Step one: Swindon to London
Great Western Rail Line
The GWR Line is an above-ground train that opened in 1841.
It runs 118 miles long in total and travels at an average speed of 125 miles (201 kilometers) per hour.
This train began “electrification”, the process of replacing the steam locomotives with electric ones, in the late 1990s.
Departure: Swindon Station
Arrival: Paddington Station
Via: Train - Great Western Rail Line
Distance: 77 miles, ~124 kilometers
Duration: approximately 1 hour
departure: Paddington Station
arrival: willesden junction
via: london underground - bakerloo line
distance: 4 miles, ~6.5 kilometers
duration: approximately 20 minutes
Step two: in london
The London Underground, also known as the “Tube”, was the world’s first underground railway.
It consists of 11 lines and 270 stations, and runs 250 miles (402 km) long, making it the 3rd longest metro system in the world.
In 2016-17 it carried 1.379 billion passengers and is the 11th busiest metro system in the world, with an average of 4.8 million passengers per day.
The trains travel an average of 20.5 mph. 40 mph is typical in suburbs but they can reach up to 62 mph.
The London Underground opened in January of 1863 and began electrification in the early 1900s. Before this process, trains were steam locomotives running on tracks underground, but now they are more similar to shuttles (like the subway).
Because of how tight-packed they are, the trains, especially the steam locomotives from the past, are incredibly hot and the air is very polluted. They have a long history of causing health problems in passengers such as dizziness, shortness of breath, and fainting.
A big difference between the train and the tube is that when buying a train ticket, you are assured a place to sit in a carriage. On the tube there is no guarantee you’ll be able to sit or even have access to a handhold.
step three: to judy’s
In total, Christopher’s journey takes him almost 2 hours to complete.
He travels around 85 miles by train, tube, and on foot.
Below is an illustrated map of his trip!