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Non-Av Trip Report: London-Bristol By Train.  
User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 7 months 7 hours ago) and read 7173 times:

Hi,

Thought I'd try to upload a few pics from a recent trip I took by train. The journey was from London-Bristol in the Uk (about 2 hrs by train). Anyway hope the pics prove interesting etc.

Was dark when I left home in the morning:



I live in South London/Surrey so this is the morning commuter train into London (London Victoria station). It got a lot busier just a little later:



"Paul" is a chain of French patisseries in London where I spend way too much money (but they have very nice coffee). This one is an outlet in Victoria station:



Walking through Hyde park in the morning while walking from Victoria station to London Paddington station (about 1/2 hr. walk):



An Airbus A340 on final for LHR (apologies for the very blurry shot):



Hyde Park again:



London Paddington station. The trip bought on the same day costs £49 return which is more than a few Ryanair flights but is the price for not booking in advance.:



The Plymouth train calls at Reading, Swindon, Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads. Departure time was 10:00am.:



Map View:

http://i40.tinypic.com/amfkg5.jpg

My chair (lots of legroom compared to Ryanair etc.):





Leaving London:



Reading station:



Leaving Reading:





Swindon station:



Leaving Swindon:



Bath Spa station:



Leaving Bath Spa:



Bristol and my brother's house (I went both for the train ride and to visit my brother who lives there):



We went for a drive to a place called Cheddar in the countryside about 1/2 hour from Bristol:







Returning to Bristol Temple Meads station after the drive and lunch (roughly 4pm):



Coffee on the train back:



Returning to London Paddington station:



Following that I walked back across Hyde Park (was only about 6pm) and took the commuter train home in the evening. Was a fun day and hope it made an ok report. Any comments etc. welcome.

Many thanks,

Pierre

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User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 6 hours ago) and read 7152 times:



Quoting Ps76 (Thread starter):
An Airbus A340 on final for LHR (apologies for the very blurry shot):

The A340, are you sure it wasn't climbing out ?
 Wink
Thnx for the photo's, nice trip.


User currently offlineMoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3912 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 6 hours ago) and read 7144 times:



Quoting Ps76 (Thread starter):
The Plymouth train calls at Reading, Swindon, Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads. Departure time was 10:00am.:

You went right past my house and you don't even mention my town :*(


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11639 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 1 hour ago) and read 7061 times:



Quoting Ps76 (Thread starter):
The Plymouth train calls at Reading, Swindon, Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads. Departure time was 10:00am.:

...and undoubtedly will have either broken down, been cancelled or suffered a major delay before it gets anywhere near Devon! First Great Western, you just can't best them  silly 

Interesting views along the way, the trains have been refurbished a few years ago so they're pretty comfortable, plus being on the older HST means you've not got the engine vibrating away beneath the floor, unlike most of the new era of 'modern' diesel trains.


Dan  Smile



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User currently offlineIH8BY From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1142 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7029 times:

Nice pics... I know the journey as far as Reading quite well as it's on the way to Oxford, which I visit frequently.

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 3):
Interesting views along the way, the trains have been refurbished a few years ago so they're pretty comfortable, plus being on the older HST means you've not got the engine vibrating away beneath the floor, unlike most of the new era of 'modern' diesel trains.

Though I find the interior a little soulless to be honest - in much the same way as the Class 185 interior, it doesn't feel a very restful place to be. By comparison, the GNER/NXEC refit of their coaches is very tasteful and feels more appropriate for a longer journey - less like a bus or motor coach.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7027 times:

Thank you for posting this mini non-aviation trip report with your pictures. It's a refreshing change from all the political and economic topics.  Smile


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User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7009 times:

You should have taken First Class in those 43s - im not usually one for the first class scam in trains, but it really is something else in those refurbished HSTs - great attentive service from the staff too and for only a small premium.

I do Reading-Bristol-Reading three times a week at the moment and 1st class makes it a bit nicer  Smile

Nice report!

Alex


User currently offlineJFKMan From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 598 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6942 times:

Really cool NON Av TR.

Bristol countryside looks beautiful!



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User currently offlineBristolflyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6914 times:

I used to do this trip every so often. If you look carefully you can see the Williams F1 factory and wind tunnel in the countryside near Reading. Train travel is fun - very relaxing. Sit back, have a beer and watch the world go by.

Good to see some pics of Bristol. Did you drive through Cheddar Gorge? It's a pretty cool road that goes through there.

PS The pic that you titled 'leaving Bath Spa' - that looks like the feeder road in Bristol. Maybe your pic should be called 'arriving in Bristol'. It's been a while since I left Bristol though, so please correct me if I'm wrong!



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User currently offlineLXA333 From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6896 times:

I was there this past summer, but my cousin from london drove me and it was a pretty long drive to the point of being ill. First I went to Bath though which was the reason why we decided to head to that area. Bristol was just an addition. How long does it take by train to get there? Are there many stops?

Bristol had an amazing nightlife based on experience  biggrin  .

Great Report!



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User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1844 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6891 times:

Each time I see Bristol mentioned someplace I think of the show Skins, lol. Great show!

I loved the pics you posted... would love to get to experience some of that someday.

[Edited 2009-01-26 18:48:34]


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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6003 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6844 times:

I see Newbury and Watership down on that map. Whee!


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User currently offlineCairo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6827 times:

What a lot of Americans don't realize is that you can fly to Bristol, Birmingham, wherever in the UK, and still get to London fairly easily. I flew CO's service to Bristol when it first started and probably half the flight was doing that - you can sometimes find a lot cheaper fare (or nonrev availability) to these non-London cities and the Bristol Airport is a real pleasure compared to the [slightly] organized chaos of Heathrow.

Cairo


User currently offlineRJ111 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6813 times:

Ahh you can't beat the good old Intercity 125.

British engineering at its finest Big grin


User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6747 times:

Hi,

Just wanted to say many thanks for the comments/encouragement. I managed to take a flight to Shannon also today which maybe I'll try to write about in the trip reports section.

Many thanks,

Pierre.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31679 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6723 times:

Enjoyed the Pics.Fantastic.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6722 times:



Quoting IH8BY (Reply 4):
in much the same way as the Class 185 interior, it doesn't feel a very restful place to be



How very dare you!

Maybe if you'd stop being so studentish and cheap and paid for 1st on the 185's then you'd find them a lovely way to travel!  snooty 



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User currently offlineIH8BY From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1142 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6711 times:



Quoting Myt332 (Reply 16):
How very dare you!

Maybe if you'd stop being so studentish and cheap and paid for 1st on the 185's then you'd find them a lovely way to travel! snooty

I'm not sure which shocks me more: your outrageous - and in these times, somewhat passé - slight against financially prudent young people (!), or the fact that it took you well over four days to reply to a topic about trains.

In any case, let the class war begin.  stirthepot 



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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3706 posts, RR: 28
Reply 18, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6701 times:

Those rugby pitches look very familiar, Moulsford Prep School I believe...they were local rivals when I was growing up. Those pitches saw many hard fought games of rugby  Wink


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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 19, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6693 times:



Quoting IH8BY (Reply 17):
I'm not sure which shocks me more: your outrageous - and in these times, somewhat passé - slight against financially prudent young people (!), or the fact that it took you well over four days to reply to a topic about trains.

I'd be more shocked it took me a few days to reply!

Quoting IH8BY (Reply 17):
In any case, let the class war begin.

Well I'm sure I'll have Fbgdavidson on my side with regards to 1st. I don't think the chap has flown Economy since BA had the B741!  Wink



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User currently offlineIH8BY From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1142 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6684 times:



Quoting Myt332 (Reply 19):
Well I'm sure I'll have Fbgdavidson on my side with regards to 1st. I don't think the chap has flown Economy since BA had the B741! Wink

Oh I agree that first class travel is quite excellent, though Virgin from my experience was better than GNER/NXEC in that respect. I'll admit, my experience of 185s is limited, and mostly consists of the (now sadly defunct) 02:10 service from Newcastle... Had I paid for first class, I'd have missed out on the unique atmosphere that only that service ever had...

Some things money just can't buy...



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