It's terrific by train

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by carney » Wed Feb 03, 2010 12:42

Weekend Day returns from Cambridge to Kings X have actually gone down in price, I think.

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Post by a layer of chips » Tue Mar 09, 2010 08:03

Look at this! Look at this! It's the future... past.

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Post by moopind » Thu Mar 11, 2010 13:18

Good old The Guardian: supplying one of their 'liveblogs' while the high speed rail plans are 'unveiled'. You knew news was exciting.

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Post by sideburnsjim » Thu Mar 11, 2010 16:43

I had to reapply for my own job recently, knowing it was going to be based in London rather than Brighton. I was fortunate enough to get it, but from Monday I will have a 2hour 15 minute journey each way to and from work.
Any tips for commuting to stop me getting bored shitless?

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Sootyzilla » Thu Mar 11, 2010 19:01

Listen to loads of podcasts. Learn a language. You'll pick it up if someone is woffling in your ear every morning.
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Post by RITH » Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:27

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... twork.html
China is in negotiations to build a high-speed rail network to India and Europe with trains that capable of running at over 200mph within the next ten years.

The network would eventually carry passengers from London to Beijing and then to Singapore. It would also run to India and Pakistan, according to Wang Mengshu, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and a senior consultant on China's domestic high-speed rail project.

A second project would see trains heading north through Russia to Germany and into the European railway system, and a third line will extend south to connect Vietnam, Thailand, Burma and Malaysia.

Passengers could board a train in London and step off in Beijing, 5,070 miles away as the crow flies, in just two days. They could go on to Singapore, 6,750 miles away, within three days.

"We are aiming for the trains to run almost as fast as aeroplanes," said Mr Wang. "The best case scenario is that the three networks will be completed in a decade," he added.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Uncle Ants » Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:48

a layer of chips wrote:Look at this! Look at this! It's the future... past.

http://ow.ly/1fVAf
Oh My. I want a go!!
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by humblebee » Tue Mar 16, 2010 09:14

I want one of these dot com.

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Post by tonieee » Tue Mar 16, 2010 09:23

humblebee wrote:I want one of these dot com.

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It seems very expensive and only works for "most services". It would be cool to have though.

"dot com"?

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Post by humblebee » Tue Mar 16, 2010 09:26

The really odd part is that the train operating companies never publicise those rover ticket things cos they don't want anyone to buy them! That ad is from a Northern Rail timetable - they're the first TOC to actually mention them.

(I was just being silly cos there used to be a gift shop called I want one of those.com.)

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Post by tonieee » Tue Mar 16, 2010 09:38

humblebee wrote:(I was just being silly cos there used to be a gift shop called I want one of those.com.)
Ralph and his friends at school went through a phase of saying "dot com" at the end of things - I asked him what it meant and he didn't really know. I thought you might be down with the kids and know all their new lingo and stuff. I did think that maybe they were using it as a modern version of "with knobs on".

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by wyvern » Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:00

humblebee wrote:The really odd part is that the train operating companies never publicise those rover ticket things cos they don't want anyone to buy them! That ad is from a Northern Rail timetable - they're the first TOC to actually mention them.
Occasionally you can find the leaflets at some stations about all line rovers.
At school (yeah long ago) it was always one of the aims to actually do this, just once. Even then it was well out of my price range. But the similar freedom I had when Inter-railing was brilliant. Wake up. Consult the timetable and think, 'lets go to xyz'.

There are still regional rail rovers. The East Midlands was mine. You could almost get to Manchester and Birmingham, and also do Cleethorpes, Skegness, Peterborough, Derby, Uttoxeter, Doncaster and Sheffield. 7 days exploring though it was mostly, Leicester, Derby, Sheffield and Doncaster. It was great to just arrive somewhere and then think, 'I'll jump on that train'. I remember arriving at Leicester with a minus connection time. The other train was still in for some reason and we legged it over the footbridge and jumped on as it was starting off. Something you can't do nowadays. All that health and safety stuff.

I think that's when I fell in love with the Hope Valley line. I wish the Sheffield to Manchester fast train still went via New Mills Central. Just for the way the landscape changes from rugged hills and sheep to industrial Mancunian suburbs.
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by PCP » Tue Apr 13, 2010 16:57

oh look they are trying on that barriers a Sheffield station nonesense again
Well I allways thought it getting rejected as it didnt fit in with the charactere of the station would not wash
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by wyvern » Fri May 07, 2010 13:35

Nottingham is going to put barriers on their footbridge. The planning application is posted. Quite what they will do about the public footpath is anyones guess? The useless Group 4 lot staff Nottingham's barriers. No wonder I have a complaint about them at the moment. Customer service? What's that?
Anyway, I went to London the other day and I started off booking under East Midlands Trains. If you can travel via Peterborough and it redirects you to East Coast's page and then their booking site which is cheaper. And state run. And more comfortable after changing to a fast train at Peterborough. So now you know.
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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by a layer of chips » Fri May 07, 2010 13:41

I think that's in preparation for the redevelopment of the station, Michael.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by a layer of chips » Thu May 20, 2010 07:54

Perhaps, y'know, they could think about making the tickets a bit cheaper...

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by humblebee » Thu May 20, 2010 11:22

in an attempt to recuperate an estimated £1 million
Pahaha. It's like Rio Ferdinand. "Neville's been out for a year now, but Giggsy has taken up the mantelpiece."

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Uncle Ants » Thu May 20, 2010 11:53

a layer of chips wrote:Perhaps, y'know, they could think about making the tickets a bit cheaper...

http://www.railnetwork.info/article.php ... um=twitter
Hmm an interesting point Sam, but is it true? No doubt cheaper tickets will get more people on the railways and would be a GOOD THING, but I'm not convinced it would necessarily lead to less fare dodging. I'm guessing too but it's possible that many people who fare dodge will fare dodge whatever the ticket price ... what may affect their willingness to faredodge is how likely they are to get caught and the consequences of getting caught.

I'm not arguing in favour of barriers mind you . They're a Pain in the Arse.
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