Tanygrisiau on the Ffestiniog had a run round loop when it was the temporary terminus in the early 1980s pending full re-opening to Blaenau.
When the line was extended the loop was taken out (along with the loop at Dduallt) which created capacity issues.
So the loop at Tanygrisiau was...
Paddington - Reading is rather grim, with urban sprawl and much of the Maidenhead - Twyford rural section in cutting.
A few exceptions such as Hanwell and Slough station buildings, and the open views from Wharncliffe and Maidenhead viaducts.
For scenery Kyle of Lochalsh. Although the Stevenson (not Stephenson!) maxim that to travel in hope is better than to arrive is perhaps rather apt!
Kingswear pretty good too.
For urban views the run into Bath from the East looks good on a sunny day.
Overseas the descent to Narvik or across...
It is possible to reach P15 (and the down through) direct from the West. Done that. P13 is a bit more tricky due to the buffer stop.
Glad to see Bristol East Jn getting a nudge forward with 6 running lines.
Disappointed that plans for P1/0 in the Digby Wyatt train shed have been scaled back...
8 Dec 2019. My fastest Parkway - Swindon run remains the 21m 19s I recorded on the first day of electric services. This braked smartly for the then 110 limit thro Alderton Tunnel and accelerated quickly afterwards, costing only 5 sec compared with a recent run which passed thro at 123.
Re cruise control - does tyre wear mean that cuising at 123 is now the norm?
At Steventon speed came down to 106 vice 110 limit. At Westerleigh minimum was 69 so close to limit, but I have recorded smarter braking. The recovery was pretty good though.
I'll be recording quite a few more trips...
On Thursday I took the 19.15 PAD to Weston. Heavily delayed behind the 19.07 Bedwyn (given priority at Acton West crossing from the relief, then made its Twyford stop on the down main...) and it took 37m 00s to pass Reading (16 late). Then had a clear road, apart from an easing to 99 before...
Disappointing re the delay.
Question. Will Ashchurch/Cheltenhan (and points south) to Worcester tickets be valid via Worcs Parkway?
Will that include South West Rover tickets, which are valid as far as Great Malvern?