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Recent content by A0wen

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    East West Mainline interchanges

    I was being tongue in cheek. Cambridge has grown which has led to the modernisation - the centre of Cambridge less so. The reality is whilst there might be enough for a train load of enthusiasts a couple of times a week to have a steam hauled Cambridge - Bletchley with a rake of Mk1s, there is...
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    East West Mainline interchanges

    I guess the question is whether EWR should be a fit for 21st century public transport link or a glorified museum harking back to the 1950s. My money is on the latter.
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    Trivia: Stations that lost their suffix

    Agreed - in days gone by I'd have spoken to a former neighbour about it; he worked at Bridge Street Yard in the 1960s before heading down to Euston until he retired in the 1980s, sadly he's no longer with us. I suspect he might have had some info.
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    East West Mainline interchanges

    Well, let's see what the report *actually* said: "There is also the potential to consider longer distance Cross Country passenger services that could be made direct by running via the western section of EWR. In addition to the potential for new passenger operations, the linkages between the...
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    Trivia: Stations that lost their suffix

    An interesting one is Letchworth - which started out as Letchworth Garden City up until 1937 when it was renamed Letchworth. It then regained the Garden City suffix in 1999.
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    East West Mainline interchanges

    Well if you think a draughty, steam heat Mk1 running at 60 mph is a better offer than either a Voyager or 158 running regular, clock face timings at closer to 100mph, then I think you're wearing your sepia tinted glasses.
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    East West Mainline interchanges

    I'm sure I'm having deja vu - and previously when freight from Felixstowe was talked about it was determined that EWR wasn't the solution, in part because Newmarket had gauge restrictions and you'd have to run them through Cambridge, whereas sorting out Ely North junction was a far better...
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    East West Mainline interchanges

    Perhaps for the same reason that LNER don't stop all theirs at Peterborough or Avanti stop any of theirs at Northampton ? And whilst not Thameslink there is now the Corby electrics service which runs 2tph and stops at Bedford / Luton. As an interchange for people coming from Leicester /...
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    Trivia: Stations that lost their suffix

    I'm not sure it is - I think when the station opened what is now known as Cotton End was actually Bridge Street. Take a look at this map from 1899 from this site https://www.oldmapsonline.org/map/britishlibrary/mapsu145ubu12u3uf009ru1
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    A couple of questions regarding the AM10 and AM12 EMU's

    There are plenty of photos of Cravens DMUs at Moorgate and indeed of them on services to Huntingdon, Baldock and Royston among others. The book Kings Cross Lineside 1958-1984 by David Percival covers most of this in detail.
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    A couple of questions regarding the AM10 and AM12 EMU's

    It was a mix of Cravens 105 DMUs, Derby 116 DMUs and 31s with suburban stock on the GN for the outer suburbans. The inner suburbans were Class 125 Hydraulic DMUs - these went for scrap when the 313s arrived, the other DMUs were cascaded elsewhere.
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    A couple of questions regarding the AM10 and AM12 EMU's

    That wasn't the only problem - don't forget when the 312s were ordered there were only 25 of them to cover the GN electrification - IIRC a 3 tph service between Kings Cross and Royston (2 stopper, 1 fast). Electrification extended to Huntingdon in 1986 and Cambridge in 1988 - this necessitated...
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    London Liverpool Street to Watford Junction

    Worth remembering that the EPBs were 19.5m / carriage against 17.5m of the 501s. But I remember using the a few times NLL during the late 80s and early 90s and it was never that busy - off peak finding a seat was never a challenge. And the 313s which replaced them only had slightly more seats...
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    London Liverpool Street to Watford Junction

    At that point (mid 80s) the working hours were more likely 9 - 5.30pm particularly in the City. Curtailing office hours to 5pm wasn't that common until the mid 90s.
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    Mid 1970s Bedpan Line Timetable

    BIB - not sure that's right, because up to 1976 the GN also sent units down there and that included Cravens 105s, Class 31s which wouldn't have been tripcock fitted. In fact the helpful Railcar.co.uk website says in its piece on the 127s: "Test runs to Moorgate had to be abandoned as their...

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