When trying to run such a high frequency service with any degree of reliability, it will come down to seconds here and there.
And you'll have to avoid delays like plague.
Easy Peasy - for a brand new route! For optimal running most (if not all) stations will have two tracks per direction of travel with a central island platform for departing passengers and twin outer platforms for arriving passengers. This will also permit an arriving train to enter the station even whilst the train before is departing.
Termini will be loops, so that train drivers do not need to change ends.
Platforms will have plenty of high capacity passenger entrance and exit points, so that despite very high levels of passenger movements overcrowding does not become a cause for delays.
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.
As I understand it, the trains that went to Fenchurch Street were the ones that served the loop from Leyton to Woodford to Hainault to Ilford. Trains ran from Fenchurch Street to Fenchurch Street, with some travelling clockwise around the loop and others travelling anti-clockwise around the loop.
The reason why the LNER planned to introduce a shuttle from Stratford was that the Central Line was taking over the Hainault loop!
Just for the record, I did go today and not even the media event train ran. However there was much disruption caused by a train that broke down in the Harold Wood area.
The 345 seen in the film above ran at a time that was different to the times expected according to the 'real time trains' website. Apparently some footage was urgently needed for the last episode of a TV program about Crossrail and since the media run did not occur so this train substituted. Ah what a shame... here was I in my best bib and tucker in case I ended up being filmed for the telly - and the cameraman went somewhere else.
Where there are currently six tracks used to have at least eight tracks.
I have photographic proof of this but as yet my photo has not arrived at Flickr or (as far as I can recall) anywhere else online, so I cannot share. Yet....
OK, here it is! Approaching platform 8 at Stratford station to the east of London...
We have stopped at a red signal and in the distance can be seen a Class 307 train calling at platform 8. When it departs we will take its place!
To its left is a class 312 train whilst on the right is a westbound 1962 Tube Stock Central Line train.
Since this photo would have been taken through the open window of a slam door train with proper opening windows (probably Class 307) it would probably have been going to Southend Victoria. Nowadays the TfL service only goes as far as Shenfield.
When this photo was taken there were at least 8 tracks in this area. The train I am on was on track No.7 with the 8th to my right
I think that there is supposed to be the first train (for dignitaries) on the 24th, but that same train should then do some passenger runs later in the day. May not actually happen as there hasn't been much news about it and there have supposedly been teething problems discovered in testing.
I thought that this will be on the 23rd and the train will also be for media bods.
I intend to be at Ilford station at about the time I understand it will be passing through... I'll be on the platform in the hope that it stops to pick up passengers.
As an aside, 'somewhere else' I saw a time for a staff training run out of Liverpool Street and last Friday I went to a road bridge in anticipation of seeing this journey passing by. Alas, it did not happen - otherwise everyone here would have known by now as I would have been sharing a link to the YouTube film. However my journey was not wasted, as I saw quite a few other trains and the footage will be useful when the new InterCity etc trains are introduced in a few years from now.
A few days ago the planned timetable (complete with a message which in essence warned that times might change at the last minute) was published on one of the Yahoo groups that specialises in what is known as 'rail-gen'.
I've attended similar train moves in the past and whilst I was certainly not the only person there who had a camera there were not too many of us. It was nothing like the D Stock final where camera wielding enthusiasts were to be found 'almost everywhere'.
As it happens I will not be going to see this stock move.
I was just about to start a new thread about this 30th anniversary.
I was (and still am!) going to ask if the DLR is planning anything special to mark this. I was thinking of things such as a train with a special headboard, a display of photos somewhere, a depot visit, a train in 'original' livery, etc...
I still recall some aspects of its early days, including it experiencing so many technical problems that it became known as the Docklands Light Failway and there being a dedicated fleet of specially painted rail replacement buses. Oh and my spending a happy Bank Holiday on the system in 1990, by when I had a camcorder. In those days the DLR management was more kindly disposed to transport enthusiasts with cameras than it is today.
Over the past decades much has changed. The three termini have all been rebuilt - two have also been resited. The Delta junction is no more, but in its place is a veritable maze of linking tracks, flyovers and flyunders, with the aim being to eliminate conflicting moves.
Happily a few stations on the original Stratford route are still visually very similar to how they were when the system first opened, albeit with longer platforms, longer platform canopies and present-day station signage.
It appears it is already on one of the UK rail forums.
Yes, I published it there, plus on my YouTube channel with a link to a page on my website from where it is possible to download a pdf version specially designing for printing on a single sheet of A4 paper.
But I've not been given permission to share the info here.