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Birmingham R15

Posted: 18 Nov 2019, 13:53
by tufnellpark
Would anyone be interested in doing a West Midlands R15 on Saturday 22nd February 2020?

This would cover 103 rail stations in an area bordered by Lichfield, Rugeley, Wolverhampton, Worcester, Stratford-on-Avon, Leamington Spa and Coventry.....using a Nnetwork Daytripper Plus which can be bought on the day from the station, cost £9.60.
https://www.networkwestmidlands.com/tic ... cket/17039

Start would be Birmingham New Street at 11:00 and duration would be 6-7 hours. There are one way advance fares to/from Birmingham below £10. You would need to leave London around 09:00 and should be back by 21:00.

We will select the 14 stations at random (1st station is BHM) in a live draw on the way up, giving you a chance to plan your route.

You may want to stay up in Birmingham on Saturday night and make a weekend of it. For those of us not in a rush, I will book a Balti curry in Small Heath for 19:00 on Saturday evening, where we will announce the results.

Re: Birmingham R15

Posted: 18 Nov 2019, 14:04
by tufnellpark
There are 10 Birmingham rail lines, which form the West Midlands network.

Birmingham New St-Coventry
Birmingham New St-Hereford (only as far as Worcester)
Birmingham New St-Lichfield
Birmingham New St-Redditch
Birmingham New St-Rugeley
Birmingham New St-Wolverhampton
Birmingham Moor St-Dorridge
Birmingham Moor St-Leamington Spa
Birmingham Moor St-Stratford-upon-Avon
Birmingham Moor St-Worcester

Re: Birmingham R15

Posted: 18 Nov 2019, 14:51
by michael_churchill
Here I go, being awkward...

Would WM Metro tram stops be in the draw?

Re: Birmingham R15

Posted: 18 Nov 2019, 15:02
by michael_churchill
tufnellpark wrote:
18 Nov 2019, 13:53
We will select the 14 stations at random (1st station is BHM) in a live draw on the way up, giving you a chance to plan your route.
What about those of us who may want to come from other parts of the country direct to Birmingham? Such as myself from Southampton and Richard Standing from Reading.

BHM - TLA :evil:

Re: Birmingham R15

Posted: 18 Nov 2019, 19:24
by tufnellpark
michael_churchill wrote:
18 Nov 2019, 14:51
Here I go, being awkward...

Would WM Metro tram stops be in the draw?
Not planned. Just NR stations.

Re: Birmingham R15

Posted: 18 Nov 2019, 19:30
by tufnellpark
michael_churchill wrote:
18 Nov 2019, 15:02
What about those of us who may want to come from other parts of the country direct to Birmingham? Such as myself from Southampton and Richard Standing from Reading.

BHM - TLA :evil:
Thanks for asking. We can text the selected stations or maybe post them here on the forum. Everyone will get the list at least 90mins before we start, to allow planning time, wherever they are.

Re: Birmingham R15

Posted: 19 Nov 2019, 09:20
by al
I'm interested. Will commence negotiations with the wife when it is a bit more certain to happen :)

Re: Birmingham R15

Posted: 19 Nov 2019, 11:16
by tufnellpark
al wrote:
19 Nov 2019, 09:20
I'm interested. Will commence negotiations with the wife when it is a bit more certain to happen :)
You don't have to bring her along. You can come on your own if you want! :D

Re: Birmingham R15

Posted: 19 Nov 2019, 11:17
by tufnellpark
Here is the West Midlands rail network map.

https://www.westmidlandsrailway.co.uk/s ... al_map.pdf

Re: Birmingham R15

Posted: 19 Nov 2019, 12:06
by dstock17
Eh if anybody wants to take advantage of a lift I quite happily drive up a34 and m40 but I would do Cannon hill parkrun beforehand.

Re: Birmingham R15

Posted: 19 Nov 2019, 12:15
by Going Underground
I will be heading this way on 22nd Feb - but only as far as Northampton vs. Exeter........

Re: Birmingham R15

Posted: 19 Nov 2019, 14:02
by greatkingrat
I'm interested. Is there a full list of stations - the website isn't very clear. It looks like the ticket is only valid as far as Kidderminster, not Worcester? Is the Redditch line included?

Re: Birmingham R15

Posted: 19 Nov 2019, 15:56
by al
I would agree that Worcester, Bromsgrove and Redditch are excluded.

Re: Birmingham R15

Posted: 19 Nov 2019, 22:17
by RJSRdg
michael_churchill wrote:
18 Nov 2019, 15:02
tufnellpark wrote:
18 Nov 2019, 13:53
We will select the 14 stations at random (1st station is BHM) in a live draw on the way up, giving you a chance to plan your route.
What about those of us who may want to come from other parts of the country direct to Birmingham? Such as myself from Southampton and Richard Standing from Reading.

BHM - TLA :evil:
Sadly I won't be able to take part as it is my annual model railway exhibition that day.

Re: Birmingham R15

Posted: 19 Nov 2019, 22:23
by Lunaticonthegrass
What luck! I join this forum yesterday and there is a challenge in my home city on a Saturday that I am free!

So yes, count me in. My challenge partner (aka girlfriend) may also be able to make it. And curry afterwards sounds excellent!