Finsbury Park-East Croydon or East Croydon-Finsbury Park

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With the new public Thameslink services through the new tunnel starting tomorrow, can anyone tell me when I can catch one of the trains at Finsbury Park to travel to East Croydon, or to travel from East Croydon to Finsbury Park, please?

I tried looking at the Realtime Trains website but I have never used it before and couldn't figure it out.
 
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JonathanH

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With the new public Thameslink services through the new tunnel starting tomorrow, can anyone tell me when I can catch one of the trains at Finsbury Park to travel to East Croydon, or to travel from East Croydon to Finsbury Park, please?

I tried looking at the Realtime Trains website but I have never used it before and couldn't figure it out.
FPK->ECR
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/sea...18/02/26/0200-0159?stp=WVS&show=all&order=wtt

ECR->FPK
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/sea...18/02/26/0200-0159?stp=WVS&show=all&order=wtt
 

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I can't be certain on this pre 1933, but I believe FP to EC (or anywhere in Croydon) is a journey never previously possible by public transport without a change. You could do Croydon to the Nag's Head in Holloway, about a mile from FP, on a Sunday for a while by 133 bus, and it's a journey I once made, getting on for fifty years ago. Somebody will probably now prove me wrong!
 

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The pre 1939 43 had a Sunday service to Croydon Airport which will also have passed the Nag’s Head.
Yes, you're right, but that service didn't touch Croydon proper: it went via Purley Way from Thornton Heath pond. However, prior to that, there was a Sunday 43 which went through central Croydon (North End) to the Swan and Sugar Loaf pub in South Croydon, which was a precursor to that Sunday 133: somebody at London Transport knew their history when creating that one. Still not quite Finsbury Park though!
 

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Realtime is showing them as class 365s. I know those were once dual voltage but AFAIK none has worked on third rail for a long time. Will the services actually be TL 700s, or have some 365s' shoes been reinstated?
and the northbound ones are showing as a 319 timing load, that is all it is though a timing load. RTT does not show booked traction
 

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Thanks everyone for the comments.

I had wondered if the services might not start today due to the threat of weather disruption, but Realtime Trains has shown them all running to time so I will be heading out to Finsbury Park for the 14.29!
 

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I assume GTR a running this as some sort of preview service/ for driving route knowledge purposes across the core and canal tunnels?
 

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Some Thameslink people were handing out cupcakes on the Brighton to Cambridge service as it traversed the Canal Tunnel.
 

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Realtime is showing them as timed as class 365s. The service will be 700s.
and the northbound ones are showing as a 319 timing load, that is all it is though a timing load. RTT does not show booked traction
Thanks for the confirmations, I thought they'd be 700s, but since I work near Redhill station, I'd have tried for a photo if there'd been any chance of a 365 appearing there ;). I hadn't noticed that northbound showed 319s, but then they were common in Redhill until quite recently anyway.
 

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See post #2 (you need to reset the date).
Strangely enough, it runs both ways :)
It runs via LBG and is SX.
It is popular (?) northbound with passengers who don't listen to announcements.
 

STEVIEBOY1

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See post #2 (you need to reset the date).
Strangely enough, it runs both ways :)
It runs via LBG and is SX.
It is popular (?) northbound with passengers who don't listen to announcements.
Thank you for that, I guessed it was both ways, but I had not used that tool/link before, got it now. I shall invest in an all zone travel card and try it out.
 

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I did this today. 10.59 from Finsbury Park to East Croydon and 12.19 back.
It did seem a painfully slow journey with no cupcakes:frown::frown:
 

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