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PeterB
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1126 of 1136  Fri 20th Mar 2020 9:21pm  
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Reduced train services from Monday (23rd March) due to Corona Virus. Services roughly halved. Avanti West Coast London North Western West Midlands Railway Cross Country Online journey planners are being updated, but do not yet show the revised timetables. Regards, Peter. Online timetables Edited by member, 21st Mar 2020 10:55 pm
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Midland Red
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1127 of 1136  Sat 4th Apr 2020 11:08am  
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Just a heads up for the April edition of ‘Railway Magazine’, which features a seven page article entitled ‘A line of two halves’ about the line from Leamington Spa to Nuneaton Thumbs up Single copies - paper or digital - can be purchased online
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Prof
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1128 of 1136  Wed 15th Apr 2020 10:57pm  
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1970 Marshalling Yard
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20A-Manor House
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1129 of 1136  Thu 16th Apr 2020 12:12pm  
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On 4th Apr 2020 11:08am, Midland Red said: Just a heads up for the April edition of ‘Railway Magazine’, which features a seven page article entitled ‘A line of two halves’ about the line from Leamington Spa to Nuneaton Thumbs up Single copies - paper or digital - can be purchased online
I do have it every month. Read my copy and once again, as with other publications, there is no mention of the sidings into the Charringtons depot, Blackhorse Road. My late father drove for them 1962 until its closure c1986. The depot had opened in 1957 so the track had been there for a while.
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1130 of 1136  Fri 17th Apr 2020 11:35am  
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The track had been removed and the site was being cleared in this photo taken by my father in 1987.
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Slim
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1131 of 1136  Thu 30th Apr 2020 10:44am  
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Going for exercise recently, I have noticed that the trains are running normally. On the Kenilworth line, every hour there are two local trains (Leamington to Nuneaton), and two Cross Country (Manchester to Bournemouth). The local train stops at Kenilworth without opening its doors before departing. I have yet to see one passenger. It's very sad, especially when billions are being spent on the construction of HS2 a stone's throw away.
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PeterB
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1132 of 1136  Thu 30th Apr 2020 1:54pm  
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Slim All railway companies are... "... providing an emergency rail service as part of the national effort to deal with the current public health crisis. As part of an industry-wide response, we are running a reduced service for essential journeys, for key workers such as NHS staff, emergency workers and carers. The government has made it clear that public transport is for essential use only, so that key workers and our staff can practise social distancing and be safe on their journeys. If you are not one of these workers and your journey is not essential, please do not travel". So it is not surprising that the trains are almost empty. Most services have been reduced to hourly. Kenilworth is unusual in that this hasn't made a difference as services were already hourly. The Cross Country service that operates via Solihull has been cancelled for the duration. I am sure that the railways will be back to a normal service long before HS2 opens. In the meantime the people working on HS2 and their families will be grateful for the jobs. Better to pay to keep people busy than to pay them to do nothing. Peter.
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PhilipInCoventry
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1133 of 1136  Fri 1st May 2020 10:28am  
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Interlude. The up 'Caledonian' enters Carlisle with a 'Coronation' Pacific. Viewed northward, towards Glasgow etc., West Coast Main Line. The crack express, 08.30 Glasgow Central - London Euston, headed this day by No. 46240 'City of Coventry', is coming under Victoria Bridge past West Walls. Date Taken on 16 September 1957 There is often confusion between loco names & named or titled trains. The Caledonian, the Royal Scot & the Midday Scot were all titled trains. Limited to a maximum loading of eight coaches, all booked seats, as no standing was permitted. Other than for diversions, these titled trains travelled the West Coast mainline non stop between London & Carlisle, from 1957 until the end of steam. Prior to 1957, they all stopped at Rugby, literally to give the train crew a rest, whilst a team of coal trimmers mounted the tender where they raked the coal forwards, breaking big lumps in the process, before the train crew resumed the journey. With such a light load, eight coaches, some very epic timings were achieved by these masterpieces of engineering.
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1134 of 1136  Tue 19th May 2020 1:21pm  
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My (paternal) grandmother after leaving the cottage in Wheelwright Lane moved over to Queen Mary's Road in Bedworth. At the end of the garden, on an embankment, is the Coventry-Nuneaton railway line. I can just remember from the early 60s, steam locos going past and giving a blast on their whistle. Which was not surprising really, as my grandmother had been a porter at Foleshill Station during the 40s & 50s. My uncle had joined the railway after leaving school and worked his way up to be a fireman at Coventry engine shed by the time my father left school and joined the railway. 1st working in Coventry No2 signal box before moving over to the goods office on platform 1 and from there to the engine shed as a cleaner then becoming a fireman himself, working with his brother. So many of the engine crew that went past that house knew my grandmother, uncle & father. Newspaper article regarding my father from 1949. My grandmother at Foleshill Station. All three are now at rest in Marston Lane cemetery, adjacent to the railway line that had played a big part in their lives.
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PeterB
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1135 of 1136  Wed 20th May 2020 4:25pm  
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Network Rail Completes Work on Kilsby Tunnel. Amazing that it has been closed for two weeks and nobody noticed! The work was brought forward to take advantage of the reduced rail service due to the pandemic. Rail services increased from Monday 18th May, but are still below the level before the pandemic. All services are Essential Travel Only. Avanti West Coast are strongly recommending reserving seats as they may restrict access to services to maintain social distancing. Peter.
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Slim
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1136 of 1136  Wed 20th May 2020 9:55pm  
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Ah, that's it explained then. I did look online a week or two ago, to note the reduced service, and it struck me as odd that the Avanti times to EUS from COV had increased, because the trains were stopping at Northampton (NMP). It never occurred to me that the NMP loop avoided Kilsby tunnel. I was told a story long ago, that the line was nearly abandoned when they first tried to build it. The first engineers had struck disaster - the water table was such that they could not tunnel all the way through because it flooded so badly the men couldn't work, so they had to give it up as an impossible task. Eventually another engineer stepped in and offered to solve the problem - obviously for more money. He sunk bore holes all over the hillside at strategic interval, and had numerous water pumps draining the hills 24/7. It was still wet underneath, but the water had been reduced so much that it allowed the tunnel to be successfully completed. That's the story, Sir.
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