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    SWR Strike - Do I really have to accept 2.5 hour delay on pre-booked ticket

    It was meant to be a jocular comment ... hence the 'wink' at the end. I take no offence or umbrage at what you have said. No need to withdraw ... I'm very happy to receive your comments. Sorry if I gave the opposite impression. What amused me is that you started with "I disagree" and then...
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    SWR Strike - Do I really have to accept 2.5 hour delay on pre-booked ticket

    Got it. So you are saying that the delays were not out of SWT's control because they had the power to settle the dispute by capitulating. I really don't know what the courts would make of that. Like I said, you can argue for or against the Ombudsman's decision, but I do think it is...
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    SWR Strike - Do I really have to accept 2.5 hour delay on pre-booked ticket

    You're pretty feisty today ;) My comments about the Ombudsman were number 2 in the list in my original post. Following them were numbers 3 and 4 which covered exactly the point you are making, namely the possible redress available from the courts under consumer law (my point 3) and general...
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    SWR Strike - Do I really have to accept 2.5 hour delay on pre-booked ticket

    I'm not sure what you call Para 33.4 of the National Rail Conditions of Travel, but I called it a "kind of force majeure clause". Its applicability isn't clear to me, but since the Ombudsman has given their judgement the only real question is: "Was their judgement obviously wrong?". I think it...
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    SWR Strike - Do I really have to accept 2.5 hour delay on pre-booked ticket

    Who do you mean when you say "their" and "they" ?
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    SWR Strike - Do I really have to accept 2.5 hour delay on pre-booked ticket

    If I have understood it correctly: The ORR have said that they have no role in individual consumer complaints. I think that is correct. The ombudsman has given an opinion that the compensation schemes only operate by reference to the revised timetable offered in light of the industrial action...
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    Why is the French name for Brussel-Zuid not Bruxelles-Sud?

    Subtle, but different meaning. Gare du Midi has the connotation of "Gateway to the South", whereas Chareroi Sud has the connotation of the station in the south of Charleroi (as opposed to Charleroi Ouest in the west).
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    Why is the French name for Brussel-Zuid not Bruxelles-Sud?

    More generally 'midi' means 'midday', but also 'south', especially 'south of France'.
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    Farringdon Crossrail

    The dot matrix displays at Abbey Wood also show 'phantom' services. The other thing is that the TfL fare system is acting as if the line is open. I can't remember the details, but some TfL fares are set as if you can get direct from Abbey Wood to Shoreditch. What difference that makes to...
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    Cost of electrification of Liverpool to Manchester

    Last I saw was £140m or so, but that was with still some work to do. That's for less than 13 miles.
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    Cost of electrification of Liverpool to Manchester

    It would have been useful if the OP had said what they were comparing, but I also guess it is Caltrain. But that is not just electrification, it also included signalling, train control and the rolling stock. It's also more than a $1bn for the whole lot and less than $1bn for electrification...
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    Old Oak Common HS2 Railway Station

    Can you expand on that ... and possibly link to some background ... please ?
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    Trans Siberian - locos

    Eurostar to Paris. Arrive/depart Paris same day. Paris to Moscow sleeper Arrive/depart Moscow same day. Moscow to Haerbin (visit the ice festival) Haerbin to Beijing (HSR G-train) Beijing overnight only - can't do Haerbin to Chagsha in one day. Beijing - Changsha (HSR G-train) Tour round Hunan...
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    Trans Siberian - locos

    Nope. Taunton to Hong Kong. Train all the way.
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    Trans Siberian - locos

    Thanks - a lot more than I'd found with Google.
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    Trans Siberian - locos

    I'm off to China on the Trans Siberian (Trans Manchurian actually) in a few weeks. Does anyone know of a source of information on locos currently used in Russia that I might see ?
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    Zero point for mileage on the Ungerground.

    The origin. Didn't notice Hadders post of the same photo. Oops.
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    Zero point for mileage on the Ungerground.

    Exactly. So I can't see what advantage the Ongar-centric approach gives over just choosing a zero at one extreme of each line. It's more fun though :lol:
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    Zero point for mileage on the Ungerground.

    I'm assuming that's why Ongar was chosen. To avoid negative mileage you need an extreme point and, as Harsig mentioned, ideally no nearby branch. Chesham was probably ruled out for these reasons.

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