RAILDATE 2024.02.23

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The Weekly Poser: Where is this?

We see a Class 40 in 1982 - at which station? Bonus question: Which platform is it on?

Last week's Where is this?

Can you work out which route(s) this May 2020 timetable covers? Please identify stations 1, 2, and 3.

Answer: Table 131 - Manchester/Holyhead - Cardiff. Congratulations are due to the following for their correct answers: Colin Penfold, Richard Maund, Phil Deaves, Paul Hopper. Dave Goodyear, Bryn Pitcher, Ian Lowe.

The various symbols were useful clues: The tram connection at Manchester and the unique 05:34 full-restaurant service from Holyhead to Cardiff. [The May 2020 timetable was affected by Covid, and restaurant service was suspended for a time. It's a little unclear which services now have the very-nice-but-OTT catering.]

The stations are:

  1. Chester. Most trains reverse to continue via Wrexham, except for the 07:53 which goes to Crewe.
  2. Craven Arms. The junction for the Central Wales line, taking its name from the coaching inn - now derelict - opened by the Earl of Craven in 1803.
  3. Swansea. The direct Central Wales line takes about 3 hours 40 minutes to traverse, whereas a circuitous journey via Cardiff usually takes under 3 hours.


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