Nick Names for lines in the UK

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Nick Names for lines in the UK:

What do you call your local rail lines, "The Misery Line?" "Wessie Line"???

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There's an almost complete list here:-

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/named_lines.htm

Some are historical/well used, some are not.

E.g. the "York Line" is only called that by Metro, I've never heard anyone call it that and people in York would probably be unaware it's even called that.

Also CityFlier/CityMetro refers to the service, not the lines. There is no "CityFlier" line; the City Fliers use the MML and London-Brighton main line.
 

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I call my local line the WCML :D although its the line via birmingham
 

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matt said:
I call my local line the WCML :D although its the line via birmingham
That's not the WCML, which goes via the Trent Valley. ;) You'll join the WCML at Stafford (northbound) or Trent Valley Jn, Rugby (southbound).
 

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As yorkie has pointed out a flaw with what I was about to post (man he's got some brilliant mind-reading power!), I will first now explain how I came to use the name 'City Flyer', the line named so being most of the FGW network, mainly the Swansea/Cardiff Central to Paddington line:

At Royal Oak a while ago, on diversions that Sunday a HST left for Swansea at 1200 (M-F the Inverness HST also runs at this time, we'll get to that in a minute). It stormed out of Paddington as if there was no tomorrow. As it ran extremely quickly, I started calling it 'The 1200 City Flyer'. As the Inverness HST also runs at this time, this is the train the term, when used by me, refers to usually. It will also be used for the 0530 Swansea to Paddington, the reason for this being that it skips Swindon and DP as stops, running non-stop from BP to Reading!

Please note: This will no doubt cause confusion with the TL services with CityFlyer on them. Hence, I will always describe TL services not as CityFlyers, ALWAYS CityCrawlers. This may confuse you more, but when I am talking about, say, services from Bedford to Brighton, I will say something like 'The 1208 CityCrawler off Bedford was rather late by the time it reached West Hampstead'.

Also, you will come across heart-of-wessex and I using the term 'The Misery Line'. This refers to the Newport to Crewe section of the Marches route from Cardiff to Manchester. We named it so because we've both done it so much (I more so) it became really boring.

Another phrase either of us will use occasionally is The Timeless Line. This came about from having to do Hereford to Oxford, on the way to Paddington, on a 165. It took so very long I was falling asleep before Oxford. Time seemed to not exist on this line, that or it never moved, we felt a little (I did at least) as if we'd be on it forever.

I'm sure heart-of-wessex may have more to add.
 

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yorkie said:
matt said:
I call my local line the WCML :D although its the line via birmingham
That's not the WCML, which goes via the Trent Valley. ;) You'll join the WCML at Stafford (northbound) or Trent Valley Jn, Rugby (southbound).

I still consider it to part of the WCML
 

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GOBLIN- Gospel Oak Barking LINe (heart of Wessex calls it the "NLL diesel"). I also use the name NLL Barking Line sometimes too.

The Misery Line- I give that to CTs BNS-WFS-Hereford route, too many short turns at Ledbury, even at the slightest delay. The timetable at Hereford (should a train ever reach Hereford.....) is timed so that the CT service comes in a few minutes after the ATW service leaves for Cardiff!
Also the lack of passing loops between Hereford and G Malvern means that if a train is late, the other train is held. I could go on...
 

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I use "Fun Rail Network", even though using it is far from fun :roll:

One Rail Network, for the dimwits out there! :D
 

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Mine is called the Marlow Donkey!

Many people call it this due to its a) speed and b) Marlow Station is next to a pub called the marlow donkey!!!

Regards
Joe

P.S Marlow to Maidenhead route!!
 

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I call

Line What I call it

Waterloo - Weymouth Wessie Line
Waterloo - Portsmouth Dessie Line
North London Line I don't want to live line
Melksham Line Trainless Line
H-O-We Ped Line
 

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Scunthorpe - Doncaster = The Misery Line.

(If you have seen the condition of the line & stations, you will understand! :) )
 

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Lewisham-Hayes "Mid Kent line"

It runs through South East london, places like Leafy ladywell, Industrial estates of Lower Sydenham, the suburbs of beckenham, Tramlink at Elmers End etc.
 
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Harold, via where? Better not be via Eastleigh. ;)

London - Weymouth is generally unknown as the SWML. And I call it that, hah!
 

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tubechallenger said:
Harold, via where? Better not be via Eastleigh. ;)

London - Weymouth is generally unknown as the SWML. And I call it that, hah!

right, lets think about this TC, if it was london to pompey via eastleigh, i would have said, but it is infact london to portsmouth (via GUILDFORD)

does that help?

HBA135
 

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generally I refer to mine as the GWML but sometimes "the line I've travelled to many times" or "the line to cardiff" depending on my mood I suppose
 
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