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    What was the first "big" supermarket to open in your local area?

    The definition of "large supermarket" has changed over the years, in term of floor space, but my "tup'penneth" ... The first recognised self-service supermarket in York would have been Hillards in Hull Road (housed in a former factory unit, which I believe was used most prominently in the...
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    Most Interesting, Most Nostalgic, Most Boring, Most Hated

    Most Interesting: I hold fondly the stretch of the ECML between Newcastle and Edinburgh. Something for everyone: the Northumberland Coast; the urban residential and industrial landscapes of two large cities (those at either end); depots / sidings containing a range of stock; The Royal Border...
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    "Made up" suburbs in your town/city

    I must admit, I was not aware of "The Rise" - although to be honest I'm not overly familiar with Holgate. Until I looked it up, I wondered if it was some alternative name to "Station Rise", but evidently not. I certainly agree re: "Acomb Park" - my brother lives at the far end of Woodthorpe...
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    London North Eastern Railway First Class service

    Report from my most recent LNER First Class Trip Outbound: York - Dundee, 11.55, 09/01/20 This was my first experience of the new Azuma trains, and my first LNER run of the new decade. Train arrived early, and I got seated in my reserved single seat in coach L. Reasonably well loaded from...
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    London North Eastern Railway First Class service

    Just back from a York - Dundee trip. Brief account of how it went: Outbound - York - Dundee. 0736 (ex Leeds 07.10) - Friday 6th September. Train arrived on time at York. On boarding I immediately realised it was the tired old ex-EMT set, which was confirmed by the friendly chap who quickly...
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    London North Eastern Railway First Class service

    Friday 08/03/19 0736 York - Dundee (ex Leeds 0710). Train was "short formed" - missing Coach D in standard, and first class seating layout was different to the usual HST (the usual single airline seats on the left hand side were all in "bays" i.e. each passenger faced another). Very lightly...
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    London North Eastern Railway First Class service

    My recent findings were: Friday 4th January 0736 from York (originated at Leeds 0710). Breakfast was served as per menu on the LNER website (although there was no offer of the "bakery basket" - i.e. toast or pastries - I would say I have probably been offered toast on 50% of the runs I have...
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    Visit to York including National Railway Museum

    Not sure about "The Acomb" - that's a fair way out of town in terms of a flying visit. (It's on a roundabout in the middle of a housing estate about two miles from the railway station). The Ackhorne, however, on St Martin's Lane (just off Micklegate) is an excellent little place. If you venture...
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    Snaefell Mountain Railway

    Some great stuff on this thread, and my apologies for initially taking it off topic with the bike-related chat (although I suppose the IoM has unique motorcycling and railways very much at the forefront of things and the two will often crossover - pun not intended!). Good photo of the Binghams...
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    Snaefell Mountain Railway

    It's very much a "black art" ... I've had a go at sidecar passengering (not competitively, on a closed circuit at Teesside near Middlesbrough), but I'd sooner be the driver - at least you can stop the thing if you've had enough! (I know I'm very much off-topic here, but I am involved with a...
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    Snaefell Mountain Railway

    Excellent write up. I've been going to the I.o.M. for many years (27 to be precise), and have done the Manx Electric Railway (Douglas - Ramsey via Laxey) and the Steam Railway (Douglas - Port Erin) several times, but never the Mountain Railway. That's mainly due to time constraints though, as...
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    Which is your favourite railway line in the UK and why?

    I've done the route to death, but the ECML as it passes the Northumberland coast is spectacular (especially on a summer evening with a glass of something pleasant to drink). The two major crossings north of Edinburgh are brilliant too (Forth & Tay) ... you often can tell the "first timers" on...
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    Trivia: Last thing you ate on a train

    Most of my journeys have been short haul York - Leeds / Dewsbury / Newcastle lately, so have eaten at home or on arrival at my destination, so I don't suppose a can of diet Pepsi or a "Tic-Tac" or two are worth reporting. I made a journey from York - Dundee on Friday 5th January in first on...
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    What is your most memorable train journey?

    Saturday 5th December 2015, 0634 York - Dundee VTEC on H.S.T. (I am a semi-regular traveller, making that return journey once every month or so). There were diversions on the Tyne Valley line that month, and it was the first time I had experienced that route, and was looking forward to a "bit...

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