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by TeamHelsinki
11 Dec 2018, 00:15
Forum: Zone 2: Tube Challenge Chat
Topic: Could one train travel the entire tube network?
Replies: 13
Views: 2388

Re: Could one train travel the entire tube network?

Would it be possible to "hire" a train or two and do the whole network on Christmas Day! Lol Would require a lot of backtracking! The mind boggles at what this would cost. Presumably all the control rooms would have to be manned (at Sunday rates) even if there is no other traffic on the network? An...
by TeamHelsinki
29 Apr 2018, 14:44
Forum: Zone 2: Tube Challenge Chat
Topic: FNC on a Saturday = ??
Replies: 5
Views: 1798

FNC on a Saturday = ??

From what I've read, the conventional wisdom seems to be that it is unfeasible, or even impossible, to attempt an FNC completion on a weekend. I have been trying to find out whether any Tube stations really are closed at weekends any more, as used to be the case, but this information seems peculiarl...
by TeamHelsinki
08 Apr 2018, 18:57
Forum: Zone 1: Full Network Challenge Attempts
Topic: 1st FNC attempt after Easter
Replies: 15
Views: 3506

Re: 1st FNC attempt after Easter

Cost: £34 per person on Oyster PAYG Ouch!! Using Oyster, shouldn't this be capped at less than that? When maximum fares are incurred for not touching out or exceeding the allowed time before exiting the system, these do not count against daily caps. What he said. I believe we incurred one "penalty"...
by TeamHelsinki
05 Apr 2018, 22:13
Forum: Zone 1: Full Network Challenge Attempts
Topic: 1st FNC attempt after Easter
Replies: 15
Views: 3506

Re: 1st FNC attempt after Easter

Well done - I think you've broken Clive's recently-set record for the longest FNC! :-)
Not what we were going for, obviously, but yes -- we are now last in the Top Times table, at 112th!

JMan
by TeamHelsinki
04 Apr 2018, 22:11
Forum: Zone 1: Full Network Challenge Attempts
Topic: 1st FNC attempt after Easter
Replies: 15
Views: 3506

Re: 1st FNC attempt after Easter

Firstly, sorry about the confusion in my initial message -- Tuesday 3 April was the day of the attempt. Success! ...sort of. We have a completion, only not during the same day. We missed out on T4 in the evening, as I feared we might. Having started at Uxbridge at 05:18:37, we first fell behind arou...
by TeamHelsinki
16 Mar 2018, 11:07
Forum: Zone 4: Non-LU Challenges
Topic: Helsinki Metro
Replies: 0
Views: 1789

Helsinki Metro

The latest extension to the Helsinki Metro, known as the West Metro, was opened last November after considerable controversy, wildly over budget and more than a year late. The Helsinki Metro now has 25 stations and two lines, although basically it's one line that forks at one end into two branches w...
by TeamHelsinki
03 Mar 2018, 00:32
Forum: Zone W: Off Topic Chat
Topic: Who Are You? Tell Us!
Replies: 215
Views: 74117

Re: Who Are You? Tell Us!

I only just discovered this thread, though I've been lurking here for a few months now. My name is Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (or Mantyjarvi, in case the system does not like umlauts). I am 54 and live (as my screen name indicates) in Helsinki, Finland. I am a freelance translator and, in my parallel career,...
by TeamHelsinki
26 Feb 2018, 21:13
Forum: Zone 2: Tube Challenge Chat
Topic: Tube Olympics 2018: Event 5- Full Network
Replies: 38
Views: 5670

Re: Tube Olympics 2018: Event 5- Full Network

But there is a provision in the rules that any rules lawyer worth their salt could argue applies to this probably quite rare case. Consider: The rules state that the clock starts when the doors close on the train departing from the first station. It is not too much of a leap to claim that if arrivin...
by TeamHelsinki
26 Feb 2018, 10:04
Forum: Zone 2: Tube Challenge Chat
Topic: Tube Olympics 2018: Event 5- Full Network
Replies: 38
Views: 5670

Re: Tube Olympics 2018: Event 5- Full Network

There is a case to be made for a hotel lift NOT being private transport: - it can be used by anyone, not just you (as opposed to a private car) - it does not cost anything extra to use it (as opposed to a taxi) - although you have some control over it, you do not have complete control as to when it ...
by TeamHelsinki
25 Feb 2018, 17:53
Forum: Zone 2: Tube Challenge Chat
Topic: Tube Olympics 2018: Event 5- Full Network
Replies: 38
Views: 5670

Re: Tube Olympics 2018: Event 5- Full Network

Surely the spirit if not the letter of the rules is that one must not use private transport BETWEEN STATIONS? After all, would it not be allowable (though completely insane) even under GWR rules to get off the train, take a spin in a taxi, return to the same station and resume the journey? The clock...
by TeamHelsinki
25 Feb 2018, 15:31
Forum: Zone 2: Tube Challenge Chat
Topic: Tube Olympics 2018: Event 5- Full Network
Replies: 38
Views: 5670

Re: Tube Olympics 2018: Event 5- Full Network

A completion of the FNC counts regardless of how long it takes, doesn't it? So if one only misses Olympia (as in the case of Will1, who posted his first FNC attempt a few days ago), one could go and pick up an Olympia train the following morning and end up with a completion time of perhaps 25 h, yes...
by TeamHelsinki
25 Feb 2018, 15:22
Forum: Zone 1: Full Network Challenge Attempts
Topic: Story of My First FNC
Replies: 5
Views: 2059

Re: Story of My First FNC

A brave attempt. I feel your pain.

I would not dare try for an evening Olympia train for mine and my son's first attempt, which is coming up just after Easter (Tue 3 Apr). We will be starting at Uxbridge and finishing, hopefully, at Heathrow.

JMan
by TeamHelsinki
18 Feb 2018, 12:23
Forum: Zone W: Off Topic Chat
Topic: forum members on tv
Replies: 34
Views: 8132

Re: forum members on tv

Re interest in reality TV about "real" railways: There's a TV programme currently running here in Finland about the Finnish railways (VR), following the day-to-day work of all kinds of people employed there -- not only drivers, but also guards, buffet car staff, administrative employees, and so on. ...
by TeamHelsinki
28 Jan 2018, 23:08
Forum: Zone 1: Full Network Challenge Attempts
Topic: 1st FNC attempt after Easter
Replies: 15
Views: 3506

1st FNC attempt after Easter

My son and I will do our first FNC attempt just after Easter this year, on Tuesday 4 April. I wonder if I might request comments on our planned route if I post it here? From reading past posts, I am aware that there are varying opinions on people posting route info, and specifically regarding "spoon...
by TeamHelsinki
22 Dec 2017, 14:17
Forum: Zone 2: Tube Challenge Chat
Topic: How much is luck?
Replies: 6
Views: 1796

How much is luck?

After a lot of so far purely theoretical planning, I found myself wondering how great a part in an FNC completion, let alone a fast time, is played by luck -- I mean specifically good luck and not "not-bad luck". Allow me to explain. By "not-bad luck" I mean avoidance of closures, cancellations and ...