EastActionWoman wrote: ↑
09 Nov 2019, 09:55
great start - big gap between Epping trains from East Acton. Going to get there around 11.05.
This pretty much set the tone for the day
Got to Epping in time to see off Adam on the 11.26 departure and I went next at 11.52. Was happy about this, as on paper, the connections were good enough for a 6h10m run.
Made quick interchanges and kept to the timetabled trains up until the District line from Victoria to Mile End. Then the train sat at Monument for five minutes due to a technical fault on a train at Tower Hill. On the way back in from Mile End, hopped out at Liverpool Street for a toilet break - luckily no queue, but by now I was 10 mins down on the timetable. Nice interchange at Moorgate, followed by a wait at Bank, and another good switch at Holborn - gate was open so was able to head straight down to platform rather than going the long way round. A six-minute wait at Leicester Square was followed by smooth runs at Charing Cross and Oxford Circus. TCR and Warren Street had trains on the platform when I got there, but waits at King's Cross and Baker Street meant I was now 20 minutes behind the timetable and getting worried about being caught.
My Jubilee line train was terminating at Wembley Park and was full of people going to the football. I didn't know if it would go into northbound platform or straight into southbound. TfL live arrivals also told me I'd just missed an Uxbridge train, so I wasn't really paying attention when I got off the train. By the time I realised there was an Uxbridge train across the platform it was too late to fight my way through the crowd to catch it. It was then a ten-minute wait until the next one, in which time David caught me up. (As it turned out, if I had caught this train, I think I would have got stuck at Ealing Broadway anyway.)
David didn't notice me as he was too fixated on heading to the loo before the next Uxbridge train arrived, and I hoped I'd be able to lose him again later. He'd said at the start that he didn't know all the short cuts, so thought that might make up for my lack of speed. He was on the southbound platform at Rayners Lane before me, but there was a minute before the Picc line arrived. I managed to get down to the back of the train for an easier interchange at Ealing Common, whilst he was still near the front. District Line was pulling out as we were pulling in, so both got same train to Ealing Broadway and he was on the Central Line train before me, but again I had time to get to right carriage for interchange at Bond Street.
At Bond Street, I had to run to make Jubilee connection, so now David knew he'd caught me and we got the train together down to Green Park. I knew there was no hope of keeping up with him there so said I'd see him in the pub and watched him disappear down the tunnel ahead of me. I also forgot the short cut so got stuck in the traffic jam down to the Picc line platforms, but a train pulled in as I arrived. Squeezed onto the train and the family near the door moved out of the way so I could get off quickly at South Ken. Dashed up to the Circle platform to meet David again where we both stared at the long list of District line trains listed on the departure board.
This is where it got very tedious - a ten-minute wait at South Ken, a 9-minute wait at High Street Ken, followed by a 7-minute journey from HSK to Earl's Court where we were caught by Tom and Omari. Another 9-minute wait split between Earl's Court and Turnham Green for a train to Acton Town, a 6-minute wait for a T4 loop train, and then a 20-minute wait for a T5 train at T123. Was very glad the guys were there as it would have been very dull hanging around by myself for all that time. So finally finished with a time of 7h31m.
We hopped onto the Heathrow Express back to T123 where the boys headed off to find a bus to Hatton Cross and I decided to bail and get Tfl Rail to Ealing Broadway and home. Central line was still playing up, so another 15 minute wait for a train to East Acton.
Will be interested to find out what the other finish times were. And I will definitely be aiming to do Hyde Park Corner and Green Park as early as possible in the Parks Challenge next month!