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Old April 9th, 2017, 03:59 PM   #2641
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The UK Railways are actually quite nice. I did a daytrip on South West Trains to Bournemouth in Dorset County last August.
The trip started on the Weymouth-bound South West Train from London Waterloo to Bournemouth Station.
Train was travelling on the South Western Main Line (SWML) via Clapham Junction, Wimbledon, Woking, Farnborough, Winchester, and Southampton.
A British Rail Desiro Class 444 (444-011) was operating this service.
With South West Train I felt like I am being in Hong Kong :-)

Starting in the City of London - Getting towards the Waterloo & City Line platform:





Inside an empty Waterloo & City Line train:





London Waterloo Station:







Taking the 10:35 service to Weymouth:





Service is operated by a British Rail Class 444 Desiro train:







Between Waterloo and Clapham Junction:







This long-distance service by South West Trains includes a trolley service:





A random station (I guess Woking?):





Winchester:





Southampton Central on the South Western Main Line:







Dorset County:





Bournemouth Station, opened in 1885:









Our train continues to Dorchester and Weymouth:







Bournemouth Station entrance:





Bournemouth Beach in Dorset County:







You can even surf here:













View from Boscombe Pier:











Taking an empty South West Train back to London Waterloo:









Deutsche Bahn is pretty active in the UK (let's see what happens after Britains take back control of their country in 2019):





Approaching busy London:







Southwest of Clapham Junction:





Final stretch to London Waterloo:









Back at London Waterloo Station:





Full video on this daytrip to Bournemouth:



Full link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl7bJ3y3kW4



Enjoy!
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Old April 9th, 2017, 06:52 PM   #2642
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Dorset County:

This is Hampshire (New Forest National Park) not Dorset.
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Old April 10th, 2017, 02:35 PM   #2643
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This is Hampshire (New Forest National Park) not Dorset.
The photo was taken between Southampton and Bournemouth.
I am not 100% sure where the border between these two counties (Hampshire, Dorset) lies exactly, but the border is definetely close to the point, where the photo was taken.
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Old April 10th, 2017, 02:58 PM   #2644
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The photo was taken between Southampton and Bournemouth.
A journey I've made many times.
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I am not 100% sure where the border between these two counties (Hampshire, Dorset) lies exactly,
Between Hinton Admiral and Christchurch. Given there's hills rather than urban area or flood plain that's 100% Hampshire (I'll save the discussion of the complete mess that means that Bournemouth is in both Hampshire and Dorset, depending on which set of officially recognised, but totally meaningless counties you are using to hide the fact that Bournemouth is in the 'county of Bournemouth', and just go with administrative counties).

It might not be the national park, but there's little outside it on that route, and it doesn't look like that.
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but the border is definetely close to the point, where the photo was taken.
Maybe, but if you aren't 100% sure of where the border is, how can you say with certainity that it's close?
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Old April 10th, 2017, 05:52 PM   #2645
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How long does the trip to Weymouth take?
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Old April 10th, 2017, 07:29 PM   #2646
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Rail freight service from the UK to China

The first ever UK-China container train has departed today from DP World London Gateway container terminal for the city of Yiwu in Zhejiang province, eastern China. The unique rail freight service will pass through the Channel Tunnel and thereafter cross 7 countries - France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan - making 12,000 km in 17 days. The export train operated by InterRail and carrying 32 containers with British goods including whisky, soft drinks, vitamins and pharmaceuticals is due to arrive at destination on 27 April.

Read more on: https://port.today/uk-china-containe...vice-launched/

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Old April 12th, 2017, 01:24 PM   #2647
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Is it Network Rail test train?

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Kent House station early morning:

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Around Petts Woods, looking towwards London Bridge:

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Old April 12th, 2017, 06:52 PM   #2648
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Yes it is, probably heading to or from Derby RTC. The locomotive is Class 37 no. 37025, owned by the Scottish rail preservation society and hired to Colas Rail, though not for much longer.
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Old April 13th, 2017, 02:01 AM   #2649
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A very interesting channel/project for people interested on British railways
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Old April 17th, 2017, 07:30 AM   #2650
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The UK Railways are actually quite nice. I did a daytrip on South West Trains to Bournemouth in Dorset County last August.
im travelling to Bournemouth this August for a month of Advance English classes and im planning to do a daytrip just like you but the other way round.
How much did the ticket cost? Was it too expensive? i`ve heard that Travelling by coach is a good option too.

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Old April 17th, 2017, 02:17 PM   #2651
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Meanwhile in the Manchester Area...

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Pacers will all be gone from Manchester within two years, replaced by brand-new CAF air conditioned DMUs that are being built now.


http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/t...-contract.html


Most of the Trans Pennine fleet (which are not exactly old anyway) are to be replaced by brand new air conditioned trains.


From: http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/t...on-begins.html


"CAF is to deliver 13 five-car push-pull trainsets from 2018, plus one spare driving vehicle.

In 2018-20 TransPennine Express is also to introduce 12 five-car Class 397 CAF Civity UK electric multiple-units and 19 five-car Hitachi Rail Europe AT300 Class 802 electro-diesel multiple-units".


So that is 502 high-quality new vehicles in total - coming your way very soon.
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Old April 17th, 2017, 02:22 PM   #2652
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The service of Southwest trains is appalling. Never paid so much to receive so little. If you are travelling for leisure, maybe occassionally, you cannot notice how bad they are.

If you are travelling regularly, then it all becomes clear.

Money for quality? A laugh.
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Old April 17th, 2017, 06:51 PM   #2653
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What's wrong with SWT, in your view? What makes them worse than other commuter operators serving London, such as SE or Greater Anglia?
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How long is a trip to Weymouth?
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Old April 18th, 2017, 12:38 AM   #2655
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The fast trains do the journey in 2h40, the semi-fasts need 2h57.
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Old April 18th, 2017, 12:44 AM   #2656
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Ah, thanks.

Is that the longest trip on the 3rd rail? What kind of on-board services are there (thinks of Brighton Belle)?
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Old April 18th, 2017, 01:37 AM   #2657
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What's wrong with SWT, in your view? What makes them worse than other commuter operators serving London, such as SE or Greater Anglia?
I am using SWT constantly as I am living close to Wandsworth Town station and I commute to work through Richmond or get to London through Waterloo. I am only occassionally using Southern to get to Gatwick and Greater Anglia for Stansted, so I do not have a proper opinion about these services.

Where to start: short formations, delays, cancellations, very dirty trains, a generally unreliable service for which I was paying £323 per month when I was living in Egham (Surrey) and was commuting to London. The reviews that this service is getting is one of the worse in the UK, so it's not only me.

Can somebody explain to me, why they are using as an excuse for delays the dropped leaves on the track? I never heard this before and I think that it is B....s..t!

I now have my motorbike and I am using this horrible service less and less.
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Can somebody explain to me, why they are using as an excuse for delays the dropped leaves on the track? I never heard this before and I think that it is B....s..t!

I now have my motorbike and I am using this horrible service less and less.
Leaves in the line is not a new thing... From my understanding last year it was pretty dry so they stayed on the trees longer and more fell at once causing more of an issue. (at least that is what they said about the piccalilli line on the tube) - Its a huge issue. This video might help explain why.
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Can somebody explain to me, why they are using as an excuse for delays the dropped leaves on the track? I never heard this before and I think that it is B....s..t!
Leaves on the line are a genuine problem, and not just in the UK. When a train passes over a bunch of leaves, they get crushed by the weight of the train. The fluids in the leaves are pressed out of it and stick to the railhead, which leads to the wheels losing their grip.

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Ah, thanks.

Is that the longest trip on the 3rd rail? What kind of on-board services are there (thinks of Brighton Belle)?
I don't know if it is the longest trip, but it certainly is among the longest ones you can make in 3rd rail country.

On-board services? Errr... there's a loo, seat reservations, and a trolley service.
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