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    Train announcements with a sense of humour

    Trialling a new non-stop service from Waterloo to Shanklin, perhaps?
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    Glasgow Queen Street refurbishment and remodelling

    Fair enough if that's the plan. I'd hope that this goes along with a change to Queen Street's practice of withholding platform information until a few minutes before departure, though. I know quite a few people who wait inside the barrier not to get a head start, but to avoid the scrum around...
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    Charing Cross and Waterloo Query

    I believe that the LSWR was intending to extend broadly along the route later used by the SER to reach a station somewhere in the vicinity of London Bridge, though I can't remember where I saw this.
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    Thoughts on Compartments

    I think you'd get some people who'd view it that way, and others who'd view it as having even less privacy since you'd be sharing with more people. The latter might well be the dominant view. Which comes out to give you about the same capacity as transverse couchettes, so reasThe question of...
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    Thoughts on Compartments

    Unless you insisted on doing something silly like non-stop Penzance to Wick, yes. Having enough sleeping car berths for your day passengers is only needed on multi-day journeys that simply don't exist in the UK. Couchette-style sleeping accomodation (call it a 'Tourist Sleeper' if you don't...
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    Caledonian Sleeper

    Is there anything preventing a northbound Inverness passenger walking through the train to use the Aberdeen/Fort William lounge if there's a serious mismatch in loadings?
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    Thoughts on Compartments

    There was 'Networker Classic', which was to put Networker-style bodies on old underframes and running gear to save money, and 'Main Line Networker' which was to replace older EMUs on the Kent Coast express services. The latter seem to have been intended to have compartments in First Class, but...
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    Thoughts on Compartments

    You must be a saint amongst men, then, as the issues with the third seat in a bank of three are well known, and banks of four can only be worse. Good interior design and/or additional space may well ease these issues, but applying the same measures to 2+2 seating would achieve the same benefits...
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    Thoughts on Compartments

    Even if there's plenty of room - if you've got seats four deep before getting to an aisle, the person in the 'window' seat is potentially going to need three people (maybe even six, depending on legroom!) to move if they want to use facilities on the train or get off at an intermediate station...
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    Thoughts on Compartments

    Oh, I bet they do - but only because they're in Harry Potter. If you surveyed the general public, they probably would say they'd like to have a private compartment like on old-fashioned trains. And on the railways of 50 years ago, you probably had a good chance of getting that. Compartments are...
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    Railways to use white diesel?

    I don't see how that's really relevant. Car use is problematic in small villages too. Not least because heavy car use reduces the number of bus passengers, leading to withdrawal of the service. If that small village is also used as a rat run to avoid congestion on a nearby main road, then it...
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    Railways to use white diesel?

    Curious that this option should be on the table, when fuel duty on road vehicles hasn't been increased in ten years. If it had kept pace with inflation, motor fuel would be liable for duty at a rate over 70p/litre, and possibly as high as 80p/litre. One can of course argue that the basic rate...
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    "Natural" routes that never had a railway

    Construction of the Langsett Reservoir seems to have involved a railway, so it wasn't totally impossible to thread one around the steelworks. The line of the railway was certainly above the Underbank reservoir; getting past Langsett reservoir would have been trickier, but the railway would...
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    Might GWR be persuaded to hold (selected) connections at Didcot?

    Of course, the 'last service' can be remarkably early in the day for some journeys once connections are taken into account. The last service from Plymouth to Kyle of Lochalsh is the 05:26, changing at Birmingham, Preston, Haymarket and Inverness. The connection at Birmingham New Street is 19...
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    "Natural" routes that never had a railway

    Jealously guarded by the Highland Railway, of course, who saw it as a potential threat to them. I believe the Highland once proposed building it themselves to block anyone else from building it or the more sensible route from Fort William to Inverness via the Great Glen. Apparently there was...

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