please empty your brain below

For completeness and perspective, you might add Eurostar trains (394 metres long). Crossrail trains are not *that* long.
What about Thameslink?
Don't believe Wikipedia.

The original intention was that trains for Crossrail would be 200m (10 x 20m). But the specification that went to tender that meant than Bombardier got the contract stated the length could not exceed 205m and did not specify the number carriages.

Bombardier's trains are nine carriages long. There is a remarkable lack of information as to the precise length but figures given suggest the intermediate carriages are 22.5m long. It is not clear if the driving ends are slightly longer or not. So 9 x 22.5 = 202.5m at least and possibly slightly longer.The platforms will be longer still as they are built for 12 11 car trains.
Longer train but less seats in each section, looks like an overground train design with a few bay seats added.
Lots of standing room and hard seats.Too add to the discomfort it seems that loud mouthed people will be able to use their telephones even in tunnels.
No toilets, yet existing Reading trains have toilets.

Well a 12-car Class 377 is 245m
Aha, it seems a Crossrail train will indeed be 205m long.

So I've redone my graphic.
Glad to see 'the length of a football pitch' getting in there!
How long is Wales?
Even Clacton-on-Sea gets 12 coach (240m) trains in the rush hours.

But the Shenfield line already has eight coach trains, Crossrail should boost demand massively, they could hit capacity problems from day 1.

You can see why the Underground gets overcrowded: baby trains. Mike Horne once had the inspired idea that when the Crossrail tunnel is completed, instead of plugging in the Crossrail branches, the Central Line branches should be plugged in, and then the Central Line core section could be be upgraded to 21st century standards. The outcome, two splendid East-West Crossrails. I've added in TfL Rail trains as well, thanks.
How long are the trains on the Ruislip Lido Railway?
I've never had cause previously to calculate the length of my usual SWT Desiro into Waterloo, but 245m is actually quite impressive.
I'm wondering if regular commuters will mostly travel in either the front or rear for easy access at stations. Travelling in the middle may mean more room but entail a lengthy walk to exit a platform by which time the next train may have arrived disgorging the next lot of commuters - similar issues are likely at Blackfriars and City Thameslink once the high frequency 'Thameslink 2000' scheme begins.
Makes me slightly concerned about "E-vac" in the event of a "incident".
But how do they compare to the length of a piece of string?
John: does anyone actually still use their handheld internet browser and music player for making phone calls on? Seems like a very 1990s thing to do.

E: remember, all new single-track bored tunnels, including the Crossrail running tunnels, are required to have access walkways - so train length isn't an obstacle to evacuation (everyone can leave via their carriage door if necessary)
^ I didn't know that, thanks. Hopefully the requirement extends to it being lit (both by standard aswell as emergency lighting) plus other emergency measures such as independant comms to surface, fire fighting equipment, etc
How long is a row of six 25 buses all stuck together on the Bow flyover?
I live in a village in Devon...

And the Crossrail platforms are about a third of the length of my village.

That's insane.

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