Intergalactic Public Transport Experience?
Saturday 21 May 2022
In a weird twist of fate, the general manager of Lucasfilm, progenitor of the Star Wars "franchise" comes from Pembrokeshie!...
Transport for Wales will soon be introducing "TramTrains" on certain of the Valley Lines serving the Welsh Capital. They are scheduled to operate on the Rhondda, Merthyr, City and Cardiff Bay lines.
... and that ugly-looking front "buffer" isn't. It folds down to give the front end (and the back end of a 3 car unit!) a sensible appearance.
Timmy And Siddy Sample The Travolator
In episode 2 of the current series, Timmy and Siddy were exploring the Waterloo and City Line. This took them to Bank and a ride on the famous Trav-o-Lator from platforms to Booking Hall.
The new platform for the Northern Line is now open.
Timmy and Siddy returned to Bank briefly in Episode 3 which explored the former terminus of what became the Northern Line. The terminus (King Edward Street) has been repurposed as an access shaft for the Bank rebuild work.
... until they reached the new southbound platform.
But in an unexplained shot, as they continued to explore the new station, they did walk quickly past some extra building work. Briefly we spotted the second Trav-o-Lator being installed at Bank.
The new Trav-o-Lator is not yet open.
Episode 3 also included a Siddy solo piece about Knightsbridge station where lifts are being installed in the long-closed original lift shafts to provide step-free access. The old lifts were driven by a real human.
Siddy was very excited about the original coloured tiles ...
The full episode can be watched on UKTVplay. This coming week's 45 minutes of uncontrolled excitement from the ebullient presenters (plus 15 min of adverts!) is on Thursday, on the Yesterday Channel, at 2000.
It is entitled, "Brompton Road". fbb is intrigued.
Maybe there has been a headquarters diktat, because in Sheffield ...
P.S. Lots Of Smiles For Lovely Tiles
Specially for Siddy!
If the next station to be visited were Barons Court, Siddy could be ecstatic about the very green glazed tiles that adorn the booking hall.
It's a bit like booking your ticket in a Victorian public convenience!
Next Variety blog : Sunday 22nd May