Late Jun/Early July ALR Plan

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Basically, there's a few lines I need to add to my map, a few places I want to revisit, but I'm not really planning a mega-bash, so I try to start reasonably early but end reasonably early

I'm undecided between Standard and First, but will probably go for First in the end. I'm trying to avoid Pacers like the plague. I would have really liked to fit in Weymouth and the Cumbrian Coast, but I couldn't really get it to work. If anyone can also recommend trains where reservations are really required.

I'd appreciate any critiques or problems with this. In particular with the Saturday, I'm looking at trying to do the Cotswold line and the Heart of Wales line but I'm not that happy with the trains in between the two.

Sunday

10:20 Birmingham New Street to Haymarket 14:14
14:39 Haymarket to Aberdeen 17:08
18:01 Aberdeen to Inverness 20:18

Monday

07:55 Inverness to Newcastle 12:54
13:23 Newcastle to Carlisle 14:48
15:06 Carlisle to Leeds 17:38
17:53 Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly 18:42

Tuesday

09:20 Manchester Piccadilly to Sheffield 10:08
10:49 Sheffield to St Pancras 12:59
13:37 St Pancras to Ashford International 14:30
15:05 Ashford to Tonbridge 15:41
15:49 Tonbridge to Hastings 17:02
17:14 Hastings to Brighton 18:20

Wednesday

08:33 Brighton to Southampton Central 10:19
10:30 Southampton Central to Winchester 10:47
10:56 Winchester to Basingstoke 11:15
11:37 Basingstoke to Reading 12:00
12:28 Reading to Bristol Temple Meads 13:44
14:35 Bristol to Exeter St Davids 15;43
16:20 Exeter St Davids to Penzance 19:33
21:45 Penzance to Paddington 05:23

Thursday

07:55 Liverpool Street to Ipswich 09:07
09:17 Ipswich to Lowestoft 10:43
11:48 Lowestoft to Norwich 12:33
12:45 Norwich to Cromer 13:28
14:58 Cromer to Norwich 15:41
16:38 Norwich to Cambridge 17:59

Friday

08:01 Cambridge to Peterborough 08:50
09:16 Peterborough to York 10:32
11:35 York to Birmingham New Street 13:27
13:42 Birmingham to Bristol Parkway 14:54
15:08 Bristol Parkway to Cardiff Central 15:47
17:16 Cardiff Central to Shrewsbury

Saturday

09:00 Shrewsbury to Swansea 13:01
13:28 Swansea to Bristol Parkway 14:59
15:15 Bristol Parkway to Worcester Shrub Hill 16:14
17:02 Worcester Shrub Hill to Oxford 18;23
18:40 Oxford to Birmingham New Street 19:48
20:30 Birmingham Moor Street to Spring Road 20:40
 
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I always go 1st - much more comfortable. Note Carlisle to Leeds might be part bus from Carlisle to Appleby. I always reserve all reservable trains as it makes claims for delay much easier as you can show you were likely to be on the train.
 

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I always go 1st - much more comfortable. Note Carlisle to Leeds might be part bus from Carlisle to Appleby. I always reserve all reservable trains as it makes claims for delay much easier as you can show you were likely to be on the train.

Thanks, I had wondered when those works were going to end. My back up plan for the Settle and Carlisle still being part bus is do the Cumbrian Coast instead.

First will depend on the size of my bonus which I get in June, if it is like last years, First won't be a problem.
 

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Basically, there's a few lines I need to add to my map, a few places I want to revisit, but I'm not really planning a mega-bash, so I try to start reasonably early but end reasonably early

I'm undecided between Standard and First, but will probably go for First in the end. I'm trying to avoid Pacers like the plague. I would have really liked to fit in Weymouth and the Cumbrian Coast, but I couldn't really get it to work. If anyone can also recommend trains where reservations are really required.

I'd appreciate any critiques or problems with this. In particular with the Saturday, I'm looking at trying to do the Cotswold line and the Heart of Wales line but I'm not that happy with the trains in between the two.

Sunday

10:20 Birmingham New Street to Haymarket 14:14
14:39 Haymarket to Aberdeen 17:08
18:01 Aberdeen to Inverness 20:18

Monday

07:55 Inverness to Newcastle 12:54
13:23 Newcastle to Carlisle 14:48
15:06 Carlisle to Leeds 17:38
17:53 Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly 18:42

Tuesday

09:20 Manchester Piccadilly to Sheffield 10:08
10:49 Sheffield to St Pancras 12:59
13:37 St Pancras to Ashford International 14:30
15:05 Ashford to Tonbridge 15:41
15:49 Tonbridge to Hastings 17:02
17:14 Hastings to Brighton 18:20

Wednesday

08:33 Brighton to Southampton Central 10:19
10:30 Southampton Central to Winchester 10:47
10:56 Winchester to Basingstoke 11:15
11:37 Basingstoke to Reading 12:00
12:28 Reading to Bristol Temple Meads 13:44
14:35 Bristol to Exeter St Davids 15;43
16:20 Exeter St Davids to Penzance 19:33
21:45 Penzance to Paddington 05:23

Thursday

07:55 Liverpool Street to Ipswich 09:07
09:17 Ipswich to Lowestoft 10:43
11:48 Lowestoft to Norwich 12:33
12:45 Norwich to Cromer 13:28
14:58 Cromer to Norwich 15:41
16:38 Norwich to Cambridge 17:59

Friday

08:01 Cambridge to Peterborough 08:50
09:16 Peterborough to York 10:32
11:35 York to Birmingham New Street 13:27
13:42 Birmingham to Bristol Parkway 14:54
15:08 Bristol Parkway to Cardiff Central 15:47
17:16 Cardiff Central to Shrewsbury

Saturday

09:00 Shrewsbury to Swansea 13:01
13:28 Swansea to Bristol Parkway 14:59
15:15 Bristol Parkway to Worcester Shrub Hill 16:14
17:02 Worcester Shrub Hill to Oxford 18;23
18:40 Oxford to Birmingham New Street 19:48
20:30 Birmingham Moor Street to Spring Road 20:40

Interesting journeys. As one who has just completed a lot of lines never covered before and who has also revisited lines not covered in ages I approve.

I was just wondering about the 3 journeys from Southampton to Reading. Is there a reason for doing the ride in 3 sectors when you could take the 1M42 from Southampton Central at 11:13 direct to Reading arriving at 12:05. Ok it's XC and a Voyager which maybe would put off anyone but there is first class and a trolley service which despite XC's faults is not so bad! As I said, I was just wondering.

PS hope the Settle and Carlisle has re-opened by the time you do your trip. I was buggered doing Blaenau Ffestiniog due to bus services.
 
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iainbhx

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there are some days you could fit a lot more in as you have early finishes. It looks an interesting itinerary

I need to sleep a certain amount and I'm hard-wired to wake up at 5am. So I set a 8pm at latest time to get dinner and the required amount of sleep.
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I was just wondering about the 3 journeys from Southampton to Reading. Is there a reason for doing the ride in 3 sectors when you could take the 1M42 from Southampton Central at 11:13 direct to Reading arriving at 12:05. Ok it's XC and a Voyager which maybe would put off anyone but there is first class and a trolley service which despite XC's faults is not so bad! As I said, I was just wondering.

I have nothing against XC, my other half works for them = although we do disagree on the subject of Voyagers. I think the 11:13 direct is the back up plan otherwise its just about getting a varied number of services in.
 

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Hopefully a lovely 150/0 will roll up for you at Basingstoke ;)

A 150/0 would more than make up for Boringgrad. I actually miss the 150's a little bit, a diet of 172's and 350's can be a bit boring.
 
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