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Old 6th May 2017, 20:47   #166
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I tell you what, I'm going to miss these trip reports when they come to an end.

More than a few Sprinters I need in there. I wonder why that 158 was so late into Stamford!
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Old 13th May 2017, 23:24   #167
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All-Line Railrover Ticket 1992

Saturday 5th September 1992
It being the football season I had a match to go to in Lincoln – but didn’t exactly go straight there.
Started from Nottingham with a St Pancras service (HST, 43064 at front, 43046 at rear) at 0707 to Leicester, arrived 0728.
Changed there to a service which started at Oakham (156422) at 0736 to Birmingham, arrived 0830.
Then a service from Wolverhampton (86224, Mk2f) at 0848, calling at Birmingham International, Coventry and Milton Keynes, to Euston, arrived 7 minutes late at 1045.
Walked along to King’s Cross for a Leeds train (91001, Mk4) at 1105 to Peterborough, arrived 2 minutes late at 1153.
Then it was the 1230 to Lincoln (156423), taking a little bit of a chance, but it arrived on time at 1356.
For the record, it was Lincoln City 1 Scunthorpe United 0.
Returned home as usual on a Leamington service (150229) at 1752, arrived Nottingham 1849.

Sunday 6th September 1992
As usual with the Sunday lack of early trains from Nottingham other than in the London direction it meant a trip to the south coast, this one perhaps being my most ambitious.
Started with the 0825 to St Pancras (HST, 43061 at front), arriving 8 minutes early at 1049.
Plenty of time to get to Waterloo for the 1125 to Portsmouth Harbour via Guildford (Class 421 emu no.1302), arriving at 1259.
The high speed catamarans had now taken over from the boats to Ryde, and from the Pier Head I got a service 2 minutes late at 1344 (Class 483 no. 008) to Shanklin, arrived 1407. Had fish and chips there, then returned on no. 008 again, which left 2 minutes late at 1514 from Shanklin to Ryde Pier Head, arrived 1538.
Back at Portsmouth Harbour for the 1620 to Waterloo (442409), arrived 2 minutes early at 1752.
Then the 1835 from St Pancras (HST, 43072 at rear) to Nottingham, arrived 4 minutes late at 2027.

Monday 7th September 1992
The usual early start for the Monday, but for some reason not as early as I’d originally planned – maybe I couldn’t get up in time! Or it may possibly have been the 0604 to Crewe was cancelled.
At any rate, I started from Nottingham at 0622 on board 150209 which got me to Derby 4 minutes late at 0654. The later start meant I had to make things up as I went along and was unable to fit in one of the lines I had intended.
From Derby I got a service 2 minutes late (Metro-Cammell 2-car dmu) at 0732 to Crewe, arrived 12 minutes late at 0901.
Then a service 12 minutes late at 0926 (90013, Mk3) to Preston, arrived 9 minutes late at 1013.
From Preston it was a service 6 minutes late (86426, Mk2f) at 1020 to Edinburgh, arrived 1305. Didn’t stay long there, but got the 1330 to Glasgow Queen Street (158734), arriving 2 minutes early at 1418.
From there it was the 1429 to Dalmuir (320308), arriving at 1446.
Then the 1505 to Balloch (320319), arriving at 1526. No time to look for Loch Lomond, but returned on 320319 at 1538 to Partick, arriving at 1617.
A quick change there to the 1621 to Glasgow Central (303014), arriving at 1628.
I was back on schedule then with a Euston service (90007, Mk3) at 1701 to Crewe, arriving at 2016.
Then the 2030 to Nottingham (Derby 2-car dmu), arriving 2 minutes late at 2223.

Tuesday 8th September 1992
Surprisingly, a second early start in a row. I was originally due to get the 0658 to Derby, but must have got to the station early and so left at 0646 on a Cardiff service (158859), arrived 3 minutes early at 0711.
From Derby it was ‘The Armada’ from Leeds (HST, 43006 at front) 2 minutes late at 0740 and which travelled via Weston-super-Mare to Plymouth, arriving 13 minutes early at 1225. Had a little walk around Plymouth, then put a little black on the map with the 1345 to Gunnislake (Derby 2-car dmu), arriving 3 minutes early at 1429. I remained on the train, which returned at 1436 to Plymouth, arriving at 1519.
Now I was scheduled to return to Nottingham via London, departing at 1535, and I remember there were some delays to departures from Plymouth but not what the reason was. The upshot was I returned straight to Derby on a service (47810, Mk2f) which left 27 minutes late at 1615. Again, it’s completely disappeared from my memory what went on, but arrival in Derby was a massive 1 hour and 45 minutes late at 2221.Luckily, I was able to get what must have been the last train of the day to Nottingham (150125) which left at 2238 and arrived 2 minutes early at 2304. So a taxi home.

Wednesday 9th September 1992
I did very well to make it three early starts in a row. This time intentionally leaving Nottingham on the 0646, all the way to Cardiff (158847). In those days it went from Bromsgrove via Droitwich and Worcester Shrub Hill. Arrived Cardiff Central 2 minutes early at 1022.
Then for some black on the map it was a service from Penarth (150269) at 1100 to Rhymney, arrived 1157. Not much to do there, but I hung around until a Penarth train (150270) at 1310 to Cardiff Queen Street, arrived 1402.
A quick change there to the 1406 (143602) to Cardiff Bute Road, as it was then still known, arrived 1409. To save messing about going back to Queen Street I instead walked to Central for a Manchester Piccadilly service (158842) at 1443 to Shrewsbury, arriving 2 minutes late at 1643.
Interestingly there was then a service for Nottingham from there at 1705 (158854) but for some reason there was a change to another unit (158775) at Birmingham. Arrival back at Nottingham was at 1947.

Thursday 10th September
I would have been ready for the later start on this day! It was to be another of my roamings around the South London suburban area, picking up some bits of black on the map.
Left Nottingham on the 0937 to St Pancras (HST, 43052 at front, 43051 at rear), arriving 18 minutes late at 1130. This messed up my chances of getting an 1140 service from Victoria, but I was able to follow my schedule running half an hour later than planned.
After the Victoria Line to Victoria I got the 1210 from there (456020) to London Bridge via Denmark Hill, arriving at 1233.
Then a service from Charing Cross (Class 415 emu no. 5410) at 1300 to Hayes, arrived 1331.
I’d originally allowed over an hour at Hayes for some reason, but altered it so as to spend more time in Dartford later, so now I was running half an hour earlier than planned!
From Hayes I got a Charing Cross train (Class 415 emu no. 5407) at 1348 to Elmers End, arrived 1356 where I was lucky enough to get the 1357 departure to Addiscombe (Class 416 emu no. 6415), arriving at 1402. This meant I was now an hour earlier than planned.
Returned on the same unit from Addiscombe at 1418 to Elmers End, arriving at 1423.Then it was a Charing Cross train (Class 415 emu no. 5154) at 1427 to Lewisham, arrived 1440.
Then a service from Charing Cross to Gravesend (Class 415 emu no. 5419) 5 minutes late at 1453 non-stop to Dartford, arrived 3 minutes late at 1517.
After a walk around Dartford I left there now back on my original schedule on a Cannon St train (Class 415 emu no. 5624) at 1700 to Bexleyheath, arrived 1709.
Then it was a train from Cannon St (Class 415 emu no. 5264) 3 minutes late at 1728 to Slade Green, arrived 3 minutes late at 1736.
Then service from Dartford (an unrecorded emu – doubtless a Class 415) at 1740 to London Bridge via Plumstead, arrived 3 minutes early at 1822.
Up the Northern Line to King’s Cross for a Leeds train (91001, Mk4) at 1850 to Peterborough, arrived 2 minutes late at 1938.
Then a service from Ipswich (156407) at 1951 to Nottingham, arrived 4 minutes early at 2049.

Friday 11th September
I would have been glad of another late start, leaving Nottingham on a Liverpool to Stansted Airport train (158849) at 1026 via Loughborough to Peterborough, arrived 8 minutes late at 1142.
Then a service from Glasgow Central (91020, Mk4) 5 minutes late at 1155 to King’s Cross, arrived 1242.
I must have been lucky with the Circle Line as I was able to depart Liverpool Street on a Norwich train (321355) at 1300 to Ipswich, arriving at 1418.
Then it was a service at 1441 to Felixstowe (Metro-Cammell 2-car dmu), arrived at 1507. Can’t remember what I found to do in Felixstowe for so long before returning to Ipswich at 1645 (Metro-Cammell 2-car dmu), arriving at 1712.
Then the 1803 to Nottingham (156402), arriving 4 minutes early at 2049.
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Quite a varied week. Including Scotland and the south east. Still a lot of slam door stock on the southern but not much first generation stuff elsewhere.
There was lots of colour on the railway around then with all the different liveries etc.
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That was a good bit of variety across the week, it must be noted. The long wait in Rhymney must have been outrageously boring, it's bad enough waiting for the turnaround time as it is let alone waiting for the next train! I do wonder when Bute Road got renamed to Bay mind, I'm sure it was Bay by the mid 1990s when I last went to Techni?uest just around the corner. Oh we loved that place back in childhood!

Some adventurous schedules you had there, and of course some of those lines are now tram lines in South London.

That was quite an extreme delay you had coming back from Plymouth too, no wonder you needed a later start after all those early rises mind!

As always an enjoyable read!
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The long wait in Rhymney must have been outrageously boring, it's bad enough waiting for the turnaround time as it is let alone waiting for the next train! I do wonder when Bute Road got renamed to Bay mind, I'm sure it was Bay by the mid 1990s
That was quite an extreme delay you had coming back from Plymouth too, no wonder you needed a later start after all those early rises mind!
I didn't have to wait that long in Rhymney as I could have departed on the same unit as I arrived on - but I never liked to do that unless it was unavoidable (e.g. Gunnislake).

Apparently Bute Road became Cardiff Bay in 1994.

Like I said - I've completely forgotten anything of that late running journey back from Plymouth to Derby. By that time any non-HST Cross-Country journeys were - as with that one - a 47/8 and five or six coaches. I was never very keen on those, remembering the full-length 45 or 47-hauled trains of yesteryear.
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Midlands Rover Ticket 1993

Saturday 5th June 1993
An early start from Nottingham with a Crewe train (150235) at 0604 to Derby, arrived 0631. Changed there to the 0641 to Birmingham (47806, Mk2f), arriving at 0728.
From Birmingham it was the 0740 to Worcester Foregate Street (150104), calling at Barnt Green, Bromsgrove and Droitwich, arrived 0823.
Then I got a Hereford to Paddington service for my first ride on a Networker Turbo (165109) at 0849 to Oxford, arriving at 1004.
As it was late running I was then able to change to a service 7 minutes late at 1009 (47845, Mk2d) to Leamington, arriving only 2 minutes late at 1045.
From there I got the 1111 to Birmingham Snow Hill (150214), arrived 1156
Walked to New Street in time for a service at 1209 (310102) to Stafford, arriving at 1249.
Spent an hour there before setting off on a Macclesfield service (304003) at 1351 to see friends at Stone, arriving there 2 minutes late at 1403.
Returned from Stone on a service from Wolverhampton (310105) at 1653 to Stoke, arrived 1705.
Then it was a Skegness train (Class 118 dmu) from Stoke which left 21 minutes late at 1806 back to Nottingham, arriving 22 minutes late at 1932.

Sunday 6th June 1993
This was my annual visit to the Great Central at Loughborough.
Got the 0912 to Derby (158791), arriving 2 minutes early at 0933.
Then a Sheffield to St Pancras service (HST, 43043 at front) 10 minutes late at 1003 to Loughborough, arriving 28 minutes late at 1040 – I’m guessing it was due to engineering work.
Returned from Loughborough on a Nuneaton to Lincoln service (158793) at 1410 to Nottingham, arriving at 1439.

Monday 7th June 1993
Started from Nottingham with a Crewe train (153323) at 0913 to Derby, arrived 0938. Changed there to a Birmingham service (158788) at 1027 to Birmingham, arrived 2 minutes early at 1119.
Then a Hereford service (150012) at 1130 to Kidderminster, arrived 1202.
Travelled on Severn Valley Railway, then returned from Kidderminster on a service 4 minutes late (156406) at 1605 to Stourbridge Junction, arrived 3 minutes late at 1615.
Put a tiny amount of black on the map then with a service 2 minutes late at 1617 (153314) to Stourbridge Town, arrived 1619. Remained on train and returned at 1630 to Stourbridge Junction, arriving at 1632.
Then it was a service 5 minutes late (150012 again) at 1650 to Birmingham, arriving 1710.
Then back to Nottingham at 1717 (158713), arriving 8 minutes late at 1834.

Tuesday 8th June 1993
Got a Cardiff service (158860) at 1031 to Burton-on-Trent, arrived 1110. Visited a bookshop there then got a train from Nottingham (150008) 3 minutes late at 1248 to Birmingham, arrived 1326.
Walked to Snow Hill for the 1422 (150009) to Stratford, arrived 7 minutes late at 1520.
Returned from there via Solihull on a service 4 minutes late (150210) at 1614 to Birmingham New Street, arrived 7 minutes late at 1700.
Then a Cardiff to Cleethorpes train (158860) 2 minutes late at 1719 to Nottingham, arrived 35 minutes late at 1901.

Wednesday 9th June 1993
Started from Nottingham with a Sleaford to Narborough train of all services (156407) at 0950 to Leicester, arrived 2 minutes early at 1020.
Must have paid my way to Stamford and back, getting a Coventry to Norwich service (158780) 5 minutes late at 1103 to Stamford, arrived 9 minutes late at 1148.
Visited Robert Humm’s bookshop, then got what I’ve recorded as a service making a special stop at Stamford (158859) back to Leicester.
Returned from Leicester on a St Pancras to Sheffield service (HST, 43064 at front) 13 minutes late at 1537 to Derby, arrived 15 minutes late at 1607.
Then a service 11 minutes late at 1646 to Nottingham (153376), arrived 12 minutes late at 1716.

Friday 11th June 1993
Just a visit to the bookshops in Birmingham.
Got a Crewe train (156462) at 0913 to Derby, arrived 0938.
Made a quick change to ‘The Devonian’ from Leeds to Paignton (HST) at 0941 to Birmingham, arrived 17 minutes late at 1040.
Returned on the 1419 to Nottingham (150132), arriving 6 minutes early at 1536.

I haven’t bothered with details of the Thursday as it was just an uneventful trip to London and back, evidently not making use of my Rover ticket.
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I had forgotten there used to be Birmingham to Hereford services via Kidderminster, that sounds so bizarre these days. I did such a run many, many years ago myself, must have been very late 1990s or maybe even in 2001. That was years before I got into the railway though.

You certainly got some variety on that rover, it must be said!
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I remember when the Birmingham - Cardiff Sprinter services first began (worked by Class 155s and with a refreshment trolley) they were routed via Kidderminster and Worcester Shrub Hill. Not sure if they've featured in these reports, but I have a note of a journey on 12th March 1988, returning from a football match at Kidderminster (we drew 3-3), when I got a service from Cardiff (155313) at 1706 which arrived Birmingham New Street 8 minutes late at 1749.

I don't think that routing lasted long before they were switched to run via Bromsgrove and Shrub Hill, and now of course they cut out Worcester altogether.
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All-Line Railrover Ticket 1993

Saturday 4th September 1993
As with the previous year I took the long way round to go to a football match in Lincoln.
An early start from Nottingham with a Skegness service (156418) at 0615 to Grantham, arrived 0659.
Then a service from Leeds (91023, Mk4) at 0726, calling at Peterborough only, to King’s Cross, arrived 8 minutes early at 0835.
Went by Victoria Line to Seven Sisters then to get a little bit of black on the map, got a service from Liverpool Street (315832) at 0915 to Enfield Town, arrived 0927. Walked to Enfield Chase for a service from Hertford North (313033) at 1003 to King’s Cross, arrived 1025.
Left King’s Cross on a Glasgow service (91009, Mk4) at 1100 to Peterborough, arrived 1145.
Then a service 4 minutes late at 1155 to Lincoln (156488), arrived 1315.
For the record, the game ended Lincoln City 0 Preston North End 2.
Returned home as usual on a Coventry service (156401) at 1815 to Nottingham, arrived 4 minutes late at 1917.

Sunday 5th September 1993
The usual drill for a Sunday - got a service which had started at Derby (HST, 43083 at front, 43089 at rear) 4 minutes late at 0829, ‘all stations’, even including Bedford and Luton, to St Pancras, arrived 1057.
Round on the Circle Line to Liverpool Street for the 1150 to Southend Victoria (321361), arrived 3 minutes early at 1253.
Walked down to the seafront for fish & chips before going to Southend Central for a service from Fenchurch Street (312785) 5 minutes late at 1416 to Shoeburyness for a little black on the map. Arrived there 5 minutes late at 1425 and returned on a service 2 minutes late at 1432 (312795) to Fenchurch Street, arrived 1539.
Can’t remember why or where I then hung around until departing King’s Cross on a Leeds service (91011, Mk4) at 1710 non-stop to Peterborough, arrived 1757.
Then it was a Cambridge to Liverpool train (158786) 7 minutes late at 1822, calling at Stamford only, to Nottingham, arrived 5 minutes late at 1929.

Monday 6th September 1993
By now I was having to travel quite far afield to get some black on the map.
As usual with the Monday it was an early start from Nottingham with a Skegness service (153378) at 0625 to Grantham, arrived 0707.
Then a service from King’s Cross (91021, Mk4) 2 minutes late at 0720 to Edinburgh, arrived 6 minutes late at 1115.
Then the 1140 to North Berwick (305501), arrived 1210.
I had my sandwiches there overlooking the beach, then returned to Edinburgh at 1320 (305517), arriving 3 minutes late at 1353.
Then I managed a ride on the Cardenden, or Fife, Circle service via Dunfermline (150257), departing Edinburgh at 1415 and arriving back there at 1607.
Then in order to get a good seat from Waverley I first travelled on a Glasgow Queen Street service (158712) 11 minutes late at 1641 to Haymarket, arriving 14 minutes late at 1648. This meant I was able to board a Glasgow Central to King’s Cross train (91019, Mk4) there, which left 14 minutes late at 1709. Although it stopped at most stations, including Dunbar and Alnmouth, it missed out Retford and presumably wasn’t scheduled for Grantham either, as I alighted at Newark North Gate, 13 minutes late at 2044. This left far too much time to walk to Newark Central for a Lincoln to Leicester service (153385) at 2129 to Nottingham, arriving at 2151.

Tuesday 7th September 1993
And another long journey for a new line to travel on.
Started from Nottingham with a service from Sheffield - ‘The Robin Hood’ (HST, 43045 at front, 43049 at rear) at 0739, calling at Leicester only, to St Pancras, arrived 0910.
Plenty of time to get to Paddington on the Circle Line for another named train– ‘The Cornish Riviera’ to Penzance (HST, 43192 at rear) which left 3 minutes late at 1038 and called at Reading, Exeter and Plymouth only and which got me to Liskeard 7 minutes late at 1409.
The three-minute connection at Liskeard was evidently held, as I departed on a Class 117 dmu 9 minutes late at 1415 to Looe, arriving 3 minutes late at 1435. I remained on the train which left 3 minutes late at 1438 back to Liskeard, arriving 7 minutes late at 1506.
Once again the connection was probably held, as I got a service from Penzance (47810, Mk2f) 5 minutes late at 1508 to Plymouth, arrived 4 minutes late at 1532.
Unlike the previous year I had better luck returning from Plymouth, doing the full journey of a service departing at 1544 (47848, Mk2f), and arriving at Derby on time at 2038.
Then it was a service from Crewe (156419) at 2053 to Nottingham, arrived 2121.

Wednesday 8th September 1993
From Nottingham I got the 0720 to Birmingham (158846), arrived 2 minutes early at 0842.
Then an Aberystwyth service (156412) 2 minutes late at 0927 to Machynlleth, arrived 1210. Changed to a service starting from there at 1220 (150121) and went all the way to Pwllheli, arriving 2 minutes early at 1452. A long way for a little black on the map, never having been beyond Portmadoc before, but I was always ready for a ride on the Festiniog Railway so returned on the same unit (Machynlleth-bound) 2 minutes late at 1501 to Portmadoc, arriving 2 minutes late at 1524. Walked to the Harbour Station in time for the 1550 to Blaenau Ffestiniog, arriving there at 1655.
Then it was a service 5 minutes late at 1710 to Llandudno Junction (156455), arrived 1800. I was able to get an earlier train than planned, departing at 1804 to Chester (158765), arrived 4 minutes early at 1859 where I changed to my scheduled service at 1927 to Crewe (158770), arriving 2 minutes early at 1946.
Then a service at 2031 to Nottingham (153320), arrived 20 minutes late at 2237, but still in time for a bus home.

Thursday 9th September 1993
This day was my London suburban lines trip, filling in the map with some more black.
From Nottingham, got the 0838 to St Pancras (HST, 43087 at front, 43103 at rear), arrived 1025.
Then round on the Circle Line for the 1054 from Liverpool Street to Chingford (315846), arrived 1119. Had a brief look around – not much to see – then returned at 1144 to Liverpool Street (317393), arrived 1208.
Then it was off to Waterloo for a service at 1317 to Chessington (5855), arrived 2 minutes late at 1349. Returned on the same unit at 1403 on a Waterloo service as far as Raynes Park, arrived 1416. Changed there to a service from Waterloo (5901) at 1423 to Shepperton, arrived 1451.
Had a brief look around, then returned on the same unit on a Waterloo service at 1507 to Hampton, arrived 1517. Walked from there to Hampton Court for a Waterloo service (5739) 2 minutes late at 1611 to Surbiton, arrived 1617.
From Surbiton it was a Waterloo to Guildford service (5869) at 1636 to Hinchley Wood, arrived 1640. Then a service from Guildford (5859) 2 minutes late at 1651 to Waterloo, arrived 1715. Why I went to Hinchley Wood and back I can’t remember.
From Waterloo to King’s Cross for a Glasgow train (91001, Mk4) at 1800 non-stop to Peterborough, arrived 1847. Then a Cambridge to Liverpool service (158860) at 1857 which must have been via Loughborough as it was non-stop to Nottingham, arriving 4 minutes late at 2006.

Friday 10th September 1993
Instead of London suburban this was Manchester suburban to get some more black on the map.
Started from Nottingham with a Grantham to Liverpool service (156422) at 0735 to Stockport, arrived 2 minutes early at 0923. Changed there to a Deansgate to Crewe service (Metro-Cammell 2-car dmu) 2 minutes late at 0949 to Wilmslow, arrived 2 minutes late at 1000.
Then a Warrington service (Metro-Cammell 2-car dmu) at 1013 to Heald Green, arrived 3 minutes late at 1022. From there it was a service from Manchester Piccadilly (305511) at 1027 to Manchester Airport on the line which had opened the previous May, arrived there 1032.
From Manchester Airport I got a Blackpool North service (150141) at 1057 to Salford Crescent, arrived 1123. Then a service from Bolton (142062) 3 minutes late at 1131 to Rochdale, arrived 1159.
From Rochdale I got a Wigan service (142064) at 1215 back to Salford Crescent via Oldham, arrived 2 minutes early at 1255.
Then it was a Southport to Chester service (150146) at 1309 to Stockport, arrived 1330.
From Stockport I got a Stalybridge service (Metro-Cammell 2-car dmu) at 1356 to Guide Bridge via Reddish South and Denton, arriving 2 minutes late at 1411. Changed there to a service from Manchester Piccadilly (Metro-Cammell 2-car dmu) at 1430 to Rose Hill Marple, arrived 1453.
Hung around there until returning on the same unit at 1527 back via Guide Bridge to Manchester Piccadilly, arrived 1558.
Then it was a Hadfield service (305518) at 1625 to Glossop, arrived 3 minutes late at 1658. Waited for the 1729 to Manchester Piccadilly (305509) via Hadfield arriving at 1816.
As usual when returning from Manchester, rather than fighting for a seat at Piccadilly I went to Oxford Road on what was presumably the first available service, on board 158806.
From Oxford Road it was a Liverpool to Peterborough service (an unrecorded Class 158) at 1840 to Nottingham, arriving 13 minutes late at 2046.
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That looked like a good week with some nice scenery thrown in. As you say, running out of new track in some areas.
You must have nearly written them all up by now?
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One East Midlands and one All-Line to go!
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Well I've enjoyed reading them, thanks for putting them on here.
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I've been thoroughly enjoying the reads from start to finish, and gutted the series is coming to an end!

I'm genuinely curious, why didn't you book hotels or such like on these All Line Rovers? It would have made it so much easier to get your required far away branches, surely?
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I'm genuinely curious, why didn't you book hotels or such like on these All Line Rovers? It would have made it so much easier to get your required far away branches, surely?
My excuse was always the cost on top of the ticket itself.
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I went for the night train (in the seated bit) and the travelling mk2 or mk3 shower/bath in one of the toilets.
Mind you I had quite a way to travel from Devon to get to Scotland etc
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