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Stranger on a trainspotting

September 29th, 2011 (11:41 am)

Passing through Banbury station, I saw one of the Chiltern Mainline trains at another platform. If the silver livery didn't give the rolling stock's history away, the name of the engine - A Shropshire Lad - proclaimed that the engine and probably the carriages as well had once served the now defunct Wrexham and Shropshire service.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/454345.html.


Posted by: gwydion_writes (gwydion_writes)
Posted at: September 29th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)

Hope you have a nice holiday! I hope public transport isn't shrinking in the uk as it has here. Our town used to have a rail line but I think it's been gone since at least the 50's. Tracks are still there.

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: September 29th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
Wrexham club shield

The Wrexham to London service was a recent innovation (it wasn't around when I lived in Wrexham). Much as I love my hometown, it never struck me that a direct service going to a town of 39,000 people and passing through even smaller towns made much commercial sense.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: September 29th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)

Indeed - the best they could manage was to cover 65% of costs, though prospects might have been better had they been allowed to pick up London-bound passengers at Wolverhampton, or stop at Coventry.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: September 29th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)

Public transport is cautiously improving in Britain, I think A Google search for 'Beeching Axe' will tell you more about the scythe taken to the railways in Britain in the 1960s, though never as extreme as in the United States. While some services are in decline, such as semi-rural bus services in South Oxfordshire, in other areas improvements are expected such as the new Oxford-London Marylebone rail service, which will include a new station at Water Eaton, between Oxford and Kidlington, and improvements to Oxford-Bicester services. There are aspirations for Oxford-Milton Keynes trains too.

Thank you for the good wishes regarding the holiday - a change of scene is good.

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: September 29th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)

I believe that adaese's mother took that service on a trip to see adaese's sister in Shropshire on at least one occasion.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: September 29th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)

I can believe that - the introduction of the service was bsed on a predicated endless economic boom, I suspect, and planning was ruined by perpetual spoiler plans from Virgin West Coast and Arriva Trains Wales.

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: September 29th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)

I see that you are enjoying yourself!

Have a good holiday.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: September 29th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)

Thanks! It's a few days before the flight goes out though...

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: September 30th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)

Newcastle counts as holiday...