Blood and Custard


Class 800 jump: the curved platform 4 at Paddington, along with 26-metre carriages, make for some big leaps to enter an Inter-city Express Programme train. Perhaps they need this chap from Halifax (above right), checking stepping distances on Grand Central HSTs on the operator’s new Bradford route in 2012. His cardboard measurement device indicates the maximum acceptable would be a step up of 25cm and a step out of 27.5cm, with a maximum diagonal between the two of 35cm. Philip Sherratt / Paul Bigland


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