It's terrific by train

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Martijn » Tue Feb 03, 2009 16:19

I was quite happy to discover that if, rather than buying an open return from Exeter St. Thomas to Radley (which is near-ish where I work, when I'm not working from home), I buy an open return from Exeter to Swindon and an open return from Swindon to Radley, I save twelve pounds. And it only takes me half an hour longer to go to Swindon on the way back (but the added bonus is that I can travel during afternoon peak hours; that's not allowed through Reading). I was a bit sad not to have discovered that earlier (although on most days I buy advance tickets, which are even cheaper).

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by humblebee » Fri Feb 06, 2009 15:18

The Yorkshire Post reports that train operators might be forced to cut fares if UK inflation drops below minus 1 per cent. Them's the rules, apparently; but the rules were made without really thinking about the possibility of deflation, so the bastards are sure to wriggle out of it somehow.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Sootyzilla » Sat Feb 07, 2009 12:41

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7876162.stm
The first new mainline steam engine to be built in Britain for nearly five decades is making its first long-distance passenger trip into London.

The train set off from Darlington at 0745 GMT and is due to arrive at London King's Cross station at 1347 GMT.
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by a layer of chips » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:46

Has anyone ever been to Stafford traino? If so, is it in the centre of town? I've got to go there first thing tomrrow, and I can't remember ever having been there before.

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Post by humblebee » Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:38

a layer of chips wrote:Has anyone ever been to Stafford traino? If so, is it in the centre of town? I've got to go there first thing tomrrow, and I can't remember ever having been there before.
I've been but I was just changing there so I didn't leave the station. I think it seemed to be pretty central though. Have a look on Google Maps - that ought to give you a good idea about it.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Wheatabeat » Mon Feb 09, 2009 17:36

a layer of chips wrote:Has anyone ever been to Stafford traino? If so, is it in the centre of town? I've got to go there first thing tomrrow, and I can't remember ever having been there before.
Mmm yeah, I'm pretty sure it is Sam. It's fairly central. Last time I went there was around 1995 though.

It's lovely and old around there too. Lovely place.
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Post by a layer of chips » Mon Feb 09, 2009 17:51

I don't have to go any more, thank god. Do you know how long it takes to get from Nottingham to Stafford? Two and half pissing hours. that's ridiculous.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Wheatabeat » Mon Feb 09, 2009 18:16

a layer of chips wrote:I don't have to go any more, thank god. Do you know how long it takes to get from Nottingham to Stafford? Two and half pissing hours. that's ridiculous.
is that via Brum with about 4 changes or summat?
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by humblebee » Mon Feb 09, 2009 21:57

Wheatabeat wrote:It's lovely and old around there too. Lovely place.
The town looks alright round there but Stafford station's chuffing horrible. It's one of the ones they rebuilt in the 1960s and made a complete pig's arse of (see also: Coventry). I changed there on my birthday last year. I went to sit on a bench on the bridge above the platforms so I could watch the trains while I waited. Except I couldn't because in the 1960s they thought it was a good idea to build a viewing area and put a horizontal panel of steel exactly at eye level.

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Post by a layer of chips » Tue Feb 10, 2009 06:44

Wheatabeat wrote:
a layer of chips wrote:I don't have to go any more, thank god. Do you know how long it takes to get from Nottingham to Stafford? Two and half pissing hours. that's ridiculous.
is that via Brum with about 4 changes or summat?
Nottingham to Derby. Derby to Stoke. Stoke to Stafford.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Paquito » Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:36

Has anyone used the sleeper recently?

Annoyingly, the bargain fares for cabins for the night we'll be travelling down appear to have gone already so there's just the reclining seats at cheap prices left. Just wondered what it was like in comparison to the overnight bus. 100% better in all likelihood...
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by wyvern » Tue Feb 24, 2009 18:08

My last experience of overnight buses put me off them for life.
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by islandhopper » Tue Feb 24, 2009 18:36

Paquito wrote:Has anyone used the sleeper recently?

Annoyingly, the bargain fares for cabins for the night we'll be travelling down appear to have gone already so there's just the reclining seats at cheap prices left. Just wondered what it was like in comparison to the overnight bus. 100% better in all likelihood...
I did Inverness-London return like that and it's not exactly ideal. It's not particularly comfy but, certainly when I was on it, it was quite quiet and you could stretch out a fair amount. I wouldn't say I slept a great deal, but it wasn't a horrible experience.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Martijn » Tue Feb 24, 2009 19:40

islandhopper wrote:I did Inverness-London return like that and it's not exactly ideal. It's not particularly comfy but, certainly when I was on it, it was quite quiet and you could stretch out a fair amount. I wouldn't say I slept a great deal, but it wasn't a horrible experience.
I would say the same based on several night trains I took half a decade ago (not in the UK though). Not exactly ideal, but you definitely get some rest and feel a lot better upon arrive than taking an overnight bus. (I think; I don't think I ever took one of these.) Trains are also a million times cooler than buses.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Paquito » Tue Feb 24, 2009 21:16

Thanks both, that's kinda like what I thought it would be. I did London-Edinburgh overnight by bus and vowed never to do so again, I guess the train would be a bit of a step up in comfort.

Of course, we might just get shitfaced in a nearby hostelry beforehand and hopefully fall right asleep when we get on the train! That's my plan anyway...
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Sootyzilla » Tue Feb 24, 2009 23:49

While it's preferable to a bus, sitting up all night in a seat is still a terrible way of spending the night.
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Martijn » Wed Feb 25, 2009 08:31

Oh, I think I missed the bit where you said there weren't any (cheap) cabins left. What I said applied to cabins; seats are probably worse but still better than spending the night on a bus.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by darvé » Wed Feb 25, 2009 09:06

I did Perth to Sydney in a sleeper seat, but then i tend to enjoy doing stupid things like that. We left Perth Sunday lunchtime and got to Sydney wednesday morning, the train only stopped 3 times, for about an hour each time.

I'd definately go for the train over the bus, at least you can get up and walk about, and theres no chance of getting stuck in traffic. Of course, getting shitfaced before is always a good option.
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Gordon » Wed Feb 25, 2009 10:14

Sootyzilla wrote:While it's preferable to a bus, sitting up all night in a seat is still a terrible way of spending the night.
I rode a night train in Sweden sitting in a seat. While it wasn't terribly comfortable, the ticket inspectors were nice enough not to wake me and make me pay...
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by a layer of chips » Fri Mar 06, 2009 08:43

I'm not sure they mentioned this when bidding for the franchise.

http://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/EMT ... rains_.htm

OR MAYBE THEY DID.

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