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Post by Redhanded » 07 Feb 2017, 08:58

Has anyone thought about "Northern Ireland Railways every station" ?

I took a very quick look at timetables and with only 54 stations and 4 lines it would be possible in a day.

The only real planning involved seems to be a getting a train that stops at Scarva and Poyntzpass on the Belfast-Newry service as these stations only have 4 trains stopping (2 each direction) Monday to Friday.

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Post by michael_churchill » 20 Feb 2017, 09:43

I don't know if Andi got anywhere with this, but he has missed a trick. Just get other people to pay for it!

http://allthestations.co.uk

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Post by Tube Geek » 20 Feb 2017, 16:13

Cracking idea that, I even pledged a fiver meself!
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Post by moley » 23 Feb 2017, 22:34

I wondered when this would hit here.

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Post by tufnellpark » 28 Feb 2017, 11:32

So Geoff has hit his £30,000 fundraising target to keep him and crew in All Line Rovers, Travelodges, sandwiches and tea for three months. An interesting idea but I'm surprised it has taken off so quickly. Congrats to him for pulling it off. I wonder what sort of films he will produce. I've been impressed with his short Tube films. A younger Michael Portillo maybe. I wonder if this project means he has retired from Tube challenging and moved on to other transport things. I'd love to join him for a day or two visiting rail stations but it seems you have to pay for the privilege!

Out of interest does anyone know what are the three new rail stations for 2016/7 that he refers to? I've found two - Edinburgh Gateway and Kirkstall Forge but the third one eludes me.

Does anyone know of any unique stations that are well worth a visit? Obviously there are big architectural wonders like St Pancras, Paddington, Glasgow Central and Manchester Victoria but there must be loads of smaller ones with interesting histories. A couple that I know of are Felix the station cat at Huddersfield and the ghost Midland station at Hellifield. Any more suggestions?
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Post by crypto » 28 Feb 2017, 12:02

He mentioned some new stations in his first Q&A video. Cambridge North is one of them. I'm intrigued to see this too, having followed his filmmaking for Londonist and his own projects. Half the reason I'm here in the first place is Secrets of the Underground.

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Post by michael_churchill » 28 Feb 2017, 12:44

tufnellpark wrote: Out of interest does anyone know what are the three new rail stations for 2016/7 that he refers to? I've found two - Edinburgh Gateway and Kirkstall Forge but the third one eludes me.
The two you mention have opened but do not appear on the most recent ORR usage estimates (which lists 2,557 stations). The three that Geoff mentioned are due to open before they start their project are Cambridge North, Low Moor and Ilkeston.

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Post by Tube Geek » 28 Feb 2017, 15:23

Bedminster is worth a look - half the platform on every platform is abandoned and overgrown...
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Post by tufnellpark » 28 Feb 2017, 17:31

michael_churchill wrote:The two you mention have opened but do not appear on the most recent ORR usage estimates (which lists 2,557 stations). The three that Geoff mentioned are due to open before they start their project are Cambridge North, Low Moor and Ilkeston.
Now corrected to include Lea Bridge. Thanks Peter.
Agree there were 2557 at March 2016 per ORR. Kirkstall Forge, Edinburgh Gateway and Lea Bridge have opened since, so it's 2560 as of today. The three you mention are due to open Apr/May 2017, so Geoff should be visiting 2563 stations. Hope he is reading this as I wouldn't want him to miss any stations!
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Post by greatkingrat » 28 Feb 2017, 20:42

Also Lea Bridge, so 3 already opened, plus 3 more likely to open soon.
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Post by RJSRdg » 28 Feb 2017, 21:05

There would be a nice symmetry if they could get it up to 2700 stations!
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Post by michael_churchill » 08 May 2017, 10:34

So, Geoff and Vicki started "All The Stations" yesterday.

I blogged about Redbridge (Hants), my adopted station, yesterday (http://diamondtittle.blogspot.co.uk/201 ... ation.html), they retweeted it and I've had over 1000 views already!

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Post by tufnellpark » 19 Oct 2017, 16:04

Thought I'd reopen this subject.

Well it all finished on Saturday 19th August. The 2563 railway stations in Britain took Geoff and Vicki 104 days, 8 hours and 22 mins. A fantastic effort to organise and complete it. Don't underestimate how difficult these things are to plan. Well done Geoff, Vicki and their backroom team.

I watched the first video from Penzance to St Ives and have now watched the last one from Inverness to Wick. Now I have a bit of time I have started watching the 57 videos in between in order and they are very watchable, informative and enjoyable. Recommended to everyone with an interest in railways.

You can find more info and videos at www.allthestations.co.uk
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Post by geofftech » 27 Oct 2017, 15:38

well how fabulous .. this thread has been here over a year, and I only just found it. Had no idea it was being discussed here.

the reason I post now is because someone emailed me last week - who lives outside of the UK - who is planning on doing them all in the fastest time possible, etc.. next year - the interesting part being that they'd been in touch with Guinness World Records who stated they did not think it "worthy enough" for it to be something that they would consider as a record. the mind boggles at that ...

I don't know about that 25 year old / 31 days record, i do though have a vague recollection though when researching Tube Challenge times ages ago that Colin Mulvany (who has has the tube record in the past) may have done it back in the 1980's in around 6 weeks.

six weeks is certainly around the shortest time you could do it nowadays, with too many once-a-week services to make it physically possible to go faster than that now, but you'd also have to travel from 6am - 11pm each day, every day, and believe me - you would also be physically and mentally exhausted. I speak from experience!

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Post by DavidC » 27 Oct 2017, 18:36

Congratulations to you, Vicki and the team, and thanks for a very entertaining session at the LT Museum earlier this week.

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