Fantastic August Race around the Tube- August 13th

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Which days would you be able to attend?

13th August
14
36%
14th August
11
28%
15th August
6
15%
16th August
8
21%
 
Total votes: 39

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Re: Fantastic August Race around the Tube- August 13th

Post by hopeful traveller » 18 Aug 2013, 22:59

It's done - my account of the Tube Challenge. Well worth a read. And a +1. http://rhysbenjamin.blogspot.co.uk/2013 ... te-up.html
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Re: Fantastic August Race around the Tube- August 13th

Post by tractakid » 18 Aug 2013, 23:33

hopeful traveller wrote:It's done - my account of the Tube Challenge. Well worth a read. And a +1. http://rhysbenjamin.blogspot.co.uk/2013 ... te-up.html
Nothing like bigging up your own creations.

Beware while reading- some things in true Benjamin style are either massively over exaggerated or interpreted wrongly, like the Barking map. The train we were on SHOULD skip barking, it ALWAYS does. The map simply shows that there are c2c trains that stop at Barking.
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Post by Garion » 19 Aug 2013, 00:24

Enjoyable read :P
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Re: Fantastic August Race around the Tube- August 13th

Post by GuyBarry » 19 Aug 2013, 09:17

tractakid wrote: Beware while reading- some things in true Benjamin style are either massively over exaggerated or interpreted wrongly, like the Barking map. The train we were on SHOULD skip barking, it ALWAYS does. The map simply shows that there are c2c trains that stop at Barking.
Maybe he was under the impression that all mainline trains stop at all stations.
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Re: Fantastic August Race around the Tube- August 13th

Post by tractakid » 19 Aug 2013, 09:26

Most trains do call at Barking, here's a list of all those that don't...

http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/search/ ... show_stp=1
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Post by greatkingrat » 19 Aug 2013, 10:07

There are also some peak trains that don't stop at West Ham, so you need to be careful if you're jumping on a train at Upminster at the last minute.
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Re: Fantastic August Race around the Tube- August 13th

Post by tractakid » 19 Aug 2013, 10:43

greatkingrat wrote:There are also some peak trains that don't stop at West Ham, so you need to be careful if you're jumping on a train at Upminster at the last minute.
One of which sailed past before our UPM train!
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Re: Fantastic August Race around the Tube- August 13th

Post by hakc96 » 19 Aug 2013, 13:10

tubeguru wrote:
palkanetoijala31 wrote:as you can see i think the tube challenge has got more popular these days its all thanks to geoff and other trail blazers like sam and hakan
Indeed, all thanks to them.

But if only someone could set up a forum somewhere, where people could discuss the tube challenge. That would probably help raise awareness too.
I'm just gonna jump into this conversation here. I think we should make a group for Tube Challenge Enthusiasts on facebook.

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Re: Fantastic August Race around the Tube- August 13th

Post by Nigel » 19 Aug 2013, 14:37

Nigel wrote:
I've finally had an e-mail reply from TfL today (i.e. on the second day of the Beer Festival). Here's what it said:
"Thank you for your follow-up email of 6 August regarding District line services to Kensington (Olympia).
I can confirm that there will not be a special District line service during the Great British Beer Festival. London Overground services do stop at Kensignton Olympia regularly and is the best way to travel to the venue."
I replied, slightly sarcastically, to TfL enquiries to their e-mail saying that the Exhibition Service was not running, pointing out that I had caught it the day before their response.

I've just had another reply in which the individual with whom I had been corresponding said that he realised that the information he had provided to me was incorrect when he attended the Beer Festival himself on Thursday evening and returned to Earl's Court on a special District line service! At least he was honest.

Give the lack of knowledge within TfL about what is going on (also see Diamond Geezer's excellent blog post about it on 18 August), I think a more formal letter to TfL is appropriate to see if they can get their act together when (or should that be if) they ever run an Exhibition Service again.

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