The barrister, Mr. Power, tells us that he went up the carriages through to carriage 1. He saw that everyone had smashed the windows of the train and left their belongings behind in a rush. How could he see that in a narrow tunnel if he stayed in the end carriage?
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We received an interesting comment about the different ways in which survivors could have made their way past or through carriage 1. in order to escape to Russel Square. Think of disaster films that you know of. Is it realistic to assume that no one would have tried to make their way through or past the bombed carriage, and instead would have waited inside the other carriages in the train for half an hour in case help came? One possibility is that the tunnel was just wide enough for passengers to make their way along the little ledge of the train and grope their way along past the carriages. It is wide enough in places. In others it is wider, not in many, it is a narrow gauge tunnel. It is not realistic to assume that passengers from the other carriages would not have tried to make their way through the bombed carriage in the circumstances. It obviously provided a clear escape route. Would people have tried to make their way through and go after the driver or would they have just sat there for half an hour trapped like sardines in the other carriages? There is evidence that they did not just sit there. They are said to have left their belongings behind and smashed windows and gone through the emergency doors towards the front of the train. There is also a strong suggestion that they smashed doors and escaped into the tunnel, and could have passed through the tunnel that way. The idea that they fought their way through carriage 1. towards the driver's cab and the door at the front of his cab should not be treated as unheard of. We see that Rachel has written a post about the Titanic. The fight for the life boats on the Titanic is a good analogy. People will have tried any which way to escape, including going through carriage 1. It was passed down the train that it was possible to go through carriage 1. and follow the driver to Russel Square .
Here is a picture of the front of the driver's carriage. We were sent a comment by one of Rachel's supporters claiming to be a survivor of carriage 1. who said he knew that Rachel was on the bomber's carriage because she was able to tell him about a little ladder that was used to get out of the drivers carriage. Then there was a row in the comments box about how the ladder was used, and the same commenter said that because the tunnel was narrow, it was used to go out of the front of the driver's carriage and not the side. (In an attempt to contradict our early suggestion that passengers might have passed beside carriage 1. in order to get to Russel Square if the tunnel was wide enough). There is, obviously, a door at the front of the driver's carriage on the Piccadilly line trains. According to this picture.
We concede that a very little ladder could have been used to get out of the door onto the tracks. What we don't see is why this is thought to be an essential point that proves that Rachel was on carriage 1. Anyone could have known that. You just have to see the carriage driver's cab. The survivor who sent us this comment also told us that in the time he ( or she) was in carriage 1. he did not see or hear Rachel North and he did not see her on the tracks either which makes sense if she was following behind.
There is an interesting revelation from a survivor in the comments box at the end in which he reveals that the survivors of carriage 4 broke their way out of the carriage onto the train racks and escaped. We point out that if carriage 4 was able to do this then other carriages were too and there will have been nothing stopping survivors from the carriages behind carriage 1. making their way past carriage 1. at the front of the train. We remind our readers that there are emergency doors at the ends of all the carriages which passengers could have passed through on their way to carriage 4. could have passed through. (Some commenters are saying that this commenter is Rachel herself. We believe it to be Rachel or a survivor who Rachel has lead along).
We are also interested in the question of whether Rachel North is a covert or 'closet' conspiracy theorist, or what she terms as a 'conspiraloon.' Her blog is full of strange ideas about MI5 and what they are doing, and she makes some very peculiar claims.