East London Line Reopening Apr 27, 2010 23:05:07 GMT
Post by North End on Apr 27, 2010 23:05:07 GMT
Wasn't there 'at the off', but did board one with a 'first passenger train' sticker northbound at Whitechapel at about 13.00, having seen the other service initiator heading southbound at that time.
Franky, apart from 'veg', Overground staff in abundance in their brand new hi-vi's (trying to look busy, and conspicuously failing, even the mass of cleaners at Dalston Junction had little or nothing to pick up), and a couple of BTP's finest, itching but resisting the urge, to do a section 44 stop on someone; it wa seriously quiet! ;D ;D ;D
A nice piece of railway, though the decor is very austere in my opinion - much of LUL's 1990s refurbishment of the tunnel stations has been reversed and they now look more like they did back in the 1980s.
Seemed to be a problem around 19:45 at Dalston Junction with a train sat down just outside Platform 3, meaning trains were unusually using Platform 1 instead - showing the value of the flexible track layout at Dalston.
Definitely overstaffed, I wonder if the current levels of staffing are possible because of the NLL closure? No way places like Hoxton and Wapping can normally justify 4 or 5 staff hanging around, and why were/are there platform staff with loudhailers when there's automated announcements? Not an image of efficiency from a company trying to save money.
In my opinion not a bad job, as always some room for improvement. I preferred the line in its former state though.