The Isle of dogs West India Quay - Island Gardens
For exact distances between stations, see my useless statistics page
The first station on the Isle of Dogs route is West India Quay. It's an elevated four track station with 2 island platforms. There is a pedestrian link to Poplar station that in some cases makes the journeytime from a Beckton-line station to a destination on the Isle of Dogs a little shorter. A short swim or a short trip on the DLR further south is the Canary Wharf station right next to the Canary Wharf Tower, one of the largest office buildings in Europe.
Canary Wharf station from the inside, click for full-size
Canary Wharf station has 6 platforms and 3 tracks. It's the only DLR station where there's a platform on both sides of the train which makes it possible to walk from one platform to the other trough the train instead of down and up the stairs or escalators. The Isle of Dogs route continues south on 2 tracks to Heron Quays station, also just a short swim from Canary Wharf.
Canary Wharf and West India Quay stations from the air, click for full-size
Heron Quays is a simple station with 2 side platforms, after which the tracks turn to the east to South Quay station with 2 heavily used side platforms. Next the line crosses another section of water, passes the London Docklands Visitor Centre and climbs a little to Crossharbour station next to London Arena. For now this is the end of the line, as the next two stations -Mudchute and Island gardens- have been closed. Both will be replaced by stations underground which will open as part of the Lewisham extension.
The now permanently closed Island Gardens station, click for full-size

Docklands Light railway page / R.P.F. Consemulder / / march 1999