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10 Nov 2017 14:53 #151 by Flatcap
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Silentone.

Have you read newcarlislefan's post above.
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10 Nov 2017 19:47 #152 by NORTHERNSOUL
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Dancingbear wrote: Yep ASLEF have sold out the RMT for a bit of extra cash.


Quite a smart move really because if the RMT get off their arses and start picketing depots in the early hours like they should have been doing for the last two years you can be sure the ASLEF guys won't cross the lines.and if done so the companies would have been brought to their kness a long time ago.

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21 Nov 2017 15:27 #153 by thesilentone
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It's about passenger safety.

What a load of cxxp !!!


"Rail passengers on the UK’s leading long-distance network face disruption and cancellations after Virgin Trains staff belonging to the RMT union voted to strike by a majority of 10 to one.

Train managers, catering staff and station teams working on the line from London Euston to Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow are demanding “pay justice”.

The dispute centres on a “buy-out” deal agreed with the train drivers’ union, ASLEF, in which the operator is adding £500 to pensionable salaries to settle a claim for a reduction in the working week.

The RMT general secretary, Mick Cash, said: “All our members are demanding is a suitable and equal offer to that given to drivers to buy out their claim for a reduction in the base working week.

Makes the French Air Traffic Controllers look like Choir Boys, come back Neil Kinnock, all is forgiven !!

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21 Nov 2017 15:51 - 21 Nov 2017 15:52 #154 by Urban Designer
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The sooner Virgin loses the West Coast Line the better. I'm all for nationalising transport, water, power, royal mail again.
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21 Nov 2017 15:54 #155 by Markovitch
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£469 for a return to London!

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21 Nov 2017 16:18 #156 by Urban Designer
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Book in advance and its a lot cheaper but unfortunately my journeys are often at short notice.

I only found out about a year ago that is a virgin train is 30 mins late you get 1/2 your single fare back.

1 hour late and you get full single fare back.

2 hours late and you get full return back.

I get money back most times I go to Carlisle but could have claimed a load in the past when I didnt know.

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21 Nov 2017 16:41 #157 by NORTHERNSOUL
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Urban Designer wrote: Book in advance and its a lot cheaper but unfortunately my journeys are often at short notice.

I only found out about a year ago that is a virgin train is 30 mins late you get 1/2 your single fare back.

1 hour late and you get full single fare back.

2 hours late and you get full return back.

I get money back most times I go to Carlisle but could have claimed a load in the past when I didnt know.


Yep i.m on that delay repay thing where you get it automatically

On Virgin so long as you get a seat and it isn't a madhouse i.m quite happy to be 2 hours late getting back after all if they advertised a service that was free but took 2 hours longer than normal the bloody thing would be packed wouldn't it not so good on the way out but when i go down to London now i tend to go the day before in the afternoon and make a night of it or go on the last one then if its late they have to taxi you to where youre staying.

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21 Nov 2017 16:44 #158 by High Street
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thesilentone wrote: It's about passenger safety.

What a load of cxxp !!!


"Rail passengers on the UK’s leading long-distance network face disruption and cancellations after Virgin Trains staff belonging to the RMT union voted to strike by a majority of 10 to one.

Train managers, catering staff and station teams working on the line from London Euston to Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow are demanding “pay justice”.

The dispute centres on a “buy-out” deal agreed with the train drivers’ union, ASLEF, in which the operator is adding £500 to pensionable salaries to settle a claim for a reduction in the working week.

The RMT general secretary, Mick Cash, said: “All our members are demanding is a suitable and equal offer to that given to drivers to buy out their claim for a reduction in the base working week.

Makes the French Air Traffic Controllers look like Choir Boys, come back Neil Kinnock, all is forgiven !!


Entirely different dispute from DOO. But then you knew that didn’t you?
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21 Nov 2017 16:52 #159 by NORTHERNSOUL
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Urban Designer wrote: The sooner Virgin loses the West Coast Line the better. I'm all for nationalising transport, water, power, royal mail again.


Better the devil you know when you look at some of the [censored] running the other franchises i would say theres only a couple capable and i believe one of them is banned from bidding so would you really want the likes of Arriva anywhere near it because i wouldnt.

I think when it comes up for renewal it will be Virgin up against 3 others none of whom have a cat in hells chance of winning it.But it could be a whole new ball game if Alliance get all the paths they want and the stock to run them and then run it old style where the fares the fare no messing about and extract 3000 passengers a day from Virgin from Preston it.ll give Virgin somthing to think about.

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21 Nov 2017 18:56 #160 by CCU

Markovitch wrote: £469 for a return to London!


No it isn’t...

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21 Nov 2017 19:05 #161 by High Street
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NORTHERNSOUL wrote:

Urban Designer wrote: The sooner Virgin loses the West Coast Line the better. I'm all for nationalising transport, water, power, royal mail again.


Better the devil you know when you look at some of the [censored] running the other franchises i would say theres only a couple capable and i believe one of them is banned from bidding so would you really want the likes of Arriva anywhere near it because i wouldnt.

I think when it comes up for renewal it will be Virgin up against 3 others none of whom have a cat in hells chance of winning it.But it could be a whole new ball game if Alliance get all the paths they want and the stock to run them and then run it old style where the fares the fare no messing about and extract 3000 passengers a day from Virgin from Preston it.ll give Virgin somthing to think about.


Alliance have singularly failed to run anything they’ve ever proposed, a company of fantasists.
The bidders for West Coast have already been released- they had to team up with a partner that had experience of running high speed trains- Virgin teamed up with SNCF, as the next franchise will also run HS2.

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21 Nov 2017 19:35 #162 by Unrepentant blue
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Scabby as some of the franchises are many problems lie in the rail infrastructure in my opinion.
Until there is major investment in the right places then no matter who’s livery is on the side of the train then there will be no significant improvement.

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21 Nov 2017 21:45 #163 by markredfox73
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Northern again misleading customers .. "timetables are changing" on the cumbrian coastal line...


Are they [censored] .. not 1 train is any different.. no trains added.. from.10th december

What a [censored] shan

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22 Nov 2017 06:51 #164 by NORTHERNSOUL
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markredfox73 wrote: Northern again misleading customers .. "timetables are changing" on the cumbrian coastal line...


Are they [censored] .. not 1 train is any different.. no trains added.. from.10th december

What a [censored] shan

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Arent there extra Sunday services starting at the Dec timetable change ?

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22 Nov 2017 08:18 #165 by markredfox73
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Nope only from carlisle to newcastle

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22 Nov 2017 08:59 #166 by mojo
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Markovitch wrote: £469 for a return to London!


must have seen you coming and realized what a high roller you are. we went august bank holiday weekend for less than #250 return for both of us. going to Glasgow on Friday for 4 quid each. seems reasonable to me seeing as if we'd taken the car, the hotel car park would be 4.75

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22 Nov 2017 09:37 #167 by thesilentone
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One for the Preston tight wads.

Some of the Peak fares from London-Preston end there, then all onward travel is off-peak on the same train..

So, to save few bob, get an off-peak to Lancaster, Lake District or Carlisle ticket (which is cheaper than a Peak to Preston)

Get off at Preston for a coffee, and forget to finish your journey (to save getting done for fare dodging)

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22 Nov 2017 11:43 #168 by CCU
There was a high profile case of a commuter who was doing that...

www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lancashire-38571417

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22 Nov 2017 11:49 - 22 Nov 2017 11:57 #169 by NORTHERNSOUL
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High Street wrote:

NORTHERNSOUL wrote:

Urban Designer wrote: The sooner Virgin loses the West Coast Line the better. I'm all for nationalising transport, water, power, royal mail again.


Better the devil you know when you look at some of the [censored] running the other franchises i would say theres only a couple capable and i believe one of them is banned from bidding so would you really want the likes of Arriva anywhere near it because i wouldnt.

I think when it comes up for renewal it will be Virgin up against 3 others none of whom have a cat in hells chance of winning it.But it could be a whole new ball game if Alliance get all the paths they want and the stock to run them and then run it old style where the fares the fare no messing about and extract 3000 passengers a day from Virgin from Preston it.ll give Virgin somthing to think about.


Alliance have singularly failed to run anything they’ve ever proposed, a company of fantasists.
The bidders for West Coast have already been released- they had to team up with a partner that had experience of running high speed trains- Virgin teamed up with SNCF, as the next franchise will also run HS2.


And what a load of shite that is Surely the West Coast and HS2 should be in direct competition HS2 based on speed v West Coast based on low cost and operated by different companies.

I really dont understand this governments fixation with inviting bloody foreigners to come in and run our railways increasing costs to ensure they make a profit.

But as for Alliance no their record of getting services up and running isnt good but it certainally looks like they will put everything behind this scheme as everything is in place they are now funded and backed by Arriva , loads of electric locos and rolling stock soon to be available at minimal cost as no one else currently is showing any interest in them, they have not only Blackpool but Fylde and Wyre councils backing them as they are totally pissed off with Virgins broken promises and sham service but most importantly the facility to pick up at Preston and nick as many passengers from Virgin as they can carry. I.m sure people in Carlisle would be happy to know that they could get to London 6 times a day knowing that the cost would never be anymore than 90 quid on proper trains with a proper service on board and at stations [ Thats if they carry out their promise to return it to what it was on before Arriva started poking their noses in with their cost cutting shit].

The only fly in the ointment at the moment is the paths into Euston while the HS2 Rebuild is going on but i.m sure they.ll get round that somehow either there or somewhere else personally i dont think HS2 should be going anywhere near Euston there was hundreds of acres of contaminated land North of Kings Cross they could of used but it was sold off for next to nothing
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22 Nov 2017 12:22 #170 by thesilentone
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CCU wrote: There was a high profile case of a commuter who was doing that...

www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lancashire-38571417


How barmy can you get, we offshore gazzillions as tax avoidance, and you have to go from London to Lancaster, then back to Preston to save a few bob..............

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22 Nov 2017 12:57 #171 by Markovitch
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Markovitch wrote: £469 for a return to London!


No it isn’t...


My wife is on the train from Dundee to London on Sunday, business class return £469

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22 Nov 2017 13:20 #172 by mojo
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Markovitch wrote: £469 for a return to London!


No it isn’t...


My wife is on the train from Dundee to London on Sunday, business class return £469


surely a flight would have been a better / cheaper / quicker option?

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22 Nov 2017 14:01 #173 by thesilentone
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Markovitch wrote: £469 for a return to London!


No it isn’t...


My wife is on the train from Dundee to London on Sunday, business class return £469




£486.00 actually, the most expensive and flexible ticket.

Could have done it on the same trains for £149.00 and still had flexi return

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22 Nov 2017 17:05 #174 by High Street
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NORTHERNSOUL wrote:

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NORTHERNSOUL wrote:

Urban Designer wrote: The sooner Virgin loses the West Coast Line the better. I'm all for nationalising transport, water, power, royal mail again.


Better the devil you know when you look at some of the [censored] running the other franchises i would say theres only a couple capable and i believe one of them is banned from bidding so would you really want the likes of Arriva anywhere near it because i wouldnt.

I think when it comes up for renewal it will be Virgin up against 3 others none of whom have a cat in hells chance of winning it.But it could be a whole new ball game if Alliance get all the paths they want and the stock to run them and then run it old style where the fares the fare no messing about and extract 3000 passengers a day from Virgin from Preston it.ll give Virgin somthing to think about.


Alliance have singularly failed to run anything they’ve ever proposed, a company of fantasists.
The bidders for West Coast have already been released- they had to team up with a partner that had experience of running high speed trains- Virgin teamed up with SNCF, as the next franchise will also run HS2.


And what a load of shite that is Surely the West Coast and HS2 should be in direct competition HS2 based on speed v West Coast based on low cost and operated by different companies.

I really dont understand this governments fixation with inviting bloody foreigners to come in and run our railways increasing costs to ensure they make a profit.

But as for Alliance no their record of getting services up and running isnt good but it certainally looks like they will put everything behind this scheme as everything is in place they are now funded and backed by Arriva , loads of electric locos and rolling stock soon to be available at minimal cost as no one else currently is showing any interest in them, they have not only Blackpool but Fylde and Wyre councils backing them as they are totally pissed off with Virgins broken promises and sham service but most importantly the facility to pick up at Preston and nick as many passengers from Virgin as they can carry. I.m sure people in Carlisle would be happy to know that they could get to London 6 times a day knowing that the cost would never be anymore than 90 quid on proper trains with a proper service on board and at stations [ Thats if they carry out their promise to return it to what it was on before Arriva started poking their noses in with their cost cutting shit].

The only fly in the ointment at the moment is the paths into Euston while the HS2 Rebuild is going on but i.m sure they.ll get round that somehow either there or somewhere else personally i dont think HS2 should be going anywhere near Euston there was hundreds of acres of contaminated land North of Kings Cross they could of used but it was sold off for next to nothing


What locomotives and coaches? Anything on WCML has to be 125mph and only tilting trains can do that,so its new build Pendlinos or nothing.
HS2 and WCML have been lumped in together as both be using Euston,both serving the same cities and because HS2 is being built to relieve the massive strain on WCML south of Crewe.

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22 Nov 2017 18:37 #175 by Dancingbear
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Daft question High Street as a novice but would it not have been better to connect HS1 to HS2 or are they doing that? I suppose i should prob google it as i assumed HS2 would continue on from the HS1 line.

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22 Nov 2017 18:42 #176 by CCU
HS1 is primarily the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, as well some Medway/Kent services for Southeastern.

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Speed_1

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22 Nov 2017 18:44 #177 by Dancingbear
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Aye i know. I just wrongly thought that would connect to HS2.

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22 Nov 2017 18:48 - 22 Nov 2017 18:50 #178 by seesaw50
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Markovitch wrote:

CCU wrote:

Markovitch wrote: £469 for a return to London!


No it isn’t...


My wife is on the train from Dundee to London on Sunday, business class return £469


More fool her, who would pay such an overpriced price...and what's this business class? You sure she didn't fly down Marko...... And would Dundee -"London" not be East Coast Line ending up Kings Cross...not Virgin

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22 Nov 2017 18:59 #179 by Dancingbear
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seesaw50 wrote:

Markovitch wrote:

CCU wrote:

Markovitch wrote: £469 for a return to London!


No it isn’t...


My wife is on the train from Dundee to London on Sunday, business class return £469


More fool her, who would pay such an overpriced price...and what's this business class? You sure she didn't fly down Marko...... And would Dundee -"London" not be East Coast Line ending up Kings Cross...not Virgin


You really should check things first Seesaw. Agree with the more fool her though

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22 Nov 2017 19:04 #180 by Alan
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seesaw50 wrote:

Markovitch wrote:

CCU wrote:

Markovitch wrote: £469 for a return to London!


No it isn’t...


My wife is on the train from Dundee to London on Sunday, business class return £469


More fool her, who would pay such an overpriced price...and what's this business class? You sure she didn't fly down Marko...... And would Dundee -"London" not be East Coast Line ending up Kings Cross...not Virgin


Marko and his family won't fly it may involve having to mix with the poor and working classes he champions so much on here far better forking out nearly half a grand on a train journey in "business class" to avoid such an situation and stop peasants peering into their copy of the Guardian.
The blokes a [censored] fraud.
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22 Nov 2017 19:38 #181 by NORTHERNSOUL
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Dancingbear wrote: Daft question High Street as a novice but would it not have been better to connect HS1 to HS2 or are they doing that? I suppose i should prob google it as i assumed HS2 would continue on from the HS1 line.


Not a daft question at all thats what i said they should of built a station for both on that land at Kings Cross freeing up space at St Pancras for new services
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22 Nov 2017 19:47 #182 by Dancingbear
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NORTHERNSOUL wrote:

Dancingbear wrote: Daft question High Street as a novice but would it not have been better to connect HS1 to HS2 or are they doing that? I suppose i should prob google it as i assumed HS2 would continue on from the HS1 line.


Not a daft question at all thats what i said they should of built a station for both on that land at Kings Cross freeing up space at St Pancras for new services


Cheers Barry, ive driven to Ebbsfleet a few times to go to Eurodisney. Thought id maybe be able to do it in future from up this way. Not that its much of a walk from Euston but a direct train would have been a winner.

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22 Nov 2017 19:51 #183 by NORTHERNSOUL
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High Street wrote:

NORTHERNSOUL wrote:

High Street wrote:

NORTHERNSOUL wrote:

Urban Designer wrote: The sooner Virgin loses the West Coast Line the better. I'm all for nationalising transport, water, power, royal mail again.


Better the devil you know when you look at some of the [censored] running the other franchises i would say theres only a couple capable and i believe one of them is banned from bidding so would you really want the likes of Arriva anywhere near it because i wouldnt.

I think when it comes up for renewal it will be Virgin up against 3 others none of whom have a cat in hells chance of winning it.But it could be a whole new ball game if Alliance get all the paths they want and the stock to run them and then run it old style where the fares the fare no messing about and extract 3000 passengers a day from Virgin from Preston it.ll give Virgin somthing to think about.


Alliance have singularly failed to run anything they’ve ever proposed, a company of fantasists.
The bidders for West Coast have already been released- they had to team up with a partner that had experience of running high speed trains- Virgin teamed up with SNCF, as the next franchise will also run HS2.


And what a load of shite that is Surely the West Coast and HS2 should be in direct competition HS2 based on speed v West Coast based on low cost and operated by different companies.

I really dont understand this governments fixation with inviting bloody foreigners to come in and run our railways increasing costs to ensure they make a profit.

But as for Alliance no their record of getting services up and running isnt good but it certainally looks like they will put everything behind this scheme as everything is in place they are now funded and backed by Arriva , loads of electric locos and rolling stock soon to be available at minimal cost as no one else currently is showing any interest in them, they have not only Blackpool but Fylde and Wyre councils backing them as they are totally pissed off with Virgins broken promises and sham service but most importantly the facility to pick up at Preston and nick as many passengers from Virgin as they can carry. I.m sure people in Carlisle would be happy to know that they could get to London 6 times a day knowing that the cost would never be anymore than 90 quid on proper trains with a proper service on board and at stations [ Thats if they carry out their promise to return it to what it was on before Arriva started poking their noses in with their cost cutting shit].

The only fly in the ointment at the moment is the paths into Euston while the HS2 Rebuild is going on but i.m sure they.ll get round that somehow either there or somewhere else personally i dont think HS2 should be going anywhere near Euston there was hundreds of acres of contaminated land North of Kings Cross they could of used but it was sold off for next to nothing


What locomotives and coaches? Anything on WCML has to be 125mph and only tilting trains can do that,so its new build Pendlinos or nothing.
HS2 and WCML have been lumped in together as both be using Euston,both serving the same cities and because HS2 is being built to relieve the massive strain on WCML south of Crewe.


But it wont need to be 125mph once HS2 opens will it because it wont be trying to win on speed it.ll be doing it on cost and what i read says that using mk4.s and class 92 locos of which there.ll be dozens available from next year [ not to mention the 91.s which they cant give away ] by reducing the number of stops [which south of Crewe they dont need anyway ] and hitting max speed along the straight bits they can make the paths work as they did with the London Midland service which goes nowhere near 125mph and certainly doest tilt.

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22 Nov 2017 20:00 #184 by Markovitch
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Alan wrote:

seesaw50 wrote:

Markovitch wrote:

CCU wrote:

Markovitch wrote: £469 for a return to London!


No it isn’t...


My wife is on the train from Dundee to London on Sunday, business class return £469


More fool her, who would pay such an overpriced price...and what's this business class? You sure she didn't fly down Marko...... And would Dundee -"London" not be East Coast Line ending up Kings Cross...not Virgin


Marko and his family won't fly it may involve having to mix with the poor and working classes he champions so much on here far better forking out nearly half a grand on a train journey in "business class" to avoid such an situation and stop peasants peering into their copy of the Guardian.
The blokes a [censored] fraud.


Anyone who thinks the trip won't include rubbing shoulders with life's less fortunates has clearly never been to Dundee

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22 Nov 2017 21:04 - 22 Nov 2017 21:37 #185 by seesaw50
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Dancingbear wrote:

seesaw50 wrote:

Markovitch wrote:

CCU wrote:

Markovitch wrote: £469 for a return to London!


No it isn’t...


My wife is on the train from Dundee to London on Sunday, business class return £469


More fool her, who would pay such an overpriced price...and what's this business class? You sure she didn't fly down Marko...... And would Dundee -"London" not be East Coast Line ending up Kings Cross...not Virgin


You really should check things first Seesaw. Agree with the more fool her though


Just checked my facts ....when did that happen.. Didn't know they had both sides sewn up ....sorry oh wise one!

Anyhow I'd want a week on the costas for that money.

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22 Nov 2017 21:06 #186 by seesaw50
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Alan wrote:

seesaw50 wrote:

Markovitch wrote:

CCU wrote:

Markovitch wrote: £469 for a return to London!


No it isn’t...


My wife is on the train from Dundee to London on Sunday, business class return £469


More fool her, who would pay such an overpriced price...and what's this business class? You sure she didn't fly down Marko...... And would Dundee -"London" not be East Coast Line ending up Kings Cross...not Virgin


Marko and his family won't fly it may involve having to mix with the poor and working classes he champions so much on here far better forking out nearly half a grand on a train journey in "business class" to avoid such an situation and stop peasants peering into their copy of the Guardian.
The blokes a [censored] fraud.


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22 Nov 2017 21:26 #187 by Dancingbear
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seesaw50 wrote:

Dancingbear wrote:

seesaw50 wrote:

Markovitch wrote:

CCU wrote:

Markovitch wrote: £469 for a return to London!


No it isn’t...


My wife is on the train from Dundee to London on Sunday, business class return £469


More fool her, who would pay such an overpriced price...and what's this business class? You sure she didn't fly down Marko...... And would Dundee -"London" not be East Coast Line ending up Kings Cross...not Virgin


You really should check things first Seesaw. Agree with the more fool her though


Just checked my facts ....when did that happen.. Didn't know they had both sides sewn up ....sorry oh wise one!

Anyhow I'd want a week on the Vistas for that money.


No idea when they took over but due to engineering works I went Darlington to Kingscross earlier this year with them. First time I’d travelled on that line, one stop at York then right down. Only took just over 2 hours I think.

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22 Nov 2017 21:43 - 22 Nov 2017 21:50 #188 by seesaw50
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Always been about 3hrs from Newcastle.... Much faster than West Coast line ..just the getting to Darlo or Newcastle so may as well go from Carlisle if you live here...
(My other bit should say would want a week on the Costas not Vistas obviously) ;)

Edit: further research db ....Virgin/Stagecoach franchise started 1st March 2015....well there you go every days a school day!

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22 Nov 2017 22:12 #189 by CCU

seesaw50 wrote: Always been about 3hrs from Newcastle.... Much faster than West Coast line ..just the getting to Darlo or Newcastle so may as well go from Carlisle if you live here...
(My other bit should say would want a week on the Costas not Vistas obviously) ;)

Edit: further research db ....Virgin/Stagecoach franchise started 1st March 2015....well there you go every days a school day!


Carlisle to London - 3hrs 20mins roughly. Hardly any difference from East Coast (Which geographically has a much straighter path).

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22 Nov 2017 22:12 #190 by Markovitch
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seesaw50 wrote:

Alan wrote:

seesaw50 wrote:

Markovitch wrote:

CCU wrote:

Markovitch wrote: £469 for a return to London!


No it isn’t...


My wife is on the train from Dundee to London on Sunday, business class return £469


More fool her, who would pay such an overpriced price...and what's this business class? You sure she didn't fly down Marko...... And would Dundee -"London" not be East Coast Line ending up Kings Cross...not Virgin


Marko and his family won't fly it may involve having to mix with the poor and working classes he champions so much on here far better forking out nearly half a grand on a train journey in "business class" to avoid such an situation and stop peasants peering into their copy of the Guardian.
The blokes a [censored] fraud.


AKA Champagne Socialist !


Just common sense, she might end up sat next to Alan with his endless waffle about his incontinence, couple of hundred quid is cheap at twice the price to avoid that

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22 Nov 2017 22:17 #191 by Dancingbear
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seesaw50 wrote: Always been about 3hrs from Newcastle.... Much faster than West Coast line ..just the getting to Darlo or Newcastle so may as well go from Carlisle if you live here...
(My other bit should say would want a week on the Costas not Vistas obviously) ;)

Edit: further research db ....Virgin/Stagecoach franchise started 1st March 2015....well there you go every days a school day!


I agree Seesaw. I usually get on at Penrith however we were travelling on a bank holiday Sunday and there were 2 legs by bus so travelling to Darlo then straight down seemed a better option.

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22 Nov 2017 22:27 #192 by NORTHERNSOUL
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Dancingbear wrote:

seesaw50 wrote: Always been about 3hrs from Newcastle.... Much faster than West Coast line ..just the getting to Darlo or Newcastle so may as well go from Carlisle if you live here...
(My other bit should say would want a week on the Costas not Vistas obviously) ;)

Edit: further research db ....Virgin/Stagecoach franchise started 1st March 2015....well there you go every days a school day!


I agree Seesaw. I usually get on at Penrith however we were travelling on a bank holiday Sunday and there were 2 legs by bus so travelling to Darlo then straight down seemed a better option.


Not a line that i.d ever used much but since i moved here i now have a choice of Virgin West Coast from either Preston or Manchester or Virgin East Coast from Leeds or Grand Central from Bradford.all of them have their pluses and minuses but the big advantage is you can usually get a good deal from one of them. Customer service is great or at least it was till Arriva started poking their nose in but after a survey into why people all of a sudden weren't happy they've now committed to returning to their old standards.But we.ll see wether they achieve it or not.

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23 Nov 2017 07:14 #193 by Alan
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Markovitch wrote:

Alan wrote:

seesaw50 wrote:

Markovitch wrote:

CCU wrote:

Markovitch wrote: £469 for a return to London!


No it isn’t...


My wife is on the train from Dundee to London on Sunday, business class return £469


More fool her, who would pay such an overpriced price...and what's this business class? You sure she didn't fly down Marko...... And would Dundee -"London" not be East Coast Line ending up Kings Cross...not Virgin


Marko and his family won't fly it may involve having to mix with the poor and working classes he champions so much on here far better forking out nearly half a grand on a train journey in "business class" to avoid such an situation and stop peasants peering into their copy of the Guardian.
The blokes a [censored] fraud.


Anyone who thinks the trip won't include rubbing shoulders with life's less fortunates has clearly never been to Dundee



Bit harsh on you marko having to get grapes dropped in your gob by one of the" less fortunates" Virgin Rail staff.

Was your chauffeur not available?

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23 Nov 2017 13:18 #194 by High Street
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92’s only do 87mph. 91’s are life expired,the electronics are what l think are termed ‘legacy’

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23 Nov 2017 14:09 #195 by NORTHERNSOUL
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High Street wrote: 92’s only do 87mph. 91’s are life expired,the electronics are what l think are termed ‘legacy’


Well Virgin are keeping a small number to use on the East Coast for the next 5 years and Caledonian Sleeper have signed up to hire theres for the next 10 so they cant be that clapped out or slow.

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23 Nov 2017 16:33 #196 by High Street
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Sleepers are max 80mph,heavy and high ETH load. 92’s are ideal for these. (In fact what they were built for!)

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23 Nov 2017 17:05 #197 by pie

NORTHERNSOUL wrote:

Dancingbear wrote:

seesaw50 wrote: Always been about 3hrs from Newcastle.... Much faster than West Coast line ..just the getting to Darlo or Newcastle so may as well go from Carlisle if you live here...
(My other bit should say would want a week on the Costas not Vistas obviously) ;)

Edit: further research db ....Virgin/Stagecoach franchise started 1st March 2015....well there you go every days a school day!


I agree Seesaw. I usually get on at Penrith however we were travelling on a bank holiday Sunday and there were 2 legs by bus so travelling to Darlo then straight down seemed a better option.


Not a line that i.d ever used much but since i moved here i now have a choice of Virgin West Coast from either Preston or Manchester or Virgin East Coast from Leeds or Grand Central from Bradford.all of them have their pluses and minuses but the big advantage is you can usually get a good deal from one of them. Customer service is great or at least it was till Arriva started poking their nose in but after a survey into why people all of a sudden weren't happy they've now committed to returning to their old standards.But we.ll see wether they achieve it or not.


Can't beat a game of snakes and ladders on your table on the Grand Central

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29 Dec 2017 20:34 #198 by CCU
Keep the Guard on the Train!


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29 Dec 2017 22:14 #199 by markredfox73
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3 more [censored] strikes planned in jan...

If they arent ditching guards on our lines why are they striking.

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29 Dec 2017 22:27 #200 by Bruntonpasty
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Solidarity brother, solidarity!

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