Just back from a trip to Rome. The system is very small with only 2 lines (or maybe 3, but line C doesn't appear on many maps). Trains are walk-through 6 car trains, but I did see 2 older trains in service. One very noticable thing was the presence of 2 soldiers armed with machine guns in just about every station, not just the major tourist destinations.
For those interested in older transport, the line from Laziali to Giardinetti (although currently cut back to Centocelle) on what appears to be Metre gauge is an interesting experience, but travels through much less picturesque areas.
For those interested in trams, most of them are older, and are horribly delayed at certain times of the day at Piazza di Porta Maggiore. At this point several lines meet in a circualtory system inside a roundabout. When the traffic snarls up no-one will give way, not even for the trams.
One episode of The Bill was filmed in my old school, St Clement Danes in Du Cane Road, East Acton (or was it Shepherd's Bush). It was most peculiar watching them in all of the corridors and playgrounds that I was so familiar with. They also filmed an episode in Wormholt Road and Steventon Road, also near my school, near where I lived until I was 7, and where many of my relatived used to live. I would guess that the program (trying not to call it a show) was filmed all over London.
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).
EDIT. I forgot to mention. As the train approaches a station you can press a button to request that the adjacent door opens. When arriving at the platform the door THEN OPENS WHEN THE TRAIN IS STILL MOVING. (referring to people who consider this to be dangerous on LU).
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I missed this set at Swanage. My undestanding was that it is painted in London Transport red. However, the picures look to me that it is very similar to the maroon that Mk1 stock was painted before the blue and grey livery.
Whilst travelling on the District from Cannon Street to Ealing Broadway late yesterday, there was a message that we would not stop at Victoria due to overcrowding due to an issue on the Victoria line. Nothing mentioned on here today. Anyone know what happened?
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And just for those interested, usually if a train is unexpectedly to terminate on the Eastbound platform at South Harrow, the driver informs passengers for stations beyond South Harrow, to get off at Sudbury Hill, so they don't have to traverse the stairs. Obviously in this case there is little point since no trains will be going beyond South Harrow.
That's if the driver has been told which platform they are due to use.
Presumably the information is relevant whichever platform the train will terminate at.
It shows the routes that people take between Kings Cross and Victoria (including a rather odd Kings Cross -> Baker Street -> Oxford Circus -> Green Park -> Waterloo odyssey), the ways in which delays affected the routes people took, flow around stations (including in disruptions), a form of train loading measuring and potential real time display of this information, at stations and in the journey planner. All very interesting stuff again.
I am a little confused by this and subsequent posts. This post seems to concern King's Cross-Victoria, and other posts King's Cross-Waterloo! Can I assume that Victoria is an error?
Let's hope the new signalling on the Piccadily line is the same as SSR as two systems will be too expensive , let alone finding the space to fit the equipment .
I would love to see it back on the Northern, its rightful home.
Personally I have doubts about how viable it will be to fit Seltrac however. There are enough problems with getting it to work well on 95 and 96 stock, let alone something much older. The plus side is that it would be driven by drivers who are (one assumes) much better at PM driving than most regular train operators are, but the down side is that there's a very high probability of an EB occurring at some stage or another, which in turn means there's a very high probability of the train sustaining flatted wheels.
@class411- no, you don't tempt me into going out for a comparative smelling of paxolin and ozone - I'll stick with creosote fences (am on 5 fences a day).
I adore that smell.
The first day each year when you smell freshly cut grass and creosote was always, literally, a breath of spring.
Interestingly, I was told it had been banned, and you certainly don't smell it as much these days, but on checking for this post I find that it is still available. Presumably it has been largely superseded by longer lasting preservatives.
Creoste does appear to be banned, at least for 'amateur' use!