Two of our contributors have conducted an experiment. We conferred with them by mobile throughout except while they were on tube trains.
We have made a number of discoveries.
During the course of this experiment condcuted yesterday our contributors boarded the Piccadilly line tube and other tubes a total of eleven times, to establish facts.
A timer was used.
We find that most of the tunnel between Kings Cross and Russel Square is narrow. There are five short breaks where the tunnel is wide enough to for people to pass through the tunnel past a whole train, or exit down a ladder from a train. These short breaks occur around the central point of the tunnel to the best of our understanding.
We find that the train carriages on the Piccadilly lines are significantly longer and larger than the tube trains on the Circle or Victoria lines. They are twice as long. There is ample room to move about at most times and some room at rush hour. (There is no guarantee that these trains were around in 2005. We have not looked at this point yet.)
We observed and tested the emergency doors at each end of the carriages. All of the doors are easily opened and contain a long window that is easily smashed. Both acts permit the passenger to pass through to the next carriage with ease. It is not necessary to smash the door windows in order to use the emergency doors. They are very simple to use. They open as easily as a toilet or buffet door in an overground train.
We conclude that:
Rachel will not have had time while the train was resting at Finsbury Park to try and mount the middle carriage, give up, then try the other carriages and then end up mounting carrige 1. For the Piccadilly line tube train carriages to have been full to bursting to the point that Rachel North found that it was impossible to squeeze onto the middle train carriage or even any other train carriage except carriage 1, the station at Finsbury Park must have been very full. A great crowd of commuters. In our opinion such a huge gathering will have prevented Rachel from concluding that there was no room on the middle tube carriage before making her way up to carriage 1 while the train was resting at the station. Doing so would have taken her around ten minutes in the crowd.
It is possible that the train stopped at a narrow juncture because most of the tunnel is narrow. Some of it is not. We estimate that the accused terrorist Lindsay would probably (possibly) have calculated on a narrow juncture before setting off his bomb.
The tunnel walls are visible at all times.
We believe that after the bomb went off and the train ground to a halt, that it is very probable that passengers in the carriages behind carriage 1. opened the emergency doors at the end of their carriages and tried to make their way through the other carriages towards carriage 1. Their carriage doors were not bombed and they will have achieved this with ease.
We estimate that if the windows of the carriages were smashed that the train was either at one of the brief wider junctures, so that passengers thought that they could get out, or windows were smashed for ventilation, or smashed in panic. Panic and breaking out is the least likely explanation if the part of the tunnel was narrow. Ventilation is a less likely explanation for smashed windows nearer the back.
There can be no doubt that many passengers made their way to the top of the train and passed through carriage 1, the bombed carriage, then made their way to Russel Square. We refer to the barrister who is witness to this and repeat the quote from our previous posting:
" But I survived, as did everyone else, and finally, after about thirty minutes or so, people started to leave the carriage, and to their credit, in a very controlled manner. But as I exited, I saw people’s belongings scattered all over the place. People were physically injured, and the carriage windows were all smashed. "
Angelo exited the train and saw that people from the carriages all the way up to carriage 1. had been smashing their way out and leaving their belongings in their rush to escape. He is observing this on his way up towards the bombed carriage, carriage 1. It is unclear whether he walked up through the train towards carriage 1. or whether he walked along the tracks.
"ANGELO POWER: The others I saw, physical injuries, some had marks to the face. The carriage windows had punctured their skin. Others were physically lying on the floor, because they basically suffered smoke inhalation. Others in the main carriage, as I understand, are severely injured, if not dead. So, but at the end of the day, I honestly thought I was going to die. I’m just grateful to be alive."
We conclude that it is likely that passengers from carriages behind carriage 1 made their way up the train like Angelo Power and that some of them passed through carriage 1 and the surrounding area. We believe that many understandably did this including Rachel North.
We do not know why the barrister waited before moving off himself. He says he did. He was at the back of the train which will have made it slow for him. He knows about the law and police practice and may have been waiting for police to come first. He might have thought that it was his job to stay and calm people.
Angelo Power who said he was sitting at the back of the train when the bomb went off would seem to have seen the bombed carriage at the front of the train, or a carriage very near it. He says:
The others I saw, physical injuries, some had marks to the face. The carriage windows had punctured their skin. Others were physically lying on the floor, because they basically suffered smoke inhalation.
There is a lot that has not yet been explained to the public.
We find it very sad that so many people left the suffering in carriage 1 where they were, on their own.
A reader has just sent us a link showing that the long large tube train carriages were in use in 2001 on the Piccaddily line. From then on, presumably. We provide the link which has been sent us.
This is a picture showing half the length of the long tube carriages on the Piccadilly line. Rachel could have said that she was right at one end, as far away from the bomber Lindsay as possible, and we might have believed her. But she continues to state that he was "seven or eight feet behind her " when he detonated the bomb which everyone knows smashed the whole of carriage 1. apart causing terrible injury and death the whole length of the carriage. "Seven feet", that's 2.13 metres. We provide the metric calculation via this link.
Were any pictures of the detonated Piccadilly line train carriage ever shown to the public? If not, why not?