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David Sinnett

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Should the Express services be categorised as a '1' service as opposed to a '9' thereby giving same priority as EMT up to Bedford?
How does a signaller know its an 'Express' ?
 
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Running numbers that end in 80 to 99 signify something special, either stopping pattern, route or both is the only clue, but our midland colleagues at West Hampstead must be kept on their toes by this amazing timetable that we have :rolleyes:o_O:lol:
 

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Should the Express services be categorised as a '1' service as opposed to a '9' thereby giving same priority as EMT up to Bedford?
How does a signaller know its an 'Express' ?
How do you “9” isn’t already given the highest priority?
 

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Should the Express services be categorised as a '1' service as opposed to a '9' thereby giving same priority as EMT up to Bedford?
How does a signaller know its an 'Express' ?

Short answer: the letters after the 9.
  • 9Txx and 9Rxx run on the fast lines between St Pancras and St Albans (as do 9Lxx and 9Nxx in the peaks), mostly calling only at West Hampstead Thameslink
  • 9Oxx and 9Vxx stop all stations between St Pancras and St Albans
  • 9Pxx call all stations between St Pancras and Luton (except Kentish Town, Cricklewood and Hendon)
  • 9Kxx in the peaks call all stations between St Pancras and Luton (outside the peaks start/terminate Kentish Town)
The other letters (9Jxx, 9Sxx, 9Uxx, 9Yxx) serve (or will eventually serve) the Great Northern side.

As Sunset route said, when the number is 80-99 it generally signifies something unusual about that train - e.g. 9T86/88/90/92 call St Pancras - St Albans - Luton- Bedford only (and stay on the fast lines all the way to Bedford South Jn).

This is not a new idea - for years the signallers between Birmingham and Coventry have distinguished a Virgin Trains service (9Gxx down, 1Bxx up) from a London Midland stopping service (1Wxx/1Yxx) by letter rather than number.
 

David Sinnett

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Thanks.... seems that recently we've been moved to the slows at Harpenden or Luton due to an EMT coming up behind. Particularly annoying when we're following a Harpenden stopper on the fasts and can't get a move on.
 
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