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    Warrington Central - Hull services circa 1993/94

    The Manchester Piccadilly to Hull via Huddersfield / Leeds services were completely separate from the Liverpool / Manchester to Hull via Sheffield / Doncaster services.
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    Warrington Central - Hull services circa 1993/94

    For one year, May 1986 to May 1987, loco-hauled trains ran hourly from Liverpool Lime Street to Sheffield, some of which extended to either Hull via Goole, Cleethorpes and once daily to Great Yarmouth. In May 1987, all the Hull services were cut, along with all but one Cleethorpes service. This...
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    Trivia: Stations that have direct service to London but few people wishing to travel there

    I would nominate both Menheniot in Cornwall and Devonport, just outside Plymouth. Both have the same morning train direct to London Paddington, but I'd be surprised if anyone used it to travel beyond Plymouth! The train in question is 1A76 06.04 Penzance to London Paddington.
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    May 2020 timetable changes

    It terminates at Haymarket, but because the Haymarket row is showing departure times only, it hasn't generated a time here. Realtimetrains will tell you that if you do a search for Dalmeny trains at 0722 on any weekday from 18 May 2020 onwards.
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    TfW Timetable Disparities

    Unfortunately, with only one or two exceptions, timetable production is seen as an outmoded concept and largely unnecessary. It's being continually drummed into us that paper timetables are out of date before they're printed, don't take account of any engineering work, aren't generally...
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    May 2020 timetable changes

    It still constitutes "closure". For some years, a replacement bus ran between Ealing Broadway and Wandsworth Road, to compensate for the withdrawal of XC services over a short section of track in the Clapham Junction area. Although there weren't any intermediate stations, so no station closed as...
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    May 2020 timetable changes

    It would count as an effective closure of the line, so could not be done without Parliamentary approval. It's why trains like Stockport to Stalybridge and the weekly call at Tees-side Airport survive: it's cheaper and less hassle to maintain the bare minimum level of service than to go through...
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    (TRIVIA) Most indirect through train

    From May, if travelling from Liverpool Lime Street to Glasgow Central, there's a direct train at 16.12, arriving into Glasgow at 19.38. If you just miss it, fear not - there's another direct train to Glasgow Central a mere 12 minutes later, at 16.24. This one arrives into Glasgow Central...
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    Does anyone know if there are concrete plans to reconnect Liverpool to XC network? No speculation!

    I'll also point out that I worked as part of the Railtrack / Network Rail Train Planning team that wrote the initial timetables for the WCML when the Voyagers and Pendolinos were introduced. So this isn't just another pro/anti-Liverpool sob story: I know the individuals who were responsible for...
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    Does anyone know if there are concrete plans to reconnect Liverpool to XC network? No speculation!

    Just remember that it was the Strategic Rail Authority, not Virgin, that pulled the plug on Cross Country and Arriva Trains Wales from continuing to serve Liverpool, as well as truncating the Liverpool - Birmingham - Stansted Airport services, so that they became a glorified commuter service...
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    Does anyone know if there are concrete plans to reconnect Liverpool to XC network? No speculation!

    Not that long ago, somebody posted a link to the results of the Consultation that was run on the franchise renewal. I skimmed through it, and could find no mention at all of a recommendation that Liverpool be re-added to the XC network, either as part of a direct award, or of a new franchise...
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    May 2020 timetable changes

    Grand Central services to and from Blackpool have disappeared!
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    May 2020 timetable changes

    The TPE services appear to run non-stop between Huddersfield and Wakefield Kirkgate, so I would expect the Northern service (which currently calls at Deighton and Mirfield) to be maintained. It currently only runs Mondays to Saturdays, whereas the proposed TPE Wakefield services are shown to run...
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    Why is Manchester-Brum IC but Liverpool-Brum Regional Express?

    Simple answer: the then Strategic Rail Authority hated Liverpool. They saw it as "a declining city" in 2003. There was a deliberate policy of running down the train service to and from Liverpool, leading to withdrawal of direct services to Edinburgh (Virgin XC), South Wales (Arriva Trains Wales)...

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