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With Crossrail trains already up and running in east London and out to Hayes & Harlington (albeit under the TfL banner for now), we're looking forward to the next phase of the project — when Crossrail begins operating in tunnels underneath central London.
Although we won't actually be riding in those tunnels until December, Crossrail has given us a sneak preview, with this video of the trains being tested in the tunnels. It's one minute, 16 seconds of pure train geekery, and we are so here for it.
It shows trains being tested between Abbey Wood and Canary Wharf — here's a map of the whole Crossrail network (mainly because we enjoy looking at it):
The video begins in the driver's cab, which has an awful lot of buttons, and then whizzes through an underground station — it's unclear which — showing the glass, Jubilee line-style doors that have been installed on all platforms. Then we're given a glimpse of a station above ground. The roundels whizzing by tell us it's Custom House — the platforms look ready to go, but are still fenced off by breeze blocks for the time being. Here's the full video:
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- Is Crossrail going to obliterate the Heathrow Express?
- Why we're calling Crossrail the Lizard line.
- Did you know Crossrail already has a journey planner?
- The Elizabeth line map.
- Crossrail opens in 2018. We rode through it in 2014.
- How will Crossrail change London?
- Video: a drone flythough of Crossrail's tunnels.
- This is what Crossrail stations will look like.
- Other Elizabeths Crossrail could be named after.