Siddy Goes Solo
Siddy was exploring the Kennington Loop - the only place on the whole of the Underground where trains reverse using a "turning circle", somewhat like the abandoned loop at Embankment (see yesterday's blog).
Siddy did explain that trains arrived at Kennington ...
But we did get the chance to experience the junction with the new line from the Battersea Power Station station (via Nine Elms station) ...
Blog readers who are interested in things technical might enjoy 6 minutes of explanation from the contractors revealing the technology behind a step plate junction.
After her delight about the junction for northbound trains, Siddy is pictured climbing onto the platform used by southbound terminating trains. The cynic in fbb thinks that she only nipped in to the northbound tunnels to do the step plate filming then ran back to the opposite platforms and stepped up as if arriving from the full circuit.
Note that, although West End trains can continue to Morden, City trains cannot access the loop OR the route to Battersea.
Likewise, if it is necessary to terminate a train from City at Kennington, it must use the reversing siding sandwiched between the two Morden lines.
Which takes us back to the most misleading graphic in Siddy's nocturnal nurdle via the loop.
But where was Timmy? He would have been delirious with excitement to walk the loop but he wasn't allowed. Was it London Underground regulations? Or does he suffer from a railway version of speluncaphobia (look it up!)? Or does he really need his beauty sleep to maintain that affable and smiling persona that we all love? Or was Siddy simply cheaper?
The Answer Is ...
You might not enjoy the spotty ride!
Note, in the top picture, a Transport for Greater Manchester van.
SHOULD KNOW BETTER!
Next Big Mistake blog : Wednesday 12th May