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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Pictures with lost original descriptions - can you help correct? on: June 22, 2019, 10:54:31 am
7. Grosmont - Network Rail platform and route pictured.

Try again,

2. Leeds

Paul
2  Journey by Journey / London to South Wales / Re: Open Access Application - London to Cardiff (28/03/2019) on: June 19, 2019, 07:37:01 pm
Alliance are due to start running services from Euston to Blackpool North in September this year, after 9 years of planning and one lapsed permission. It will be interesting to see how that goes.
My money’s on nothing whatsoever happening with that plan, because there’s no news of any confirmed rolling stock or staff training.

Paul
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where were Finn and I today, 15th June 2019? on: June 16, 2019, 05:34:53 pm
One of my brothers lives on the riverside near the Dunston Staithes, he’d probably say the frequent bus service into Newcastle from the area around Dunston station was generally far more relevant to people than the train.

There’s a pattern developing here, I mentioned in Grahame’s “tales from the northeast” a little while ago that my other brother doesn’t ever use his local station of Chathill...

Paul

Does your sister live near Teeside Airport by any chance ...
No sister, but that would be quite a notable set of useless stations. 

Seriously though, the bus into Newcastle from just outside Dunston Station is only a minute slower than the train running time as far as Central Station, but may well take you all the way to a further destination than the train anyway...

Paul
4  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where were Finn and I today, 15th June 2019? on: June 16, 2019, 03:22:13 pm
You’ve reminded me I need to do some investigation in the Tanfield Railway’s archives, as I have recently discovered a 3rd great grandfather who was fatally injured in a shunting accident on the line in 1848.  Although they were quite blasé about such happenings back then, I certainly haven’t found an accident report, or newspaper coverage...

One of my brothers lives on the riverside near the Dunston Staithes, he’d probably say the frequent bus service into Newcastle from the area around Dunston station was generally far more relevant to people than the train.

There’s a pattern developing here, I mentioned in Grahame’s “tales from the northeast” a little while ago that my other brother doesn’t ever use his local station of Chathill...

Paul
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: Weekly Summer Steam Journeys Waterloo to Windsor on: June 12, 2019, 02:11:25 pm
It’s also been explained elsewhere that the steam stock only caused a minority of the delay minutes. Apparently the majority (over 80%) were caused by holding a 10.442 outside the station which was mis-routed into the wrong platform.

It seems the timetable falls apart for a few hours even if an incoming train pauses safely at a signal for just a few minutes?

Paul
6  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Consultation on Phase 2 of the South Devon Seawall resilience work on: June 11, 2019, 11:22:08 am
I think perhaps both the latest threads should be in the “London to the west” sub-forum, given the strategic importance of the route, and the existing discussions about Dawlish at least being in there as well.

Paul
7  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Reading Green Park on: June 11, 2019, 11:16:43 am
I’m a bit confused now...   Huh

What was the planning application for that was reported (by eightonedee in post 62) to have been approved in March?  I thought that and the previously discussed applications had already been for a “station”?

From Reading planning site:
“190858
Site Address:   Green Park Station
Description:   Construction of a building comprising ticket hall, public conveniences, staff facilities and ancillary retail provision to serve the proposed Green Park railway station development, including associated signage...”

So is this definitely just a building?

Paul
8  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Work starts on Phase 1 of the South Devon Seawall resilience work (Dawlish section) on: June 10, 2019, 02:43:29 pm
Would this thread be better off joined to the existing discussion of the plans here:
http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=21014.0
“London to the west” seems a more appropriate forum than this anyway...

Paul
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: And where on 1st June?? on: June 02, 2019, 07:50:26 pm
My first thought would be Brigg, but the train looks too full.  Otherwise somewhere on the York - Harrogate line

It's sometimes best to go with your first thoughts  Grin Grin
Brigg - now there’s a station that wouldn’t win any prizes in a “best forecourt competition”.  Odd how the approach road stops a few yards short of what seems a bit of a wasteland...

Paul
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: And where on 1st June?? on: June 02, 2019, 10:18:18 am
Funny that - since everyone else gets the spelling of Middlesbrough wrong, I though Graham might get it right by accident ...
I bet quite a few get caught out by the regular use of “Boro” as shorthand...

Paul
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: And where on 1st June?? on: June 02, 2019, 12:41:40 am
2. Middlesbrough?

Paul
12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was grahame, 30 May 2019 on: May 31, 2019, 03:09:54 pm
Chathill is my younger brother’s local station.  I don’t think he’s ever used it.

Paul
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was grahame, 30 May 2019 on: May 31, 2019, 10:59:42 am
At Chathill, the sign “This platform for Berwick and the North” is a bit of a con, isn’t it?

How about “Stand clear, trains for Berwick and the North never stop”...

Paul
14  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2019 to 2045 / Re: 2020 - lines (?) without major timetable changes on: May 30, 2019, 11:44:10 am
The odd Portsmouth trains that run via Eastleigh for route knowledge purposes will still get the same overall strengthening that the dark green line indicates, surely...

Paul
15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Vintage rail poster quiz on: May 22, 2019, 07:09:34 pm
12/14.  Glasgow has “coastal sights”?  Presumably with high powered binoculars...

Paul
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