This is a drivers eye view of the London Underground Central line in its glory years of an enhanced service.
Beginning at Woodford we are privy to seeing a train enter service from the reversing siding, before beginning our journey to and from West Ruislip.
It is interesting to note that these cab rides are clearly filmed on more than one different train, this is made obvious by the trains differing destination announcements.
Both routes are pretty much the same, except that on the return to Woodford you get to see the train enter the reversing siding, in between Notting Hill Gate and Shepherd's Bush we get to see a train ahead due to line congestion, some of the driving is in coded manual, and most annoying of all is this rather loud air conditioning that gets switched on after leaving Leytonstone Westbound. I understand a driver has a right to switch the air con on, but as a viewer this sound does get annoying. Thankfully this is only on the westbound route.
One of the things that makes this dvd unique is that due to it being filmed around 2002ish, the 1992 stock trains travel at their full 100kph speed due to the unrestricted atp at the time. Since 2003 this has been restricted to 85 and to this day lul have never restored it. As this was also filmed before 2003 the trains communications equipment was still using the pleasant dulcet tones of the original train's announcer Janet Mayo. Sadly this dvd is one of the few pieces of media available to feature this.
At this time the central line's west end stations are still in their unrefurbished classic look, remember the wrapping paper, and snakes and ladders? With the likes of Wood lane station still also in situ as there was no Westfields.
The tunnel sections have been largely cut due to Paul thinking it wouldn't sell very well with large sections of dark tunnel. However I disagree, I think you can actually see the tunnel to an extent thanks to the trains headlights. It is however interesting to see the train passing through closed stations due to a fire department strike.
This dvd doesn't really have any extra features, and I think you should only order this if you are interested in the London Underground, or if you wish to see the Central line with it's classic looking west end stations full speed running, and the original digital announcements.
Because of the picture quality I give this a 4 out of 5, however it is a good drivers eye view, and I have even used it as reference material for a personal project.
Dan | UK | January 2014