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Old May 17th, 2008, 04:26 AM   #61
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great photos of the British railway system its an honor because it was the first nation to have a Railway network in history.
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Old May 17th, 2008, 04:10 PM   #62
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Photos can be found in vast quantity on enthusiasts' sites -

http://daviddawson.fotopic.net/

www.jacksrailwayphotos.fotopic.net/

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Old May 18th, 2008, 02:07 AM   #63
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At Folkstone Harbour -



Sadly not one of mine!
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Old May 23rd, 2008, 09:53 PM   #64
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A selection of vids -

Some from the Great Western mainline, the first line in the UK to go 125mph, all diesel.


This is theEast Coast Main Line at Balne, the second route to have 125mph trains. In fact some of it is 140mph, but for various reasons nthe electric trains that can do it only go 125mph.


this is at Hensall on the east coast mainline - plenty of 125 mph trains - including 3 different diesel types. We're a stupid country having 4 or 5 different types of high speed diesels, but they're noisy and that's good


West Coast Mainline, showing off the tilt technology of the Pendolinos at 125mph.


Probably the most powerful steam powered train I've ever seen, powering up one the most notoriously difficult climbs - 1 in 70 for over 10 miles up to Shap summit, it passes pendolino going the other way.


And last, but not least, Eurostar at 186mph in the Kent countryside.


And blasting through the outskirts of Ashford.

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Old May 24th, 2008, 03:37 AM   #65
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I guess there is a good thing about not having a dedicated HSR network, we get to see trains racing through level crossings and platforms at full speed...
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Old May 24th, 2008, 03:43 AM   #66
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Anyone remember this? It's a vid from 1988!



If it's not showing (as it doesn't allow embedding) the video does still exist: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=a_AsS_6klHQ

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Old May 25th, 2008, 08:43 PM   #67
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Old May 26th, 2008, 08:57 AM   #68
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great photos of the British railway system its an honor because it was the first nation to have a Railway network in history.
Markydeep's idea to introduce a British thread was inspired since the architecture of the stations it produced were the skyscrapers of their day, and in so doing along with English churches and later cinemas and theatres provided the design and building templates without which our new creations would have a job to exist.

I think he meant "Railways in Britain" rather than the nationalised company of "British Railways" formed after the Second World War. No matter. SSC is going to run out of paper due to this forum anyway!

The thread is particularly timely since 2008 is forty years exactly since the last official steam trains ran in Britain(August 8 to be precise) so there is going to be a HUGE amount of retrospective info out there on the internet this year.
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Old May 26th, 2008, 12:18 PM   #69
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to get the architectural ball rolling, here's my local station, recently refurbished and looking absolutely glorious. Built 1840, handles 12 million passengers per year on 8 platforms (although 10 can be housed the trackbed has been replaced by a service road between the 7th and 8th platforms)


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Old May 26th, 2008, 01:02 PM   #70
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Brighton Station.

Thanks for that Elf

i can see i'm not going to be able to answer everyone's post-mostly those places in my own area or international stations I have visited personally.

I presume you know about the local history website for your town www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk has mostly etchings on there from before when cameras got sophisticated!
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Old May 27th, 2008, 05:40 PM   #71
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The trains in England go pretty fast!
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Old May 27th, 2008, 05:50 PM   #72
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"We're sorry, this video is no longer available."
Actually it is, it just doesn't allow embedding, my mistake.

Go here and watch the 1988 commercial for British Rail.

Particularly relevant as it shows the engineering achievements of the network including some of the most famous Victorian era bridges across Britain.
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 09:21 PM   #73
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An excellent collection of recent photographs of the British railway network:

http://www.railtalk.eu/magazine/issue21.pdf

We have a great deal of heritage railways and heritage trains on the main railway lines too (and most of our railway network is "heritage" anyway as it was almost entirely built in the 19th Century!).

Some previous issues:

http://www.railtalk.eu/magazine/issue19.pdf
http://www.railtalk.eu/magazine/issue20.pdf

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Old June 4th, 2008, 06:35 PM   #74
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London stations, clockwise from Paddington. I've only taken the ones worth showing. Pictures taken from flickr.

Paddington

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St Pancras

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Kings Cross (horrible green building will be gone soon)

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Liverpool Street

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Waterloo

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Victoria

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Some figures I've found out for the fastest journeys out of some of the London terminii.

London - Ashford 56.5 miles - xx53 service from Charing Cross, 2 stops, 60 minutes, average speed 56.5 mph. Highest average speed for South Eastern Trains is on the same service starting from Tonbridge xx30 Tonbridge - Ashford 26.5 miles - 23 minutes speed 69 mph.

London - Brighton 51 miles - xx36 service from Victoria, 2 stops, 51 minutes, average speed 60 mph. Highest average speed for Southern is on the same service starting from East Croydon xx52. East Croydon - Brighton 40.5 miles - 35 minutes speed 69 mph

London - Southampton 79 miles - 1705 from Waterloo - 2 stops - 72 minutes, average speed 66 mph. Highest average speed for South West Trains is on the xx00 service between Woking and Winchester - 41 miles in 33 minutes, speed 75.5 mph

London - Bath - 107 miles - XX00 3 stops 95 minutes, average speed 67.5 mph (which is shockingly bad for 125 mph trains). Highest average speed same service does the 41.5 mile Reading to Swindon stretch in 29 minutes - average speed 86 mph.
The record speed on this route was set on s non-stop service on the 10th April 1979, when the same type of train did the 94 miles from Padington to Chippenham in 50.5 minutes, average speed 111.5 mph.
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How the heck do they read the numbers when the trains are going so fast?!!

A good mixture of diesels and electric trains there. Shows how in GB even on electrified lines diesels are very common.
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Old June 7th, 2008, 08:17 PM   #78
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very nice pictures wow man London Stations are really beautiful i wonder why isn't the japanese stations look like that only a few i seen are that beauitful?

anyways wow man very beautiful stations you can feel when you walk inside of them the feeling like your in greece or something about European's stations like that really give you a good feeling.
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very nice pictures wow man London Stations are really beautiful i wonder why isn't the japanese stations look like that only a few i seen are that beauitful?

anyways wow man very beautiful stations you can feel when you walk inside of them the feeling like your in greece or something about European's stations like that really give you a good feeling.
hehe Greece?

We've got some magnificent stations, lots under funded but hopefully this will change. St Pancras is pretty amazing as it is right now.
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The stations are indeed really beautiful. What would make them even more beautiful would be a few true HSR trains coming in and out of them throughout the day...
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