LU Cab Rides

Discussion in 'London Underground' started by joshcoupe, 2 Apr 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. joshcoupe

    joshcoupe Member

    Messages:
    27
    Joined:
    25 Oct 2011
    Location:
    Maidstone
    Hi all,

    Going up to the capital this Saturday to ride some new tube lines. Just wondering if anyone has ever bagged a out of the blue cab ride and what line was it on.

    I do ask some drivers however they all say they would be they can't risk it.

    Any advice from personal experiences would be great as would love to cab a train this weekend.

    Josh
     
  2. Registered users do not see these banners - join or log in today!

    Rail Forums

     
  3. Oracle

    Oracle Established Member

    Messages:
    1,419
    Joined:
    19 May 2006
    Location:
    Near Ashurst New Forest Station
    Speaking as someone who has cabbed in the past, and I mean dim and distant past, please don't even think about asking. I went through official channels at one stage and had a genuine reason to do so. It was approved though I never took it up. There may however be ways and means to go through LU HQ if you have a specific reason. Why I would never even bother to ask these days even if they were a perosnal friend is that the sack would most likely result and they have a wellish-paying job which they justly earn.
     
  4. Mutant Lemming

    Mutant Lemming Established Member

    Messages:
    3,188
    Joined:
    8 Aug 2011
    Location:
    London
    Every step you take on the system is monitored these days and an additional presence in the cab not known about 'upstairs' would be bound to arouse suspicion.
    Closest you can get is to take a DLR train from Bank and bag a seat at the front.
     
  5. notadriver

    notadriver Established Member

    Messages:
    3,222
    Joined:
    1 Oct 2010
    Error post deleted.
     
  6. Peter Mugridge

    Peter Mugridge Established Member

    Messages:
    10,306
    Joined:
    8 Apr 2010
    Location:
    Epsom
    I agree; it's impossible today without a valid operational reason ( the only non staff who can do it are accredited journalists by prior arrangement made via their publication, not via the journalist directly and heavily supervised ).

    Thirty years ago *sigh* you would even get invited in by drivers if you were lucky, usually if they had seen you taking an interest in the trains. But certainly not today!
     
  7. rmt-driver

    rmt-driver Member

    Messages:
    289
    Joined:
    21 Dec 2010
    It's a sackable offence for a driver of any TOC to give a stranger access to the cab. I hardly think anyone would risk there livelihood to make a unknown trainspotter happy. Sorry
     
  8. A60K

    A60K Established Member

    Messages:
    1,030
    Joined:
    26 Jun 2008
    Location:
    Kilburn
    Four decades ago I was lucky enough to get three cab rides, but unfortunately now I think the chances are around zero. CCTV coverage is such that an unauthorised person could easily be spotted and that would lead to serious trouble for the driver.
     
  9. notadriver

    notadriver Established Member

    Messages:
    3,222
    Joined:
    1 Oct 2010
    To my mind the ATO lines such as Central, Jubilee and Victoria don't need cabs. They could be operated a bit like the DLR.
     
  10. pitdiver

    pitdiver Member

    Messages:
    708
    Joined:
    22 Jan 2012
    Let's not get into this argument It's all been said on DD Underground Forum.
    I will just say the DLR doesn't go through deep tunnels.
     
  11. Clip

    Clip On Moderation

    Messages:
    10,388
    Joined:
    28 Jun 2010
    Apart from the ones under the Thames ;)
     
  12. Mutant Lemming

    Mutant Lemming Established Member

    Messages:
    3,188
    Joined:
    8 Aug 2011
    Location:
    London
    ..and down to Bank
     
  13. fIIsion

    fIIsion Member

    Messages:
    40
    Joined:
    20 May 2009
    You really have no idea what you are talking about.
     
  14. notadriver

    notadriver Established Member

    Messages:
    3,222
    Joined:
    1 Oct 2010
    What makes you say that?
     
  15. pitdiver

    pitdiver Member

    Messages:
    708
    Joined:
    22 Jan 2012
    Many apologies I was being somewhat simplistic when I said the DLR doesn't go through deep tunnels. Let's say that the length of tunnel that the three lines go through is considerably more than the DLR. Therefore more opportunity for things to go wrong in a tunnel.
     
  16. sonic2009

    sonic2009 Established Member

    Messages:
    4,131
    Joined:
    19 Jan 2010
    Location:
    Moulton nr Winsford
    I think we can safely say on this thread, that the matter of gaining a cab ride these days is a no go area, for a lot of safety reasons.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page