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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:15 pm 
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I did not ride a train today but my bicycle down the old train track turned into a bicycle path.

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So, given the fact that West Coast are running a regular, and free passenger train less than £25 away from me, I decided to go out for the day. Here are the journeys.

0826 Manchester Piccadilly to Preston on 350404. Weird going through Manchester Oxford Road non-stop, however, this appears to be the norm for TPE's Scotland services now, which is a bit weird in my opinion.
0953 Preston to Oxenholme Lake District on 390044.
1040 Oxenholme Lake District to Windermere, hauled by 57316. 33029 was idling on the rear, and I didn't move away from the window the whole trip. Happened to know the driver too, which was a touch bizarre! Only the second time I had been on a train driven by someone I knew (next up - Geo Ghost! :mrgreen: )
1130 Windermere to Oxenholme Lake District, hauled by 33029.
1240 Oxenholme Lake District to Windermere, hauled by 57316.
1330 Windermere to Oxenholme Lake District, hauled by 33029.
1423 Oxenholme Lake District to Preston on 390151.

On arrival at Preston, I had intended to do, and even bought a ticket for, the Blackpool South line, on the 1510, formed of 142035 and 142054. However, this train got cancelled due to a lack of driver due to a Northern rostering error (according to my chats with the Conductor). Should at least get some good delay repay, as the next train was not for 2 hours! Instead, I ended up in the bar on Preston station, and travelled home on the:

1649 Preston to Manchester Piccadilly, formed of 350402 and 350408.

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Went out yesterday to go see a move that I'd actually planned, first time I've ever managed to get a picture of one of my trains! Then ended up going to Liverpool to do a somewhat weird move that Virgin trains are doing in Passenger service at the moment due to the Lime Street blockade.

1026 Manchester Piccadilly to Preston on 350404 and 350408.
1217 Preston to Crewe on 221107. This service was delayed by about 15 mins at Preston, due to awaiting a member of train crew, which was somewhat useful for me, as the train I had been to see didn't leave until 1216!
1331 Crewe to Liverpool South Parkway on 350125.
1434 Liverpool South Parkway to Crewe on 390128. Due to the blockade of Lime Street, these services are terminating at South Parkway, and only one platform is able to take a Pendolino. As this platform is only signalled towards Liverpool, it results in Virgin services departing towards Liverpool, before reversing at signal AN4, before passing back through Liverpool South Parkway non-stop after the driver has walked through the train. This was also the first time where I had seen all 4 high level platforms at Liverpool South Parkway in use!
1609 Crewe to Preston on 390016.
1808 Preston to Manchester Piccadilly on 319363.

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Are the reversals happening? It looks like RTT is getting confused!

15 minutes to swap ends is very generous.

Reminds me of a few years ago when East Coast (as was) ran a very strange service on an ECML Sunday when the Hertford Loop was out for the ERTMS/ETCS whatever it is stuff. Only the Down Fast was open between New Barnet and Ally Pally so up expresses were arriving, setting back off the Up Fast onto the Down Slow through some manually controlled points, then running wrong line.

I recall this happening but can’t remember the exact move - the slack was obscene though. I think it was 40 minutes for the whole event. Drivers were doing it in 10 :lol:

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Even if it ruins my entire budget i am ready to make long trips in train to get back and see my family in Italy. Now i've done an entire journey from Stockholm to Napoli, taking 6 different trains. And spent more than 400€ in it, just for that...
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:24 am 
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Dave wrote:
Are the reversals happening? It looks like RTT is getting confused!

15 minutes to swap ends is very generous.

They certainly are! Was weird leaving South Parkway on a London-bound train by heading towards Liverpool. The 15 minutes is indeed rather generous, think we turned around in about 10 mins, and part of that was waiting for a platform to clear at South Parkway so we could pass back through.

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Friday 13th July
Bognor Regis - Littlehampton Southern 313/2.
Littlehampton - Barnham Southern 313/2.
Barnham - Littlehampton Southern 377/4.

Little holiday to the south coast with the family, took the little one on a "big train" ride.

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Back to work today, but I did have a long weekend travelling around the UK.

Friday 20th July
1015 Manchester Piccadilly to Milton Keynes Central on 390134. Got see Virgin unveil their new Manchester-branded Pendolino, 390001, having renamed it to "Bee Together".
1212 Milton Keynes to Kensington Olympia on 377215 and 377210.
1329 Kensington Olympia to Clapham Junction on 378229.
1343 Clapham Junction to Barnes on 7070018 and 707026. First time on a 707, but not too dissimilar to a 700. Fortunately my journey was only a short hop.
1405 Barnes to Twickenham on 707025 and 707002.
1517 Twickenham to Brentford on 707014.
1553 Brentford to Feltham on 707002 and 707025.
1616 Feltham to Reading on 458512 and 458522. A busy pair of 458s on what can only be described as a long drag to Reading. The level crossing at Sunningdale was somewhat bizarre.
1905 Reading to London Paddington on 800010 and 800030. First time on an 800, purely on electric, my first impressions were the train was smart, and quiet, and it seemed to ride okay. The biggest issue was the seats were rock hard, but I expected that.
1941 London Paddington to Wembley Central on the Bakerloo Line
2008 Wembley Central to Milton Keynes Central on 377202 and 377212.

Saturday 21st July
0944 Milton Keynes Central to Crewe, The Crewe Open Day Special, hauled by 88005. Ran out via Kilsby Tunnel and the Trent Valley, nice run behind an 88 in First Class of a Mark 2. Crewe station was chaos with people trying to get a picture of the train as it arrived (and also departed later on). The Open Day itself was decent, good amount of locomotives there. There was also a bloke outside the depot handing out Leaflets from a group called "Close Capenhurst", who appear to be against Nuclear Power generation. Unfortunately for them, their leaflet appeared to be pure lies, with statements such as "The flasks leak highly radioactive materials as they pass through stations", despite tests to the contrary.
1535 Crewe to Milton Keynes Central, The Crewe Open Day Special, hauled by 68016. Ran via Chester, Wrexham, Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton, Portobello Jn, Walsall, Sutton Park, Nuneaton, Rugby and Northampton. Covered a route I had yet to travel over (namely, Sutton Park) and doubled my Class 68 haulage mileage. We had a heavy brake application not far out of Shrewsbury, and ended up sat for 10-15 minutes whilst the fault was rectified, but had made time back by Wolverhampton.

Sunday 22nd July
0906 Milton Keynes Central to Manchester Piccadilly on 390112.
1117 Manchester Piccadilly to Huddersfield on 185129.
1200 Huddersfield to Leeds on 185103. Stopped at HUD to get the West Yorks Day Ranger, after the conductor of our previous train hadn't come through. This resulted in us actually getting to Leeds earlier than the last train would have got us there, as we overtook it at Dewsbury.
1305 Leeds to Wakefield Westgate, pushed by 90036. Nice to have a 90 in, as I haven't had one for haulage in over 10 years.
1340 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds on 150128
1434 Leeds to Wakefield Westgate, powered by 43054 and 43058. EMT set going to St Pancras.
1511 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds, powered by 43251 and 43305.
1542 Leeds to Wakefield Westgate on 142070.
1608 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds, hauled by 91105.
1645 Leeds to Wakefield Westgate, pushed by 91117.
1715 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds, hauled by 91121.
1747 Leeds to Wakefield Westgate, powered by 43061 and 43075. EMT power cars with a VTEC rake of Mark 3s.
1801 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds, powered by 43060 and 43050. This service was roughly 2 minutes late into Wakefield due to delays on it's run from Sheffield, which allowed us the opportunity to change between the two HSTs.
1834 Leeds to Manchester Victoria on 185145. The last 185 that I ever needed for travelling, finally travelled on! I've now travelled on the entire (current) TPE fleet, which I won't be able to say for long, as soon the Mark 5s enter service. Hit a length of pipe between Stalybridge and Ashton-under-Lyne, made quite the racket.

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The level crossing at Sunningdale was somewhat bizarre.


Even worse being stuck there in a car during the morning peak!

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Friday 13th July
Bognor Regis - Littlehampton Southern 313/2.
Littlehampton - Barnham Southern 313/2.
Barnham - Littlehampton Southern 377/4.


Enjoy Barnham? I prefer Basingstoke myself. Or Exeter St. Davids.

Have been places, most recently up and down the Mid Hants railway, where 925 Cheltenham was running.

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Salisbury - Bristol Temple Meads on GWR 158/9 followed by Bristol TM - Newton Abbot on Crosscountry 220.

Was supposed to change at Westbury onto a GWR HST on a Paddington - Paignton service, however this service broke down near Theale so we’re instructed to stay aboad and change at Bristol. The 220 arrived already full and then 300 passengers tried to get aboard. Of course, I, along with almost everyone else stood crammed together in the aisles and vestibules all the way to Exeter 85 minutes later. Not fun. No wonder I drive down rather than take the train when I can...

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Arch9enius wrote:
Badger wrote:
Friday 13th July
Bognor Regis - Littlehampton Southern 313/2.
Littlehampton - Barnham Southern 313/2.
Barnham - Littlehampton Southern 377/4.


Enjoy Barnham? I prefer Basingstoke myself. Or Exeter St. Davids.


Errr was just changing trains there, spent all of 6 minutes on the station.

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Badger wrote:
Arch9enius wrote:
Badger wrote:
Friday 13th July
Bognor Regis - Littlehampton Southern 313/2.
Littlehampton - Barnham Southern 313/2.
Barnham - Littlehampton Southern 377/4.


Enjoy Barnham? I prefer Basingstoke myself. Or Exeter St. Davids.


Errr was just changing trains there, spent all of 6 minutes on the station.


I've spent longer, usually waiting for a train up the Arun Valley line after getting off an FGW train. The first time was sharing the platform with a bloke who was on his way to a football match, and already hammered. I *think* he might have been supporting Crystal Palace...

However, now I know there is a bookshop on the island platform.

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Salisbury - Bristol Temple Meads on GWR 158/9 followed by Bristol TM - Newton Abbot on Crosscountry 220.

Was supposed to change at Westbury onto a GWR HST on a Paddington - Paignton service, however this service broke down near Theale so we’re instructed to stay aboad and change at Bristol. The 220 arrived already full and then 300 passengers tried to get aboard. Of course, I, along with almost everyone else stood crammed together in the aisles and vestibules all the way to Exeter 85 minutes later. Not fun. No wonder I drive down rather than take the train when I can...


Ever use the SWR service? I use them interchangably. Also gone via Bristol a couple of times, just for the scenery. On those occasions CC managed to produce an HST thouugh so you have my sympathies.. Some of those Voyagers start out in Aberdeen so I'm told.

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Blackpool-Newcastle via the Tyne Valley...

A pair of return trips on the T&W Metro

Newcastle-London

I was surprised that the cross country route was quickest via Carlisle, but it seems the connections via Manchester were just too tight - even though the route would be quicker if connections were more convenient.

In any case, they’d have been rammed because TPE. So a rattle down the Tyne Valley it was. And it was gloriously bleak.

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