It's terrific by train

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by humblebee » Mon Jan 05, 2009 17:54

Gordon wrote:So, um, is there an EDM on the tables?
Would there be any point?
Do the prices also have something to do with reduced government investment in infrastructure that has to be paid for by the private companies? Something like that? They must hate have to pay for lines improvements, only for another company to end up getting the next franchise.
Well, the TOCs only fund permanent way infrastructure indirectly, via what they pay to Network Rail to run the trains and the Government to get the franchise, but yeah, that'll still be a lot of it - and they have to pay directly for new rolling stock and refurbishments, of course, even if they're only leasing them.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Gordon » Mon Jan 05, 2009 21:24

I just thought an EDM was like a slightly more effective petition. Gives you something to write to your MP about. How are we going to change this? (I'm almost completely certain that rail renationalisation is a Green policy)
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by humblebee » Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:10

Marketing email from East Midlands Trains wrote:Online Price Freeze. London still from £11 each way.

Pay less for our Advance fares, only at eastmidlandstrains.co.uk

To help keep the cost of travel down in 2009, we're freezing our Advance fares at last year's prices when you book with us online. Just visit eastmidlandstrains.co.uk and you won't pay a penny more for our Advance fares than you did in 2008.

You can't buy our Advance fares for such low prices anywhere else. If you book at eastmidlandstrains.co.uk you'll save £1 for every single Advance fare. That means you'll save £2 if you book a second single Advance fare for your return journey.

Our price freeze is exclusive to eastmidlandstrains.co.uk and applies to the millions of Advance fares we have available each year, so you're guaranteed to get the best deal if you book with us online.
This is utter, utter bollocks.

I've just been to their website and did the same search for tickets I did the other day, when the cheapest fares were £19 (except for one that cost £14 and takes four hours for a journey that they can do in 2:10).

Granted, the journey that takes four hours, you can get a ticket for that costing £13 instead of £14. But apart from that, all the cheap 'Internet Advance' tickets are £21.

"You won't pay a penny more for our Advance fares than you did in 2008" - no, you'll pay twelve fucking quid more.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by a layer of chips » Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:30

The Nottingham to Birmingham service has got marginally better. In that it takes seven less minutes to get back to Nottingham.

However, you can now get a direct train from Bournemouth to Nottingham. I hope no-one tells my mother in law.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by photojonny » Wed Jan 07, 2009 15:00

All these problems with Euston are making me worry I won't get to Glasgow on Saturday. Eeep.
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by humblebee » Wed Jan 07, 2009 15:59

What are the problems with Euston?

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Post by a layer of chips » Wed Jan 07, 2009 16:32

Power failure and Euston. It was carnage at New Street this morning and this afternoon. Everyone was bealing about it.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Gordon » Wed Jan 07, 2009 16:51

photojonny wrote:All these problems with Euston are making me worry I won't get to Glasgow on Saturday. Eeep.
Can you go via Kings X and Edinburgh?
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by crystalball » Wed Jan 07, 2009 16:57

I was wondering if they'd let people travel on other lines if they're still not running properly until Saturday. I'd secretly love to go via Edinburgh because the route is prettier but I bet it's all going to be a nightmare.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by wyvern » Wed Jan 07, 2009 18:22

I think they are allowing other routes or a bus replace replacement. I don't know how far down they go but I saw a train pass me at Watford Gap the other day heading south.
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by humblebee » Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:45

Fire & Steam, Christian Wolmar's excellent history of the railways in Britain, has been made into a film.

This is the trailer:


The Youtube tags never work straight away so here's a link too:
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ivlvy8GRtGI

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by a layer of chips » Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:49

You keep missing the www off the front of the link and people keep editing your posts!

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by humblebee » Tue Jan 13, 2009 13:00

Oh, is *that* it? Hee. Thanks Sam.

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Post by crystalball » Tue Jan 13, 2009 15:01

humblebee wrote:Fire & Steam, Christian Wolmar's excellent history of the railways in Britain, has been made into a film.
That's ace. I love how it looks like a lo-fi home video and the trailer is spectacularly uncatchy unless you're already a train fan. Aw.

Here's something: it's brilliant when you're on a fairly fast train and you're watching the rails, how the bits where they meet and split and stuff make them look like they're dancing.

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Post by DimitraDaisy » Tue Jan 13, 2009 15:04

crystalball wrote:Here's something: it's brilliant when you're on a fairly fast train and you're watching the rails, how the bits where they meet and split and stuff make them look like they're dancing.
Aww. I'm glad I'm not the only one who stares at those.

Also, I love the word 'uncatchy'. I'll have to find an opportunity to use it before long.
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by a layer of chips » Tue Jan 13, 2009 15:21

crystalball wrote:
humblebee wrote:Fire & Steam, Christian Wolmar's excellent history of the railways in Britain, has been made into a film.
That's ace. I love how it looks like a lo-fi home video and the trailer is spectacularly uncatchy unless you're already a train fan. Aw.

Here's something: it's brilliant when you're on a fairly fast train and you're watching the rails, how the bits where they meet and split and stuff make them look like they're dancing.
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by crystalball » Fri Jan 23, 2009 15:33

If anyone's in Sussex the weekend of 21-22 February, it's Branchline Weekend at the Bluebell railway which apparently means that there's an intensive service of steam trains and they'll be using their own as well as visiting locos. Sounds dreamy.


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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Sootyzilla » Sat Jan 24, 2009 21:35

crystalball wrote:Hmmm. National Express and trains are not so happy together.
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by humblebee » Tue Feb 03, 2009 15:33

Nice article about travelling round Britain cheaply using one of the huge panoply of ranger and rover fares that are almost secretly available. They have over a hundred tickets to choose from. The ranger and rover. It's lovely.

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