Man runs from one subway stop to another and catches train before it leaves


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/03/15/man-runs-from-one-subway-stop.html


#2

Isn’t he still tired from last time?


#3

And he didn’t get any faster either.


#4

Maybe he’ll do better on his third try.


#5

Been there seen that.


#6

I’m not buying it. How in the heck did he get his Oyster card to go through on the first try - twice?


#7

Let’s just rename BB to www.dagroundhawg.com!


#8

Thst map makes it look like he ran diagonally through a bunch of buildings. What’s the deal with that?


#9

There was a long underground tunnel at the beginning, could it have been that maybe? It didn’t seem quite as long as portrayed on the map…


#10

BTW in the UK they’ve called carriages, not cars. The network is called London Underground or colloquially, The Tube. Not subway. Subway in the UK is a pedestrian underpass, or a place to buy something assembled by a sandwich artist.


#11

OK, got it, the route on the map is bollocks. He comes out of Mansion House Station (left of the map) on to Garlick Hill. Turns right, then left on to Great St Thomas Apostle, then Cloak Lane, then in to Cannon Street Underground Station (not to be confused with Cannon Street Station).

In some stations on the Underground, the distance from entrance to platform is far enough it can start to feel like maybe you’re just going to walk to your destination.


#12

Except on the underground they are called cars, because most of it was built by American companies.


#13

Nice sleuthing!


#14

the current rolling stock seems to be mostly Alstom (not American) and Bombadier Transportation (at least a subsidiary of an American company).

if they call them cars it seems to be unrelated to the origin of the manufacturers


#15

It’s tradition because many of the deep-level lines were built by a company owned by Charles Tyson Yerkes, who bought up companies that had obtained Parliamentary permission to build them but didn’t have the money. This company also electrified some of the sub-surface lines. So it’s the system, not the trains, that was built by an American company- though most of Yerkes’s trains were built by the American Car & Foundry Company. The Underground also refers to places where trains can move between tracks as “switches” as in the US rather than “points” as in the rest of Britain.

As for “car” versus “carriage” today, it’s a mixture. Two commonly-heard announcements on the Tube are:

Please move right down inside the cars, use all available space

and

Upon arrival, the last set of doors will not open. Customers in the last carriage, please move towards the front doors to leave the train.

(My emphasis)


#16

It goes right back to when the lines were built. The early tubes were built by american engineers, so the terminology stuck. The tube calls points switches, and the signalling system uses American conventions.


#17

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