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« on: June 29, 2018, 08:47:47 pm »

The thought came to me on reading another thread.

1. What is the longest journey you have made on a bus because a train was not running?

2. What is the longest diverted rail journey you have made to avoid going on a bus?

Let me give you a starter ....

1. Wick to Inverness by bus - on Wednesday this week

2. Newport to Swansea, change at Craven Arms by train to avoid a bus from Cardiff


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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2018, 09:13:40 pm »

Not me personally, but two years ago, during one of the festivals at Newquay, GWR ran some coaches from Newquay to Plymouth/Newton Abbot and Exeter as cover for overcrowded rail services on the branch.
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2018, 09:28:15 pm »

1. The last many Sundays on (guess the line)  Cheesy
2. Gloucester to Oxford.. change at  Birmingham.
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2018, 10:47:15 pm »

1 - Kalmar to Alvesta in Sweden (about 80 miles) in 2007.

It happens overseas too!
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2018, 11:14:55 pm »

Have done Plymouth to Truro, as a crew member on a 2330 replacement to keep my mate company who was driving the bus. The crew seats are so uncomfortable!
With the double back from Bodmin Parkway to the Lostwithiel road, and into Par its around 70 miles each way.

As a passenger I've done Plymouth to Tivvy Parkway. That's got to be 50-60 miles I'd think.
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« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2018, 01:49:28 am »

Tiverton Parkway to Plymouth in the early days of privatisation.

On a Southern National Bristol VR decker.
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2018, 07:59:42 am »

Inverness to Edinburgh due to the HST set on the Highland Chieftain failing at Inverness.

Though I confess to cheating as I bailed out at Pitlochry to get the next train as I hate buses. I even tried to bribe the coach driver with £20 to stop the bus at Pitlochry as he wasn’t stopping. He saw a layby and duly dropped me off and I walk into the town; no money changed hands.

Lesson learned that I will never get the provided bus to replace a cancelled long distance train and do what a lot of others did that day and wait for the next train and make arrangements to change my ticket.

When I got to Edinburgh, customer services were great in reissuing me with a new ticket to get to Kings Cross and then my onward journey between Paddington and Bath.
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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2018, 08:22:52 am »

Tiverton Parkway to Plymouth in the early days of privatisation.

On a Southern National Bristol VR decker.

I've done that one in reverse! (in the Plymouth - Tiverton sense, not travelling backwards down the M5!)  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2018, 09:05:13 am »

Often, people who get travel sickness feel that the train doesn’t actually make them feel or be sick, where as a coach would. I know a family of 5 who bought a family and friends railcard last summer as they rarely felt travel sick on their way to their holidays/ days out.
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« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2018, 10:13:22 am »

Often, people who get travel sickness feel that the train doesn’t actually make them feel or be sick, where as a coach would. I know a family of 5 who bought a family and friends railcard last summer as they rarely felt travel sick on their way to their holidays/ days out.

I've never suffered from train sickness. Buses and coaches however are much more three dimensionally bumpy and can induce in me what NASA euphemistically refers to as 'stomach awareness '.

Longest bustitution: Exeter to Tiverton Parkway, years back nursing a slightly sore head.
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« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2018, 01:17:09 pm »

Köln - Bruxelles (130 miles aka 209 km). Don't get me started about the incompetence of DB.
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« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2018, 02:24:41 pm »

Köln - Bruxelles (130 miles aka 209 km). Don't get me started about the incompetence of DB.


Yes, I've done that too, in the other direction.  There was a Belgian rail strike.  I was going to Aachen - the bus stopped at a service station outside Aachen (which was no good to me), so I ended up going into Koln and getting a train back!

In the UK, the longest for me is Plymouth to Bristol, a few years ago now.
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« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2018, 02:30:47 pm »

How about Exeter to Great Yarmouth - with a change at Victoria Coach Station - due to an NUR national rail strike around 1980.
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« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2018, 02:42:44 pm »

And there was me thinking it was a thread about Dame Barbara, or for those of a certain age, Jayne Mansfield ! Shocked

I wonder if you could do a journey from Ogle in Northumberland to Busta (off the A970) in Shetland without the Thought Police getting after you !
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« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2018, 02:56:24 pm »

And there was me thinking it was a thread about Dame Barbara, or for those of a certain age, Jayne Mansfield ! Shocked

I wonder if you could do a journey from Ogle in Northumberland to Busta (off the A970) in Shetland without the Thought Police getting after you !


Pamela Anderson !!!!
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