Riding the rail


A car crash harnesses elements of eroticism, aggression, desire, speed, drama, kinesthetic factors, the stylizing of motion, consumer goods, status -- all these in one event. I myself see the car crash as a tremendous sexual event really: a liberation of human and machine libido (if there is such a thing).
- JG Ballard

We've been accused of being too involved with the East London Line to see its faults, but dammit, love is blind.

Fellow mechaphiliac Graham knows how to push our buttons and has sent this money shot of an ELL train gliding in to our station.

Graham got up specially early on a Saturday morning to take this picture, risking his marriage for the love that dare not speak its name.

Enjoy.

54 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!

Monkeyboy said...

Stop goading Lou, it's very mean.

Pete said...

But it's only got four carriages... we'll all have to walk to work...

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Ed said...

The girlfriend looks baffled when I excitedly point the new trains out from the teafactory.

Brockley Nick said...

Ed I should introduce you to Graham.

monkeyboy said...

ed, how are you findiong the Tea Factory? I like it from the outside. I assume the galvanised vent thing is for the cafe?

Anonymous said...

And still you won't get a seat

M said...

'And still you won't get a seat'

What, ever?

Anonymous said...

Wont be any good for Train Spotting there Graham.

patrick1971 said...

I have to admit to a little shiver of frisson when I see the new trains on test through our stations. It's more common than you'd think!

Ed said...

TF is fine MB, aluminium vent is indeed for the non-existent cafe. TF would suit trainspotters; I have become pretty intrested in the freight that goes through our little town at high level...
Not so happy that the new flats opposite have ruined my view of the CP hill and school.

Graham said...

I feel so proud!

Hugh said...

It's all yellow at the end.

Anonymous said...

I'd see a doctor about that.

Lou Baker said...

It looks disturbingly like a train.

So why's everyone saying it's a tube?

:)

Anonymous said...

because 'the tube' is the generic name for London Underground trains.

Monkeyboy said...

Shall we park this conversation now?

London Mungerground said...

Who knows why. Most of London Underground runs both above ground and because of that, without any sort of tube tunneling. Brockley's connection therefore has more of a connection to most of the line than any of the stops you may be most familiar with.

BCY said...

Its not a tube... Its a train! They have been running through here now for the past couple of weeks at odd times. Nothing new!

Anonymous said...

looks like a tube to me.

Steve said...

tube

Anonymous said...

The tube is those deep level London Underground lines which have been tunnel bored, rather than those where a trench has been cut and then covered over ("cut and cover"). So, the Northern, Central, Jubilee, Victoria, Bakerloo, Waterloo and City and Piccadilly lines are the tube. The Circle, District, Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan line and the old East London Line are the Underground. The Overground is the Overground.

Brockley Nick said...

Yes, yes and the third millennium actually started in 2001 and everyone who celebrated on NYE 1999 was wrong.

Hugh said...

They weren't wrong. You can celebrate the turn of the millennium at any time.

Brockley Nick said...

Yes Hugh, that was my point. Nor are the people who call all the lines on the tube map tubes. It's what they're popularly known as.

Ed said...

DIAGRAM!

Lep Recorn said...

is it a bird??
is it a plane??
is it a train??
is it a tube??

who cares - it is another badly needed transport option. (Up to Shoreditch early on a Sunday morning, top of brick lane for a dozen bagels and back again for breakfast!!)

Lep Recorn said...

Up to Wapping on a weekday evening, turn right and a couple of pints and a bit of nosh in the Prospect of Whitby

Lep Recorn said...

Up to Canada Water on a sat evening, Jubilee one stop to Bermondsy and a pizza at the Pizzeria Castello

Lep Recorn said...

Radio says that London Bridge Overground is cloased due to wrong kind of trains on the track; to work via canada water . . .

Lep Recorn said...

. . . need I say more . . .

Sigh said...

Not run by London Underground, who runs ALL tube lines, and not even claimed by TfL to be a tube or part of the Underground network! It's London Overground, as already exists eg in Stratford-Richmond line and which is marked very clearly as Overground and not part of the official tube network on tube maps! If people are expecting tube service levels they are going to be very disappointed. Those of us expecting Overground will be fine. Dunno why people are so desperate to call it the tube. Would suggest people try out other London Overground lines and then see if they think it's like the tube ...

Anonymous said...

I have, and they are. You go to the station, use your oyster, make a simple choice of going north/south or east/west, get on, get off... pretty tube-like to me.

compromise said...

It's the overland tube.

Anonymous said...

Its an Overtube!

drakefell debaser said...

Overtube is a brilliant term for it.

Ed said...

OED on tube (noun) - A hollow body, usually cylindrical, and long in proportion to its diameter, of wood, metal, glass, or other material, used to convey or contain a liquid or fluid, or for other purposes; a pipe.

They're all tubes!

Rachel said...

Thanks DD. Most productive thing I've achieved all morning!

No matter what it looks like or what it's called it will be a beneficial addition to Brockleys transport network. I for one can't wait to explore East London more.

Moira said...

To add to the unbridled excitement, Brockley Max will be holding a poetry competition about the ELL. More details to follow soon, but in the meantime it would be great to get the ball (or train) rolling..

Monkeyboy said...

Lou, you MUST write a poem. You can submit it under my name if you're worried that the BC thought police will have you killed.

Brockley Nick said...

I promise I will publish said poem as an article in its own right.

neanderthal d said...

Unfortunately Lou can't make it to a computer with internet access at the moment. But inspired by the challenge to write a poem in honour of the eagerly anticipated opening of the ELL he dictated the following to me down the ole dog and bone:

"Choose your destination. Choose Hoxton. Choose Canonbury. Choose Anerley. Choose Wandsworth Road. Choose Wapping, Rotherhithe, Clapham Junction and Denmark Hill. Choose Forest Hill, Crystal Palace and Dalston Junction. Choose Clapham High Street. Choose Surrey Quays. Choose Honour Oak Park. Choose Penge West and Queens Road Peckham. Choose Whitechapel and a range of other lines. Choose Haggerston and wondering where you are on a Saturday Morning. Choose Canada Water watching mind-numbing body-crushing commuters stuffing themselves into your carriage. Choose Highbury and Islington at the end of the line, pishing your last few bob in a miserable pub, nothing more than an expensive and wasteful way to intoxicate yourself. Choose Peckham Rye. Choose your destination.....But why would i want to go to any of those places?"

Lou's ghostwriter said...

A Haiku on the London Overground:

New trains come to us
They give nothing and take much
I will not travel

Headhunter said...

Good haiku!

monkeyboy said...

Marvelous!

Lou Baker said...

As requested a poem:

The Line To Nowhere, by Lou Wordsworth

They told us we be better connected,
But they lied, they lied.

They gave us very small trains,
So we sighed, we sighed.

These trains they go to Croydon,
So we cried, we cried.

They also go to Penge,
Where the food's all fried.

They link us on to Shadwell,
Where it's best to hide.

And also on to Hackney,
Where lots of thugs reside.

This cursed link to Shitsvilles,
I just can't abide.

THE END

ELL lovliness said...

A haiku in response:

"As winter snow falls, I reach Canary Wharf in 4 stops"

Monkeyboy said...

This has happened to me more time than is funny....



Climbing from LBs 7th Circle
Monkeyman ascends from Jubilee

Up, up he climbs
While alcohols kiss drags him down

The escalators trip him
The crowds claw him
The oyster betays him
The gateline traps him

Confusion reigns
Platform5?
Platform 8 or 12?
Platform 16, one minute!

Sprint again little Monkeyman
Run, run for home and bed.

Caught it!
“can you move down please” come the plaintive cries
Head down, elbows out, even get a seat

The train creeps
The train speaks, it mocks
“This is the fast service to Orpington”

Monkeyman, clutches the warm pasty to his heart
And dreams of a simple change at Canada Water

If only, if only....

Bea said...

Love them all - thanks for bringing a smile to my Wedneday morning.

Anonymous said...

Is it worth mentioning that timetables for the ELL have been added to TfL's journeyplanner from 23 May onwards? You can now plan journeys to and from Brockley from this date.

www.tfl.gov.uk/journeyplanner

willie said...

Do you realise too that Brockley can now also be a bone fide name in the marvellously arcane radio and (internet forum) game that is 'Mornington Crescent'?

We have truly arrived.

willie said...

oops

Anonymous said...

INTERESTING ARTICLE:
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/lifestyle/article-23822518-going-overground-150-years-of-train-travel.do

sevenoakser said...

So according to the journey planner Last train from Shadwell to Brockers will leave at 23.50. Even worse than the just-past-midnight final departure we'd been told about. That's me still trekking to LB after work then.

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