London has 3 basic types of fixed rail transit:
the famous London tubes (subway), the automated Docklands Light Rail (DLR), and
the newest addition, the 28 km Croydon Tramlink (LRT). There are also several electric
underground lines that are hybrids between modern subway lines and commuter
lines, such as the new
Heathrow Express airport line and
Finally, there is also a
people mover that resembles a
subway at Gatwick Airport.
In 2009, it was announced that service using a tram train, similar to the one in Karlsruhe, would begin serving Heretfordshire. The line will connect Watford with St. Albans. It will run on the tracks of an existing link and will offer more frequent services.
Also of interest is a private tram line which is being aggressively pursued. The
Supertram could have as many as five lines if
Tram Power has it's
Below are genuine
announcements made by tube drivers, on the London Underground.
the gentleman wearing the long grey coat trying to get on the second carriage,
what part of 'stand clear of the doors' don't you understand?"
At Camden town station (on a crowded Saturday afternoon):
"Please let the passengers off the train first. Please let the passengers off
the train first. Please let the passengers off the train first. Let the
passengers off the train FIRST! Oh go on then, stuff yourselves in like
sardines, see if I care, I'm going home."
"Ladies & Gentleman, upon
departing the train may I remind you to take your rubbish with you. Despite
the fact that you are in something that is metal, fairly round, filthy and
smells, this is a tube train for public transport and not a bin on wheels"
"Ladies and Gentlemen do you want the good news first or the bad news?" "The
good news is that last Friday was my birthday and I hit the town and had a
great time. I felt sadly let down by the fact that none of you sent me a card!
I drive you to work and home each day and not even a card."
"The bad news is that there is a point's failure somewhere between Stratford
and East Ham, which means that we probably won't reach our destination. We may
have to stop and return. I won't reverse back up the line - simply get out
walk up the platform and go back to where we started. In the meantime if you
get bored you can simply talk to the man in front or beside you or opposite
you." "Let me start you off: "Hi, my name's Gary how do you do?""
"Please mind the closing doors..." The doors close...The doors reopen.
"Passengers are reminded that the big red slidey things on the side of the
train are called the doors. Let's try it again, shall we? Please stand clear
of the doors." The doors close... "Thank you."
"I am sorry about the delay, apparently some nutter has just wandered into the
tunnel at Euston. We don't know when we'll be moving again, but these people
tend to come out pretty quickly...usually in bits."
Docklands Light Rail Official Handbook
Pictures of London Transport, by Jeroen Morrien
A song to help you remember all 270 London Underground stations
London Transport Home Page
Tube Main Index Page
Map of London Underground
London Transport Museum
London Underground - Jubilee Line Extension
Docklands Light Rail
More on Croydon Tramlink from RailInfo
RailInfo's East London line page
London's proposed Express Metro
London's post office subway
The London Underground Railway Society
The London Underground
Railway Technology - London Underground Ltd Jubilee Line Extension - United
Railway Technology - Heathrow Express High Speed Rail Link - United Kingdom
London Underground Tube Station Maps
Maps from all over the London tube, over 100 of them!
Tribute to the Victoria Line
The Picadilly Line
ERS Croydon Tramlink photos
Railway Technology - Docklands Light Rail and Millennium Link - United Kingdom
Croydon Tramlink - The Unofficial Pages
London tube and
DLR pages from CityTranz subfan
site Mark Jansen