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    Railway bridge lettering at former Titley Junction station

    I recently walked along a footpath beside the old railway line from Kington to Titley Junction as part of a circular walk in Herefordshire. Beside the former Titley Junction station, there were the abutments of a former railway bridge over a minor road (the bridge has gone) marked in paint as...
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    Section of "Brunel Rail" near Dawlish

    On a quiet, narrow, country lane a few miles inland from Dawlish is a nursery business on the Ashcombe Road. It is private and not open to the public, but visible from the lane & in use as a section of fence are some lengths of metal which are claimed to be "I K Brunel rail from Starcross 1847"...
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    Real ale & craft beer in Bradford

    My wife & I are staying in central Bradford for three nights in March, can anyone suggest any real ale pubs and craft beer places to drink within walking distance? We'd probably want to eat some decent pub grub as well in the evening. Thanks in advance for any recommendations.
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    Miss-spelt name on Eurostar ticket - does it matter?

    I've got tickets for travel on Eurostar at the end of the month from London to Brussels and return. My ticket has my name spelt correctly on it, but my partner's has her first name miss-spelt; her surname is correct. Am I right in thinking that this will not be a problem, and that it is still...
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    Okehampton train & bus journey round Dartmoor

    I enjoyed a circular journey around the edges of Dartmoor today using the GWR summer Sunday train service to Okehampton. If you want to try it yourself, you'll need a Devon Ranger ticket (£13 or £8.60 with a railcard), and a ticket for the Okehampton to Gunnislake bus: show your rail ticket to...
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    Whitby Branch: Developer funding for improvements? What happened?

    I'm sure I remember reading a year or two back, about some developer funding becoming available -a potash mine?- that would pay for an extra passing loop and/or some significant frequency enhancements on the line. Anyone know anything more about this?
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    Access by local bus to the Glos & Warks Railway at Cheltenham Racecourse

    I visited the Glos & Warwickshire Railway yesterday, to travel on the new Broadway extension. I arrived in Cheltenham by Cross Country train and caught the frequent (every 10 minutes) bus from outside the station to the Park & Ride stop, from where it's about half a mile walk to Cheltenham...
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    Timetable trivia - through train Bristol TM to Gunnislake

    I was on Teignmouth station this lunchtime and was surprised to see a 12.06 departure to Gunnislake shown on the station departure board. It turns out that this is, in fact, a through service departing Bristol Temple Meads at 09.55. The train only operates through to Gunnislake for a few weeks...
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    new book - Britain's 100 best railway stations

    I've just noticed that author Simon Jenkins has a new weighty tome out, following on from his books about houses and churches. "Britain's 100 best railway stations" is out on 28th September, and presumably all about the best railway architecture. Hopefully as well as famous stations like...
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    TfL journey planner not giving rail options

    I seem to be a having a problem getting any rail options (Underground, National Rail, or Overground) out of the TfL journey planner. I tried it last night and again this afternoon. I've tried entering various journeys in it including something straightforward like "Paddington station to...
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    Through fares from National Rail to FFestiniog Railway

    Firstly, this is not a question about the Round Robin ticket.... We're visiting Llandudno for a few nights later this week, and would like to spend a day travelling over the Conwy Valley line to Blaenau Ffestiniog, and then the Ffestiniog Railway to Porthmadog. We would return by the same route...
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    class 115 DMU on the West Somerset Railway

    I had a ride over the West Somerset Railway from Bishop's Lydeard to Minehead and back today. I caught the 11.05 train from Bishop's Lydeard which is shown in the timetable as a diesel, and sure enough it was formed of the line's class 115 DMU. The view from the front of the DMU on a sunny...
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    Ebbw Vale redoubling updates

    Is there somebody on here who can report on progress with redoubling of (I think) a seven mile section of the Ebbw Vale branch? I'm sure it was due to be finished in 2016, and when I last travelled on the line in January of that year, a lot of the new track was already down. We're all used to...
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    Any news on Lynton & Barnstaple extension?

    The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway has put in a planning application to get powers to extend the railway to Blackmore Gate & Wistlandpound Reservoir. The application to North Devon Council was approved by them back in June; the application to Exmoor National Park was supposed to be announced in...
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    Permitted routes Didcot to Sherborne

    A few friends and I are planning to meet up in the rather splendid Dorset town of Sherborne for lunch & a beer or two. Lots of good looking pubs to choose from in this town. One of us is travelling from Didcot. The NRES website gives a Anytime Return (SDR) fare of £39.20 via Bath. However, I...
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    Former Seaton Junction station building

    An opportunity occurred last Sunday to have a proper look at what remains of the former station of Seaton Junction between Axminster & Honiton on the ex-LSWR/SR main line to Exeter; I've seen it a few times before from passing trains, but trains pass through at quite a lick, so it's only a...
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    Through fares to heritage railways & priv

    A couple of questions about through fares from the national network to heritage railways: 1. Are any of them available at a priv rate, and if so, which ones? 2. With specific regard to the through West Somerset Railway product (WSR AWAYDAY), is it available from Taunton station? The GWR...
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    Okehampton: Sunday day trips

    I had a very enjoyable day trip along the normally freight only line to Okehampton in Devon yesterday. Devon County Council are paying for four return trips a day on Sundays operated by Great Western Railway. Next Sunday, 11th September, is the last date of operation this year if you'd like to...
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    Dartmoor Sunday Rover again in 2016?

    I've spent some time online today unsuccessfully trying to find out if the Dartmoor Sunday Rover ticket is going to be available again this year. This combined rail & bus ticket has been available for several years now and is excellent value at £10 for a day's unlimited travel. Great Western...
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    Double track on the Redditch branch

    I finally got around to taking a Cross City train from Birmingham New Street to the branch line terminus of Redditch yesterday. I've been meaning to do the trip for a while; mainly to view the new double-track section at the intermediate branch station of Alvechurch, installed so that the train...