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    Where else in the UK could tramways/light rail be installed?

    Leeds, Bristol and Birmingham should have Undergrounds more so than trams. Especially Birmingham. Southampton and Portsmouth could do with some kind of light rail. Maybe Bournemouth too. Liverpool should have one. Or at least break the Merseyrail loop and extend the line eastwards. Stoke on...
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    Marylebone to the Continent…

    If Watkin really, really wanted to reach the Channel, the best route for the GC would have been to put the GC tracks on the north side of the Met from Neasden, and punch eastwards through Haversack Hill to Camden, and heading either by viaduct or tunnel towards the St. Pancras area where access...
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    Marylebone to the Continent…

    I suppose by the time The Great Central reached London in 1899, it was probably way too expensive to build another cut and cover railway. Especially through the West End down to Victoria. Baker Street was going to be the original terminus of the Great Central wasn’t it? How that would of worked...
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    TGV Driver Announcement

    Yes I’ve been on the Eurostar on two occasions in two years and didn’t hear that on the outward and homeward bound legs. I remember when I first went on it in 2000 and they made the channel tunnel announcement and the carriage went silent to listen. Was very exciting
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    Marylebone to the Continent…

    I knew you would know. That’s right it was the ELL, I think it was mentioned in a London Reconnections article a number of years ago.
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    Marylebone to the Continent…

    If I'm correct I think the plan was to just run down the Metropolitan to Farringdon and onto the Chatham system? Great question.
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    Victoria & south london resignalling phase 5: what actually changes on the ground?

    Thanks, amazing pictures. All done with British firms and technology too at the time. The future was yesterday. "Three Bridges ROC" just isn't the same.
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    Victoria & south london resignalling phase 5: what actually changes on the ground?

    Perhaps you can tell me, why is VC and VS located at Clapham Junction?
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    What is the point of Old Oak Common?

    North Pole Junction I always think is what it should be called. I sympathise with the OP, OOC seems less useful without the Overground connections. Why’s it so hard to build things in this country?
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    What rolling stock could be deployed on the TransPennine Route; could we see tilting trains?

    If we need to extend the platforms that much, can't we just punch them through to the other side of the airport onto the WCML? Running onto Liverpool via Runcorn or Birmingham via Crewe would connect the airport better to the surrounding region.
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    A Cambridge tube coach, is there a case for it?

    I saw an old Eastern Region timetable on Railway World recently which showed non-stop services from Cambridge to Kings Cross even in the 50s
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    Avanti should not have attempted to run to Blackpool North today (07/04)

    Not that I'd be fined, but I read the Disputes page often and I know that you have to use the next departing train with an advance ticket. I told the Avanti staffer I had an Advance to Blackpool, he told me I had to get the slow train. I THINK I might have asked if I could get the fast one...
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    Avanti should not have attempted to run to Blackpool North today (07/04)

    I was told my Avanti staff at Euston to get the Birmingham train
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    Avanti should not have attempted to run to Blackpool North today (07/04)

    The Blackpool trains are marked men. I was booked on the direct Euston to Blackpool last October. Left home in a hurry to get to the station in time, checked before I left, train on time. Great. Got to Euston and it was as cancelled as cancelled can be. To make things worse, because I was on an...
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    Could the Acton-Northolt Line be used in future to run services out of Paddington?

    You could Crossrail it. I remember seeing some drawings on London Reconnections of what a great separated junction could look like for Crossrails to reach the GW/GCR joint line. You can then, maybe, use the intermediate stations at Sudbury and Northolt Park on the GCR proper as some sort of...
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    Light rail or Metrolink extension idea from Manchester to Wigan, via Leigh

    I think it's so far it would have to be more of a proper light-rail system rather than a tram. Even maybe an Underground.
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    Woodhead Electrification extensions to March and Woodford Halse

    Interesting that the LMS didn't consider electrification over Shap for that matter. 1712512845 Yes, the Charwelton Microwave mast. Interestingly, BT's microwave transmission route, well one of them, essentially followed the Great Central out of London. Starting at the BT tower, then heading to...
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    GTR should reinstate more services on their Southern branded routes

    Agree with OP. There's still too many half hourly services on the Metro network which need to be increased again. Same with South Eastern and their half hourly Victoria to Orpington service.
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    Possibility of c2c Expansion?

    I’ve seen that plan too but don’t have time to find a source - but he is correct.
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    Woodhead Electrification extensions to March and Woodford Halse

    Yes I’d be more interested in hearing about the Woodford Halse electrification scheme. Someone mentioned it on here quite recently, having read about it in a train magazine from the 1930s I believe.

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