Think this would still be possible - albeit retracing your steps for the majority of a long route.Heath Low Level to Heath High Level was possible until recently via the Aberthaw Power Station loop, but maybe not possible now?
Bridgend (Pen-y-Bont ar Ogwr) to Pen-y-Bont (Powys)
Bridgend-Cardiff-Newport-Cwmbran-Hereford-Craven Arms-Knucklas-Pen-y-Bont Reversal at Craven Arms
There's also Bridgend-Swansea-Llanelli-Pantyffynnon-Llandovery-Llandrindod-Pen-y-Bont No need to reverse at Llanelli - go direct via Swansea District
Tyndrum Lower-Crianlarich-Westerton-Anniesland-Yoker-Crianlarich-Upper Tyndrum.Tyndrum Lower- Upper Tyndrum
Bromley North-Grove Park- Lewisham-Nunhead-Factory Junction-Longhedge Junction-Pouparts Junction-Clapham Junction-Balham-Crystal Palace-Beckenham Junction-Bromley South.Bromley North- Bromley South
Or via Crewe Chester and Wrexham General. Would be a great railtour!Think this would still be possible - albeit retracing your steps for the majority of a long route.
Heath- Cardiff- Briton Ferry — Swansea districts- central Wales - Shrewsbury abbey foregate curve - choose your loop in the Birmingham area then back the way you came. Much easier to walk!
Direct route (with regular services) until the area was redesigned 40 years ago - IIRC it was just too complicated to include it.through the depot maybe?
Or just Newcastle, Gateshead West, Leeds, Normanton - not sure which is longer!Pontefract Baghill to Pontefract Monkhill (or Tanshelf) via Milford Junction, Church Fenton, York, Harrogate, Leeds, Hambleton West and South Junctions, Doncaster, Gainsborough Lea Road, West Holmes Junction, Boultham Junction, Newark Castle, Nottingham, Trowell Junction, Chesterfield, Sheffield or Beighton Junction, Masborough Station Junction, Swinton, Doncaster (again!), Shaftholme Junction, Askern and Knottingley West Junction.
Waterloo to Waterloo East: that's one where the modern route is much shorter than the historical one. Prior to the curve for the Eurostar services, one would have to go via Clapham Junction > Twickenham > Kingston > Wimbledon > Streatham > Peckham Rye > London Bridge. Another route was available from the 1930s via Clapham Junction > Wimbledon > Sutton > West Croydon > Norwood Junction > New Cross Gate > London Bridge.Waterloo to Waterloo East via Denmark Hill and Queens Rd Peckham is quite short and doesn't involve reversals
This is way out of my patch, so it's a bit of a guess: any corrections will be happily received. This, of course, is strictly historical.Is any route possible for Tyndrum Lower > Upper Tyndrum?
I don't know which route would be shorter, but you could also do Dorchester South-Southampton Central-Basingstoke-Didcot-Chippenham-Westbury-Yeovil Pen Mill-Dorchester WestAvoiding reversals, Dorchester South to Dorchester West would have to be: Dorchester South - Southampton Central - Havant - Guildford - Farnborough North - Reading - Newbury - Westbury - Yeovil Pen Mill - Dorchester West
Looking at the New Adlestrop Map, is it not possible to go Leeds > Outwood > Wakefield Westgate > Wakefield Kirkgate > Featherstone > Pontefract Monkhill (or Tanshelf)?Pontefract Baghill to Pontefract Monkhill (or Tanshelf) via Milford Junction, Church Fenton, York, Harrogate, Leeds, Hambleton West and South Junctions, Doncaster, Gainsborough Lea Road, West Holmes Junction, Boultham Junction, Newark Castle, Nottingham, Trowell Junction, Chesterfield, Sheffield or Beighton Junction, Masborough Station Junction, Swinton, Doncaster (again!), Shaftholme Junction, Askern and Knottingley West Junction.
But surely both of these would required reversal - at either Leatherhead or Norwood Junction - which is not allowed.Dorking to Dorking Deepdene (or Dorking West)
Dorking-Leatherhead-Guildford-Dorking Deepdene. OR Dorking-Norwood Junction-Redhill-Dorking Deepdene
Only by reversing at Leeds. There is nowadays no access from the Harrogate line at Armley Junction to the Woodlesford line at Whitehall Junction.Looking at the New Adlestrop Map, is it not possible to go Leeds > Outwood > Wakefield Westgate > Wakefield Kirkgate > Featherstone > Pontefract Monkhill (or Tanshelf)?
Back to my patch: Acton Mainline to Acton Central: Acton Mainline > Acton Wells > Dudden Hill > Cricklewood > Kentish Town > Kings Cross/St Pancras > Blackfriars > Elephant and Castle > Wandsworth Road > Clapham Junction > Barnes > Kew Bridge > Acton Central. I think that this is both present day and historical, except for when the Blackfriars > Farringdon Street line was removed. Another route, both present day and historical, is Acton Mainline > Acton Wells > Willesden Junction > Stratford > South Tottenham > Upper Holloway > West Hampstead > Cricklewood > Dudden Hill > Acton Wells > Acton Central. I don't which is the shorter of the two routes
Wigan North Western to Wallgate: Wigan North Western - Acton Bridge - Greenbank - Stockport - Manchester Piccadilly - Salford Crescent - Wigan Wallgate.
Of course! I really should have seen that one.Acton Mainline, Acton Bank, Kensington Olympia, Clapham Junction, Barnes, Chiswick, Kew East Junction, Acton Central is quicker.
Thanks for confirming that. That's the problem with not knowing the area and not having track-plans to hand: something which looks possible in a railway atlas or 2.5" or 6" map can't actually be done in practice. For example, one can't go directly from the ex-Great Central line from Harrow on to the Dudden Hill line at Neasden Junction, whereas one can from the line from High Wycombe, although one needs a track-plan to see that.Only by reversing at Leeds. There is nowadays no access from the Harrogate line at Armley Junction to the Woodlesford line at Whitehall Junction.
Birmingham New Street to Birmingham Moor Street: WCML south to Willesden - Acton Canal Wharf Jn - Acton Wells Jn - Acton West Jn - Reading - Oxford - Banbury - Leamington - Birmingham Moor Street
I didn't interpret the question as needing a direct train. You could change at Dalmuir for Central.No direct train from Helensburgh to Glasgow Central or Queen Street via Cambuslang.
You could go Helensburgh Central > Glasgow QS > Helensburgh Upper.
There are no services which connect Bishopbriggs to Ashfield.EDIT: Falkirk High - Croy - Bishopbriggs - Ashfield - Anniesland - Partick - Glasgow Central Low Level - Newton - Hamilton - Motherwell - Cumbernald - Falkirk Grahamston. I'm pretty sure this works?
There are also no services which connect Bishopbriggs to Springburn.I think I can better that : Falkirk High - Croy - Bishopbriggs - Springburn - Cumbernauld- Greenhill Lower Jn - Camelon - Falkirk Grahamston.
you can only travel via the depot as ecs [empty coaching stock] as they removed the passenger loop from the running line about 40 years ago ??I wondered about that. I've never been sure whether one could go directly from Selhurst to Norwood Junction (or vice versa).