad in the Tube?? lol.....
Probably worse than most
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Old December 23rd, 2005, 08:14 AM   #270
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Yes, TV comedy gold

The next episode is even better

The role I was working there is 'Mobile', I also do a 'Desk' role which entails much more of the man-management side of things (as opposed to incident management), which is more stressful and office-bound.

Spotted the 5th episode this morning. Nice job. I presume many of your responses to these questions come from the computer seen at your office Not often we get to see where other forumers post from on TV.

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Not sure, I don't recall episode names ever coming up when it was first on
OK, which of these do you star in?

24 Hours. A train enthusiast attempts to break the world record time for travelling the entire network and the pressure is on. Will there be any delays or closed stations? Probably.

Strike. Follow the staff of London Underground as strikes, broken escalators, fire alarms and fare dodgers keep them on their toes. All on a hot, sticky, summer's day.

One Under. It's the first day back at work for tube driver Karen Jordan who witnessed a suicide attempt at Wimbledon. How will she cope with being back on the tracks?

Rush Hour. Every day, more than 750,000 people cram onto the tube network for the morning rush hour. How do the staff of Victoria station keep their heads when passengers lose theirs?

Women Drivers. An advert in Cosmopolitan appealed for female tube drivers. Meet Jo Drummond, who applied for one of the £30k positions as she prepares to take her final tests.

Heatwave. It's August and temperatures are soaring on the tube. Fainting passengers, backed up trains and illegal buskers ensure that underground staff feel the heat.

Busking Underground. For years, buskers were unwelcome on the tube but pressure from passengers meant that the law was changed. Follow the progress of some very talented tube entertainers.

Underground Crime. The British Transport Police go in search of an elusive graffiti vandal. Will they catch their man? Also, the ticket inspectors of Camden Town crack down on fare-dodgers.

Mind The Gap. A mother of six faces the final part of her training to become a tube station assistant. She must walk across 630 volts of live track in order to begin the highly charged job.

Under Pressure. Delays, abusive passengers, rival football fans and a suicide attempt mean a difficult day for the underground staff. Also, how is working mum Jackie coping at King's Cross?

Ups and Downs. The race is on for tube workers to get Canary Wharf's East End station ready for Mayor Ken's grand opening. And a broken escalator at Brixton holds up some angry commuters.

All Change Please. As a trainee driver gets to grips with a 160-tonne Northern Line train, veteran Keith Tibbles retires after 44 years on the job. Will he miss life underground?

Losing It. Mandy faces her first major incident in the control room at Brixton. And a visit to London Underground's cavernous Lost Property office in the bowels of the earth.

Tickets Please. Ticket staff, station announcers and revenue officers are the public face of the Tube, but their customers often cause surprising problems. And at Wembley Park, Welshman Tom Davies has seen it all.

Off the Rails. Violence, abuse and unruly behavior by passengers put real pressure on Tube staff, but delays and building work also put pressure on the passengers. The combination can make the Tube a tough place to work, and at Kings Cross, the staff even have stress counselling.

The Train Set. The enormous train set that is the Tube network has to be kept working and innovative solutions have to be found for old problems. One is Ted the Harris hawk - employed at Neasden depot to frighten off pigeons.

Moving On. From the 1860s till today, stations, rolling stock, even names on the Tube are constantly changing. Jason Collins moves from running state-of-the-art Canary Wharf station to historic Waterloo and security-conscious Westminster. He faces new challenges but then so does the entire network.

Open All Hours. Just what does it take to replace over 1,300 metres of Piccadilly Line track in six days? The hard graft is halted when an unattended bag causes an emergency evacuation.

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Old December 23rd, 2005, 06:33 PM   #272
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Why don't they build a direct train line from Gatwick Airport to Heathrow Airport?
I don't think there is the demand for such a service. Anyway, a quick journey into London Victoria on the Gatwick Express, then onto London Paddington for the Heathrow Express should be enough. That said you can get a train that goes from London Luton Airport to London Gatwick Airport without changing trains - its on the Thameslink line (runs north to south through London).

Currently 4 of London's 5 international airports have heavy rail express service connections into Central London. The 5th: London City Airport has just seen its DLR connection to Central London opened earlier this month.
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Old December 23rd, 2005, 07:05 PM   #273
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But wouldn't a maglev between the airports mean we wouldn't have to build more runways as all the airports would in effect become terminals of Heathrow?
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Old December 23rd, 2005, 07:31 PM   #274
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Our infrastructure is in many places ancient; our technology is generally pre-war Westinghouse gear... It is well past its sell-by date. Sadly the recent instances where we have bought 'state-of-the-art' signalling (e.g. Central Line), that seems to have been even more prone to failure than 1930's vintage stuff. It baffles me, it really does. There's no acceptable reason for it.

Watch the forthcoming signalling (ATO) upgrades of the Jubilee and Northern Lines closely to see if its done any better under PPP... hopefully it will. If these are ****-ups then there's no hope for us!

If DLR can do it, why can't LUL?
Hi Tubeman,

The Victoria Line ATO works well - I am dreading what will happen when it is upgraded.

Indeed, I would say that there is a case for keeping the system - OK, 1960's and crude, but (as the saying goes), if it aint broke, why fix it?

As for the DLR - well, it too was a disaster, with so many breakdowns that a shadow bus service had to be operated. Thats why (for a while) the DLR became known as the Docklands Light Failway!

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By the way, has anyone else noticed how nasty all the place names sound in this corner of Hackney? Hoxton, Haggerston, Dalston, Shoreditch
Hi Tubeman,

'ackney, 'oxton and 'aggerston are some of London's poorest areas. Shoreditch is just that (a ditch). I used to work there many years ago.

Spent many a quarter-hour walking to / from work and Liverpool Street Station breathing deeply and enjoying the freshly polluted London air! (buses, cars, taxis, motorbikes, etc)

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Why even after refurbishment are stations still badly lit?

I'm not sure how you define "badly" but maybe you've never been on the Paris Metro - or the RER! Passengers should carry torches!!!!

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Old December 23rd, 2005, 10:02 PM   #277
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OK, which of these do you star in?

24 Hours. A train enthusiast attempts to break the world record time for travelling the entire network and the pressure is on. Will there be any delays or closed stations? Probably.

Strike. Follow the staff of London Underground as strikes, broken escalators, fire alarms and fare dodgers keep them on their toes. All on a hot, sticky, summer's day.

One Under. It's the first day back at work for tube driver Karen Jordan who witnessed a suicide attempt at Wimbledon. How will she cope with being back on the tracks?

Rush Hour. Every day, more than 750,000 people cram onto the tube network for the morning rush hour. How do the staff of Victoria station keep their heads when passengers lose theirs?

Women Drivers. An advert in Cosmopolitan appealed for female tube drivers. Meet Jo Drummond, who applied for one of the £30k positions as she prepares to take her final tests.

Heatwave. It's August and temperatures are soaring on the tube. Fainting passengers, backed up trains and illegal buskers ensure that underground staff feel the heat.

Busking Underground. For years, buskers were unwelcome on the tube but pressure from passengers meant that the law was changed. Follow the progress of some very talented tube entertainers.

Underground Crime. The British Transport Police go in search of an elusive graffiti vandal. Will they catch their man? Also, the ticket inspectors of Camden Town crack down on fare-dodgers.

Mind The Gap. A mother of six faces the final part of her training to become a tube station assistant. She must walk across 630 volts of live track in order to begin the highly charged job.

Under Pressure. Delays, abusive passengers, rival football fans and a suicide attempt mean a difficult day for the underground staff. Also, how is working mum Jackie coping at King's Cross?

Ups and Downs. The race is on for tube workers to get Canary Wharf's East End station ready for Mayor Ken's grand opening. And a broken escalator at Brixton holds up some angry commuters.

All Change Please. As a trainee driver gets to grips with a 160-tonne Northern Line train, veteran Keith Tibbles retires after 44 years on the job. Will he miss life underground?

Losing It. Mandy faces her first major incident in the control room at Brixton. And a visit to London Underground's cavernous Lost Property office in the bowels of the earth.

Tickets Please. Ticket staff, station announcers and revenue officers are the public face of the Tube, but their customers often cause surprising problems. And at Wembley Park, Welshman Tom Davies has seen it all.

Off the Rails. Violence, abuse and unruly behavior by passengers put real pressure on Tube staff, but delays and building work also put pressure on the passengers. The combination can make the Tube a tough place to work, and at Kings Cross, the staff even have stress counselling.

The Train Set. The enormous train set that is the Tube network has to be kept working and innovative solutions have to be found for old problems. One is Ted the Harris hawk - employed at Neasden depot to frighten off pigeons.

Moving On. From the 1860s till today, stations, rolling stock, even names on the Tube are constantly changing. Jason Collins moves from running state-of-the-art Canary Wharf station to historic Waterloo and security-conscious Westminster. He faces new challenges but then so does the entire network.

Open All Hours. Just what does it take to replace over 1,300 metres of Piccadilly Line track in six days? The hard graft is halted when an unattended bag causes an emergency evacuation.

Excerpts taken from DigiGuide - the world's best TV guide available from http://www.getdigiguide.com/?p=1&r=14986
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Old December 23rd, 2005, 10:06 PM   #278
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The Victoria Line ATO works well - I am dreading what will happen when it is upgraded.

Indeed, I would say that there is a case for keeping the system - OK, 1960's and crude, but (as the saying goes), if it aint broke, why fix it?

As for the DLR - well, it too was a disaster, with so many breakdowns that a shadow bus service had to be operated. Thats why (for a while) the DLR became known as the Docklands Light Failway!

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The Vic Line ATO is showing its age though; Drivers are increasingly having to manually apply the emergency brake to stop trains sailing past the OPO Monitors; hence the frequent sharp stops accompanied by a 'farting' noise (the blowdown valves letting excess air off the brakes during the emergency braking).

Probably the trains and not the ATO Codes to blame though
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Has the Tube come back to full form in all respects from 7/7? Is there any lingering damage?
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But wouldn't a maglev between the airports mean we wouldn't have to build more runways as all the airports would in effect become terminals of Heathrow?
Well yes having direct airport-airport services would be preferable but possibly unrealistic. What would be more likely (although still doubtful) would be to have services (along all major intercity and intercity lines) all converge on a central behemoth of a station at Tottenham Court Road. This mega station would allow anyone to connect to any train going anywhere in the UK, but also from Central London to any of the 5 London international airports or from airport-TCR-airport.

This way you create a major node and the greater viability of having airport-airport connections, although you might have to change trains, it would only be say to the next platform, etc...

This of course is only in my mind - a massive TCR station 15 storeys in height, designed and detailed to look like the interior of Westminster Abbey (using actual craftsmen who specialise in the construction and restoration of ancient buildings) with 10 platforms, each 10x in width of average current tube platforms in a non-pillar cavenous space. All my little pet project to create the grandest ever underground station.




DonQui - I believe it has, my only problems were on the Waterloo & City (got chatting to a nice Italian lady as she wasn't sure how many stops were on the Waterloo & City line....when there are only two: Bank + Waterloo ) and that wasn't affected by the bombs. I've also been past all 'scenes' and other than a person praying going past one of the sites there didn't seem to be much difference on the trains, their performance or the activity of the other passengers.
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