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    Thameslink 377 to Sevenoaks

    I noticed a Class 377 pulling into Sevenoaks this evening operating the Thameslink service. This is the first time I have seen this stock used on this part of the Thameslink network, as it's always been 319s to date as far I am aware. I'm pretty fond of the 319s but I would imagine in the recent...
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    London to Gatwick 1st July

    I'm looking for some wise words from the forum on a trip I need to make from London to Gatwick Airport mid-afternoon on Friday 1st July. It has been a few years since I've made that journey and I would ideally like to travel on something new so I need to bring myself up to date with what to...
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    London Terminals - I think this is OK?

    I can see London Terminals as come up before, so I believe I am OK with my proposed journey - best to check though! My Annual Gold Card gets me from Kent into Charing Cross each day. I think I am also permitted to change at Waterloo East then travel from Waterloo to Vauxhall (as I have a...
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    465 & 466 to Folkestone

    Monday afternoon saw the 16.57 Charing Cross to Folkestone service formed of a 465/2 and a 466. It seemed odd to use inner suburban stock on such a route, albeit it must have made for a nice day out for the units! Does anyone know if this is a regular occurrence?
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    Class 465 accessibility improvements

    I was on a 465/9 (I think it was 909) today that has had a new "circular" accessible toilet installed, similar to those on the 375s, plus a slightly changed seating arrangement to accommodate the new cubicle. There were also some other limited changes such as vinyl flashes on the internal...
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    Chiltern Railways to Leamington Spa

    With apologies if this information is easy to find (ie I've somehow overlooked it!), but I'm keen to know what stock to expect on which service. I am looking to travel from Marylebone to Leamington Spa on a weekday for business and am keen to use the refurbished Mk3 carriages that seem to...
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    SE 375s - a rather odd internal door arrangement

    No surprises that the 375 fleet gets busy in the peak hours, but it has revealed a rather odd quirk of the powered internal doors between carriages. They are equipped with the usual press-buttons to activate them - nothing strange there. However they also have a movement sensor fitted at the...
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    Boris bikes - anyone else had a go?

    Not sure if this has been done before, but I took my first ride on a Boris bike a couple of weeks ago. I've paid £45 for a years access enabling me to use them for 30 minutes each time free, as often as I want. Used several times since then and am pretty impressed, and reckon I will avoid a few...
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    BA 737s - about time the "black rings" disappeared!

    From memory, someone on the site mentioned that the black rings that are painted onto the nose cones were in respect of some navigational/landing aids from way back when. Just wondering why they havent been painted out yet? I appreciate the fleet is getting on a bit, but they've had a few...
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    Blackfriars Station - nice, but where is the signage?

    Really good to see Blackfriars open again, the new development looks impressive. But is it me or is there a distinct lack of signage on the new building? Aside from the modest blue "Blackfriars Station" wording directly above the entrance (see attached pic), there seems to be just a...
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    Heathrow Express Discount

    A simple bit of advice really. Is it worth me queuing at the ticket window? I have an annual season ticket to London from Kent - a "Gold Card". One part of the Heathrow Express website suggests I will get a discount, the other says it's just "Network Cards". I'm sure the ticket office at...
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    London Bridge - new connecting line query

    The work to establish the section of connecting line for Thameslink through London Bridge seems to be progressing well. But the construction over Borough Market (around The Globe pub) and onwards over Railway Approach looks a bit odd. Having constructed most of the viaduct, there are now...
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    Youths sought after attack on train

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-15991147 It goes without saying that I hope these scumbags are caught. My point of note here is that perhaps naively I was surprised at the time of the incident - early morning rather than late night. I would have assumed this was a rather calmer...
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    455/8 Puzzle - replaced DTSO? Way back when......

    Having last commuted regularly from Waterloo in the early 1990s my memory is slightly faded - that plus the many beers consumed in those days as a young single man! I seem to recall that one 455/8 had it's DTSO replaced (either permanently or for a short period) with that from a donor 317 or...
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    London mainline stations - what can we expect?

    Following on from the thread on which stations we can be proud of, I wondered what is planned for London mainline stations to bring them up to standard (or indeed just make them fit for purpose!). Some have already had a lot of money spent on them, but I'm not sure what plans exist for the...
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    375 v 377, 465 v 365. The grass always seems greener

    My regular commute is ususally by SE 465/9 or 375. So needing to travel onward to Welwyn Garden City I was able to journey by 377 from London Bridge to St Pancras, then 365 from Kings Cross to WGC. Both are different versions of my regular rides, and I found myself coveting various aspects...
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    "Any tickets I haven't yet checked?"

    Always struck me as being a bit of an odd approach to take when checking tickets. I fully appreciate a conductor might not want to disturb passengers who perhaps have had their tickets checked earlier. But surely any fare dodger with an ounce of intelligence would simply remain "head down"...
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    SE Class 375 - a very tame refurbishment

    As luck would have it, 375308 was waiting for me at Charing Cross today for my journey home. A quick glance showed the new lilac coloured doors (though not full height like the 465 colour scheme) so naturally I checked out the rest of the refurb. Dont get me wrong, these are pretty new units...
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    Great Portland Street - what a jolly pleasant station!

    Not had cause to use Great Portland Street before, but did so on Friday for the first time. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the ticket hall ambience was greatly improved by classical music piped through speakers, something I havent experienced since Waterloo mainline station in the...
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    An Olympic effort to clean up tracksides for 2012?

    Regardless of whether we feel the olympics to be a benefit or not, it does seem certain that many more tourists will be in London and the surrounding area in 2012. And it is also pretty certain that most of them will use public transport at some time on their stay. Perhaps this is something...

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