The Elizabeth Line

Posted on 05/06/2022 By

You never took me

The Elizabeth Line logo as applied to one of the new trains.

Bertie: “You never took me!”

Bobby: “Now look Bertie, I had no idea I was going to see the opening of the Elizabeth Line. I go to London every Tuesday for an Al-Anon meeting in Islington. This week I had arranged to meet Technical Director Tim on his canal boat. Hoping to solve a simple IT problem I had prevaricated over for weeks. But then I had chosen Farringdon as my station for Islington. A station steeped in history and the centre of the extraordinary building of the Elizabeth Line.”

Bertie: “So you blew Tim out.”

Bobby: “Well… in a way. But he knows me well enough now to put up with my idiosyncrasies.”

Bertie: “Just tell the story and take me another day.”

The Elizabeth Line Opening Day

Join at Farringdon. Pay contactless. Go to a few stations between Paddington and Abbey Wood, but don’t go through the barriers. Take loads of pictures. Finally leave at Whitechapel. Walk up the High Street to Jack the Chipper for fish and chips. Go home. And read the history of the Underground in the Gentle Author’s blog. See the foot of this story.

The Elizabeth Line

Farringdon

The Elizabeth Line: Farringdon Station.

Escalators to the Elizabeth Line, Farringdon Station.

Escalators going up from the Elizabeth Line, Farringdon Station.

Reed electronic advert featuring a number of Corgis and the words "Great job, Ma'am".

Descending an escalator to the Elizabeth Line at Farringdon.

Escalators to the exit at Farringdon Station.

To the Elizabeth Line, Farringdon Station.

Elizabeth Line passenger tunnels. Plain, but bright, spacious and airy.

Elizabeth Line passenger tunnels. Plain, but bright, spacious and airy.

Platform on the Elizabeth Line at Farringdon, with the trains separated off by a glass barrier with sliding doors.

Tottenham Court Road

Platform on the Elizabeth Line at Tottenham Court Road, with the trains separated off by a glass barrier with sliding doors.

Passenger walkway tunnel to the Westbound platform of the Elizabeth Line at Tottenham Court Road.

Escalators, Elizabeth Line, Tottenham Court Road.

Escalators, Elizabeth Line, Tottenham Court Road.

 

Escalators, Elizabeth Line, Tottenham Court Road.

Ceiling at the top of the excalators, Tottenham Court Road.

Almost deserted platform on the Elizabeth Line, Tottenham Court Road.

Paddington

Deserted platform, Elizabeth Line Paddington Station, with glass screens along the platform edge.

Lifts to the Elizabeth Line glass-roofed concourse at Paddington.

A lightly loaded Elizabeth Line train behind the closed glass barrier at a desserted Paddington platform.

A pair of bay seats on an Elizabeth Line train.

Interior of a lightly loaded Elizabeth Line train.

Liverpool Street

A quiet platform at Liverpool Street on the Elizabeth Line.

Escalators, Liverpool Street. Elizabeth Line.

A "diagonal lift". A bit like a cliff lift, running parallel to the escalators. Elizabeth Line, Liverpool Street.

Diagonal Lift.

Travelling down the escalator to the Elizabeth Line at Liverpool Street.

Abbey Wood

Elizabeth Line train at the above ground terminus at Abbey Wood.

Elizabeth Line train at the above ground terminus at Abbey Wood.

Elizabeth Line train at the above ground terminus at Abbey Wood.

On an Elizabeth Line train at Abbey Wood station.

Whitechapel

A quiet platform at Whitechapel Station, Elizabeth Line.

Staircase for the Elizabeth Line at Whitechapel Station.

Elizabeth Line map on one of the trains.

The historic exterior of Whitechapel Station, with the name in both English and Arabic.

Back to the old world

One or two stations missed for another time.

The historic exterior of Whitechapel Station, with the name in both English and Arabic.

We are the women of TfL. Posters depicting women over the years from 1962.

"Jack the Chipper" Fish and Chips in a Whitechapel roundel.

Possibly bad taste these days. The name, not the fish and chips.

Jack the Chipper menu: Whitebait, Jellied Eels, Calamari Rings, Wholetail Scampi, Homemade Fish Cake.

Proper East End mate.

Highly recommended reading Spitalfields Life on the Elizabeth Line.

PS

He did take me on it a week later. I liked it.

The only bear. A French lady, with a young child, asked: “Are you famous?” I said “Probably. In bear circles”

Bertie sat in the middle of one of the transverse seats, with Bobby taking the phot reflected in the mirror behind.

Lighting a Candle for Diddley and Us

Candles lit for Diddley in St Martin in the Fields Church.

St Martin in the Fields once more.

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PSTrainspotter     ,


  1. kate green says:

    I love your love of trains and planes and buses. i am excited about trying this line…. your enthusiasm is a blessing to us all

  2. Phil Barnett says:

    A wonderful railway and a great achievement in spite of the long delays until its recent opening. I enjoyed my recent short ride with Bobby and friends. Crosssrail 2 is next!

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