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    Diversion of Snow Hill Line services to New St. on weekends

    I was reading about Snow Hill Line and its history. Few decades ago, Snow Hill and Moor St. rail stations weren't popular, so trains were diverted to New St. Obviously this has stopped now. I was wondering if there was specific reasons as to why it stopped diverting? I'd imagine it would...
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    Birmingham to London then back using unusual routes

    I plan to leave from Birmingham Centro area for London then back during Easter term holiday. I've decided that on return leg, I'll take 10:30 from Paddington to Banbury, and from there I'll be taking XC train to Birmingham on Sunday. I considered taking one from Worcester, but decided...
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    Easter Engineering works discussion

    It appears that there are quite few line closures across the Network Rail network. The notable ones are GWML near London's end, WCML in Watford and the line between York and Leeds. Closures in GWML mean some of FGW trains are diverted via Banbury, and it seems that their trains will not be...
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    Birmingham New St to Staines in March

    I'll be going with a group of people, all using a railcard and paying individually. Going to Staines weekday during March and returning same day. We need to be at Staines around 9:30 and returning sometime in afternoon (can be after afternoon peak if necessary). The cheapest I can find is...
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    I have seat reservations already - can I change the seat numbers?

    Without having to pay £5 admin fee as it wasn't really my fault in the first place? What happened was that I asked for an airline style seats facing towards the direction of travel. When I was given a reservation tickets, I was assured that these seat numbers was correct after asking about them...
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    Using Super Off peak via High Wycombe on Virgin trains "blockade buster"

    I understand this discussion has been done to death regularly and the consensus is that it's accepted (And it should be). However I did stumble across a info stating that this type of service is very busy and people regularly get turned away if the train service is full and those people are...
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    When HS2 is built and is running what will happen to existing WCML services?

    ... What will happen to express rail services between New St and Euston? Will local services between Coventry and Birmingham be increased?
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    A few, simple questions about signals

    1. Let's say the train was running along a double track railway line. The train is approaching a station with two platforms but signal before the station is red and the driver can clearly see there is no train in the platform and there is no train few miles after the station. There's no crossing...
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    Are there any odd workings for trains in the West Midlands?

    I'm looking to try some of them out soon. Here's a list of odd workings I'm willing to try: 17:15 from Marylebone to Moor St. This service runs fast to Leamington Spa without stopping at Banbury. Is there a working like this one but in opposite direction? Wasn't there a Chiltern advert...
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    Is Moor St to Marylebone via High Wycombe ticket valid if using XC train?

    Apparently, one of my friend told me it is valid from Birmingham New St to Banbury only if the ticket has "via High Wycombe" on it. I was wondering how can it be valid if a XC train (to Reading) does not pass High Wycombe? Assuming it is valid, what about the 3-mile rule which states any...
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    Using an off peak ticket on a delayed train scheduled to arrive at peak time?

    Let's say I have an off peak ticket that are valid on any trains after 09:30. The train is scheduled to arrive at 09:25 or so. If the train gets delayed until after 09:30, can I get on that train even if there's a chance that the train will catch up and arrive on time at a terminal station...
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    Daytime train only from London to Copenhagen - realistically possible?

    Obviously this means getting up really early in the morning, but is it still possible? This is what I got from searching across the internet: From London, arriving at Brussels using Eurostar at around 10am. From Brussels, to Hamburg arriving around 5pm with 1-2 changes using IC/ICE trains...
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    Congestion at New Street - can this issue be fixed?

    I think we know there's huge issue with congestion at New Street, and I think this problem needs to be fixed soon as it's starting more and more common for passengers to wait 10-20 minutes on the approach into New Street. Is there any plans to fix this issue? Does anyone else have any...
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    Was the line between Berkswell and Tile Hill 4 tracked?

    I remember reading a thread about someone asking if Chiltern Main Line was 4 tracked after seeing some signs of it. Next day I commuted on that line and indeed I did see some signs of it. Now, I changed my commute and I think I'm seeing some missing rails at Berkswell station and some space...
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    I was given a "last warning" for using a perfectly valid travelcard

    I've started commuting between Birmingham and Coventry. The travelcard is nNetwork pre 09:30 for concessionary pass holders for zone 1 to 5. When I bought this travelcard, it came in a nNetwork blue with a bit of orange at the bottom stock. I used it on the buses and trains without any...
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    Any interesting route from Birmingham to Cardiff other than via chepstow?

    I travel on this route sometimes. There's nothing wrong with this route but I'd like to take a completely different route that arrives at Cardiff taking about 2 hour 30 minutes at about £25 return including the railcard. I will be travelling on mid December, just before Christmas. Any...
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    Which train gets to leave the station first?

    This has confused many passengers including me using rail stations with more than 2 platforms. Scenario: One train is delayed and so arrive at same time as other train arriving on time but on different platform. Since they're both going in same direction and this direction only has single line...
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    Virgin's first class lounges using a standard class zonal ticket?

    At moment, I have an all zones pre 9:30 ticket for concessionary holders. I'd like to pay the price difference to gain an access to some first class virgin lounges in West Midlands. How would I do this? If I choose to travel first class between New Street and Coventry, the price...
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    How to claim delay repay if I don't know how much has train delayed?

    It was on 21st Aug and I was on 07:33 ex New Street to Euston on London Midland. It was delayed due to a fatality and it also meant I had to change into another train at Northampton as this train was terminated early. (I also saw the bloodied pendo :( ) The delay repay page on LM website only...
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    Some questions about LM class 323 and 350/1

    I rarely travel on EMUs, however I travelled with class 323 recently and I have some questions... I can hear class 323's wheel grinding on the rail really loudly mostly at Barnt's green railway station, is that due to tight curve? Also, I can sometimes hear similar sounds when the train is...

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