I was in town some years ago, (MET 150?), and I came across a chap in Covent Garden Market, carving wax busts of 'sitters' at twenty quid a go. I asked if he could work from photographs, and he said 'yes', but it would have to be done at home, and might cost a bit more. Fair enough. So I printed off some screen grabs from an Edgar Wallace intro. sequence, and made up a CD, just for good measure. Full of enthusiasm, I looked forward to my next visit with added anticipation. Needless to add, by the time I was back in London, no trace was to be found of either artist or stall. The only thing constant in life is change.
It was a long-standing practice on the London & Greenwich Railway to lock the carriage doors, which did not meet with the approval of the Board of Trade. Major General Pasley, the Government Inspector of Railways, made an incognito journey on the line, and observed that
...no prudent person would go out of the carriages on the near side if left open, as there is hardly room for a very thin person between them and the parapet wall; and even persons of this description, if wearing clothes, etc., might thereby become entangled, and liable to some serious accident if standing there when a train passed them.
The Board of Trade spent nearly a month examining the matter, and finally decided that, after consulting Maj. Gen. Pasley
...are of the opinion that it would be desirable that the practice of locking up the passengers should not be persisted in.
Accordingly, the Directors gave instructions that the doors be left unlocked in future.
I wonder if the Door Locking was added to meet modern H+S standards or connected to it running down at Swanage?
Have the Board of Trade (or whoever now has the responsibility) reversed their policy on locking carriage doors with passengers aboard? I take it there will be some 'emergency opening' provision from within?
It's worth bearing in mind that the original concept of Nationalisation was based on 'transport', rather than 'railways'. Vested interests in the road transport lobby soon saw the higher-revenue areas back in private hands, and ready to leave the loss-making sectors to the British Transport Commission. Imagine the situation today, if long-distance freight, road or rail, had been marshalled and timetabled on a rational basis.
From my understanding, the London Transport Museum Heritage Train is the most precise, on the grounds that no portion of it ever served on the Met., or on London Transport. Unless someone knows otherwise, that is. I wish I could master Photoshop, or something similar. 'London Transport Museum' might look good.
The electric supply was by twin conductor rails each side of the 'beam'. One of the most memorable features of the demonstration was the massive arcing from the pick-up shoes. Over 200 years of research has gone into the monorail, and still no practical use has been found for it.