Yeah they should really omit the 'operated by west midlands trains' bit on the logo, it doesn't really matter what the legal name of the company running it is to the public and it just ads confusion.It's just an impractically long name to expect folk to say/write/remember. The confusion with West Midlands Trains and West Midlands Railway doesn't help either.
Manchester has a similar confusion with station/airport codes: Manchester Airport Railway Station is MIA. MIA is however the official airport code for Miami. To further confuse things, Manchester Airport is MAN, which on the railway is Piccadilly!It's not a railway thing but the branding of Luton Airport as 'LLA' really annoys me because people think that's the airport code instead of LTN. Bit like people calling Birmingham New Street 'BNS'.
I wonder if the Staines Massive call SWR "sewer"...?It was pointed out elsewhere on here that it was overheard LNER was referred as "liner"...
"emma" for EMR, Hah good one!
My criticism of SWR goes back to when the PA system was updated early last year. The departure board used to display "SWR service calling at" briefly pausing then scrolling.
My mother was referring to the Eastern National route 251 as City Motors a dozen years after they were taken over while I often used to hear people referring to the London Transport country buses (and occasionally Eastern National in London) as "Green Line". I am not at all surprised that the same confusion exists with the railways.I still hear people referencing GWR/Great Western Railway as FGW/First Great Western
'London's King's Cross station' is perfectly OK in such a context as '...is uncannily empty these days.' Just as one might say 'London's tube network...' or 'Liverpool's docks' or whatever.London King's Cross is correct. London's King's Cross with 's on the end of London isn't.
I lived in south london for a while and most people seem to just slur it into one and say "tuls'ill"About four years ago the automated voice used by SN started referring to a place called 'Tull's Hill' (emphasis on first word) rather than 'Tulse Hill'. I've never heard this pronounciation anywhere else, the area more often being referred to as West Norwood (which has its own station already).
Pronouncing the l in Marylebone used to be considered generally as incorrect, with it supposed to sound something more like Marry-bun. ITMA in the 1940s had a character that always pronounced the l and he was sent up rotten by others. My uncle born in the area in the 1920s would always pull people up over it. However, things change and the pull of the spelling seems to have had a strong effect over recent years.So do I say that as a Londoner. Just like 'Parliament' isn't pronounced 'parlyment'. The 'i' is pronounced if only subtly.
Well, he was only a quarter-century or so out of date -- maybe he'd spent a long time off in some secluded location ... I like the story about the chap who was in Portland prison: he escaped, but was rumbled when he went to the relevant station on the "Isle", wishing to buy a ticket to London; he hadn't been aware that the branch line from Weymouth had lost its passenger service in 1952, several years previously.Back in the 1970s a man got on a bus I was one in Wigston near Leicester and asked for the LMS station ( in Leicester)
DErby and DErbyshire probably derive their name from the local river -Derwent- from the Welsh word Derw or Derwen all pronounced as in "Dan DARE"Once accidentally asked for a ticket to "Wigan Grand western"
Slightly different but there's an announcer on XC who always pronounces Derby with emphasis on the E instead of the usual way it's said "Darby."