#NightTube: An Existential Crisis

When is the Night Tube actually The Night Tube? Diamond Geezer will tell you exactly when you’re officially on the graveyard shift…

“You might think midnight, but it’s not as simple as that. The issue’s not about time so much as trains, all the trains up to a certain point being ‘normal’ and all those after that being ‘Night Tube’. Actually it’s not as simple as that either.”

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Source: First And Last – Diamond Geezer

Japan’s Train Station Stamps

Imagine getting to the gate line on the Tube and instead of touching out with your Oyster card, you presented an inspector with a passport. The inspector then duly stamps a large but elaborate badge into your book which depicts the locale of the station.

Well this is exactly what happens at some stations in Japan. It’s called an Eki stamp and it’s really rather wonderful…

“First introduced in 1931 at a station in Fukui, the stamps soon proliferated across the country, shaped like circles, squares, pentagons, and hexagons. They were used to boost tourism, with the Japanese National Railways (JNR) launching the Discover Japan campaign in 1970, providing 1,400 stations with individual stamps that all bore the words “DISCOVER JAPAN” in English. As part of the same initiative, special notebooks were published for travelers to carry with them to collect stamps, which are still available for purchase today.”

Source: The Design Nostalgia of Japan’s Train Station Stamps

TfL “Re-nationalising” Maintenance

Very interesting to read that TfL are bringing part of their maintenance programme back in house. We have seen that TfL are more than capable of taking over private running after the enormously successful London Overground programme. Is this a further argument for nationalisation elsewhere on Britain’s rail network?…

Transport for London is moving Tube maintenance in-house in a bid to save £80 million in management fees over the next decade, it announced today. The Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines will be looked after by TfL’s own engineers after it is released from a contract with private firm Amey next year.  The move is part of a drive by Sadiq Khan to cut waste and improve efficiency within TfL to pay for his fares freeze promise over the next four years.

Source: TfL to move Tube repairs in-house in bid to save £80 million | London | News | London Evening Standard