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    First memories of a London terminus?

    Yep. That’s my memory. And the smell of Euston.
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    What was South West Trains like in the late 1990s?

    Like elsewhere, it was largely 442s and slam door stock. I lived in various South West London locales at the time (1995-2003) and recall the SW Trains were better than Thameslink and Connex.
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    Why aren't delayed Northampton trains held at Birmingham International to let CrossCountry overtake?

    Is this partly because of Cross country leaving for Cov-Leam line? How do they manage it?
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    Collision and derailment near Salisbury (Fisherton Tunnel) 31/10/21

    I’m just glad that there appears to be no serious injuries.
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    Why aren't delayed Northampton trains held at Birmingham International to let CrossCountry overtake?

    Stour Valley lines from Brum - Wolves seems busier now than even in BR days (in the 80s). It was bad then from memory and hasn't let up. Less freight along there now than before, but still congested.
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    Tesco to increase its use of rail freight

    Bring back Speedlink! Or an updated version.
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    Midland Metro

    I think it was short sighted to pull up the tracks at Platform 4 of Snow Hill (could have been used as a storage or extra platform facility for Trams not going through Brum), the second platform at ST Georges, as well as get rid of the T69s. They should have kept a few back for rush hour services.
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    What train encapulates your childhood?

    Sounds like near where I grew up.
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    HS2 construction updates

    I'd think Euston must be a destination - especially considering what I saw near Euston Square last Thursday. It's been decimated around there.
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    Tesco to increase its use of rail freight

    More freight and freightliner please!
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    Midland Metro extension: ex South Staffs line

    It's a shame that this 'arm' of the Metro doesn't extend to Walsall and Stourbridge. There'd be a call for this, especially as most of the areas served do not have current railway links. Presumably there'll be some heavy rail calibration for engineering? If the tunnel is used too (this could...
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    Midland Metro extension: ex South Staffs line

    Does anyone have a better idea than I when this will developing? Word in local politics was that it might be 2024, but I'm not altogether sure what is happening with the track bed. I haven't seen it recently, although my folks live near Dudley Port and I may have a look when I'm next across. The...
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    Trip to Birmingham for Class 323s

    They used to be used on the Stour Valley.
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    Coventry to Birmingham - infrastructure change or the onset of senility?

    My father ruptured his bladder at Berkswell in 1982. I recall the date as the World Cup was on at the time. the cause was railway photography. We were stopped at the crossing, and we'd been on a day out to Coventry (I think) and he always took his camera. It was on the back seat, so he got out...

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