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Re: It's terrific by train

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 14:45
by darvé
humblebee wrote:So who's up for a journey to Tyndrum Lower?
I'm going here in the summer, well, i'm going through it, but the train does stop there, so i'm getting off, taking a picture and (hopefully) getting straight back on the train.

We're doing the whole West Highland Line and also this lovely little trip in June.

Best holiday ever!

Re: It's terrific by train

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 14:49
by crystalball
You bastard. It sounds lovely.

Re: It's terrific by train

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 15:06
by darvé
Well, someone has to. i'll send you a postcard.

Re: It's terrific by train

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 15:09
by humblebee
davo wrote:
humblebee wrote:So who's up for a journey to Tyndrum Lower?
I'm going here in the summer, well, i'm going through it, but the train does stop there, so i'm getting off, taking a picture and (hopefully) getting straight back on the train.

We're doing the whole West Highland Line and also this lovely little trip in June.

Best holiday ever!
Aw wow! I was just reading about the West Highland Line this morning. I'd love to go on that or the Far North Line or whatever it's called. Spend 11 hours on the train on my own, find a pub, crash at a B&B and then just go back the next day. I dunno... I read about people doing this and it's the most pointlessly brilliant thing imaginable.

Re: It's terrific by train

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 15:19
by crystalball
Please stop it, all of you! I'm having a crushingly tedious few days and I can't stop thinking about running away on a train. Don't make me do it.

We should organise another Anorak train-related day out for the spring.

Re: It's terrific by train

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 17:15
by DimitraDaisy
We went on some of those Scottish lines a few years ago... Perhaps Martijn remembers the details better than I do? If the Far Northern line is what I think it is, we went on it. And it is was lovely. And then we went to Orkney and that was lovely too.

Re: It's terrific by train

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 17:44
by Jono Volpone
crystalball wrote:Please stop it, all of you! I'm having a crushingly tedious few days and I can't stop thinking about running away on a train. Don't make me do it.

We should organise another Anorak train-related day out for the spring.
Sorry to hear about your bad days:-(

Yes, we should! That line in Yorkshire, as featured on Oz and James, where you can do a train-pub crawl, appeals a lot to me!

Re: It's terrific by train

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 17:45
by DimitraDaisy
There are some good lines down here, too. Come on, Marianthi. You know you want it...

Re: It's terrific by train

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 18:17
by islandhopper
The West Highland Line on a perfectly sunny day is about the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. There's supreme loveliness round every corner.

Re: It's terrific by train

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 18:26
by islandhopper
islandhopper wrote:The West Highland Line on a perfectly sunny day is about the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. There's supreme loveliness round every corner.
Ooh, actually I'm hopefully on holiday at the end of April and am planning on heading homewards for a bit after being South. If I can get a nice train that meets a ferry I'll be laughing. Got to be worth paying a bit extra over the bus.

Re: It's terrific by train

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 18:31
by a layer of chips
We're off to Settle again on holiday this year, and there are plans to go on the Settle-Carlisle line again. Thing is, that massive viaduct shits me right up.

Re: It's terrific by train

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 18:51
by Martijn
DimitraDaisy wrote:We went on some of those Scottish lines a few years ago... Perhaps Martijn remembers the details better than I do? If the Far Northern line is what I think it is, we went on it. And it is was lovely. And then we went to Orkney and that was lovely too.
Yes, we did go both on the West-Highland Line (Mallaig branch) and on the Far North line. Both were among the most impressive train journeys I've done, but then so is the line between Exeter and Plymouth, which runs about 100m from our flat.

Re: It's terrific by train

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 13:39
by susanb
I meant to go from Fort William to Mallaig on a steam train years ago, but we got the times wrong and ended up at the station 15 minutes after it had departed. I've still not managed to get round to attempting it again.

I've discovered that it's about one and a half hours faster to take the train directly to Glasgow than going to Kilmarnock changing at Carlisle (going via Dumfries). This was probably always really obvious but it definitely makes it a lot easier to nip up for the weekend, it's only 3 hours 22 minutes in total now. I think my parents may get slightly miffed about not seeing me when I'm up, though.

Re: It's terrific by train

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 14:51
by crystalball
Jono Volpone wrote:That line in Yorkshire, as featured on Oz and James, where you can do a train-pub crawl, appeals a lot to me!
Let's do that! Could you do it in one day? I missed that episode so I've no idea what I'm getting excited about but Pubs! Trains!

Please?

Re: It's terrific by train

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 15:02
by humblebee
crystalball wrote:Let's do that! Could you do it in one day? I missed that episode so I've no idea what I'm getting excited about but Pubs! Trains!

Please?
Yeah! The Sheffield Anoraks have been talking about it and we'd love to have a load more of you trainheads along for the party. It'd be more than do-able in a day. Peasy. Yeah!

Re: It's terrific by train

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 18:24
by crystalball
That's lovely. How about a Saturday in April? Or is that too soon? I'm slightly restless right now so maybe you shouldn't be listening to me. I'm sure I can wait until May without exploding.

Re: It's terrific by train

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 09:09
by Jono Volpone
I love the idea of a Saturday in April! My vote goes to Saturday the 18th, as The PGCJ are playing in Sheffield on Sunday the 19th, so anybody staying over in the Sheffield area for the Train Crawl could get a two for one deal!

Re: It's terrific by train

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:15
by humblebee
Jono Volpone wrote:I love the idea of a Saturday in April! My vote goes to Saturday the 18th, as The PGCJ are playing in Sheffield on Sunday the 19th, so anybody staying over in the Sheffield area for the Train Crawl could get a two for one deal!
Can't make 18 April - the Mariners are at home that day.

The season ends two weeks later: I'd sooner do it after that.

Re: It's terrific by train

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:20
by Mr Bear
That sounds good to me too. I'll keep my eyes peeled for the plans as they develop.

Re: It's terrific by train

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:34
by humblebee
It hasn't been officially announced, but the Government is getting a feasibility study done for the UK's second high-speed line, between London and Birmingham:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/162259/165234/hs2letter.pdf

And possibly West Yorkshire. Bastards.