Thursday, March 10, 2016

Illuminated Station and Cathedral in London

EMU Class 377 stands at London Blackfriars Station on the Thameslink Line

After coming back from Bromley, a southeastern suburb of London, I continued to enjoy an evening walk in Central London. It was already nine o'clock in the evening. Although it started to rain and it was cold, I didn't mind at all.

The platform of London Blackfriars Station was fantastic. It was illuminated with blue colored lights, which were reflected in a train's windowpanes. The standing train was the EMU Class 377 on the Thameslink line. According to several websites, Class 377 was launched in 2001 to replace old models such as Classes 421 and 423. They are part of the Electrostars, which were built by Bombardier Transportation. This group also includes Classes 357, 375, 376, 378, and 387. It has the 750 V DC electric system with the third rail, but some groups also have the 25,000 V and 50 Hz AC overhead electric system.

On the way from London Blackfriars Station to my hotel, I stopped by St Paul's Cathedral near the station. It was beautifully illuminated with white colored lights. I took a photograph of it, but I had to wait for more than 30 minutes to get the best shot, as I wanted to shoot the illuminated white colored cathedral with a red colored London bus and a black colored London taxi. It was chilly!

An evening walk in London... it was a fantastic experience, but it was also hard in the cold and rainy conditions.

Night view of St Paul's Cathedral near London Blackfriars Station on the Thameslink Line