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Cannock Chase and choo choo trains

MontevideoguyMontevideoguy Posts: 2,336
edited March 2011 in The Crudcatcher
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/feb/2 ... ment-north

I know a few of you chaps ride there. I can't help wondering if there are better options (in terms of routes) but would you welcome this or boo it?
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  • El CapitanoEl Capitano Posts: 13,671
    As long as they slow down so I can write down the train's number, I'm happy...
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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,904
    Trains are so 19th century.
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  • GazlarGazlar Posts: 8,110
    I welcome the HS2 line, its about time we got up to date with rail tecnologies being used in continental Europe. I think however from looking at the current plans that an extension of HS2 affecting Cannock Chase is avoidable. The line seems to meet up with the West Coast mainline near Lichfield, so I would assume north of Lichfield it could for a large stretch follow the existing line's footprint, ok it would mean widening the track bed but that in itself would cause minimal take up of land.

    What I do find funny is that the line out of the proposed Fazeley Street Station in Brum goes straight through the student accomodation built a couple of years ago
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  • .blitz.blitz Posts: 6,588
    We are used to train lines crossing the trails jeezus there's even a practice area on Marquis Drive where we can 'session' opening and closing the level crossing gates :)

    Plus the story is from The Guardian: wrong about everything, all the time
  • njee20njee20 Posts: 9,613
    so I would assume north of Lichfield it could for a large stretch follow the existing line's footprint, ok it would mean widening the track bed but that in itself would cause minimal take up of land.

    There's more to it than that, they've only recently expanded the Trent Valley stretch to 4 tracks, you can't just dig a bit more land and plonk HS2 alongside. If nothing else it's not a particularly straight route, straight bits get more crucial the faster you want to go!
  • GazlarGazlar Posts: 8,110
    njee20 wrote:
    so I would assume north of Lichfield it could for a large stretch follow the existing line's footprint, ok it would mean widening the track bed but that in itself would cause minimal take up of land.

    There's more to it than that, they've only recently expanded the Trent Valley stretch to 4 tracks, you can't just dig a bit more land and plonk HS2 alongside. If nothing else it's not a particularly straight route, straight bits get more crucial the faster you want to go!

    I'm basing this on what I've heard on the grapevine. The current proposal will see the HS2 line join the Trent Valley lines just north of Lichfield.
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  • pilsburypiepilsburypie Posts: 891
    Trains are a great idea. Why on earth would you want to take your cold, smelly, overcrowded and often delayed car?
  • El CapitanoEl Capitano Posts: 13,671
    Trains are a great idea.

    + 4472
  • projectsomeprojectsome Posts: 4,478
    Trains are a great idea.

    + 4472

    +pi2
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  • njee20njee20 Posts: 9,613
    Trains are a great idea.

    + 4472

    +pi2

    +92220

    How long can we do this!?
  • sheepsteethsheepsteeth Posts: 17,418 Webster
    njee20 wrote:
    Trains are a great idea.

    + 4472

    +pi2

    +92220

    How long can we do this!?

    not long:

    +potato
  • El CapitanoEl Capitano Posts: 13,671
    njee20 wrote:
    Trains are a great idea.

    + 4472

    +pi2

    +92220

    How long can we do this!?

    not long:

    +potato

    Heathens the lot of you! :evil:

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    This is a stupid game.
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  • AndyAndy Posts: 8,205
    njee20 wrote:
    Trains are a great idea.

    + 4472

    +pi2

    +92220

    How long can we do this!?

    not long:

    +potato

    Heathens the lot of you! :evil:

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    I got it ;)
  • GazlarGazlar Posts: 8,110
    I'll go with +323213, the first train I ever drove
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  • Richie63Richie63 Posts: 2,132
    Gazlar wrote:
    I'll go with +323213, the first train I ever drove

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  • forcuttyforcutty Posts: 1,055
    Gazlar wrote:
    I welcome the HS2 line, its about time we got up to date with rail tecnologies being used in continental Europe. I think however from looking at the current plans that an extension of HS2 affecting Cannock Chase is avoidable. The line seems to meet up with the West Coast mainline near Lichfield, so I would assume north of Lichfield it could for a large stretch follow the existing line's footprint, ok it would mean widening the track bed but that in itself would cause minimal take up of land.

    What I do find funny is that the line out of the proposed Fazeley Street Station in Brum goes straight through the student accomodation built a couple of years ago

    There complaining too near me in Northamptonshire!! Don't no why if it gets people off our roads etc. I'm all for it. We currently run our trains on an 19th century rail footprint, which is no longer practical, we need to upgrade our lines to high speed status like every other country. Those that are campaigning need to go without a car and planes for a year to realise why. :twisted:
    P.S Once built can we try for the world speed record for steam locomotives with Tornado
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  • njee20njee20 Posts: 9,613
    We have the world speed record for a steam engine, with Mallard at just under 126mph...

    Went on one of excursions on Tornado last year, it was crazy how many people were out to see it.
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