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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:



Circle Line Finished, District Crippled, some Northern, TfL Run Project   1 comment


Friday entailed another race against the setting sun on a TfL Run Project trot, this time starting at Embankment. The actual route is here:




Missed the Underground Roundel fro Kennington on this map…drink and/or drugs may have been involved


Sticking to The Embankment, the next station was Temple.






On the segment to Blackfriars, a winged stallion on a gate startled me…I was certain, just moments before, that I was the only winged stallion on the Thames Path.




At Blackfriars, the path to Mansion House and Cannon Street veered inland a bit.




Mansion House

Cannon Street



Leaving Cannon Street, I was now finished with the Circle Line and one, small segment shy of completing the District:






Avoiding the foot traffic in The City is difficult at the best of times. I took some alleyways to get to Bank Station where I started working on some of the Northern Line:








Crossing London Bridge, the Thames looked especially busy (but, there was a nice view of HMS Belfast and the Tower Bridge).




The next 1½ miles yielded the most congested pavements of the evening. London Bridge and Borough Stations passed easily enough, though.


London Bridge




Just after Borough, I took a cider break at the Gladstone Arms. Then, straight down to Elephant & Castle.




Elephant & Castle 1


I stood by the Faraday monument in the roundabout to take a photo of the station, but just the other side was a different entrance to the same station (assuming the first one serves the Northern Line and the 2nd the Bakerloo).



Elephant & Castle 2



The shopping centre’s Elephant & Castle could use some fresh paint.




I took a wrong turn and had to loop back to Kennington Station but approaching it from an unplanned angle yielded a new perspective on its dome:





Close enough to my finish, I stopped for another beverage at the Ship before heading past North Lambeth Station to Waterloo.




The full system map after tonight’s run:


Notting Hill Gate to Finchley Road & Frognal, multiple lines, TfL Run Project   3 comments

Today’s segments


The sun sets incrementally later each day but the twilight is extending at a slightly faster clip.  So, Friday’s TfL Run was much less a race against the stars than a lot of the more recent efforts. Here’s the Ordnance Survey map of the trail (note that the first beer is misplaced and that Maggie’s Bar is actually one station earlier — Kensal Rise, not Brondesbury Park — but I had already committed the layers to jpeg by the time I noticed):



As most of the after work runs, I started where the coach from Oxford drops off, this time at Notting Hill Gate Station.


Notting Hill Gate


This run reduced the Circle and District Lines to one remaining section along the Thames and, for the Circle, one hanging segment slightly below Notting Hill Gate:



District Line through 19 Jan 2018

Circle Line through 19 Jan 2018


On the back way to Bayswater, a grand Greek Orthodox Church appeared:



Bayswater fell and fighting my way through the hordes I found Paddington and the southern version of Edgware Road Station (they are actually two different stations on opposite sides of the Westway):



Paddington, first pass

Edgware Road, south of the Westway


At Edgware Road, I picked up the H&C Line now reduced to a single segment in the centre:



Hammersmith & City Line as of 19 Jan 2018


Baker Street was the turn-around point where I left the first three lines and started nibbling away at the Bakerloo:


Baker Street


Like the others, today, it is now down to a few remaining segments:


Bakerloo Line as of 19 Jan 2018


The return trip was necessary, though.  Marylebone Station is not close enough to the path of the District/Circle/Hammersmith & City lines to double dip.  Moreover, the Bakerloo also uses the OTHER Edgware Road Station (below):




I got here last winter when the plaque went up, but after dark.  It just happened that the path I was taking wasn’t out-of-the-way with respect to grabbing a better shot:



Edgware Road and Paddington … I know this isn’t the right entrance for the Bakerloo Line but you can get there under the one roof and there are some grand sculptures to see along the way:



Edgware Road, north of the Westway

Paddington, 2nd pass

Little Venice:



A science fiction Church of the Phallus on route to Warwick Avenue:



Warwick Avenue

At Warwick Avenue Station, one of the few (13) remaining Taxi Shelters where drivers could get a cuppa or hide from the weather:



We will never be able to afford to live in Maida Vale (below).  The neighbourhood (I got this from a show on Radio 4 a couple of years ago and am typing it from memory) was named for a pub (The Hero of Maida) named for a General (Sir John Stuart) who was victorious at a battle in the current site of a Mediterranean holiday spot in Italy (Maida) where the British beat the French … to paraphrase the radio presenter, this is probably as English as a naming origin story gets.



The run continued as the sun set.  Maida Vale, Kilburn Park, and Queen’s Park Stations passed:


Maida Vale

Kilburn Park

Queen’s Park


At this point, the ever-daunting Overground joined the journey:




The battery on my camera went flat but the smart phone was still 25% charged.  The race was now against the Lithium battery and the sunset.  Kensal Green (hit by a tornado in 2006!) and Willesden Junction Stations finished the Bakerloo Line for today.  Turning back east (and out of the wind), Kensal Rise Station started the last section for the day:


Kensal Green

Willesden Junction

Kensal Rise

With only 3 miles left, I took my first bar break here at Maggie’s (write-up soon).

Brondesbury Park and Brondesbury Stations were next:


Brondesbury Park



A magnificent railway bridge … the arch’s layers are mirrored when viewed from the other side:



There are 3 West Hampstead Stations: the Thameslink (which I passed on the way), the Underground (which I did on an earlier run), and the Overground, here.  Next to it, the Billy Fury Walk is a shortcut along the tracks to Finchley Road & Frognal Station, where I turned away from the TfL project:


West Hampstead

Finchley Road & Frognal seen from Billy Fury walkway


The run continued to the Finchley Road Underground Station with a brief stop at the North Star (write-up soon).

The system map is really starting to come together:



If I take only the overlay of that map (the part that I hide the unfinished portions behind), the remaining TfL Run Project starts to look a little less intimidating:




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:




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


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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Wembley Park to Waterloo, several Lines, TfL Run Project   1 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:



Dollis Hill

Willesden Green




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:





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.








The run for the day turned out like this:




And, the system is now THIS colourful:


Kensington Olympia to Elephant & Castle, Multiple Lines, TfL Run Project   3 comments


Windy and a bit cool Friday afternoon, I was racing against sunset and slalom-ing through inexplicable crowds of tourists on my way from the Shepherd’s Bush coach stop to Elephant & Castle.  I by-passed many an attractive pub on the journey, too, but probably saved myself £5.80 per pint on the way.  The start was chosen to pick up the last western segment of the District Line from Kensington Olympia (3rd time at this bleak station) to the always pretty (despite the crowds) Earl’s Court:



Kensington Olympia

Barons Court


At Earls Court, the Piccadilly Line merged as far as South Kensington (with the Circle Line joining at Gloucester Road):


Gloucester Road Station is actually 2 stations although the older part is now just some shops.

Gloucester Road

Gloucester Road, the old bits

The Circle Line stayed with the District Line until I veered south across the Thames at Westminster:



I had an otherwise funny conversation with Doug Stanhope in Tucson (during which he insisted on showing me a disturbing video of a Mexican prostitute on his phone) years before I knew he was a big deal.  Since then, a hasher I know there has made friends with him.  Not that Stanhope Gardens has fuck all to do with either of them, but discarded Christmas trees seems a likely metaphor if you are clutching at straws after this segue down Memory Lane:



South Ken Station also bears two facades but experience with it tells me that internally it has longer pedestrian tunnels than the distance to walk to any of the adjacent stations on District, Piccadilly, or Circle Lines.


South Kensington

South Ken, old bits

Bela Bartok stands watch outside:


On the way to Sloane Square, the outstanding Michelin House appeared before me.  Once the tyre manufacturer’s London HQ, it now acts as serviced office suites.  The window mosaic above the Michelin Man holding a cocktail glass of nuts and bolts says “Nunc Est Bibendum” or “Now Is The Time To Drink” (sound advice):



Sloane Square

I didn’t have a Sharpie with me (and the crowds were oppressive) but the correct graffito for this play is, “So was mine”:


Except for a surge of Chinese tourists, later, I mostly escaped the crowds after Victoria.



Happily, I crossed paths with this tribute to Henry Purcell on my way to St James’ Park Station:



Or, should that be “St James’s Park Station?”  That spurious/bonus S on your signage is grammatically incorrect, TfL.  Tsk.


St James Park


Ten minutes earlier and the shadow would’ve been at the base, making this a postcard shot:


the abbey


At Westminster Station, I faced a choice between continuing to Embankment or veering south now.  The first option would have been tidier but the crowds were so heavy on Westminster Bridge and along the river that I opted to follow one segment of the Jubilee Line just to get through them as soon as possible:




Waterloo Station is beautiful at the front.  From this side, not so much:




The final dash along the southernmost two segments of the Bakerloo Line ensued.



Lambeth North

Elephant and Castle

Now a little after 4 pm (Friday is always POET’S Day, but I’m also comp-timing the days I came in during the Xmas break), I headed to the 6 Yard Box which was still closed (despite posted opening time of 4 pm and someone milling about inside) even after I had a hoppy pint of Meantime Lager at Long Wave next door.

Here’s the obligatory system map update:


Shepherd’s Bush to Turnham Green via Willesden, Overground and District, TfL Run Project   3 comments

I had planned a different run for today since the lab closed at 2 for the holidays.  But, Jackie finally succumbed to the raging fever and respiratory infection that has had me at Death’s Door (asking for relief, no less) and I opted for something that would finish closer to home since she stayed home today and we wouldn’t be meeting up after her shift a bit deeper in the city.

This was a good choice, anyway, as I avoided a lot of the Christmas pedestrian traffic the less industrial run would have subjected me to.  From Shepherd’s Bush, I did the long Overground stretch to Willesden Junction (stopping for a Stella at the Pig & Whistle).


Shepherd’s Bush

I was looking for signs of Christmas and this literal one jumped out at me along the way:



There is some beautiful bridge architecture in this part of town and I hope the temporary looking framing is only there while the original is restored, not replaced:


Reaching Willesden Junction, the route turned back south past a lot of Portuguese shops.  This is an odd part of town.

Willesden Junction

Acton Central, seen from the adjacent park, and South Acton were ticked off without event.

Acton Central

South Acton

There is a depressingly modern and soulless office park you have to traverse to get to Gunnersbury (or, indeed, The Gunnersbury, where I had a deeply unsatisfying experience).  I do like the way the snowman has to stand next to his warm-weather fate:

I’m sure Gunnersbury Station has some fine, old platforms but I have only been able to find entrances through this office tower:


Turnham Green

From Gunnersbury, there was a loose segment of the District Line to pick up from a few weeks ago.  The jog to Turnham Green traversed some very pleasant city parks and I picked up some fruit at the stand out front for my journey back to the sick ward.

I should stop saying this, but the Overground is truly daunting even as it starts to take on some colour:


Overground thru 21 Dec 2017

The District Line is a hard one, too, and had I not put forth the effort while Jackie was Stateside it wouldn’t be nearly so close to completion:

District Line thru 21 December 2017

And, of course, here’s the System Map:



Posted December 22, 2017 by Drunken Bunny in Running

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