For the Southern [region], meeting this demand requires a total of 7,000 trains a day running 60,000,000 miles a year. More than a quarter of these trains run in the two short peak periods of each day. A bird's eye view of the south east in the rush hour would show a fascinating picture of green streaks seperated by less than a mile all moving, as if drawn by a magnet, towards the centre.
Between 08.10 and 08.20 no fewer than 37 trains every minute are converging on London, most of them running on a two-minute gap between trains and their timetables worked out to the second - 20 seconds is, in fact, the waiting time allowed at most stations.
An interview with The Walker Brothers signals potential differences.
Gary Walker: "Pop backwards spells MONEY."
John Walker: "Pop backwards spells POP."
Scott Walker: "I'm in it [the pop music business] for different things. I'm really not in it for the money, I don't care about money, which sounds ridiculous but actually I don't.
I'm in it from a strictly creative point of view. If I can do records and...erm...produce records, write music...".
Hard as it must be for the rush-hour commuter, jammed in the corridor, to believe it but he is not even a particularly profitable customer. The reason is that satisfying the needs of hundreds of thousands of commuters simultaneously means providing carriages, track and staff that either stand idle or are under used for the rest of the day.
No. 16 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut Cigarettes
"Christened Ernest Carlton Brimmer, Richard Dix was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 18th, 1894. His father wished him to become a doctor, like his brother, but Richard, upon graduating from college, decided upon a stage career. He scored a success, and then turned his attention to films, his first being Not Guilty. He was a popular star in silent pictures, and his popularity has not been diminished by the talkies. Among his recent successes are Ace of Aces, Day of Reckoning, Stingaree and His Greatest Gamble. He has been married twice, his second wife being Virginia Webster, his former Secretary."