In the third photo, any idea what the orange mark is to the left of the door? It looks like rust, but probably isn't.
Some more orange is visible on the left of the door, just below the window bar.
I feel pretty sure that this was a reflection of the platform lighting. I've just reviewed my video footage and confirmed that they were indeed switched on!
Whilst the lights under the platform canopies are fluorescent tubes the lights on the open air portions of the platforms are orange-ish in colour. I do not know the correct terminology for them, perhaps it is sodium discharge?
Quite why the platform lighting was switched on in the middle of the day and how much it costs to run is all beyond my capability to answer.
This thread is about the London Transport Museum (LTM) Class 438 4TC Heritage train.
I noticed a few weeks ago during the Steam On The Met event that the train now has Central Door Locking - the photo below was taken on the inside of a passenger door (its a small image but I think its enough to see the message).
However, thats not the whole story. The outside of the train has gained some lights which look as if they illuminate when the doors are unlocked. I did not notice this but assume that they are on both sides of each coach.
This can be seen in the image below - its near the top / between the two windows.
Also... look at the bottom of the door... it looks as if something new has been fitted which is related. Perhaps a magnetic switch which confirms that the door is closed?
This next image shows how the additional metalwork has not been fitted to the guard's door.
Finally, as a contrast, a photo from the days before the recent repaint and other works.
Possibly passengers were not supposed to notice such things, its most likely that few 'normal' people would notice this - but as a transport enthusiast I'm not a 'normal' passenger!
I also saw some passenger door lock / unlock buttons in the guards compartment but as I have not placed a photo showing these online I cannot show them here. What I do not know is whether the central door locking has separate controls for each side of the train (ie: is 'correct side enabled') or the one set of lock / unlock buttons cover the entire train.
As an aside, my photos come from this webpage, which I recently updated (still in progress)
Even if the Mail Rail part of the Postal Museum closed the trains could have potentially proven useful as staff trains.
But, if clearance issues mean that they are not safe when travelling on routes equipped with a live third rail then I suppose it will mean two more additions to the sidings where disused trains are stored.
As an aside, I did film these stored trains but they were another feature that I removed from the film I placed on YouTube.
I made a post on that page adding a few historical details which I would very much like to see included in the project. These are a Metropolitan Line route map and that the trailer donated by the LURS was originally a 1st / 3rd composite and it would be wonderful if they included signage in this car which shows this.
I think that no-one bar the most die-hard purists will be upset because the lighting (and some other) circuits which were originally set at line voltage will now be energised at 50v.
I was able to visit when it was an operating railway. It doesn't look quite right without the live rail.
I feel sure that I did see some sections of track which still have the third (power) rail, although I read somewhere that it is not live.
I am not sure why it was removed, perhaps it was just "belt and braces" safety. Anyway, I would expect that the rails are stored somewhere safe for eventual reinsertion, if the railway ever becomes viable again and is reopened to mail rail / other parcel etc operations.
I also recall seeing some power collections shoes on the rolling stock that is on display in the museum.
I assume (and would be amazed if my assumption is wrong) that despite being battery operated the two trains which are now carrying passengers were built in a way that makes them perfectly safe should they ever operate on a section of railway where the third rail has been energised. OK, its not part of any plan at present but who knows what could happen in the future?
That looks like a professional promotional film produced for the Postal Museum. Its a shame that the train shown has the white (rather than red) light illuminated at the back.
My film will be more personal and at one stage you will even hear my voice - talking to someone. I was thoroughly enjoying my ride and did not want to alight from the train when it was over!
However, as with Jack's film I am only going to show edited highlights of the ride and av films shown at the intermediate stations. Its not that I don't have more footage, but rather that I see how a tremendous effort went into creating that leisure ride and I don't want to steal its heartbeat by giving away all its secrets. It would be unfair, even dishonourable, and perhaps also a breach of copyright. This is not a normal public transport railway and I feel that it should be treated differently to (for instance) the first run of a new type of train or bus.
For anyone who is reading this from overseas, or for what ever other reason is unable to visit in person, I apologise in advance. My film will also only act as a 'taster' that encourages a personal visit.
I've just started editing it but because of a busy weekend coming up it might be Monday before I finish.
But all passengers would like accurate maps or to use the Tfl term Car Line Diagrams. I do not understand why it is so difficult to ensure that the stock in service has accurate info on board. I quite recently saw an S7 that had maps showing no interchange with the Bakerloo at Paddington. That hasn't been true for a year.
There was a thread here some years ago which showed that TfL had planned a Car Line Diagram showing all the S7 services (District, Circle, Hammersmith & City) on the one map.
Its a shame they dont use it, as the present solution is so very confusing for unsuspecting passengers.
I was in Stuttgart in the summer, and, although I didn't plan it, I did have a couple of short trips on the U-bahn. It seems that it was converted from a metre gauge to standard gauge in the mid 80s. The central part is dual gauged, but it doesn't appear to be everywhere. I assume that some of the narrow gauge track is used for the heritage service. The trains are yellow 2 car units, often coupled together to form 4 car trains. I didn't really have a good chance to look, but ot appeared that the cabs are separated from the main part of the carriage by a full with glass window, giving an excellent view of the line in front (or indeed, to the rear)
They started conversion in 1985 and finished in 2007. The last tram on metre gauge was Line 15 on 8/12/2007
They retained just enough metre gauge track and kerb height stopping places to operate an 'Oldtimer' tram service using historic rolling stock. From what I recall the track links the Tramway World museum with the city centre where there is a uni-directional loop.
However because of major track works closing a section of city centre underground trackage the service is partially suspended. However there is also an 'oldtimer' bus service.
Line 10 is unique because it uses rack and pinion (cog wheel) trams.
Yes the cabs are fully segregated (with glass screens) from the passenger areas. The earlier type of rolling stock are two-car articulated trainsets without connection between the two cars. The most recent trains allow passengers to walk through between the two cars.
I ask because I have variously seen it called the Metropolitan Heritage Train, the London Underground Heritage Train and the London Transport Museum Heritage Train.
So, is any of them correct?
Or does it not matter as its name will always vary according to the event being publicised?
ps: edit to add a few photos plus text from my website
Both views: at platform 2 Harrow On The Hill
The window side of the compartments. Although reflections partly compromise the view it is possible to peer through the compartment on the left and see someone walking along the side corridor. A coffee cup can be seen on the small window ledge table of the compartment on the right. The open door on the left edge is for the guards area, next to it is a closed passenger door that has bars over the drop-down window. These are there to prevent passengers from sticking their heads out the window whilst the train is in motion. The light between the two compartments was added during a 2017 upgrade and repaint. It illuminates when the passenger doors are unlocked.
I visited the Postal Museum and went for a ride on the Mail Rail tube train yesterday, Tuesday 19th September 2017.
I thought that what the Post Office has done was fantastic and give it 9.9 / 10. My only reason for not giving it 10 / 10 was the brevity of the train ride. A longer ride would have been even better!
The Postal Museum has two sites located at Mount Pleasant, which unfortunately is a London backwater in so far as despite its location it is remote from any railway services. Its about 15 minutes walk from Kings Cross St Pancras station.
One of the sites is about post and telephone, the other site is about Mail Rail.
Mostly the museum exhibits at the Mail Rail site are about the deep level tube line under London but the mainline postal service has not been forgotten. Visitors even have a chance to practise sorting 'letters' inside a swaying simulation of a former sorting carriage.
The highlight of my visit was the ride on a converted Mail Rail tube train. The journey passes through several stations where audio-visual film displays are shown on the platform walls. There is also a simulated power cut - where the train comes to a halt and for a few seconds everyone is in pitch black. Although the Post Office railway used a third rail power supply system these trains are battery powered.
Below are two images which I tweeted - at present I do not have any other images online.
One shows a train at the station and the other is a still image from moving video showing the view. The trains have clear glass (or perhaps similar material, such as Perspex) covers which are closed during the journey as these afford maximum visibility whilst also preventing passengers from touching the inside of the tunnels.