TQ3780 : DLR at Poplar, 1987

taken 32 years ago, near to Poplar, Tower Hamlets, Great Britain

DLR at Poplar, 1987
DLR at Poplar, 1987
This image was taken about a month after the Docklands Light Railway opened to passengers.

At the time, the Isle of Dogs peninsula was being regenerated, it was hoped that the DLR would help to catalyse that regeneration by providing new transport links. Those hopes have been realised, the area has changed beyond recognition in the 25 years since the DLR opened.

The railway opened with a fleet of just 11 trains, each running as a single unit. These original units have since been replaced. By 2012, the fleet had grown to 149 trains, which now run as 2- or 3-units coupled together.
Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
The Docklands Light Railway is an automated light metro or light rail system opened on 31 August 1987 to serve the redeveloped Docklands area of London. It covers several areas of London, reaching north to Stratford, south to Lewisham, west to Tower Gateway and Bank in the City of London financial district, and east to Beckton, London City Airport and Woolwich Arsenal. It has been extended several times and now has 40 stations and carries over 60 million passengers a year.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 29 September, 1987   (more nearby)
Friday, 31 August, 2012
Geographical Context
Suburb, Urban fringe  Railways 
Place (from Tags)
Poplar  East London 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3784 8059 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.4462N 0:0.9141W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3771 8062
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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