The entire rail bed is built up on a raised embankment which you will see in another photograph. So to level it off, the two platforms are on pillars and raised above ground. Good points? damp and extensions are easy. Bad points, the underneath of the platforms collects garbage like crazy and requires frequent clearing and cleaning.
Can you see the raised rubbery brownish strip? This fulfills many purposes. It is for blind people to know where is the edge of the platform. It helps people disembark from the trains when the platforms are wet, the raised knobs give you better grip and finally, it is uncomfortable to stand so it forces people to stand even further back from the yellow line which is the absolute edge where people can stand.
But before you think this is all wonderful, Shepherd's Bush is closed.
I was looking a bit bewildered around after spotting this. What auto telephone? And what's the point of putting up a board so far away? One of those artifacts which have been put up and forgotten.
This is what it says on the tin, station announcement box.
which is surrounded by some more electricity boxes, but notice the corrugated and perforated box at the bottom.
That's the other end of the Metropolitan Line.
The rubbish bins. You know what is the story behind them, yes? During the IRA Campaign, rubbish bins were removed because of the terrorist threat. And then they were thinking about bringing them back when the bloody Islamists took off and started blowing us up on the tube. So, typical British engineering, put in transparent plastic bag bins, when its full, just take it off, dump the whole thing and just replace with another clean bag. Nice and tidy, no? Very nice.
Can you see the netting on the top? That's to make sure those bloody feathered rats do not fly around in the platform and the spikes on the top of the waiting room sign is to make sure that they do not perch on top of the sign.
Ah!, here's our train.
And now I have to leave you unfortunately, off to our date. Bye!!!
Full slide show here.