please empty your brain below

I had a feeling you might be doing this and very much considered doing the same, only starting at Loughton. Then I decided sleep was a better idea.
Oh well played!

Disappointed that you've failed to note at which point you encountered the Londonist team with their camcorder..?
and is presumably not what the train's programmers originally intended

Unfortunately, no. The entire intent is to issue as many loud, unnecessary & repetitive so-called "announcements" as possible - often so loudly (Euston & Victoria are particularly bad) as to cause hearing damage.

It's perfectly possible to run a metro system without all this audible terror ( Paris ) but Tfl/LUL won't or can't listen ...
Congratulations, you have now set yourself a precedent for more late night journeys as the service expands.

And, please tell me, is there such a thing as a necessary emoji?
We'll probably end up like the Egyptians, except with emoji.

Interesting that we are our own media outlets now, the woman on the tube sends a message that 'Today is first night train service and I'm in it', whilst the person sitting next to her reports that he was sitting next to a woman who types

"Today is first night train service and I'm in it" into her phone, before adding a smiley and seven unnecessary emoji, and changing the text colour to pink.

Then we all read it and add comments about what the woman did, arguably just the whole thing is unnecessary.
>>And, please tell me, is there such a thing as a necessary emoji?

Indeed, I would say there is. For instance, putting a ;) or :P at the end of a sentence helps convey that the writer is (joking; something you can't necessarily tell just from the sentence itself.
The Tube challenge rules allow the use of buses to tie loose ends together, so it might be possible to improve the time by using the all-night N26 or 69 to link Walthamstow with Leyton, avoiding doubling back on the Victoria Line.
(e.g Brixton - Walthamstow - Leyton - Loughton - Leytonstone - Hainault - Ealing Broadway)

Question - by the time you got to Oxford Circus, at about 00:30, you were still on daytime schedules, so at what time does the Night Tube start?
So is there a 'case' for CrossRail to operate "thru-the-night"? Or is it already proposed that it will?
I assume you did the sensible thing and got the N8 night bus home to as close to your front door as you could get?

I will be more interested to see what the ridership is like on a cold, snowy February night than on "mega hype" launch night. Can you tell I'm a bit sceptical about the whole thing?

It's also interesting that the "official line" is clearly to keep emphasising that the Night Tube is really for "hard working" people rather than people pissed out of their heads. All the nonsense about restaurants, museums and theatres makes no sense given most are finished and closed well before midnight. Users of said facilities have plenty of time to get home without a night tube (unless using a long distance main line train). Some employees of restaurants and pubs might benefit from the Night Tube but it's really geared to supporting young people having a weekend night out and wishing to avoid mini cab / taxi fares. I just don't see how a weekend night tube service really helps the army of people who clean offices, do security work, work in the emergency services etc who need a daily transport service. They will forever be reliant on night buses - until the network is destroyed by the pedestrianisation of Oxford St.
With all the razzmatazz about the Night Tube, one aspect has not been emphasised very much. I wonder how many hopeful souls will turn up at Oxford Circus late on Sunday night (or early next week) expecting a Tube home to Hainault?
Congratulations DG on doing the sort of fun trip which many of us wish we had the get-up-and-go to do ourselves.

I wonder about these Guinness rules. Would they accept the evidence of one of those tracker things which bluetooths your smartphone?
"It's perfectly possible to run a metro system without all this audible terror ( Paris ) but Tfl/LUL won't or can't listen ... ". - No, but everyone else has to. Four pre-recorded PA announcements heard between platform and ticket hall last week, and none referring to current service disruption. At Stratford, LU and the DLR make seprate 'security' messages, yet through the same speakers on platform 4a/b!
Next quest - Night Toilet.
Judging by your description of your Central Line journey from Oxford Circus to Loughton, I believe we were on the same train, potentially in the same carriage!

Likewise very surprised at how well-patronised, good-natured and jovial it was. For me certainly makes a positive step change from the 25 or N26.
Team Londonist and his "camcorder" is actually away for the weekend, and didn't get a chance to ride the night tube for real.

I think it will be excellent. Worried by people who are putting it down before we've had a chance to see who really will use it. If nothing new was tried or changed, then we'd never move forward. Am totally in support of the night tube and hope it expands.
Sleeping? Watching Olympics!
I suspect jogging the two miles from Walthamstow Central to Leytonstone will result in a much shorter time for the current Night Tube challenge.
Why jog when you could take the 257?
I suppose the answer to that would be that the 257 doesn't run at night..
Even if you did cut the corner between Walthamstow and Leytonstone, there are still all the stations from Leyton to Tottenham Court Road to collect. It's not going to be much of a time saver, if at all.
What you save is doubling back on the Victoria Line, but you would have to do both Central Line branches twice instead of just one.
I see the District Dave site is suggesting no Victoria Line train was more than 10% full. Be interesting if there are official loading statistics. They also have some good pics to complement dg's.
Will most of the network eventually become 24 hour? The district being 24 hour would be nice
Well done btw DG, thats effort!
Did you write the blog as you were travelling?
The three Victoria line trains I rode were a lot more than 10% full (whatever '10% full' means).

But the Central line train I rode home from Hainault to Mile End around 4am was really really quiet, much closer to 0%... as you might expect, travelling against the flow.
Maybe this is just the start of a gradual evolution to 24hr running, not just more lines but also more days, with maybe some lines running 24/7. Perhaps in 2050 we'll look back on the era of part-day tube operation much as we look back on evening-only TV with interludes.

Er, I'll be looking down rather than back, but the principle holds.
I can answer my question about passenger numbers. This from a Tfl press release...

In all, 50,000 customer journeys were completed using the new Night Tube service.

One of the busiest stations was Oxford Circus which saw 6,500 people tapping in, while Stratford station saw 4,250 customers tapping out.

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