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Transport for London (TfL) London, England

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Back at the end of February this year I was able to take a trip to the London area and do a bit of transit fanning on the various modes. Here's a fairly current look at some of the system:

  • Red route buses:

I believe these are all privately owned and operated under contract by a variety of operators. Major operators/contractors in the London network include Abellio, Arriva, London United|RATP Group, Metroline, and Stagecoach. You can find others as well. Common new models are of course the Wrightbus New Routemaster (Borismaster) and also the Gemini 3, and Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 and 400 MMC version. A large number of older Enviro 200, 400, eclipse Gemini and Gemini 2 were also seen. Beyond those there are also some other makes and models depending on the contractor.

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The electric buses are doing well it seems, route 507 and 521 are run completely with the Alexander Dennis Enviro 200EV on BYD chassis:

 

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  • London Trams

Trams serve the Croydon area to the south of London. A mix of equipment is operated, with the older refurbished Bombardier Flexity-Swift CR4000 and newer Stadler Rail Variobahns.

 

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  • London Underground

A mix of older and newer equipment is operating. Piccadilly Line was still the 1973 stock while a couple of others I rode were more recent. Open gangways are the standard now for all new trainsets. This helps a bit with some of them ore crowded periods and also with some of the older stations where the back set of doors on the train won't open! I didn't get a lot of photos of the Underground equipment due to the general poor photography conditions in the stations which make for blurry and dark shots, plus all the crowds which make it hard to get clear shot anyways. Here are a few however.

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  • DLR - Docklands Light Railway

Finally we have the DLR trams, the DLR is completely automated (think Vancouver SkyTrain) and consists of multiple lines around the Docklands area in the southeast of Greater London. The majority of the equipment I observed were the newer Bombardier B07 type. However a few of the older cars were also seen.

 

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I was also able to ride once on the Overground, however I didn't get any significant photos, so I'll leave that out. Overall a very impressive system.
This is my main photo collection for stations, stops, and vehicles of Transport for London if interested: https://www.flickr.com/photos/thetransitcamera/collections/72157680919743146/

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Nice shots!  

Interesting that the Tube stock and the Docklands cars have longitudinal seating with armrests.

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