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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: The One-Way Wizzo on: April 14, 2024, 21:14:40
Great to see my favourite locomotive of all types back on the mainline. Looking splendid in Rail Blue.
2  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Breaking the £1 per mile fare barrier on: April 07, 2024, 16:41:56
St James Park to Central is also £2.10 - how far is that?

2 chains shy of ½ mile. So £4.20 a mile or thereabouts.
3  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: SWR w/e 6 April 2024 Exeter to Southampton service on: April 07, 2024, 16:30:31
... and it's not many years since Salisbury - Waterloo via Southampton was (for some reason) a valid route from the point of view of ticketing.

Mark

It still is.
https://shorturl.at/hqzA5
4  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Breaking the £1 per mile fare barrier on: April 07, 2024, 04:28:01
Exeter Central to Exeter St Davids is £2.10 for ¾ mile. £2.80 per mile.

1st Class is £10. So £13.33 per mile.
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: What a difference 50 years makes..... on: April 06, 2024, 18:12:04
A quick and dirty video of 1001 as I passed it at Gillingham, Dorset on my way home.
https://youtu.be/eQCBAx1KcIs?si=PqJWzBw_MKlP_cUj
6  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Breaking the £1 per mile fare barrier on: April 06, 2024, 11:43:00
Yeovil Junction to Yeovil Pen Mill is £3.30 for 1¾ miles. £1.89 per mile.
7  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: SWR w/e 6 April 2024 Exeter to Southampton service on: April 06, 2024, 11:15:20
It's perfect for those of us with dogs who may, or may not, be allowed aboard RRBs (Rail Replacement Bus).

I'm just about to depart Southampton, having arrived on the direct service from Templecombe. Heading to Reading with CrossCountry.
8  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Major disruption, Basingstoke, 3rd April 2024 on: April 04, 2024, 19:12:04
Preserved railways aside, is this actually extinct on the national network?
150s, 155s, 156s and 158s?

It's my understanding that all rolling stock used on the national rail network now have retention tank toilets. Even heritage stock used on Network Rail metals has to have them fitted. There were a few derogations until last year for charter train rolling stock but they should've been converted by now.

The BR (British Rail(ways)) Mk1 toilet I used today was the old school non-retention type. However that was on a heritage railway. My 'leavings' are somewhere on the line between Groombridge and Eridge!

Sort of back on topic. More problems around Basingstoke this afternoon. Track circuit failures and routes locked. I was delayed by around 45 mins on my way home from Kent/Sussex. There may be a trip report, including the Spa Valley Railway, elsewhere on the forum at some point.
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where are Finn and JayMac today? 3rd April 2024 on: April 03, 2024, 23:47:22
Lewes?

Correct. A gem of a station and one of my favourites.
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where are Finn and JayMac today? 3rd April 2024 on: April 03, 2024, 21:10:09
Brighton?
That's correct.

Later on in the day. Here's another station canopy. Where?

11  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Who should get discounts? on: April 03, 2024, 21:07:56
it would appear that fares are mileage based.

Should that not be kilometrage based? Tongue
12  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Major disruption, Basingstoke, 3rd April 2024 on: April 03, 2024, 14:59:36
Woking was a hat-tip to a piece of 70s graffiti.

Im still none the wiser. Huh
13  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Major disruption, Basingstoke, 3rd April 2024 on: April 03, 2024, 14:54:05
The train involved was 2B24. Class 450 electric unit which would've been unable to access the sidings at Micheldever.
14  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Re: SBB and ÖBB to expand Nightjet services on: April 03, 2024, 13:09:22
The new pod style sleeping accommodation is an excellent innovation. No more need for single travellers who like a bit of privacy when sleeping to fork out for a traditional berth. Versus the lottery of who you'll end up sharing a couchette with.
15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Where are Finn and JayMac today? 3rd April 2024 on: April 03, 2024, 12:37:50
Bit too difficult to get Finn in this picture. Where?

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