Senji (senji) wrote,
Senji
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Z1TC report-back.

Well, with a time of over 4 hours I wasn't exactly challenging the record, however I think I understand the main reasons for that:
  • There was a signal failure at Kennington early in the day that caused problems on the Northern line for most of the day – I suffered two over-10-minute delays getting on Northern trains and also had a delay getting to my starting station.
  • I hit the Baker Street-area of my route just as they suffered a points problem there, (which I'd've missed if I'd not been delayed on the Northern) which cost me at least 20 minutes.
  • I need a better strategy for dealing with Vauxhall in the case of starting stations where it's inconvenient to end there.
  • All the combined delays meant that I ran into the rush-period, at which point I gave up hope of a good time and just wanted to finish (which I did).


I started at Cannon Street, and ended up at the adjacent station of Mansion House, although I think I'd've been better off starting off clockwise and getting Vauxhall out of the way earlier. At the end of the day, delays will be a level playing field for everyone (even if they do mean that noöne can get the record), so the only thing I have to think about is Vauxhall, and I have some alternative strategies in mind; some of which simplify other bits of the network.

All in all it was a fun but tiring day, and I have to say that Neil and Geoff deserve even more kudos than I've been giving them for the whole-thing record – my entire body aches today!
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