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    British Airways mask requirements

    I'm thinking of taking an Edinburgh to London trip with British Airways shortly, as I have travel vouchers burning a hole in my pocket. I'm not really keen on flying right now, but I'd rather use them sooner than later. I can't find much about it on BA's website, but I know EasyJet are...
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    LNER advance tickets - alteration options

    I was meant to be going to a festival near Kettering over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The organisers were very hopeful it would go ahead, but due to government refusal to underwrite cancellation insurance, I found out today it's been cancelled. Unfortunately, I'd already booked my travel...
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    First flight on Mars!

    It's just been confirmed that the Ingenuity helicopter made its first test flight, and all went as planned. History has been made as humans made their first ever powered flight on another planet. Incredible stuff...
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    Vehicle History: Leyland Fleetline (was DMS discussion)

    It was already becoming abundantly clear by the mid-seventies that the DMS was a flawed vehicle that didn't work properly in London, and there was a serious need for something better. The Metropolitans appeared at a time when new vehicles were desperately needed - remember that in the...
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    The Train Now Departing, BBC 1988

    I recently ran into all six episodes of this BBC series on YouTube, and it was a treat to see them again after many years. I was fourteen years old when they were originally shown, and didn't remember much beyond an evocative theme tune, and various bits of footage of steam specials. The show...
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    Grammar schools

    mods note split from this thread: https://www.railforums.co.uk/threads/brexit-matters.211154/unread Oh, you have got to be kidding me. Grammar schools were never about giving poor backgrounds a good education. For many decades, they've been about keeping the oiks in their place, and diverting...
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    Trivia: Adjacent stations starting with adjacent letters

    The Airdrie to Bathgate line has four stations beginning with consecutive letters of the alphabet in a row, these being Armadale, Blackridge, Caldercruix and Drumgelloch. Is this unique? Can it be beaten? I've not noticed it anywhere else. If you have, let me know. :) Give me your alphabetical...
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    Trivia: Train types where significant withdrawals took place before the last ones were built

    I'm sure you get what I mean here, but I'm not sure I can think of any specific examples in the world of rail. Are there any classes built over a long period of time, which had multiple withdrawals before the last ones were delivered? Only example I can think of is in the bus world - London...
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    UK rail fleet reliability data

    I'm looking for some MTIN data, specifically for HSTs and Class 80x trains. I've previously managed to find this by Googling around a bit, but this morning my internet search powers are weak, and I can't seem to find anything. Is this data available for public use anywhere?
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    Your first experiences of computers

    Inspired by the thread about your first mobile phone, I thought I'd ask about your first experiences with using computers. I was a kid as the home computer boom took place in the early eighties, and it's a time I'm very nostalgic about. I remember clearly the very first time I actually saw a...
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    The Beeching Report as a form of art

    Not sure if this is the right place to write about this, but it seems like a good fit. I was listening to BBC 6 Music last night, and heard a track called "Christ's Hospital" by Gilroy Mere. The presenter pointed out it was inspired by the railway station, and as it was a really interesting...
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    Trains to Chernobyl

    Film of the train from Slavutych to Chernobyl, for plant workers This has just gone on my bucket list as a journey I really have to make. I visited the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone last year, but didn't go by train. This is a service that isn't open to the public, but with suitable prior...
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    Edinburgh to London - BA vs. LNER

    I'm itching to get away for a few days, so I'm looking at a trip to London. I'm very used to travelling this route by both plane and train, and usually the deciding factor is price. In terms of convenience, comfort and speed, I generally don't find there to be much in it. At the moment...
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    Will Sturgeon introduce border-crossing restrictions?

    Nicola Sturgeon held a press conference concerning the new restrictions in the north of England, advising Scots not to travel there unless absolutely necessary. Fair enough, but it's got me wondering if she might try limiting travel across the border as a whole, or impose some sort of...
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    Retractioning and alternative fuels projects and experiments

    Right, I'm trying to build up a list of all the recent alternative propulsion systems experiments and projects in the UK. I think I've got most of them, but I'm sure others might have slipped through the net. I'll exclude bi-modes as they're now well-established, and the basic principle was...
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    Southern Electric modelling ideas

    So...I've been thinking about building a layout for ages, and having had some time recently (haha!) I've come up with some ideas and themes. I've always been a fan of the BR blue era, and I also love an air of dereliction and decay. I know a lot of enthusiasts prefer their railways bustling and...
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    Last Big Four employees?

    Does anyone know when the last member(s) of staff to have worked for a Big Four company left railway service? I wonder if any made it all the way through BR service to the modern privatised era. It seems possible to me. If you started at the age of 15, say, in 1947, you could easily have...
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    Uncomfortable trains of old

    There seems to be a common view these days that modern trains are all gruesomely uncomfortable, and all older trains provided superior comfort. However, I've never been convinced that this is the case. Plenty of older trains provided grim travel experiences. I was just looking at some photos...
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    Mark 1 suburban coaches

    I'm a bit curious about the final years of BR's loco-hauled, non-gangwayed Mark 1 coaches. Obviously they weren't built or used for very long, as DMUs came along and were cheaper and easier to operate, but a few survived on peak-time Great Northern diagrams out of King's Cross and Moorgate until...
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    Final movements of the Class 76

    I've always been curious about what happened in the immediate aftermath of the Woodhead line's closure as a through route. I know the last few through freights operated in July 1981, but after that, were there ever any more Class 76 operations under their own power? For example, were any locos...

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