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I was being tongue in cheek.
Cambridge has grown which has led to the modernisation - the centre of Cambridge less so.
The reality is whilst there might be enough for a train load of enthusiasts a couple of times a week to have a steam hauled Cambridge - Bletchley with a rake of Mk1s, there is...
Agreed - in days gone by I'd have spoken to a former neighbour about it; he worked at Bridge Street Yard in the 1960s before heading down to Euston until he retired in the 1980s, sadly he's no longer with us. I suspect he might have had some info.
Well, let's see what the report *actually* said:
"There is also the potential to consider longer distance Cross Country passenger services that could be made direct by running via the western section of EWR. In addition to the potential for new passenger operations, the linkages between the...
Well if you think a draughty, steam heat Mk1 running at 60 mph is a better offer than either a Voyager or 158 running regular, clock face timings at closer to 100mph, then I think you're wearing your sepia tinted glasses.
I'm sure I'm having deja vu - and previously when freight from Felixstowe was talked about it was determined that EWR wasn't the solution, in part because Newmarket had gauge restrictions and you'd have to run them through Cambridge, whereas sorting out Ely North junction was a far better...
Perhaps for the same reason that LNER don't stop all theirs at Peterborough or Avanti stop any of theirs at Northampton ?
And whilst not Thameslink there is now the Corby electrics service which runs 2tph and stops at Bedford / Luton. As an interchange for people coming from Leicester /...
I'm not sure it is - I think when the station opened what is now known as Cotton End was actually Bridge Street.
Take a look at this map from 1899 from this site https://www.oldmapsonline.org/map/britishlibrary/mapsu145ubu12u3uf009ru1
There are plenty of photos of Cravens DMUs at Moorgate and indeed of them on services to Huntingdon, Baldock and Royston among others.
The book Kings Cross Lineside 1958-1984 by David Percival covers most of this in detail.
It was a mix of Cravens 105 DMUs, Derby 116 DMUs and 31s with suburban stock on the GN for the outer suburbans.
The inner suburbans were Class 125 Hydraulic DMUs - these went for scrap when the 313s arrived, the other DMUs were cascaded elsewhere.
That wasn't the only problem - don't forget when the 312s were ordered there were only 25 of them to cover the GN electrification - IIRC a 3 tph service between Kings Cross and Royston (2 stopper, 1 fast).
Electrification extended to Huntingdon in 1986 and Cambridge in 1988 - this necessitated...
Worth remembering that the EPBs were 19.5m / carriage against 17.5m of the 501s.
But I remember using the a few times NLL during the late 80s and early 90s and it was never that busy - off peak finding a seat was never a challenge. And the 313s which replaced them only had slightly more seats...
BIB - not sure that's right, because up to 1976 the GN also sent units down there and that included Cravens 105s, Class 31s which wouldn't have been tripcock fitted.
In fact the helpful Railcar.co.uk website says in its piece on the 127s:
"Test runs to Moorgate had to be abandoned as their...
To bring us back on topic......
Welwyn North - which is slightly dubious for a number of reasons, not least it's not "north" of Welwyn Village, it's east of it and is actually sited in Digswell.
Another odd one is Harwich Town - particularly because the next station down the line is...
"Better" in what way ?
Their overseas operations bring them revenue which is beneficial to the UK economy. Presumably you'd also be looking to disbar non UK companies from operating buses, so the likes of Arriva or Comfort Del Gro would be forced out ?
Perhaps Unite could lead by example and start by ensuring all of the equipment it uses in its offices etc is UK sourced. And then it could ensure its officials are only British nationals.
Funnily enough I won't hold my breath on them delivering on that.
*most* Western European democracies haven't.
There are 4 countries with large (over 500km) "high speed" i.e. over 125mph / 250 km/h networks: France, Spain, Germany and Italy - and those are all much larger than the UK
Great Britain 209...
What we *don't* know is what that future demand will look like. Pre - Covid there were well established trends which could be used to predict. That's not the case currently.
Here we go again - another anti car rant. The problem will always be rail lacks the flexibility most people require -...