didn't the Swanage Line stay in BR(Southern Region) when the Western Region swallowed huge chunks of the Southern in 1964/5, which was when they(Western Region) started running the newly-transferred lines down for freight and for through runnings? .
Yes, they did - but only west of Salisbury - which is why Warship diesels worked the Exeter line for many years. The Dorset coast line remained Southern though, all the way through to Dorchester South.
The TCs were formed from hauled stock built in the 1950s, when regional liveries were the norm. Most, but not all, of the carriages used for the TCs started out on the Southern, and would have been painted green.
By the time the proposed new trains are currently planned to all be in service (2024) the B07 stock will be 17 years old - the same age the B2000 stock is now, so if procurement of their replacements were to start then, they would not have a service life much shorter than the B2000s. And unlike Tube stock, redundant but not life-expired DLR stock seems to have a market elsewhere.
Whilst it doesn't state it in the press release, all of the rumours suggest that one new train will be equivalent to 3 existing trains,
It is implicit in the press release:
TfL intend to order 43 new 87 metre long trains, 33 of which will replace the existing older trains.
The existing units are 28m long (28.8m over couplers) so three of them coupled are just short of 87m. Thus 33 new 87m units can replace 99 28m ones.
The B90/92/2000 stock add up to 94 units. 33 x 3 > 94, the discrepancy probably being maintenance overhead - because you can split a train made of three units should a fault develop in part of it, but not if the train is a single unit.
Many, and possibly all of the Gresley A4s were built with valences, but these were later removed, presumably to ease maintenance and servicing.
Definitely all - here is the last one to be built, complete with valences. They were removed shortly after the outbreak of war for ease of maintenance. Gresley was still in charge at the time - he died in office in 1941.
Now the people in the office by platform 4 do have the ability to override the departure screens .
These are SWT staff I take it (as it's SWT's station). Although the staff do their best I don't think there is much management interest in providing a service for their "competitors'" (their words, not mine) clients.
Post by norbitonflyer on May 22, 2017 16:56:53 GMT
If there are no standalone readers on the platforms (as there should be, to allow transfers such as yours) you will have to go out through the barrier with your Oyster and back in again with your paper ticket. Not too much of a pain as you have to use the subway anyway, but if there are no readers it makes a mockery of the cross platform interchange (GE lines /Central) for passengers to/from beyond Oysterland.
Google Earth shows seven tracks across the Blackwall tunnel approaches and the river Lea, including the single track DLR. (The DLR was not doubled until long after 307s left the scene)
The photograph shows at least nine tracks - the photographer's train is on the "Down electric", with the "Up electric" and one more to the right and six tracks to the left. The bridge girders protruding above the track bed clearly separating them. If this is the Warton Road bridge, the same number of girders can be seen on Google Earth, so the bridge is still as wide now as it was then. The photographer is near the site of where Pudding Mill Lane station would eventually stand
Interestingly, the further signal gantry shows five signal heads (the middle one showing double yellow, the others all red - the left most one is partially obscured by the nearer gantry). This suggests that all nine tracks are running lines, and in particular that the rightmost track was still in BR use (pre-conversion to DLR). None of the trains visible are sporting Network South East livery, which would tend to support this suggestion. (NSE was launched in 1986, DLR in 1987).