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Operator DLR
System Type Auto Light Rail
Year Opened 1987
# of Lines 3
# of Cars
Mileage 31 km
Gauge Std
Stations 40
Power 3rd Rail
Fare Media POP
Website DLR
Data Date 2009
1st Visit 2/2001
Last Visit 3/2009
% Rode 40%

Europe Transit > United Kingdom > London
Docklands Light Rail


The Docklands Light Railway is an automated line. It is near metro standards as the line is fully grade separated, uses high platforms and has a high frequency of service. Despite the line being automated there is a Passenger Service Agent on each train. They check for tickets as well as close the doors at each station. 

The railway was built to develop the Docklands area of London. Shipping was moved further down river thus creating a waste land. It is hard to believe it now as there is much development in the area. The line is fun to ride and there are two underground sections. There are great railfan seats in the front of each train!

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