planespotterx
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London Underground Challenge

Sun Apr 24, 2005 3:40 am

Was watching a Documentary on the London Underground and it had 2 Train-spotters who were trying to beat the London Underground challenge which consists of passing every station on every line in less than 19 hours and 20 minutes or so.
Im just wondering if anyones ever thought of taking up the challenge lol, certainly has me intrested in trying it.
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OO-VEG
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RE: London Underground Challenge

Sun Apr 24, 2005 4:24 am

Well, that's one way to spend time. Though it sounds like an interesting challenge, the network is pretty large and breakdowns are quite common.

London might be the worst one to take-on, but I guess Paris & New York might have similar people then.
 
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RE: London Underground Challenge

Sun Apr 24, 2005 4:40 am

Quoting OO-VEG (Reply 1):
breakdowns are quite common.

I really don't know where people get this idea from  sigh 

I use the undergroung everyday to go to college for the past 2 years and I have never been on a train that has broken down or been delayed because of another broken down train. The only breakdowns I have ever had is with drivers thinking £30,000 isn't enough to drive a  censored  train!  sarcastic 
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RE: London Underground Challenge

Sun Apr 24, 2005 5:01 am

The alternative challenge is a pint in a pub at every station on the Circle line in one day.That is difficult!
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RE: London Underground Challenge

Sun Apr 24, 2005 5:11 am

Quoting Trident3 (Reply 3):
The alternative challenge is a pint in a pub at every station on the Circle line in one day.That is difficult!

Now I wouldn't mind trying that  biggrin 
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RE: London Underground Challenge

Sun Apr 24, 2005 5:11 am

Quoting Planespotterx (Thread starter):
certainly has me intrested in trying it

I admire anyone who takes up a challenge but be warned - the people who attempt this feat on the Underground spend weeks planning it with military precision. It's not all sitting on trains - you have to know precisely how to connect across the shortest distances between platforms in Tube stations (and some of them are like labyrinths) as well as how to run overground, and navigate through London's suburbia, when you reach the end of a Tube line.

Everything really does have to work precisely. Good luck to you if you decide to try it.  bigthumbsup 
 
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RE: London Underground Challenge

Sun Apr 24, 2005 5:20 am

I have met the guy that held the record for ages. He lived in Crowthorne and is now moving to Wales. He gave a talk on his attempts.
I was up for it until I heard what he did
Basically leave work at the normal time
Drive to Chesham and leave a car 22.00
Drive round M25 and at south mimms services at 02.30 have your last food and drink for 22 hours and also your last comfort stop No time to find toilets ,and there are none on the trains!!!
Drive to upminster and leave a car
get the first train out of upminster at about 05.30.
Arrive at Chesham about 22.30 and then get in car and drive to upminster to collect the other car Arrive home at 04.30 go to work!!

Apart from NOT using taxis and other forms of wheeled transport, however buses are allowed. So you RUN from Cockfosters to High Barnet. Its about 5 miles on a very undulating road, the runners are spaced so one is always near a bus stop so if a bus does come along he can hold the bus while the others arrive,Apparently they run a total of 19 or so miles between stations. and the youngest to do it was 9 and the oldest well into his 70's And you must either pass through or enter or leave each station, but not on each line that it serves e.g. Kings Cross with 5 lines.
Oh and make a note of each carriage number you were in the train reporting number and time at each station, and if you can get a guards signature that's a bonus point.

As I said, I gave up my interest in attempting when he mentioned the running!!!!
However a damn good talk
 
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RE: London Underground Challenge

Sun Apr 24, 2005 5:29 am

Quoting Silverfox (Reply 6):
I have met the guy that held the record for ages. He lived in Crowthorne and is now moving to Wales. He gave a talk on his attempts.
I was up for it until I heard what he did
Basically leave work at the normal time
Drive to Chesham and leave a car 22.00
Drive round M25 and at south mimms services at 02.30 have your last food and drink for 22 hours and also your last comfort stop No time to find toilets ,and there are none on the trains!!!
Drive to upminster and leave a car
get the first train out of upminster at about 05.30.
Arrive at Chesham about 22.30 and then get in car and drive to upminster to collect the other car Arrive home at 04.30 go to work!!

What a bunch of sados.

This must be what normal people think of us aviation boffs.
 
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RE: London Underground Challenge

Sun Apr 24, 2005 7:04 am

Quoting Trident3 (Reply 3):
The alternative challenge is a pint in a pub at every station on the Circle line in one day.That is difficult!

Oh I did that when I was at uni with my friends after the last exam of the year! Didn't quite make it all the way though as we were completely p****d by High Street Kensington from starting at Farringdon.
 
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RE: London Underground Challenge

Sun Apr 24, 2005 8:35 pm

Quoting Trident3 (Reply 3):
The alternative challenge is a pint in a pub at every station on the Circle line in one day.That is difficult!

I think there's 28 stations on the Circle Line - which means 28 pints, more than enough for most of us mortals!

I've seen a bunch of guys doing the Circle Line pub crawl wearing "official" T-shirts marking the event. So it's taken pretty seriously. Big grin
 
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RE: London Underground Challenge

Sun Apr 24, 2005 8:37 pm

By the way, if anyone really does want to do this, you might find a copy of the rules helpful:

http://www.geofftech.co.uk/tubechallenge/therules.htm
 
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RE: London Underground Challenge

Sun Apr 24, 2005 8:57 pm

This could be a good charity fund raising method.
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