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    How did you get around London before the M25 opened?

    In the 1960s for a route which today is M40, M25, North Orbital, we would go Beaconsfiield, Amersham, Chesham, Bovingdon Green, Hemel Hempstead, M10 and then North orbital, crossing London, to or from the west, either the A40 and North Circular, the A40 followed by Euston Road and connections...
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    Trivia: Railways that were proposed for closure but did not closed.

    Trains from High Wycombe would have gone to Paddington and those from Amersham were to be replaced by Metropolitan Line services to Baker Street. So I think the line from South Ruislip to Marylebone would have closed. From Marylebone to somewhere convenient for motorways, the idea was a...
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    Settlement of £115.50 for 'Failing to show a valid rail ticket' (due to expired railcard) - help please!

    Print or display something on the ticket to show that evidence of a railcard had been supplied. It assumes ticket sellers have access to a database of valid railcards. Although there are numerous ticket selling sites there are only a limited number of ticket engines that supply and price the...
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    Settlement of £115.50 for 'Failing to show a valid rail ticket' (due to expired railcard) - help please!

    The system would be more customer friendly if (a) there was a warning when attempting to purchase a discounted ticket without a railcard valid for the dates of travel (b) when the ticket had been purchased with a valid card, it was flagged so it was no longer necessary to produce the railcard...
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    Possible end to paper tickets in South East?

    I would have thought it just needs a mechanism of registering a contactless card or cards against the discount Railcard How easy that woud be to do in practice and whether it would run into legal complications is another matter. For leisure travellers, the absence of Railcard discounts is a...
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    "Passengers travelling from stations on the Greenford branch or Ealing broadway may travel via Slough"

    There's also a question of convenience. Using a paper ticket on the branches and contactless on the main line is going to be influenced by how easy or difficult it will be to change from one ticket type to another by touching in or out when changing at Twyford, Maidenhead or Slough.
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    "Passengers travelling from stations on the Greenford branch or Ealing broadway may travel via Slough"

    Isn't that trying to say or instruct computer software that when someone buys a ticket at Ealing to travel to Reading, it's neessary to take a direct train? In other words heading in the wrong direction to Paddington and going to Reading non-stop isn't allowed on the usual ticket.
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    Cross London tickets rejected by ticket barriers at Lancaster Gate station

    Would they have to be terminals? Changing at Stratford may work for east of London National Rail destinations. It might be subjective, but the underground walk at Oxford Circus between the Central and Bakerloo seems as long as the walk from Lancaster Gate to Paddington and then there's the...
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    Lines that should have been mainlines

    It got taken over by the Great Western early in its history, but I wonder whether the Wycombe Railway ever had plans to double its route. It ran from Maidenhead to Oxford and Aylesbury via High Wycombe and Princes Risborough. The stretch from High Wycombe to Risborough was eventually doubled as...
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    Ealing Broadway Validators

    For those travelling from beyond West Drayton particularly off the Branches. doesn't it encourage the continued use of paper travelcards to enable a smoother and quicker change?
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    Shortest-lived rolling stock

    There was a design of GWR Autocoach attributed to Hawksworth constructed in the early 1950s almost parallel to the early DMUs. Apart from the many preserved on heritage lines, they didn't last that long before being replaced by 121 Bubble Cars. In its early days British Railways constructed...
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    Petrol panic buying

    If you follow a strategy of minimising the time spent in petrol stations then you fill the tank and run it down to the warning light. On average then, you are running with about a half full tank. £ 30 is aboyt half a tank's worth, so you refill when down to about half full. That way on average...
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    Pollution on UK newest trains

    I was actually thinking of those services with Class 37s and Mk2s that used to pop up in parts of the country from time to time. The Welsh and Nova3 trains are additional examples.
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    Pollution on UK newest trains

    How many trains are pulled (or pushed) by a diesel engine in 2021? I can think of the remaining HSTs, Chiltern loco hauled, DRS services if still running, the sleeper to Cornwall and some rail tours. That's if they are using the term "engine" to mean locomotive. If they are referring to...
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    Pollution on UK newest trains

    So where did that story about new trains, meaning the GWR 80x trains, being more polluting than the Marylebone Road come from? If there's a problem with diesel exhaust fumes entering passenger accommodation, it's been with us over sixty years, ninety if you include the AEC railcars.
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    Pollution on UK newest trains

    What's all that nonsense about sitting at the back well behind the "locomotive" when travelling to the West Country? Did it escape their attention that locomotives on passenger trains are a thing of the past and that even bi-modes have underfloor engines? They could have advised travelling in...
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    Railcards: expiry and renewal reminders

    Have other lapsed Railcard holders received an email inviting application for a new card? I recall that when it expired sometime last year, there was silence, not even a reminder not to purchase discounted tickets without renewing.
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    DMU identification please

    Network South East seemingly lumped Marylebone services with Paddington ones as a diesel island and ordered the same replacement stock (165s) for both. Then around the same time, the idea of a regular semi-fast London to Birmingham service via Wycombe was revived, only this time with Marylebone...
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    DMU identification please

    Weren't they confined to off peak workings? The peak workings being handled by a diesel locomotive and compartment stock, essentially a lightly modified steam era approach. I think the stock lasted until electrification and transfer of services to the Moorgate Northern City line. That was around...
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    DMU identification please

    It was a design quirk of the 115 fleet that it didn't even have internal gangways the whole length of a carriage, Whilst laid out as saloons rather than compartments, there weren't even doors between the saloons. That could distinguish them from the externally similar 117s which operated out of...

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