The 305s were OK in the summer - proper wide opening windows in the doors. The 306s, as I remember had quite large sliding quarterlights (actually more like third-lights). I was never too hot in either of them. The real killers were the D stock when first introduced and before the "breath of Fresh Air" modification. Terrible bit of design. I was horrified yesterday to make my journey in a 12-car formation of 321s on a Braintree service, the last non-a/c stuff running. I wasn't too bad as I was able to get a seat on the side away from the sun!
This is all quite correct, and the modern usage of "Parliamentary train" is simply wrong. W S Gilbert parodies the idea in the Mikardo, though in fact riding on the buffers of an all-stop slow train might be more comfortable than those of an express. The term entered into the mythology of the Quintinshill collision in 1916,where one of the signalmen couldn't see (by checking the frame and instruments)the cause of the terrible accident, and his colleague replied "Good God, Jimmy, you've got the parly standing there" - meaning the slow train, "parked" on the main line with no protection.
Fenchurch was regarded in the 20s and early 30s as the "usual station" for Loughton, and there was certainly a lot of traffic, mostly first class, to serve the various tea and commodity merchants that worked in that area. Latterly, more trains from F St did run onto the loop, but of course, it was not difficult to change by waiting on the up platform at any station Woodford to Leyton if you wished
There was total chaos on TFL rail this morning, with trains at virtually every signal between Romford and the M25. It would not have been a good day for a media launch - quite apart form the Manchester atrocity.
I don't think 4 and 7 were passive provision. The idea of the Fenchurch shuttle was to satisfy the need for access to the south-eastern part of the City (a tidy step from Liverpool St), which pre-war was a thriving business district, particularly with shipping, tea and other commodity brokers, used to through trains. These were the LNER's first class ticket holders from places like Loughton and Shenfield/Hutton. What happened, of course, was that the Luftwaffe put pay to much of the business in that area so by 1949 there was little demand.
The main problem at Stratford is the lack of a ticket machine to buy tickets on plats 9-10 and 10A. There is one on 6/8, which is pretty useless given that all destinations generally served by those platforms are within Oyster availability.
I'm not overly au fait with stock in general, but one question springs to mind based on the photo above: how does the max speed of 90mph impact on the existing infrastructure at either end of the new section? I've no idea what the speed limits are on the GEML electric lines and the GWR relief lines (hope I've named them correctly!); just wondered if there's any conflict in maximum speeds there as the lines integrate with each other? Ta.
So far as the GEML is concerned, the 345s replace the 315s, which have a 75mph limit. They will not ordinarily run on the faster of the two pairs of lines (on the north side to Ilford flyover, then on the south), so their impact on faster trains will be nil. In fact the general line speed even on the fast lines is about 90 anyway. I am assuming the better acceleration of the new trains will enable some speeding up of the metro trains; at present , when on a fast train, you seem to pass one metro at Romford and the next by Maryland. Things may be different on the GW, with which I'm less familiar.
yes, Loughton, issued corrective action plan, but asked to be shown where it says he can't drive with door open or where it says on any training material, as you and I know, they can't provide this so he was dished a caution on the basis that he should've called the LC to let him/her know he was driving in CM........according to the rep from there
*even the though the call is only really a courtesy call and NOT to ask for permission
Will the "corrective action plan" have been issued locally from Loughton depot, or more centrally?
Rough riding on the NE extremities of the Central Line; yes kingsiwel- quite agree; but does it really imperil the position of the driver? They generally look well ensconced in their cockpit to me, and reclining and relaxed as if settling down to Match of the Day!