The Anonymous Widower

My First Ride On A Class 484 Train

These pictures tell the story of my first ride in a Class 484 train.

Note.

  1. Ryde Pier Head station could do with a refurbishment.
  2. The train was formed of a pair of two-car units.
  3. The interior shows its origins in London Underground D78 Stock.
  4. There is a fully-functioning information display.
  5. At some stations, there is step-free access between train and platform.

These are a few of my other thoughts.

Ride

This was like a D78 Stock train on a good day after a major service.

Operating Speed

I timed the train running along happily at 40 mph on my phone.

Build Quality

More 2020 than 1978.

Timekeeping

The single train was running an hourly service.

As time went on it was getting further behind schedule.

Could this have been due to the power supply not being able to power two trains at the same time, in the same place on the line?

I have just looked at the Real Time Trains figures for yesterday and they are documenting power supply and signalling problems.

It also looks like some trains lost time between Ryde St. Johns Road and Brading. Perhaps this section is short on power.

Customer Reaction

It appeared to be positive.

 

November 1, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , | 6 Comments

Portsmouth Waterfront – 1st November 2021

I took these pictures as the ferry to the Isle of White left Portsmouth.

I would have taken some of the ferry, but I caught it with just twenty seconds to spare.

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A Dreadful Hot Chocolate At Woking Station

On my trip to the Isle of Wight today, to ride on the new Class 484 trains on the Island Line, I got on a Portsmouth & Southsea train, rather than one to Portsmouth Harbour station.

I was told be the guard, that it would be convenient to change at Woking station, which I did.

I took these pictures at the station.

Note.

  1. I alighted on Platform 5, where there is a Starbucks.
  2. I bought a hot chocolate in the Starbucks.
  3. I then moved to Platform 4 to catch my train to Portsmouth Harbour.
  4. It was a bit of a precarious platform transfer as the lifts are at the other end of the station.
  5. Where there was a Pumpkin.

It’s a pity, I didn’t wait to get my drink, as it was one of the worst Hot chocolates I’ve ever tasted.

Later I had a much better hot chocolate in another cafe at Ryde.

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Bakerloo Line Extension | TfL Instructs Consultants To Work Up Tunnel Designs

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on New Civil Engineer.

This project is the Mayor’s pet, as it is good for those that vote for him in South London.

But I believe that the West London Orbital Railway should have a higher priority as it serves an area that is in massive need of improvement in public transport and can be delivered quickly and for a lot less money.

November 1, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , | 5 Comments