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Metropolitan Line Completed (with bits of other lines), TfL Run Project   Leave a comment

 

I finished two more lines on the TfL Run Project Sunday, large sections of some others, and some wee bits of three more.  This is about the 2nd to be completed, the Metropolitan Line, and some of the other lines that overlapped after the District/Hammersmith & City  and, before that, the Central Line sections that occurred earlier.

 

Aldgate

 

This was the most complicated section so far since lines that don’t share rails or stations in sequence with each other do, after all, have their stations in the right order for themselves intercalated into the path I was taking. That is, they all had entrances on the same street so I decided these were clean kills even if they were collateral casualties. More after King’s Cross.

 

 

 

 

In addition to the Metropolitan, the Circle Line picked up at Aldgate.

 

 

 

Liverpool Street was finally found after some blocked alleys and footpaths sent me off my map printouts.

 

 

Liverpool Street

 

At Liverpool Street, the Hammersmith & City Line rejoined the trail.

 

 

 

Much more construction around the market area led me on a search for identifiable bits of Moorgate and Barbican Stations.

 

 

Moorgate

Barbican

 

Farringdon Station was easier and looks marvelous when you don’t have to mind traffic or pedestrians.

 

Farringdon

 

Finally, there was King’s Cross’ Crackhead Entrance, which appears to be out of use at present.

 

King’s Cross

 

I added the Northern and Victoria Lines…

 

 

 

 

…at King’s Cross St Pancras (same station but the part most people would think of):

 

 

King’s Cross/St Pancras

 

This is where life gets complicated. The next station down the road is Euston followed closely by Euston Square. The Northern and Victoria Lines stop at Euston while Metropolitan, Circle, and H&C all stop at Euston Square:.

 

Euston

 

Euston Square

 

The BT tower used to be a dominant feature here. Now, it is a nice, 60’s relic that pops up from time-to-time. I can relate to that.

 

 

 

At Warren Street, I wave goodbye to the Vic and Northern Lines.

 

 

Warren Street

 

The next station on my main journey is Great Portland Street but just a hundred meters or so up the road is Regents Park Station which has the Bakerloo Line meeting the remaining 3 at Baker Street Station.

 

Great Portland Street

 

Regents Park

 

 

Baker Street

 

 

Not only was that exciting, but it made real progress on the overall system map.

 

 

 

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West Ham to Aldgate East, District/Hammersmith & City, TfL Run Project   2 comments

West Ham

I finished two more lines on the TfL Run Project Sunday, large sections of some others, and some wee bits of three more.  This one picks up where the Central Line finished at Stratford and leads into the completion of the Metropolitan Line with a trot along the DLR (earlier segments) to West Ham to commence this section’s effort.

 

 

From there, I had an uninterrupted trot down the District and Hammersmith & City Lines to Aldgate East:

 

 

Dunno why, but gas storage facilities make me happy:

 

 

Not really sure why there is a whale fashioned from plastic waste securely behind a fence in a privately policed and patrolled industrial estate:

 

Bromley-by-Bow station is wrapped like a parcel:

 

Bromley-by-Bow

 

Love may not enter this street.  We are watching you.

 

 

It was a mite nippy in the early morning gloom, but the streets weren’t crowded until the last station or two.  A fairly pleasant jog from Bow Road to Aldgate East via Mile End, Stepney Green, and Whitechapel rounded out this section of the run.  From there, it was only a few dozen meters to Aldgate to start on the Metropolitan line section of the days runs (write-up soon).

 

Bow Road

Mile End

Stepney Green

Whitechapel

Aldgate East

 

After all of Sunday’s runs, here is the system map:

 

Posted January 15, 2018 by Drunken Bunny in Running

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Central Line Completed, TfL Run Project   2 comments

 

I finished two more lines on the TfL Run Project Sunday, large sections of some others, and some wee bits of three more.  The first to get attention — and completed– was the Central Line.  This started at Bank Station after taking the first train out of Ruislip, arriving about 7:25 in the morning:

 

Bank

Emerging in the dawn’s early light, I had no bearings at all.  While taking in the street names to decide which way was right, I came across a number of monuments I haven’t noticed before in daylight.

 

 

Liverpool Street, Bethnal Green, and Mile End Stations saw the nonexistent sunrise as the skies turned from black to ashen grey (worst sort of Winter day…cold, damp, overcast, more than a light breeze):

 

Liverpool Street

Bethnal Green

Mile End

 

Approaching the end, one of the least attractive relics of the 2012 Olympics imposed itself:

 

 

Then, Stratford emerged and the Central Line was history.  The day was still young, though, and I continued the run down to Mile End to clear off some other segments on the District and Hammersmith & City Lines…

 

Stratford

 

Relegated to the archives, the entire Central Line:

 

The system map at the end of Sunday:

 

 

Posted January 14, 2018 by Drunken Bunny in Running

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Hammersmith to Westbourne Park, Hammersmith & City Line, TfL Run Project   1 comment

 

Actually, this section of the TfL Run Project also includes the flagellum from the Circle Line, but it isn’t on my master map of the Circle Line, just my (more accurate) system map.  So, I haven’t updated the Circle Line (only) map.  Speaking of maps, I started the run at the Oxford Tube coach stop for Shepherd’s Bush:

 

 

I hoped to crowbar some meaning into the New Year balloon trapped in the tree on the approach to the bus stop, but I guess it has to be enough that, for garbage, it is kind of pretty.

 

 

Vandals are missing a trick in Hammersmith.  Spray paint an “O” here and you have “OMFG House.”

 

 

Just over a mile from the start, I picked up my first station, Hammersmith.  I like the H&C/Circle terminus better than the Piccadilly/District station across the road:

 

Hammersmith Station

Goldhawk Road

Next was Goldhawk Road and mostly a walk through the still somewhat busy Shepherd’s Bush Market to the eponymous station on the far end:

 

 

Shepherd’s Bush Market

 

Next to fall was Wood Lane but here I had to change my planned route due to construction blocking pedestrian access.

Wood Lane

 

Finally making it to Latimer Road, I hoped to make up some time with a pedestrian pathway to Ladbroke Grove only to find it barricaded.  What the fuck?

 

Latimer Road

 

Now dark, I decided to cut the planned run (which would’ve included some of the Bakerloo and Overground) down to just the final two stations.

 

Ladbroke Grove

 

Between Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park, I found two lovely but painfully youth/hipster/middle-class oriented pubs: The Italian Job in Ladbroke Grove and The Metropolitan almost next to Westbourne Park Station (write-ups to follow).

 

 

Abridged though it was, this seemed a successful journey.  At this point, much of the Hammersmith & City Line that remains to do overlaps other lines, so this should clear up quickly:

Today’s segments can be found in sectors D3 and C3 of the System Map, below:

 

 

 

Posted January 13, 2018 by Drunken Bunny in Running

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Let’s Talk About Running   Leave a comment

 

I’m not close to many people I work with in the labs but most of the support staff are fantastic. I was having a warm beverage with one of the guys from the mechanical workshop and this conversation ensued.

“Did you make any New Year Resolutions?”
“Same two as every year: don’t talk to non-runners about running.”
“Why’s that, then?”
“It would be rude to bore the shit out of them like that.”
“You said there were two.”
“More of a corollary, due to the ethical implications of the first.  I intend not to talk to other runners about running.”

The wry smile told me he gets it.

[I know this diary technically violates both of those rules; but, I can’t stop people from listening to me talking to myself.  The shoe is from today’s jog and has nearly 1100 miles on it and will stay in service until the sole on it or those on the left ones of the twin pair transmit light — probably another 500 miles or so.  The tweet, below, is what everyone should take home about resolutions, running, or anything else that might occur in these pages…I wish I had written it.]

 

Posted January 9, 2018 by Drunken Bunny in Made Me Laugh, Running

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Wembley Park to Waterloo, several Lines, TfL Run Project   Leave a comment

 

Out early on Sunday to get the long run for the week out of the way (although it wasn’t especially long, clocking in at just over 12 miles). The plan was to complete a large section of the Jubilee Line which overlaps with a large section of the Metropolitan Line (for the  TfL Run Project ). The start would be Wembley Park:

 

Wembley Park

 

 

The Jubilee was then followed down as far as Westminster, but first…

 

 

 

 

…sunrise over Neasden, Dollis Hill, Willesden Green, and Kilburn Stations:

 

Neasden

Dollis Hill

Willesden Green

Kilburn

 

 

At Kilburn, there is a grand rail bridge and some murals on the abutments:

 

 

 

 

Continuing slowly on against the wind, West Hampstead, Finchley Road, Swiss Cottage, St John’s Wood, and Baker Street Stations were closely spaced.

 

West Hampstead

Finchley Road

Swiss Cottage

St John’s Wood

Baker Street

 

 

The Metropolitan Line diverts eastward at this point:

 

 

 

Bond Street and Green Park were next followed by an unusually depopulated St James Park bimble.

 

Bond Street

Green Park

 

 

It doesn’t show very well (I was using the smart phone camera and the lens was fogged from sweat), but to the right of Westminster Station is the statue of Boudicea:

 

Westminster

 

 

Since Friday saw Westminster to Waterloo, directly, I turned up the nearly deserted Embankment to hit the next station up the District and Circle Lines:

 

 

I’ll have to go back for a better shot of the RAF Memorial in front of the Ministry of Defense:

 

 

 

But, I managed to snap a half decent photo of an unusual duck:

 

 

 

And, some detail of a lamppost outside Embankment Station, where I turned south across the river to Waterloo via Northern and Bakerloo Lines for the train ride home.

 

 

 

 

Embankment

Waterloo

 

The run for the day turned out like this:

 

 

 

And, the system is now THIS colourful:

 

Amersham to Chesham, Metropolitan Line, TfL Run Project   1 comment

 

The weather sucked and I was tired of the Holiday Run Streak. The entire journey out to Hertfordshire was spent internally arguing whether or not to do the full planned route. But, since this represented the outer-most segments on the Metropolitan Line on the TfL Run Project and since I made it out to Amersham I decided to plod on with it.

 

Amersham

 

 

On the way to Chalfont and Latimer Station, I stopped for a pint at the Pomeroy (write-up soon). Nice enough, I guess, but it is more restaurant than bar.

 

Chalfont & Latimer

 

 

The next segment featured a bit of suburban parkland. I ran through here a little over a year ago but it was after dark and I really had to focus on the pavement illuminated by torchlight. Today, I got the chance to look around and spotted some rough-hewn bench sculptures like this one near what I would characterise as a sewage lagoon:

 

 

 

And, the hands on the ass seating:

 

 

 

Another beer stop at the General’s Arms (write-up soon) lasted about 30 seconds too long and I arrived at Chesham Station in time to see the train depart.

 

Chesham

 

 

With 30 minutes to kill in the cold-and-windy station, I explored. They have a garden with a gnome! The sprouts look like weed, but I’m sure it is merely coincidence.

 

 

 

The Metropolitan Line now looks thus:

 

 

And, the system is a bit prettier with that purple bit in the upper left filled in:

 

Posted January 8, 2018 by Drunken Bunny in Running

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