Southern Daysave

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Re: Southern Daysave

Post by A Challenge » 07 Apr 2018, 05:43

Surely its the same as buying a ticket for a bus (even though it may be capped on oyster) during a R15 in London?
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Re: Southern Daysave

Post by tufnellpark » 07 Sep 2018, 09:33

#4 Glasgow Challenge

I was in Scotland recently, so it would be rude not to spend a day travelling round Glasgow on a Daytripper for £12.30. The challenge is 181 Glasgow suburban stations on the 2008 SPT rail map. SPT are no longer involved in rail services, so the map hasn't been updated. The Daytripper starts at 09:00 so I needed a single ticket to get me on my way early.

On Tuesday 4th September, I started at Ayr and finished in Kilmarnock. First up the Ayrshire coast including the delightful station of Wemyss Bay. Go visit, next time you're in Glasgow. I then headed off to Lanarkshire (Coatbridge, Larkhall, Lanark, Shotts, Airdrie, Cumbernauld and Croy) and eventually back through Glasgow to Inverclyde, up to Balloch, Helensburgh and Milngavie. I got back to Queen Street at 22:41 and caught the last train to Kilmarnock, then back to Ayr by bus. A very long day but all the trains were on time (well done Scotrail) and the route worked well. Next time I will do this on a Friday, as there is a train one hour later to Kilmarnock, which gives me more time to do the Cathcart Circle.

I missed the two stations south of Ayr, as the line was closed due to a dangerous building at Ayr station, and the two stations south of Kilmarnock. I also missed the Cathcart Circle routes to Newton, Neilston and East Kilbride. So like my other rail challenges, a glorious but enjoyable failure. 137 stations visited this time. Another ideal place for a R15 weekend away.
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Re: Southern Daysave

Post by A2 » 11 Sep 2018, 21:39

So when are we doing the West Midlands away day / challenge then?
- Andrew

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Re: Southern Daysave

Post by tufnellpark » 02 Oct 2018, 14:02

So South Eastern want to get in on the act. Unfortunately I can't make it.

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Re: Southern Daysave

Post by tufnellpark » 02 Oct 2018, 14:03

A2 wrote:
11 Sep 2018, 21:39
So when are we doing the West Midlands away day / challenge then?
I am doing the West Midlands Challenge this Saturday October 6th. Start at Northampton 06:16! Hope to see xcooler and A2 there.
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Re: Southern Daysave

Post by tufnellpark » 07 Oct 2018, 07:31

#5 West Midlands Challenge (again)
A 06:16 start from Northampton saw me and xcooler visit Polesworth early on on our way to Crewe. The Wolverhampton stopper was delayed by a disabled passenger boarding, so we bailed out to do the Smethwick 1-2 involving four trains in 10 mins and much stair running. That woke us up.

At Worcester Shrub Hill, we decided that as the train was on time there was no point in running between the stations. We went to Tesco instead only to discover later that we could have made it as the train was held at Shrub Hill for 10mins to board a disabled passenger. A theme was developing here.

At Ledbury we missed our tight connection by seconds due to a late arrival because of (you guessed it) a disabled passenger. Seems that as most stations are unstaffed the guard has to board the passenger, which takes a few minutes each time. Buses do the job much quicker with their extending ramps.

After a restorative lunchtime pint and a visit to Redditch, where the yoof had the sickly smell of weed, we headed to Birmingham and then round the SW loop via Coventry, Leamingtpn Spa (what a gorgeous station) and Stratford-upon-Avon. We headed off on our final train to Shrewsbury after 17 hours of rail travel, 102/130 stations, missing out the Rugeley and Lichfield lines and annoyingly Shrub Hill.
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Re: Southern Daysave

Post by A2 » 23 Oct 2018, 22:39

Sorry I missed it all. Unfortunately I was a bit knackered after a few days in Munich... in October (draw your own conclusions) and so driving up to the Midlands wasn't really on the cards.
Look forward to the inaugural WM15 though!
- Andrew

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