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    Trivia: Lines which never closed with the most re-opened platforms

    I'm thinking of reopened or reinstated ones, as a measure of decline and revival of sorts. I would count a line as one with at least a daily service (Sundays excluded) calling at all the stations with reinstated platforms. I wouldn't really count any suburban stations at the east end of the...
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    Trivia: Lines which never closed with the most re-opened platforms

    A somewhat clunky title, but which lines have had the most station platforms reopened without the line itself ever having been closed to passengers? The Settle & Carlisle probably wins given eight stations with two platforms each closed in 1970 and reopened in 1986 (save that Ribblehead didn't...
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    Largest Station reduced to almost a 1 platform Halt

    Templecombe managed to go from 4 platforms before 1966 (two Waterloo - Exeter through platforms, one S&D terminus and one S&D through platform which was almost never used) to 0 and then back to 1 in 1983 when the station reopened. The down platform was then extended out so the up platform and...
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    How has lockdown affected this site?

    I think this is a big factor. Most regular posters on here presumably like railways therefore presumably like travelling by train for non-essential purposes. This obviously isn't currently permitted. Anecdotally (i.e. I have no evidence other than my observations), it seems to me a lot of...
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    GWR and Southeastern to offer free rail travel to domestic abuse victims

    The geographic description is a bit vague and obviously doesn't apply to all areas, but short of creating a map and explaining you can travel on services on specified routes but only with those operators, there's no real way of giving a better description. I suspect it may be rolled out by...
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    Why are some train lengths so short?

    And it isn't perceived to belong to a single geographic area so no urban area transport authority is pressing for improvements to its services. Exeter-Bristol generally isn't too bad out of peak hours - I've travelled over the route on Voyagers hundreds of times over the last decade (mainly on...
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    Trivia: Right hand running

    Yes - according to the Southern Electric site, as stated here: http://extra.southernelectric.org.uk/features/historical-features/watexdieselops.html the plan was that the 2 hourly service would pass east of Salisbury, then on the move between Templecombe and Sherborne and then at Honiton...
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    Trivia: Right hand running

    Correct - the down line at Honiton has always been the default routing. The other loops at Chard Junction, Gillingham and Tisbury are all set with the up line being the default line - although Tisbury wasn't created until 1986. At Honiton and Gillingham the default line is the one next to the...
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    Trivia: Right hand running

    The suggestion I heard was that it was decided it was more beneficial to give down trains a faster run at Honiton bank by not slowing them to 50mph, than to continue using RH running. Every time there's a signalling problem, the loop seems to revert to RH running, so I think this is still the...
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    End of the Line for Weymouth Quay branch - March 2020

    It was only ever possible to proceed at walking pace anyway for obvious reasons - cars and trains don't play nicely together. If you were in a hurry it was faster to jog! (Admittedly if you were weighed down with luggage for the Channel Island ferry, you probably wouldn't be jogging.)
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    Tunnel length visibility

    Kilsby (2224m / 1 mile 666 yards) and Box (2939m / 1 mile 1454 yards) you can definitely see straight through. Those calculations might be slightly out as there are usually slight differences in exactly how long a tunnel is . Polhill Tunnel through the North Downs at 2370m / 1 mile 832 yards...
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    Important stations with no toilets

    I think there was also a problem with a lot of local characters 'consuming purchases' in the toilets. The station isn't in the most affluent part of the town, and the town suffers the same drug related problems as many seaside resorts with very seasonal economies. There is invariably a SWR...
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    (Trivia) Stations with 3 reversals or more per hour

    The Southampton - Newcastle services are only every 2 hours - every 2nd train starts or terminates at Reading. But with the Bournemouth - Manchester services that would still be 3tph on average so it would count. Ah yes, I'd forgotten there's a Birmingham-Nottingham each way each hour as well...
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    (Trivia) Stations with 3 reversals or more per hour

    How many stations are there with 3 or more reversing services per (most but not necessarly all) hours? This affects both platform dwell time and overall track capacity (e.g. Paignton -Exmouth services at Exeter St Davids have to pass from the Up Paddington to the Up Waterloo crossing the down...
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    Which XC diagrams could accommodate double Voyagers?

    I think I've read on here before that 10 car Voyager formations have to run with the back carriage locked out - 9 is the maximum, so XC try to avoid more than this. 8 and 5 carriages makes more sense than 9 and 4 anyway, given XC's very finite resources. The SW-Scotland route is the only one...
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    Are Portsmouth & Guildford cities?

    Technically the vast majority of London is a county - Greater London - rather than a city. Only the City of London and the City of Westminster are actually cities. That is a technicality though. The 1982 Intercity map is an interesting one. I doubt many people have ever thought of...
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    Heart of Wessex line improvements this spring

    https://www.networkrail.co.uk/news/passengers-to-get-faster-journeys-between-somerset-and-dorset-following-bridge-renewal-at-yetminster Whilst long closures are never ideal, this sounds good, and this section of the route is certainly busier in summer. I'm not sure how much scope there is for...
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    Football fans "shunted out by train bosses"

    It's a complete non-story really. Engineering works have to be done at some point and have to be planned long in advance. Commuters are the biggest single source of income to the railway, so they have to be done at the weekend. FA Cup games aren't planned long in advance. Someone's got to pick...
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    US federal laws that wouldn't work in the UK?

    Not entirely - it depends on the type of crime. Certain crimes are tried at a federal level, not a state one. The death penalty can be levied by the federal government for crimes committed in states which have abolished the death penalty. This BBC news article provides a brief summary towards...
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    US federal laws that wouldn't work in the UK?

    My comment was less about whether UK citizens find the death penalty acceptable or not, and more that they'd be unhappy with it being imposed by Washington rather than in these islands. Witness the campaigns in the past by organs such as the Daily Mail (not exactly known for its liberal approach...

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