It's terrific by train

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Martijn » Wed Apr 15, 2009 23:13

Heh, I thought I had missed an in-joke or something. :-)

(The Salisbury route takes you twice as long, which means that the Paddington direct route is £15/hour, while the other one not even £6!)

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by mkgleeds » Wed Apr 15, 2009 23:59

humblebee wrote:For a semi-educated guess, I'd say try splitting the ticket at Birmingham.
One never knows, but that line doesn't run close to Birmingham.

Return tickets from Waterloo, via Salisbury are £43.60.[/quote]
Gah - I didn't read the email properly and assumed it was from Leeds!

Most of the time my stupidity is quite dull.[/quote]

Thanks, will give that a try.

Will only try the Birmingham option if really desperate :)

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by humblebee » Thu Apr 16, 2009 15:19

mkgleeds wrote:Will only try the Birmingham option if really desperate :)
A useful philosophy for life in general, I find.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by crystalball » Thu Apr 16, 2009 22:18

humblebee wrote:Gainsborough!
Nice bit of history to go with it:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tatraskoda/3443534149/
This is lovely, isn't it? Poor Gainsborough though: look how grand it started and how it ended up. It's quite sad.

Did anyone read the Guardian article on branch closures last Monday? They call Coombe Junction Halt on the Looe line the least-used station in Britain - so we have to go. It looks really pretty actually, all leaves-on-the-track and a pretty shelter, and with four trains a day, it's actually way easier than Gainsborough.

Coombe Junction Halt!

OK, maybe not as catchy as Gainsborough! but we should go. It was all I could think of when I was crushed against a door on the train home tonight.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Martijn » Fri Apr 17, 2009 09:33

Hee, I will definitely join you if you're going to Coombe Junction Halt!

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by mkgleeds » Fri Apr 17, 2009 09:51

Martijn wrote:Hee, I will definitely join you if you're going to Coombe Junction Halt!
Better be quick before the rest of the platform disappears

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coombe_railway_station

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Post by DimitraDaisy » Fri Apr 17, 2009 13:32

Martijn wrote:Hee, I will definitely join you if you're going to Coombe Junction Halt!
And he's taking me with him!
You beside and bluer skies above me

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by frogblast » Thu Apr 23, 2009 23:00

Did anybody else find that when they "improved" the train timetables at the start of this year they cut out all the decent trains you ever use? (and did i already post about this? i know i meant to, but i don't remember actually doing it)

You used to be able to get a train from Edinburgh to Rugby that only took about 4:20 and had no changes. now they all take well over 5 hours and involve changes in Birmingham New Street. And half the trains that used to stop in Lockerbie no longer seem to exist. Going North from Rugby now seems to always involve changing at Birmingham New Street -- before you could change somewhere nicer further north that didn't involve a massive fucking deviation to your journey. Which covers just about all the journeys i usually make. All for a significantly increased price.

I was able to get from Narborough to Edinburgh very cheaply last week, but it did take nearly 7 hours*, and of course involved a long wait at Birmingham New Street. Previously I've done the same journey (well, rugby-edinburgh) for about a fiver more (not inflation adjusted ;) ) in ~5 hours, and those were usually first class seats! (and i should add that the old journeys went up the west coast line and last week i went up the east. I'll leave it to the reader to decide which i prefer)

*which is probably slower than driving that same journey (depending how busy the M6 (or M1) is).
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by a layer of chips » Tue Apr 28, 2009 08:20

Someone's just told me that the travel centre thingy at Lincoln traino is going to close. Which seems a bit daft now they have the London line in.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Gordon » Tue Apr 28, 2009 09:18

frogblast wrote:Did anybody else find that when they "improved" the train timetables at the start of this year they cut out all the decent trains you ever use? (and did i already post about this? i know i meant to, but i don't remember actually doing it)

You used to be able to get a train from Edinburgh to Rugby that only took about 4:20 and had no changes. now they all take well over 5 hours and involve changes in Birmingham New Street. And half the trains that used to stop in Lockerbie no longer seem to exist. Going North from Rugby now seems to always involve changing at Birmingham New Street -- before you could change somewhere nicer further north that didn't involve a massive fucking deviation to your journey. Which covers just about all the journeys i usually make. All for a significantly increased price.

I was able to get from Narborough to Edinburgh very cheaply last week, but it did take nearly 7 hours*, and of course involved a long wait at Birmingham New Street. Previously I've done the same journey (well, rugby-edinburgh) for about a fiver more (not inflation adjusted ;) ) in ~5 hours, and those were usually first class seats! (and i should add that the old journeys went up the west coast line and last week i went up the east. I'll leave it to the reader to decide which i prefer)

*which is probably slower than driving that same journey (depending how busy the M6 (or M1) is).
You're the second person I know who could conceivably want to go from Edinburgh to Rugby.

Congratulations.
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Gordon » Tue May 05, 2009 14:01

Anyone at all interested in the Professional Signallers' Handbook?
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by darvé » Tue May 05, 2009 14:05

Erm, whats that then? Is it a book? i guess it is..

I need to learn how to signal for a little project i'm working on at the moment.
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Gordon » Tue May 05, 2009 14:13

It's a pdf.

From that web
We are a group of
five signallers with
more than 130 years’
experience between us.
With the full support of Network Rail management,
we have tried to capture some of that experience
in the Professional Signaller’s Handbook so it can
be passed on to other signallers, particularly new
employees becoming signallers.
Of course, the handbook is not solely our work;
we rely on your feedback and comments to keep
it as useful and useable as possible. We meet
regularly to review it and discuss your response to
it, so it continues to be a publication by signallers
for signallers.
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by darvé » Tue May 05, 2009 14:18

Oh yes, thats exactly the kind of thing i was looking for. the timing of your post couldn't have been any better.
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Gordon » Tue May 05, 2009 14:22

ok, if you can remind me around 5 I can probably sort it out.
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Gordon » Sat May 09, 2009 15:03

Toot toot.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by darvé » Tue May 12, 2009 13:41

Nice, thanks Gordon, i've just been having a read of that, it's great (if you like that sort of thing)

Anyway, top ten railway station cafes - I see one of the pubs on Huddersfield station made the list.
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by susanb » Wed May 13, 2009 12:52

davo wrote:Anyway, top ten railway station cafes - I see one of the pubs on Huddersfield station made the list.
I like it when you've got time to kill waiting for a train and you discover a nice little cafe at the station. Unfortunately it doesn't really happen all that often, it's mostly now just pumpkins and upper crusts (overpriced horrible sandwiches and pastries).

I'm going on a train journey this evening and I've just realised that I've left both my tickets and my railcard on my bed at home. Argh! It's going to cost me £15 or so to buy new tickets without the railcard. I've also left my book at home so I've got nothing to read on the train either. I wish I lived close enough to work or the station to make it possible to nip home to pick them up but it would be an hour round trip and my train is at 5pm and I've got lots of work to do.
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by humblebee » Fri May 29, 2009 11:48

They're getting trains in America!

Is it just me or does $13billion really not sound like very much in this context?

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by darvé » Fri May 29, 2009 12:18

It doesn't sound that much in the context of the whole of the US, but when you factor in that they move pretty much all of their freight by rail then i don't think it's too bad. The infrastructure is already there, it's just a case of upgrading the routes and buying the rolling stock. What they really need to do is get the public behind them, get people away from using their cars, which i really can't see happening. AMTRAK still exists over there, and theres a handful of cross country routes, but away from the big cities, people just don't use the trains, and decades of car use isn't going to be given up easily.

Still, good luck to them. If there are more long distance routes i can go on, then i'm happy.
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