Can’t reverse. You would need to reverse at Brighton, so I think it would have to beLondon Road > Brighton > Redhill > Guildford > London Road
One can get from Clapham High Street to the South-Western, but only to the Windsor lines, so one would then need to go to Wimbledon via East Putney. However, as Brighton to Hastings these days requires a reverse because the Polegate to Pevensey side of the triangle junction north of Eastbourne has been removed, I don't think that London Road Brighton to London Road Guildford is now possible. In the past, going via the Bluebell line was probably the shortest route, once the junction at Lewes enabled through running towards Horsted Keynes. Otherwise, it would have been via Ashford.Can’t reverse. You would need to reverse at Brighton, so I think it would have to be
London Road (Brighton) > Hastings > Ashford International > Tonbridge > Bromley South > Clapham High Street > Clapham Junction > Surbiton > Cobham > London Road
and if there’s no link from Clapham High Street to the SWR part of Clapham Jct then it would have to be
London Road (Brighton) > Hastings > Ashford International > Tonbridge > Redhill > Clapham Junction > Kensington Olympia > Slough > Reading > Basingstoke > Hedge End > Havant > Guildford > London Road
As we aren't allowed to reverse, this wouldn't count as you would do so at LeedsBradford interchange - halifax - Mirfield - Wakefield kirkgate - Normanton - Leeds - Shipley - Bradford forster Square.
I think we're trying to figure out shortest routes between 2 different stations with similar names on different lines.Waterloo > Waterloo via Hounslow loop.
Does Waterloo (Main side) to Waterloo international via Teddington count?As we aren't allowed to reverse, this wouldn't count as you would do so at Leeds
I think we're trying to figure out shortest routes between 2 different stations with similar names on different lines.
That's a peculiar route to take from South West London to Merseyside... (!)Waterloo > Waterloo via Hounslow loop.
Avoiding reversals and freight-only lines, I think you would need to go via Lancaster and Preston to get from Bradford Forster Square to Bradford Interchange
I don't think it has ever been freight-only in operational terms (ie passenger trains not permitted) and it was used during the 1990s Leeds rebuilding (complete with temporary platform).Like a number of other posters, I had discounted the Whitehall Curve as a freight only line.
What about Falkirk High - Edinburgh Park - Suburban - Brunstane - Waverley - Falkirk Grahamston, is that shorter?Reversing isn't allowed. I'll have a think now and see what I can come up with.
EDIT: Falkirk High - Croy - Bishopbriggs - Ashfield - Anniesland - Partick - Glasgow Central Low Level - Newton - Hamilton - Motherwell - Cumbernald - Falkirk Grahamston. I'm pretty sure this works?