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    Class 76 at Crewe Works

    Visiting Crewe Works in the early 1970s there were always one or two class 76 from the Woodhead route in for maintenance. Question is, when they had been through works, was there a short section of 1500dc track within the workd on which they could be tested, or were they simply towed back to...
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    Is your bus journey necessary?

    Bus operators are still running, usually to something approximating a Sunday service, and timetables are enforcing the idea that these services are for essential workers only. OK, but given that lots of elderly people are entitled to free travel with the ENCTS scheme, is anything being done to...
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    Free OAP Transport In Hungary

    A few years ago I travelled with my late father-in-law to Hungary, and he didn't have to pay any transport fares as he was an OAP resident in the EU. Now it's my turn to be eligible, but now I am no longer an EU citizen as unfortunately I am British and cannot claim entitlement to a passport...
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    When Posh People Trespass

    I just found this BBC article from January regards a hunt straying on to railway tracks in Nottinghamshire. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-51010018 They seemed to justify it on the grounds that the line wasn't actually in use. I have certainly read past accounts where...
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    Never used my railcard!

    My Senior Railcard just ran out, completely unused since I bought it a year ago! Thing is, I bought it with £10 of Tesco Clubcard vouchers which I find I don't want to use for much else anyway, and I'd rather have a railcard sitting in my wallet just in case I suddenly want or need to take a...
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    When is a Grange not a Grange?

    The GWR had a policy of naming passenger locos after any substantial dwelling, hence Castles, Granges, Halls and Manors. Sometimes they had to go beyond GWR territory, e.g., preserved 6998 Burton Agnes Hall, named after a well-known stately home in East Yorkshire. Locally to me is a village...
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    Summer time and the ENCTS bus pass

    Now that bus companies in touristy areas generally have moved on to summer timetables, are there any instances of local routes with only a summer service designated as being "primarily for tourism" and thus denying the use of ENCTS passes? I haven't seen this in Cumbria on the Stagecoach...
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    Could I claim delay compensation for a journey I only intended to make if delays occurred?

    Here's a scenario. I live somewhere in Leeds and am travelling up from London (or indeed any distance away). I know that Northern are having problems running the advertised service. So, instead of buying a London-Leeds ticket I buy London-Headingley for the same price or thereabouts. I may not...
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    Manchester to Manchester Airport single

    This should be pretty basic, right? A friend has ranted on Facebook that he was quoted £2.90 on his phone app but was charged £5.40 at the ticket office. I suspect that this is because Northern would allow him to buy an Advance via phone app right up to the train departure time, but is the £5.40...
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    Metrolink T68s

    Surprised to glimpse a few of these still extant at Trafford depot several years after withdrawal. Any future for them?
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    Northern Furness line troubles, Monday 30th July

    On Monday I went from Penrith to Lancaster then went to Lancaster ticket office to purchase a day return ticket to Silverdale (cheaper with a split). The seller asked me whether I REALLY wanted to go to Silverdale as Northern had already cancelled five trains on the Barrow line that day and it...
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    Nearly a dispute at Lancaster

    Today (Saturday) my wife had a meeting in Lancaster, and as it was in the city centre and Lancaster is a dreadful place to park, she went by train from Penrith. I looked up the fare for her and realised there were two fares, an off-peak return for any train and a similar slightly cheaper ticket...
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    Advances with a railcard not yet bought

    Someone I know has just purchased advances from a station in the North to London for well into the New Year, for themselves and their family. They have bought them at Family Railcard prices but they do not have a railcard as yet, intending to buy it just before travelling to maximise the...
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    Any flaws in my plan?

    Bus services in Cumbria are patchy to say the least. For example, the A6 corridor between Penrith and Kendal only has one return service per day on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. But all that is to change when Neilbus arrives on the scene with my skanky old single decker. I'll be running a...
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    Settle And Carlisle Day Ranger

    My wife recently travelled on the S+C from Appleby to Skipton and saved a couple of pounds by buying a S+C Day Ranger for £15. She mentioned (and I've just confirmed it online) that the price of this is increasing to £30 from this weekend. I can't actually see that many day return fares will...
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    Thatcham Level Crossing

    I have just stayed overnight in Thatcham, near the station. The level crossing warnings were very audible from my room, and work me up at 02:45. I peered out of my window to see what was passing at that time, expecting a freight but in fact it was the overnight from Penzance to Paddington...
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    Delay repay - but I was early!

    I have just undertaken a journey to London from a station with a fairly infrequent service. I went to buy my ticket (off-peak return) from the station early intending to stroll around town for a while but noticed that a previous train running 70 minutes late was due to arrive shortly, so I took...
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    Dress codes for PRIV holders?

    Do any TOCs stipulate dress codes for privilege ticket holders? In the light of the United Airlines controversy regarding refusing flight to young girls dressed in leggings, I stated that a UK airline would not have such a dress code only to be told that BA still do. So as a privilege...
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    Cumbria - Manchester route validity

    Principally for Penrith but I assume the answer will apply for anywhere Lancaster-Carlisle. For an off-peak return going via: Wigan North Western (TPE) - obviously valid as the direct train Preston and Bolton - obviously valid as the shortest distance Wigan North Western/ Wallgate -...
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    Splitting at Glasgow

    Friend of my wife is travelling from Penrith to Stirling return - just found if I split at Glasgow (where she will have to change and cross between stations anyway) I can save her around £18. I presume this is always a sound option, splitting any journey north of Glasgow/Edinburgh at the big...

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