Standard non-DOO procedure is that the guard unlocks the doors via a panel allowing for the passengers to open the doors by pressing the individual buttons; but they would all be closed and locked by the guard before right of way was given.
306s were withdrawn before DOO came in, so they always had guards. As did the 315s when they arrived.
I would love to see the revenue projections and to know how much of a basket case the Croxley link is from a financial viewpoint. I suspect that the Watford branch, north of Harrow probably currently costs a mint to operate. Turn it into a line with a commuter base at each end and it would not surprise me if commuter revenues went up by a third. Leisure/shopping journeys would also increase. Watford High Street station is probably better located for shoppers than any other station on the met.
Personally I prefer the Forest Moon of Endor. Much nicer climate.
I had a ride on this line today. Aside from the fact that I rather like the little 172s from my one ride on them, I noticed that a lot of the masts are up but that the bit where the wires actually go has been turned 90 degrees so it is is parallel with the track for the time being.
Also, no 'car stop' signage yet for the new stock.
There may be an issue with the pantograph width as the West Anglia lines were done in the 1960s; I know that the 387s have had to modify their pantographs because of clipping supports on Great Northern.
Will the Goblin/WatEus units have different pantographs from the Liverpool Street sets then?
Not sure about that; however, they will be considerably shorter in overall length.