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    Availability of Avanti Advance fares?

    Thanks, I've gone via Manchester a number of times , but I guess it's correct they have no incentive whatsoever to offer discounts right now, I'll just keep checking!!!
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    Availability of Avanti Advance fares?

    Have Avanti suspended the usual Advance tickets at the moment, im just speculating that I'll be able.to travel London Euston to Millom in Cumbria during July or early August and the fares are extortionate
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    Class 195 and Cumbrian Coast Line Loading Gauge compatibility

    Thanks! You have just confirmed something that had been bugging me, I know now Ihave travelled on this and late 90s is spot on, was it a Liverpool to Millom through train? im sure it was even in Merseyrail livery.
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    Class 195 and Cumbrian Coast Line Loading Gauge compatibility

    Im fairly sure ive read on here that they have worked as far as Millom for whatever reason, as did classes 185 and 175 in the past so it must be worthwhile operationally to clear them that far.
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    Avanti West Coast Advance Refunds?

    I have a refund to do as I was due to travel on the 2nd April however it looks like because I bought the ticket at Euston I will need to process the refund there. However what happens if my tickets were partially paid for with a rail voucher, is that amount included in the refund?
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    TOC plans regarding advance tickets if destinations become no-go (Coronavirus)?

    I have an advance ticket booked for 2nd April to so I'll wait to see if the refund policy changes, if the over 70 isolation rule comes into force by then I can't go as I stay with my mum who's 71.
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    Avanti West Coast rebrand

    You are so right there were dark times, I remember sitting on the floor in the vestibule next to the toilet (mk3)with a dog practically on my lap in a time of disruption sat in the middle of nowhere, the guard coming through was at his wits end all the time Branson was galivanting around in his...
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    Heating duct smell (West coast route)

    Thats what i thought at first it was pretty vile!
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    Heating duct smell (West coast route)

    Back in the day with the mk3 stock on West Coast I always remember that random strong rubber burning smell that would randomly infiltrate the carriages , What was the reason for this? Up there with the stinky pendolino toilet smell!
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    Avanti West Coast rebrand

    Tim OToole who did a good a job at TFL was in charge of First then and I remember his enthuisam at winning the franchise so perhaps not and we would have by now had a much different Pendolino interior experience if the plans were to be believed.
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    Avanti West Coast rebrand

    It's a tall order to replace a brand like Virgin on a service that has been branded as such for 22 years but that should have been factored in, apart from billboards there's little evidence of engagement. Virgin even spent money on a TV ad telling people they weren't running it anymore with a...
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    Avanti West Coast rebrand

    That is probably true but it's obvious Avanti as a brand has all been a bit 'so what' so far which I'm sure wasn't intended, they haven't hit the ground running after Virgin and their decision to remove the seat picker (now coming back only after a massive backlash) has done them no favours...
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    Caledonian Sleeper -Why Scotrail?

    Is the Night Riviera a loss maker too?
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    Caledonian Sleeper -Why Scotrail?

    And who also a few years later found himself brought back on West Coast again as a White Knight of sorts!
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    Caledonian Sleeper -Why Scotrail?

    Ah I see, and i suppose it was a revenue stream /loss to transfer too .How a sleeper service would have fared under a Virgin brand would have been interesting
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    Caledonian Sleeper -Why Scotrail?

    I've often wondered why the Caledonian Sleeper wasn't made part of the West Coast Franchise at privitisation when it's South West equivalent was included with the long distance Great Western and not Wales and West. Was is it down to crewing logistics or Scottish Influence!?
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    Barrow in Furness Station subway

    Yes pretty sure they were put in by TPE but they are fairly recent. Going back a long while I seem to recollect there was a crossing on the track at the end of platform 1 to get over to platform 2 and 3 rather than use the subway. If it's still there I doubt it's permitted to use now there are...
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    Barrow in Furness Station subway

    Did all this go to plan in the end? Interested to see what improvents actually mean to the subway or are talking just a paint job?
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    Trivia - all semaphore routes.

    Cumbrian Coast is mostly if not all semaphore
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    New MD at Northern (not Arriva) announced

    Any new MD will likely want to clean house so other managers may likely be moved on if they are felt to be part of the problem.

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