Bill's visit to London during May allowed
some time for railfanning. At right, you can see a commuter train
with electric multiple unit (EMU) equipment at Liverpool Street
station, one of 11 major terminals in London. The Great Eastern
Railway built the station in 1874. A 1980s renovation perserved
This photo shows the grand trainshed at St. Pancras
station, built in 1868 by the Midland Railway. The scene looks a
bit lonely with only a diesel multiple unit (DMU) at right and an
HST 125 set on the left. Once Britain finishes building its new
Channel Tunnel Rail Link in a few years, St. Pancras will bustle
with Eurostar trains from Brussels and Paris.
The famous engineer Isambard K. Brunel built
Paddington station in 1854. This is a great place to wait for a
plane. Heathrow Express trains (shown on the left) leave every 15
minutes for their 15-minute trip to the airport. Most airlines
have a check-in desk at Paddington. Arrive early, check your
baggage, and enjoy the rail action in a classic setting.
Local commuter trains and London Underground trains
use platforms outside the trainshed at Paddington. Here a DMU
commuter train arrives.
Victoria station boasts another one of London's
classic trainsheds. This one was built in 1862.
Bill toured the East London Line, which uses the first
tunnel built under the Thames River. The tunnel was completed in
1843 under Brunel's direction. At first only pedestrians used the
tunnel, but mainline trains started using it in 1865. Now the
line is a part of the London Underground system. The photo at
left shows the staircase at Wapping station. The staircase dates
from the tunnel's original use by pedestrians. An elevator, the
red object on the right, uses the center of the shaft. The
gentleman descending the stairs was Bill's guide, Tony Faulkner.
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