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    Influencing an almost connection

    You can ask anyone, really, and the answer shouldn't change from a firm 'no'! As inconvenient as a 57' connection might be, why should those already on the train be delayed by five minutes or more, in turn delaying the train that you've just arrived on (which, incidentally, is booked to use the...
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    Getting to Heathrow at night?

    There's two or three to Bedford between those times on a Saturday morning.
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    St Pancras to Corby - what train type?

    There's a booked HST every day (1M66 and return) and a couple of 7-car workings too, if I'm not mistaken.
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    A Conductor's lot is sometimes not a happy one!

    As it happens, on this occasion, it was - but, earlier in the year, I made my own regulating decision to run a passenger train 17 minutes early. I can't see a problem* with that! * - it was diverted, and had a shedload of pathing allowance approaching a junction on the diversionary route to...
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    A Conductor's lot is sometimes not a happy one!

    Same here, of course! I very quickly learnt to either wait until after the event and tell them what I'd done or, for things that need a wider overview, tell them what I want to do and ask them if they've got any objections. It's no use simply asking them what to do, unless you're prepared for a...
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    A Conductor's lot is sometimes not a happy one!

    No, but the guard surely can't do it without the driver's authority, as it's not a booked stop? Seems fair for the driver to observe that they'll be detained there for long enough to the guard to do his stuff and advise the guard accordingly. As long as it's all within the rules, it's a sensible...
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    Retford Station - Spotting / Photting

    To give it some credit, it's nicer than Gainsborough ;-) .
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    Retford Station - Spotting / Photting

    It's Retford - you'd expect it to be cold and bleak ;) .
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    Retford Station - Spotting / Photting

    I think there were 58s on coal trains passing through when I was last there, so must have been a fair few years ago! I certainly don't remember any obstruction to my observation of both lines, but of course anything could have happened since then.
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    Retford Station - Spotting / Photting

    I'm no spotter, but the footbridge between the two low level platforms certainly seemed to give a decent view of trains on both lines, though it's a few years since I've been there!
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    Northern Rail praise

    I've never had a problem whenever I've used Northern - any issues have always been sorted without too much fuss, and they've always got me to where I've needed to go without much delay. The staff, with the inevitable handful of exceptions, seem a really cheerful bunch whenever I've encountered...
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    Crosscountry between Peterborough & Leicester

    1N43 is showing cancelled as far as Leicester this morning - if it's not too late to go for Plan B, I'd do so!
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    Crosscountry between Peterborough & Leicester

    I'll leave it to the fares experts to confirm whether your tickets would be valid via London (surely would be, if it's the same price?), but if so I can't see a problem with returning via London (and not altogether missing out on the delights of the Peterboro' - Leicester line!) if it's looking...
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    Crosscountry between Peterborough & Leicester

    No idea on the loadings east of Peterborough. It is a pretty significant interchange though, so even if you can't get a seat from Ely, you ought to be able to grab one as folk prepare to alight at Peterborough. I doubt it'd be too bad at that time of day though - it's the train back up in the...
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    Crosscountry between Peterborough & Leicester

    No idea how loadings vary through the day, but they've been full and standing whenever I've used them (off peak) and they usually look pretty busy from the outside. 18:18 off Leicester is 1L50 not 1P26, just in case that's important to you!
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    Travelling without Tunnels Puzzle: can I get from Lewisham to Newcastle?

    There are very short (<100yd) tunnels just south of Doncaster and south-east of Lincoln. Not sure whether these will be a problem - probably not. For the true pedant though, these can be avoided by a Peterborough - Sleaford - Nottingham (not via Grantham) - Lincoln - Barnetby - Doncaster route...
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    Disorder on 0926 Kings Cross - Hertford (7 December)

    Of course, I think I knew what you meant. I wasn't trying to be critical of your post anyway, but rather (for the benefit of those contributors who think otherwise) to point out that the safety of any train that a signal reverts to danger in front of doesn't rely upon the train being able to...
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    Disorder on 0926 Kings Cross - Hertford (7 December)

    What would 'National Rail' do about it anyway? Believe me, such occurrences are taken very seriously indeed. All sorts of possible causes (ranging from genuine emergency to human error), and approach locking ensures that everything's still safe. It's not bad, but it's not that good ;) .
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    Glasgow to Sheffield

    Personally I'd steer well clear of the XC train - I've never really enjoyed the experience, but that's always been on short journeys somewhere along the busy Birmingham - Leeds corridor. They're probably a little better once they get further north!
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    EMT First Class Meals Service

    Deleted content as previous posts, without which this just sounded odd, removed!

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