Central Line: Ealing Broadway to Notting Hill Gate by London Underground (Tube)

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From Ealing Broadway where I had just finished my short exploration of TfL Rail and the new Class 345 Aventra, I needed to head back to London Zone 1 or 2 in order to maintain the low fare cap on my Oyster card, to get back within the time limit provided, and to avoid paying the maximum fare of up to £10.50 in Zones 1-9. Without heading back to London Paddington, the only station in Zone 1 on the TfL Rail which would get me charged an even higher penalty of 2 maximum fares, I used the London Underground Central Line instead, which would definitely get me to a different station in Zones 1 or 2.

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The island platform of the Central Line at Ealing Broadway.

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The first train out, which I let pass since it was getting full.

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The next Central Line train pulled in quite quickly after the first train departed.

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The interior of the Central Line 1992 Stock.

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The train has longitudinal seating throughout, and the middle 2 seats are not flushed with the rest.

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Perch seats are available at the end of the train cars by the door.

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The route map of the Central Line.

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The almost empty train as the train departs.

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Once I get to North Acton, I’m safe with my fare and fare cap. But let’s see how far I can get back towards Zone 1 with a time limit of 1 hour and 10 minutes.

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The District Line splitting off towards Ealing Common after Ealing Broadway.

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The Central Line Ruislip Branch approaching the main line before North Acton.

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Making a brief stop at North Acton where the Ruislip and Ealing Branches merge, forming the main high frequency section of the Central Line through London.

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Entering the tunnel after White City towards Shepherd’s Bush.

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Alighting at Notting Hill Gate as my 1 hour 10 minutes is almost up. Looks like I made it back into Zone 1 after all.

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Touched out of the system just in time, which resulted in the National Railcard Zone 1 Off Peak fare of £1.60 charged to my Oyster.

Here, I explored the area a little bit and bought some souvenirs before continuing on my journey through London.

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