7th February 1998

Kentrail Enthusiasts Group
The Bank Burrower

DLR Units Used 36 + 87

Route :

DLR unit
Route
36 + 87
Poplar [P3] - West India Quay [P1] - Canary Wharf [P1/2] - Crossharbour [P1]
36(*) + 87
Crossharbour [P1] - Crossharbour Turnback Siding
87 + 36(*)
Crossharbour Turnback Siding - Crossharbour [P2]
87 + 36
Crossharbour [P2] - Canary Wharf [P5/6] - West India Quay [P3] - Westferry [P2] - Bank [P10]
87(*) + 36
Bank [P10] - Bank Headshunt
36 + 87(*)
Bank Headshunt - Bank [P9] - Westferry [P1]
36 + 87
Westferry [P1] - Poplar [P1] - Blackwall [P1] - Prince Regent [P1] - Connaught Crossover Down to Up - Royal Albert [P2]
87 + 36
Royal Albert [P2] - Prince Regent [P2] - Blackwall [P2] - Poplar East Jn (WB to SB to NB) - Poplar [P2]
36 + 87
Poplar [P2] - All Saints [P1] - Bow Church [P1]
87 + 36
Bow Church [P1] - Crossover Down to Up - All Saints [P2] - Poplar East Jn (SB to WB) - Poplar [P4] - North Curve (WB to EB or Up to Down Crossover) - (wrong line working) - Westferry East Jn (Down City to Up City Crossover) - Westferry [P2] - Shadwell [P2]
36 + 87
Shadwell [P2] - Crossover Up to Down - Westferry [P1] - Poplar [P1] - South of All Saints on NB Line
87 + 36
South of All Saints - remaining on NB Line, wrong line working - Poplar East Jn (NB to SB) - Poplar [P3] - West India Quay [P1] - Canary Wharf [P1/2] - Crossharbour [P1] - Mudchute [P1] (*)
36 + 87
Mudchute [P1] - Crossover SB to NB - Crossharbour [P2] - Canary Wharf [P5/6] - Tower Gateway [P2]
36 + 87
(Running as service train all stations to Poplar) : Island Gardens [P2] - Shadwell [P1] - Limehouse [P3] - Westferry [P1] - Poplar [P1]

Notes :
(*)
During traversal of Crossharbour Turnback Siding, all passengers had to be in trailing unit (87). 
(*) During traversal of Bank Headshunt, all passengers had to be in trailing unit (36).
(*) Mudchute, this was the original station that was used until opening of the new station on the 'Lewisham Extension'.

Notes from pre-tour literature & ticket letter :
(see also notes from previous KEG Docklands tour "Beckton Bonanza" of 25/07/97.)

"On this occasion, we are obliged to use a double unit, as single units are not allowed on the Bank branch. In discussions with DRML in June 1997, i.e. just after the previous tour, they made the comment that the previously-refused Bank Headshunt would have been easier to organise than the traversal of the lines within the depots (indeed, it appears that the placing of constraints upon DRML by Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate for the running of our previous tour means they are no longer able to offer visits within the depots, although they agreed on a one-off basis to circumvent their difficulties in order to honour the already-approved arrangements for that tour.)

The London Fire and Civil Defence Authority require all passengers to be in the trailing "carriage" on entry to the Bank Headshunt; prams, etc. and small children cannot be allowed to travel on this section. Any such passengers can alight and reboard at Bank before and after this move. It's a shame that we did not pick up at Bank on the return from the headshunt and passengers
had to wait until Westferry before re-joining their original unit, (but what about the small children?)

"The route has not been pre-programmed into the DLR computer - we are told that they 'drag and drop' it in on the day - so detailed timings cannot be given."

Sources : Alan Sheppard (on the tour throughout + service to Limehouse)

Timings (Actual Only)
(from Alan Sheppard)

Km
Location Actual
0.00
Poplar [P3] 10.58d
0.295
West India Quay [P1] 11.00 ~ 11.02
1.943
Crossharbour [P1] 11.07 ~ 11.08
?*
0.00
Crossharbour Turnback Siding 11.09 rev 11.10
*0.00
Crossharbour [P2] 11.11 ~ 11.12
1.449
Canary Wharf [P5/6] 11.15 ~ 11.16
1.648
West India Quay [P3] 11.17 ~ 11.18
6.68
Bank [P10] 11.27 ~ 11.28
?*
0.00
Bank Headshunt 11.29 rev 11.36
*0.00
Bank [P9] 11/37
?
(in tunnel) 11*38 ~ 11*42
4.439
Westferry [P1] 11.48 ~ 11.49
5.175
Poplar [P1] 11.51 ~ 11.52
9.411
Prince Regent [P1] 11.58 ~ 11.58
?
Connaught Crossover 11/59
10.328
0.00
Royal Albert [P2] 12.00 rev 12.01
?
Poplar East Jn 12.09 ~ 12.12
5.192
0.00
Poplar [P2] 12.13 rev 12.15
2.684
0.00
Bow Church [P1] 12.18 rev 12.19
2.684
Poplar [P4] 12.24 ~ 12.25
?
North Curve Up to Down Crossover 12/26
?
Westferry East Crossover 12.26 ~ 12.28
3.42
Westferry [P2] 12.29 ~ 12.30
5.482
0.00
Shadwell [P2] 12.33 rev 12.34
2.798
Poplar [P1] 12.40 ~ 12.45
<3.512**
0.00
(south of) All Saints (northbound line) 12.47 rev 12.50
<0.714**
Poplar [P3] 12.53 ~ 12.53
<1.009**
West India Quay [P1] 12/55
<3.303**
0.00
Mudchute [P1] 13.00 rev 13.01
0.646
Crossharbour [P2] 13/03
2.095
Canary Wharf [P5/6] 13.06a ~ 13.07d
6.222
0.00
Tower Gateway [P2] 13.15a rev (13.19d)
(2.391***)
Limehouse [P3] 13.23a ~ ?

(*) Distance to/from headshunts unknown (!)
(**) Distance of 0.714 Km is for Poplar to All Saints, however, we stopped short.
(***) Not part of tour.


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