District/Hammersmith & City Finished, Others, TfL Run Project   2 comments


The last TfL run of the weekend started at the break of dawn, Sunday.  Two dangling segments starting at Liverpool Street were followed by another single on the DLR and a trip south along the Overground before taking on some of the Jubilee Line and a Wetherspoons. A good time was had by all (which is to say, me).




The ride to the start was on the first Central Line train of the day, 6:40 am (or whenever the hell the driver decided to actually start, sometime after 6:45). The view south looks like this at that time of day, this time of year:




The first task was completion of Hammersmith & City Line:





At 7:30, I exited Liverpool Street Station and headed into the dawn.



Liverpool Street


On the journey, the back of Aldgate Station seemed worth a photo (or, as it is on too narrow of a street to get it all in one frame, 6 photos knitted into a panorama).




Aldgate East  and the first segment today was also the last segment of the Hammersmith & City Line. I continued from there in the general direction of Tower Hill Station.


Aldgate East


In this architecturally “big” part of town, I have never spotted these fantastic flats, before:






Nor, this particularly dystopian section of the skyline:




The Tower and Tower Bridge helped me get my bearings (note that I am on the wrong side of them, having lost my way once more), Tower Hill Station finally came into sight.




This 2nd segment of the day marked completion of the District Line. Hooray!



Tower Hill





A short jog east and I was able to locate the start of my next section, Tower Gateway Station.



Tower Gateway


This part of the TfL is just a weird little stub of DLR from Tower Gateway to Shadwell (note that I tidied up the mistake on the DLR map from the last write-up):






A brief stop to photograph Shadwell Station (DLR bits) preceded the southward journey starting at Shadwell Station (Overground bits):



Shadwell DLR


Shadwell Overground


The trip down the Overground looks dead simple on the schematic Overground map, but I refer you to the trail map at the top of this article to see what how the shortest path looks.





Ventilation shafts were dotted along the way (there is a deep tunnel under the Thames from Wapping to Rotherhithe Stations):




Wapping  Station seemed to hide from me, but I finally found it:




Aimed the wrong direction for my use, the tunnel entrance with the artistic representation of Lost Souls above and no pedestrian pavement along it:





Dashing around trying to find the part of the tunnel I could use on foot, I spotted this sign and thought, “Mayor Khan can count on me to back this.” It was only back home I realised we mean different things by “acid.”




Finally, I found the Rotherhithe Tunnel north side entrance:





“This tunnel constructed by the London County Council was opened by HRH the Prince of Wales KG on the 12th of June 1908.”  Then “Maurice Fitzmaurice CMG engineer”





The tunnel crosses the Thames at an acute angle to the banks and drops steeply for about 1/2 of the distance before flattening out then climbing to the south side exit. There were signs steering pedestrians to the pavement on the left but I bet I am one of just a handful that crosses this way every year. The car exhaust — even with light Sunday morning traffic — was almost overwhelming.




The steel arches at the south end serve as a vehicular height gauge but are also a display of the state of the art technology used to construct the tunnel:





I continued on and was almost immediately lost again. Finally spotting Rotherhithe Station across a vacant lot, I continued the short, final segment to Canada Water.



Canada Water


At this point, I attacked the remaining western bits of the Jubilee Line; at the end of the day, this left only the most difficult segments to do (Canada Water to Canary Wharf involves a ferry crossing and North Greenwich to either Canary Wharf or Canning Town require crossing inconveniently at the southernmost end of the Isle of Dogs).




Bermondsey Station was a straightforward find.





Just after Bermondsey on the way to a beer break at the Pommeler’s Rest, this statue of Michael Stipe intrigued me:



London Bridge, Southwark, and Waterloo were finished in a workmanlike manner. I grabbed a sandwich in a shop in Waterloo Station and headed homeward.


London Bridge




At the end of this weekend, the remaining bits are here:

And, they overlap the now colourful System map:



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