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« on: May 03, 2018, 05:56:51 am »

Comment I noted on one of my data feeds.

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Louth was however one of the few towns in Britain that enjoyed daily through trains to London that is now without a railway. Another I can think of is Brackley.

I don't believe it!   I can think of candidates Bude, Padstow, Wadebridge, Ilfracombe, Devizes just straight off ... or is the key "daily" and they were not served with though trains on Sundays?  Was Ilfracombe a though portion on the ACE (Atlantic Coast Express) all year?
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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2018, 02:10:00 pm »

Other GC stations as well as Brackley, e.g. Woodford Halse.

Verney Junction, Birkenhead
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2018, 04:11:53 pm »

Other GC stations as well as Brackley, e.g. Woodford Halse.

Verney Junction, Birkenhead

Are Woodford Halse and Verney Junction TOWNS, though?

Thought there were still railways in Birkenhead?
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2018, 03:59:09 pm »

Maybe not railway revival but certainly local economies, Shrewsbury, Bude, Okehampton etc have suffered badly since London trains went, of course Shrewsbury had its service reinstated a few years ago.
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2018, 08:19:17 pm »


Including the boat trip, Ventnor was a casualty.

The town was said to have suffered badly for losing its trains - possibly costing the economy more than it saved. I believe the Island was offered retention for a small rate increase but refused...

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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2018, 09:59:39 am »

I think Birkenhead lost its Woodside rail station at the same time as the decline in shipbuilding, and local enhancements to to the Merseyrail system.

It still has 4/5  (depending on your definition of Birkenhead) Merseyrail stations, with its now main station (Hamilton Sq) connected directly to Liverpool Lime St and Chester to direct London trains.
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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2018, 02:52:23 pm »

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