First tube to London

Wednesday, 13 March, 2013

It’s not something I did often, only once or twice actually, catching a ride on the first London Tube service of the day

The first District line train out of Upminster in the morning is the first train anywhere on the underground network. It leaves the depot at 4.53, the only train anywhere in the system to set out from its base before 5am. That’s a kind of record: if you catch that train, you might be tempted to say ta-dah! – except you probably wouldn’t, because nobody is thinking ta-dah! at seven minutes to five in the morning; certainly nobody on this train. People look barely awake, barely even alive. They feel the same way they look; I know because, this morning, I’m one of them.

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