Two more jolly tales of Night Tube, the first concerns the much publicised simulation of vomit with vegetable soup during the test run on the weekend before Night Tube started. Allegedly the staff given the task of applying the “vomit” were instructed to distribute it as widely as possible and they accomplished their task with such enthusiasm that the next morning we had to cancel a few trains as they were still being cleaned when they were supposed to enter service.
As the first night was undoubtedly a big event there were plenty of press and media in attendance along with more managers than you could possibly need. One film crew was allowed to accompany one of our more photogenic new TOps as they worked their shift, filming events as they unfolded. As the new TOp finished their shift at LES they closed down the train, removed their RKL220 key, stepped onto the platform and handed over to the relieving early turn TOp, all with the cameras recording every moment.
The relieving TOp pointed out that they’d forgotten to open the doors so the new TOp jumped back in the cab and pressed the open buttons. The relieving TOp then suggested they might want to put their key back in because the buttons don’t work when a train is closed down.
All with the cameras recording every moment.