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Discussion in 'Railtours & Preservation' started by Mathieu, 9 Dec 2019.

  1. Mathieu

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    The Branch Line Society is delighted to act as booking agent for a low cost, easy day out railtour operated by Merseyrail, featuring a 6-car EMU.

    £25.08 Adult
    £0.01 Child (must be with 1 adult)

    Provisional validated timings and route submitted to Network Rail:

    Birkenhead North P1 (10.08 PU)Liverpool Lime Street P1 (10.21 PU) – Ellesmere Port (RM) – Hooton P1 (RM) – Chester P7 (RM) – James Street P2 – Stock Interchange/Holding Line – Liverpool Central – Hunts Cross P2 (RM) – Kirkby P1 (RM) – Sandhills Reversing Siding (RM) – Southport P2 (RM / break) – Sandhills Reversing Siding (RM) – Ormskirk P1 (RM) – Liverpool Central (RM) – Stock Interchange/Holding Line – James Street P2 – West Kirby P2 (RM) – Birkenhead North Signal 577 (RM) – New Brighton P1 (RM) – Birkenhead North P1 (17.08 SD).
     
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  3. Fawkes Cat

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    On Sunday 26 January 2020, I see from the BLS website.
     
  4. Mathieu

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    Yeah, seems like an excellent tour if you want to clear the whole of the Merseyrail Network. Good value for money too IMO.
     
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    What is the cost?
    Just to save us from having to go to the BLS web site.
     
  6. Mathieu

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    £25.08 (I’ll add it in the original post)
     
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    A six car EMU railtour? That’s impressive!
     
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    And not a bad price either ;)
     
  10. EbbwJunction1

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    I realise that this might be a silly question but what are performance and pathing allowances, please?
     
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    £25 to do something I can do for £5 on regular service trains does seem a bit excessive tbh
     
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    £5 to cover the whole network? What ticket are you buying?
     
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    You can't go on the stock interchange line on a regular service. I agree with you though buying an all area saveaway for £5.55 will take you to most of the stations/lines.
     
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    A Saveaway will take you to all of them. And you can bash the "City Lines", buses and ferriers to your heart's content once you are done with the Merseyrail network.

    I never did Helsby-Runcorn when it was a parliamentary service, £20 to do Central Low Level - James Street, a journey of half a mile or so (in the dark) - well you'd have to be a pretty desperate track-basher.
     
  16. Mathieu

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    The extra £20 will be going to good causes
     
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    I take it that what is classified as child is under 5? because £0.01 for any child under 18 would not make that much sense revenue-wise .
     
  18. EbbwJunction1

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    Would someone like to answer my question, please?

    Thanks!
     
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    There's a good explainer here.
     
  20. EbbwJunction1

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    Ah, thank you.
     
  21. notabasher

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    One could just give £20 to a good cause then.

    I don't want to knock your society, and the low-cost rare-track sort of railtour can be quite interesting. But I don't get this plan of staggering from signal to signal inbetween the very frequent all-stations trains, on the country's most boring suburban network, in stock which (whilst comfortable enough) offers the worst window views of any in Britain.

    A fast run from Hunts Cross to Southport might be a fun novelty but won't happen unless you clear he network of other trains. If one wants to clear Merseyrail, service trains will give a picture of the people joining and alighting at each station (which is much the most interesting part of the system anyway).
     
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    ‘Not a basher’ but quite happy to bash the exploits of others.

    If it’s not for you that’s fine, but you don’t need to go on this crusade. Others may have this right up their straße.
     
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    No, it's under 18. Under 18s can only travel accompanied by an adult, though so under 18s can't just get on the tour for 1p.
     
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    At the end of the day it’s worthwhile for people who want to cover the stock interchange line, with a couple of other relatively rare moves thrown in. Having said that, a couple more sidings or similar wouldn’t have gone amiss!

    I wouldn’t describe Merseyrail as boring though. There’s plenty of interest for those who know where to look.
     

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