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    Smoking on Trains

    Just over a year ago I was travelling from Stansted to Liverpool Street on one of the new (class 745?) units when it came to a halt somewhere in the Lee Valley. The driver announced that it was because someone had been smoking, and after a few minutes we continued on our way. What was...
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    Surbiton Station: Platforms 3 and 4 major works to address passenger congestion

    They aren't the original lifts, but yes, I think the lifts that were in the same positions were intended for mail and parcels, and the idea was to keep mail trolleys apart from passengers, without needing a completely separate bridge like at Woking. Passengers with a good reason could use the...
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    Cross Country Service Reductions and Alterations, 28-11-2021 onwards

    Timetables for next weekend have appeared at https://www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk/coronavirus-timetable-updates. The Voyager routes seem more affected than during the week -- a quick look suggests that 4 Reading-Manchester trains are missing compared with the 'new normal' post-Covid timetable...
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    Cross Country Service Reductions and Alterations, 28-11-2021 onwards

    Interesting. It definitely looks as if the inter-city type routes are at about half the pre-Covid frequency (or even less between Reading and Southampton); presumably other routes have been more normal until now.
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    Diesel Classes on the Island of Sodor.

    I've seen it commented on before that Thomas et al. are an exception in that steam locomotives elsewhere are often regarded as female, like boats; the most obvious explanation for the difference would seem to be that the original stories were written to entertain the author's son, not his daughters.
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    Cross Country Service Reductions and Alterations, 28-11-2021 onwards

    The other question which I don't think has yet been answered in detail is: This: touches on it, but it's hard to understand how Covid measures could make such a big difference (maybe at the height of lockdown and restrictions they could have, but less so now).
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    Trains without tracks

    There are these and these. Although they didn't run on roads, the 'trains' of parcels trolleys that used to be seen driving around major railway stations were a bit like what you're asking about. (This is the best picture I could find in a quick search, but more modern ones were in use until...
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    Oxford rationalisation - but keeping single company tickets!

    The sites were merged a few weeks ago. It wouldn't surprise me if the two brands and/or operations* were merged, but if that was the plan I don't know why they'd bother changing the X39/X40 from one to the other. (Indeed I'm not sure why they're doing that anyway). *I don't know how separate...
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    Oxford rationalisation - but keeping single company tickets!

    Opinions may differ as to whether this is a good thing, but Go-Ahead do have tickets valid on Thames Travel only and not OBC, despite having owned both companies for quite some years. To some extent this is a geographic distinction, but it's not a perfect one.
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    Why do Network Rail still use some imperial measurements?

    The way I think of it is to divide 100 by the number on the sign to get the figure that is meaningful to me. I.e. 20% = 100/20 = 1 in 5, 12% = 100/12 = 1 in 8 and a third, etc. I hadn't yet started school in 1974, but you're right that the rest of the world didn't suddenly change, and school...
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    Is there any split ticketing retailers who can search semi-flex fares?

    I've sometimes thought that would be useful.
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    Which countries/territories have abandoned railways altogether?

    Many YouTube videos these days have subtitles; some are automatically generated, but on that video I think it's a real transcript added by a human. If you hover the cursor over the picture you should see a rectangular symbol at the bottom, just to the left of the cogwheel symbol, and can click...
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    Stena Line Dublin - New Bus Service

    That's all very well if you just want to get from one side of the Irish Sea to the other, but many people will be travelling on from Holyhead by train and so using SailRail tickets, which can't be booked on the Stena website. This suggests that the solution is to book eastbound journeys by...
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    Trivia: Stations served by only one train type

    I'm not sure what the OP's intention was, but the wording doesn't say the stations have to be recent or still open. In decades gone by trains were probably more varied, but there might be some short-lived halts from the early years of d.m.u.s, or even the railmotor era, that fit the criteria...
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    Stena Line Dublin - New Bus Service

    Leaving aside the debate about whether we've reached the point where transport providers can reasonably tell anyone without a working smartphone to get lost, the wording on the Stena website is 'Tickets may be pre-purchased when making your booking online or also purchased at the Holyhead &...
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    Which countries/territories have abandoned railways altogether?

    There's a Wikipedia page here and a YouTube video (no moving trains, I'm afraid) here. (@Calthrop, if I remember rightly your computer doesn't do videos, but others may find it interesting). Apparently about 800m have been restored, with ambitions for more. The November Railway Magazine has a...
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    Mail pick-up/drop-off on the move

    Didcot has another preserved example. I recall that it requires quite vigorous acceleration to get the train up to speed in the distance available.
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    Oyster card expiring?

    Thankyou for the replies. I'm not sure how old the card is, but probably at least 10 years. I suppose I could use contactless (I wondered if I could add a Network Railcard to an Oyster card, but it appears not), but I'm not really keen on TFL (or anyone else) taking money out of my bank account...
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    Oyster card expiring?

    I have an unregistered PAYG Oyster card, which I've had for many years but only used occasionally (I'm not in London, other than the very edge, that often, and when I am, I often have a paper outboundary Travelcard or a through ticket from one side of London to the other). In late September I...
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    Bosnia and Hercegovina - politics and history

    Do you know if this makes any noticeable difference to economic prosperity, or are there too many other variables? Thankyou -- I'll add those to my long list of things to watch/listen to/read sometime. Have you (@Cloud Strife) ever read 'Eastern Approaches' by Fitzroy MacLean? A significant...

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