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There should be a game. Probably a computer game. It should be called 'Metropolis'. It should start in 1850. The game board is London, Middlesex and the nearer parts of the Home Counties, as they existed then. It should be a fairly realistic map, not a stylised one. You are the chairman of the Metropolitan Railway Company or one of its contemporaries. (Possibly a fictional contemporary). You have to raise capital, secure Parliamentary approval for routes, build lines, buy trains and run services. You can agree to joint ventures or get running rights over rivals' lines. You can buy land near your lines, build houses on it, and sell that. It is done on a maps-and-timetables level, with real prices for tunnels and trains. Where you build your lines and the service pattern you set up affects how London develops. If you decide that suburban Essex is the right place to expand into with your railway, maybe you don't even get a Metro-land in north-west Middlesex, or maybe someone else comes along and does it instead. Around 1890 you get the option of building tube railways too. I don't know when the game ends. Maybe it always ends in 1933 with the formation of London Transport. Maybe you can carry on.

Does this game exist already?

[Edit: It's not Transport Tycoon. That's far too stylised, I want a simulation].
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Timetable


Ages ago I posted about the s1kr1t rail replacement bus from Ealing Broadway to Wandsworth Road that runs every Tuesday. Today, we took it. The man at the ticket office was a bit confused when we asked where to get the bus from, and directed us to the District line platforms, even though I think the tickets he'd sold us don't have Underground validity ("ANY PERMITTED", no maltese cross). [The answer is bus stop F]

It made good time from Ealing Broadway, arriving at Kensington (Olympia) maybe 20 minutes early. We were the only people on the coach, and as such got to sit in the seats by the emergency exit with enough legroom for a someone wearing stilts. It waited at Kensington (Olympia) for the 20 minutes, nobody got on, and then drove to Wandsworth Road station (which is in Clapham, unlike Clapham Junction station which is in Battersea). this is something like the route it took

We didn't stick around for the return journey, two hours later. I wonder what the coach driver does in the meantime...?
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the internets inform me that Oyster Pay as you Go will be valid from Liverpool Street/Seven Sisters/Walthamstow Central to Hackney Downs from January 2 (and on other in-between stations). so it will now be less hassle to obtain beer. (it has been valid for travel to Hackney Central since November).
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dropped off at St Pancras this evening on my way home from work, for a nosey around. for those of you who don't follow the news, Eurostar moved there today, and that large part of the station which has been closed for around 4 years has finally opened.

it is very shiny.

i mean, seriously shiny.

we'll see how it looks in a few years, though. the walk from the tube to the Midlands platforms isn't actually as bad as i'd feared.

however.

there is a deep lie hidden at the heart of the publicity for the station. it claims to have "Europe's longest champagne bar".

there is indeed a champagne bar on the platform level. and, to be fair, there is a lot of champagne. however. the bar is not especially big. the seating area, is very long.

to my mind, this does not warrant the title "europe's longest champagne bar". instead, by simple principles of geometry, a very long seating area serving a not especially big bar, suffers a long average walk to the nearest seat. thus, it is actually europe's most inconvenient champagne bar.

this is all for now. Sunday may feature loltrains. We'll see.
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i went to the edge of the universe today: yes, to upminster and to epping.

random underground question: why on earth doesn't the victoria line extend very slightly further, to the central line at leytonstone, thus providing a handy link, which would have stopped me from missing the start of doctor who?
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well, today was an exciting day to travel home by rail. st pancras somehow remained possibly one of the only northern london terminals to actually remain in operation : but it puts my turning up and finding a fire alert at st pancras and barely catching train drama on Tuesday into insignificance. i am vaguely impressed my train arrived in london 1h20m ahead of the initial estimate : if only they could do that on other days, it would take no time at all!

my blood pressure is 122/78, apparently. i am not sure what that means.

I seem to be reading Illuminatus!. Hopefully, having done this, I shall be able to do a better job of co-writing
Robert Anton Wilson's UnNews obituary
the next time he dies.
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the underground was being philosophical today. it said "The next station is." this is rather reassuring: imagine if the next station wasn't!

also: congratulations to americaland for ejecting the wrong lizards.
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Back in Leicester now. Very good party :). I hope other people than me were drinking the vodka as otherwise I think I had far more to drink than I thought I had.

The Virgin Voyager rolling stock is also blocking DAB signals, along with the new Midland Mainline trains that I complained about earlier (that are based on the same). I wonder if this is deliberate, or what?
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good thing: midland mainline appear to have nice new shiny rolling stock (seem quite similar to the virgin voyager ones, except not quite as fancy).

bad thing: this rolling stock appears to block all mobile phone and radio signals.
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At [livejournal.com profile] squirmelia's, recovering from the party. Will write up about it properly when I get home (assuming I can remember anything). Was good to finally meet [livejournal.com profile] eldritchreality. National Rail is giving me silly suggestions for train journeys, including changing at Clapham, Vauxhall and St Pancras. There are to be photos of me in my costume apparently.
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looking into trains for the 5th to southampton. i see there is still no bloody train service between nuneaton and birmingham new street, instead replacement buses (which left me stranded and delayed by over an hour the weekend before last). this seems unrelated to strike action, unless the train drivers are refusing to go to birmingham for some reason. possibly nuneaton has replaced the pillars of hercules.

it's a four-hour journey already, if there is bus stress this could make it even more insane. pondering going via london instead.

i think i might re-capture the railway system one day. i could storm the british transport police office in leicester station, steal their truncheons and give them to fellow disgruntled passengers, who would go to other stations and repeat. then we could abolish fares and run many more trains, and bring car traffic down to sensible levels!

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