The Phoenix Railway Photographic Circle / Ellis_2
Exhibition: The Human Element
18/04/2005

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Who's driving then? DLR at West India Quat on 22 October 1988.
I had to go to London for an afternoon meeting in the Autumn of 1988 so I spent the morning riding the then comparatively new Docklands Light Railway. I was fascinated by the computer controlled driverless trains all of which were programmed to stop between two stations at a spot where a staton was yet to be built.
This shot of an approaching train clearly shows the driverlessness and gives the impression that a committee is in charge!
Location - West India Quay Station
Date - October 10 1988.
Weather - Sunny.
Camera - Rolleicord Va.
Lens -Xenon f3.5
Exposure - 500th, f11, Yellow Filter.
Film - HP5
Developer - Acutol

Ellis James-Robertson

 

Ellis James-Robertson 2
The DLR is one of the few places in the UK where one can still enjoy the view out of the front of a train, and the interest it causes is clearly evident on these youngsters faces. The atmosphere of Docklands is well caught here though it would have been nice to see the rear of the train and not just the front end. (Bob Avery)

 

Excellent shot - essential DLR. (Ian Cowley)

 

Good human interest here. I wonder is a tighter crop would emphasise it more. (David Flitcroft)

 

Perhaps not the most pictorial shot but quite amusing with the crowd of youthful 'drivers' (Geoff Dowling)

 

Phoenix members don’t always agree in the comments. Don’t crop; it’s essential to see the DLR in its environment, in this case showing that not all of Docklands is posh new offices and trendy flats, but has homes for east-enders too. (Martin Higginson)

 

Brilliantly illustrates the driverless technology of the DLR! (Jonathan Cordle)