Lying between Euston, Midland and Pancras Roads, St. Pancras station once sat unloved with just a handful of services along the Midland Mainline (MML) using its impressive train shed. Seen as redundant by British Rail in the 1960s, the station was famously saved by a campaign by the late Sir John Betjeman whose statue now observes the magnificent roof inside the redeveloped station.
After a busy day of exploring the rails of Yorkshire, including a journey on one of TransPennine Express’ (TPE) new loco-hauled trains, I arrived back at York station about 20 minutes before my LNER service south. I had been slightly concerned about the risk of my last jaunt up to Yarm, however as my train back left Northallerton the LNER Azuma was still at Darlington, leaving me plenty of time to change.
With just eight minutes in York to buy my ticket and make my way to the remote platform four, I thought that my plan to undertake the East Yorkshire Round Robin was done for. Thankfully the excellent staff in the LNER Travel Centre sorted the ticket in just a couple of minutes and I just had time to grab a photo of my train before jumping on board.
Operator: LNER Headcode: 1D03 Route: PBO-LDS Class: First Seat: L54 Date: Wednesday 14th April 2021 With England’s ‘Stay at Home’ order removed, and the law now stating travel was allowed, Wednesday 14th April saw me at Peterborough station nice and early, ready to begin my first railday in months. Having looked at tickets just after … Continue reading PBO – LDS LNER – 1st Class
With services from Bedford, Cambridge and Peterborough in the north, through Central London, to Kent, East & West Sussex and some of the south London suburbs, Thameslink connects London’s northern and southern commuter belts and was the controversial winner of the 2020 ‘World Cup of Tube Lines’.
Affectionately known as ‘Happy Trains’ due to the positioning of their light clusters, the Class 365 Networker Express have been a mainstay of the longer-distance former Network SouthEast (NSE) routes for the past 25 years, operating services from King’s Cross to Cambridge, King’s Lynn and Peterborough. With forty-one units initially built, their use has been ramped down and now just two services are required to operate the daily service diagrammed to the Happy Trains.