London Docklands Light Railway July 2013

Visions of Ultra Modern Rail Transport.

Docklands Light Railway
London’s Docklands Light Railway is a rolling example of modern artistic design. Lumix LX3 photo.

Last week (July 2013), I made a visit to the Dockland Light Railway (DLR) on my urban exploration of London.

DLR appears as the manifestation of a future vision. What I mean is that, it seem like the sort of ‘futuristic’ transport envisioned in the 1940s or 1950s. In many places the trains run on purpose-built elevated structures while serving spacious modern stations.

London's Docklands Light Railway
Docklands Light Railway trains pass near Canary Wharf in July 2013. Lumix LX3 photo.

Most remarkable is its driverless automated operation. In this regard it’s more like an airport monorail than conventional urban rail transport. Except that it has several routes that meet with complicated flying junctions and dozens of stations.

Perhaps the best part of the DLR is the ability to watch out of the front of the trains as they roll along. Going west toward Bank/Tower Gateway the DLR runs adjacent to the suburban line to Fenchurch Street operated by C2C.

I made this selection of DLR photos with my Lumix LX3.

London's Docklands Light Railway
DLR train at Canary Wharf in July 2013.
DLR map
DLR map.
London's Docklands Light Railway
View from the front of a DLR train bound for Bank. Lumix LX3 photo.
London's Docklands Light Railway
DLR involves some intensive infrastructure. Lumix LX3 Photo.

 

 

 

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