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Is it me or are rail speeds getting slower nowadays? On my recent very enjoyable trip down to London [thanks once again gents'] the trains both ways seemed be slower than in the past. This is reflected in timetables too. When the 225's were introduced under BR the fastest Newcastle/London journey was 2 hrs 54 minutes and the same viccy/verki. Now the fastest is over 3 hours. Why?
 
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Not to mention more stops, perhaps to ease overcrowding over more trains or because of increase in development in the other of other stations.
 

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It's not fGWs fault. It's a combination of old trains which they are refurbing and Network Rail sitting on their Arses all day. With the exclusion of Slash of course ;)
 

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When the 225's were introduced under BR the fastest Newcastle/London journey was 2 hrs 54 minutes and the same viccy/verki. Now the fastest is over 3 hours. Why?
The 05:50 from Edinburgh (07:18 from Newcastle) arrives into Kings Cross at 10:06 (stopping at Berwick, Newcastle and York) giving a Newcastle to London journey time of 2 hours 48 minutes. It used to arrive just before 10, but was re timed to improve reliability. Whenever I travel to London this is usually the train I travel on and it often sits out side Kings Cross for a few minutes having arrived early.
 
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The 05:50 from Edinburgh (07:18 from Newcastle) arrives into Kings Cross at 10:06 (stopping at Berwick, Newcastle and York) giving a Newcastle to London journey time of 2 hours 48 minutes. It used to arrive just before 10, but was re timed to improve reliability. Whenever I travel to London this is usually the train I travel on and it often sits out side Kings Cross for a few minutes having arrived early.
Ajolopies Craig and all. When I go down to the melting pot I usually catch the first train south or a mid morning one that starts from N,cle so I would not notice that train. However there can't be too many that make such a good run. There used to be an 07:00 from N'cle that stopped at Durham and then non-stop to London. Used to amuse me for some reason to see a crowded York platform and our near-empty train sailed majestically past them. BTW I never ever knew this train to actually stop for anything other than the unforseen until it came to a stand in Kings Cross platform. Used to make me feel like royalty.
 
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