getting the train

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Re: getting the train

Post by heidisuperhero » Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:28 pm

Me and some others are getting the 11.55am train from St Pancras to Alfreton - whoop whoop *toots the party horn*

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Re: getting the train

Post by leon » Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:59 pm

a layer of chips wrote:Or a non-PDF version here. Think it's the blue version over Indietracks weekend.

http://www.midlandrailway-butterley.co. ... ables.html
The 'Events' page suggests there's a special timetable for Indietracks but I can't find it on the site.

http://www.midlandrailway-butterley.co.uk/events/
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Re: getting the train

Post by a layer of chips » Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:01 pm

I think that usually means that there are late trains back, doesn't it? I dunno...

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Re: getting the train

Post by a layer of chips » Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:05 pm

This page says they run all day every 15 minutes.

http://www.midlandrailway-butterley.co. ... s2013.html

I'm sure there'll be another one along in a minute.

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Re: getting the train

Post by crystalball » Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:05 pm

There will be extra diesel trains but it's impossible to know those in advance because their running depends on how many volunteers turn up to drive them. All trains are run by volunteers so, although the railway do their absolute best to make sure they are as frequent as possible, they are relying on people being available on the day.

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Re: getting the train

Post by String Bean Jen » Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:08 pm

a layer of chips wrote:Here's the timetable from Butterley to Swanwick.

http://www.midlandrailway-butterley.co. ... 201314.pdf

I'm pretty sure those times look familiar from previous years. If not, the walk is dead nice.
Yes, that's the PDF I linked to in my post. If you look at the calendar on the left of p. 2, the dates of Indietracks (26, 27, 28) are highlighted in pink. Look to the timetables to the right of that and anything highlighted in pink says 'Special Timetable: Operates on special events - check for details.' Where are those details?

I think you're right in that the Butterley to Swanwick daytime journeys are correct in the blue timetable A (though there doesn't seem to be any Swanwick to Butterley journeys which I presume is because they're a special service).I recall the hour+ wait between some daytime trains which encouraged walking the path. But what about the train times for Friday night?

The walk is nice, yes, as long as you're not on a tight schedule. But it can be dangerous when it's been raining heavily and it's very slippery and muddy along the single path, as we discovered last year trying to cling to branches and ending up covered in scratches on our arms and hands. It's also not feasible to do when carrying something heavy, such as an electric guitar in a flight case.

****I've just seen Marianthi's post.**** Is there at least a draft or expected timetable, Marianthi?
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Re: getting the train

Post by hayleygerms » Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:38 pm

You could of course just get the taxi to take you to the campsite and walk it.

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Re: getting the train

Post by crystalball » Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:51 pm

There's no draft timetable, I'm afraid. I mean, it's the same every year: the railway knows on the day what trains it can run (apart from the steam trains and the last trains back every night) according to how many volunteers are available; and they publicise the times at Butterley and Swanwick that morning. Last year the railway were even running replacement bus services to make sure people could get there and I know they always try very hard during Indietracks weekend to get as many volunteers there as possible. It's all anyone can do really.

I always try to allow plenty of time if there's a specific band I'd like to watch and if I were in a band I'd allow plenty of time to get there in time (or do what Hayley suggests if you don't fancy the other walk).

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Re: getting the train

Post by bulgariandisco » Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:52 pm

Maybe someone could tweet the times once the board is up at the station? On that Twitter thing?

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Re: getting the train

Post by knibbles » Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:59 pm

The path won't be muddy this year, so you'll be okay. Maybe you could volunteer to drive some trains, Jen. I can just see you in overalls and a face full of oil.

I think people in bands with equipment are allowed to access the site via the little road to Swanwick? So maybe whoever has the flightcase could get a taxi up that way if it's too heavy?
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Re: getting the train

Post by darvé » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:25 pm

I can drive a train, if that's any help...

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Re: getting the train

Post by mavit » Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:41 am

leon wrote:The 'Events' page suggests there's a special timetable for Indietracks but I can't find it on the site.
I emailed them last week to ask about this and they said a timetable should be available from Monday 22nd. Still can't find anything, although to be honest I'm not entirely sure I'm looking in the right places.

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Re: getting the train

Post by tobifail » Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:02 pm

Anyone ever got the H1 from Derby train station and if so, does it go from the station itself or do i have to walk somewhere?
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Re: getting the train

Post by southcoastpete » Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:26 pm

Yes, I'll be on the 11.55 from St Pancras too.

As long as I can get into London on time :)

Its going to be a party train then.

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Re: getting the train

Post by mavit » Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:51 pm

leon wrote:The 'Events' page suggests there's a special timetable for Indietracks but I can't find it on the site.
They updated the page today: http://www.midlandrailway-butterley.co. ... rains.html

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Re: getting the train

Post by String Bean Jen » Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:26 am

mavit wrote:
leon wrote:The 'Events' page suggests there's a special timetable for Indietracks but I can't find it on the site.
They updated the page today: http://www.midlandrailway-butterley.co. ... rains.html
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Re: getting the train

Post by Silver Girl » Wed Jul 23, 2014 8:53 am

Advice needed please! Due to what-is-turning-into a total transport disaster (taxi guy booked in March is now not responding to texts or calls...hmmm...) there is the clear and present danger of having to do this by public transport from Sheffield.
So, which is nearer/easier please...
Alfretron rail station/9.2 bus
or
Derby rail station/9.2 bus?

And where does one alight for Butterley?
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Re: getting the train

Post by tompony » Wed Jul 23, 2014 9:16 am

There's a bus stop actually at the entrance to the Midland Railway Centre, conveniently.

Alfreton is slightly closer (I think) but you should be fine getting the bus from either - it's certainly no problem from Derby, although the bus station is a ten minute walk from the railway station which might not be ideal if you're carrying stuff.

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Re: getting the train

Post by Silver Girl » Wed Jul 23, 2014 4:34 pm

Smashing. Thanks very much. Now to find a way of getting back home again....*sighs*...
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Re: getting the train

Post by RITH » Thu Jul 24, 2014 4:56 pm

Some trains not running because of Unite union strike action:

http://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/inf ... y-31-July/

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