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Pogle
17th May 2010, 11:31
Whats the worst railway station you've been on?
My vote goes to Swindon. :sick

Moscow Mule
17th May 2010, 11:32
Weybridge is pretty horrible.

thunderlizard
17th May 2010, 11:34
Upper Holloway on a winter night. Terrifying.

gricerboy
17th May 2010, 11:34
I've got so much to add to this thread I'm going to have to go away and think about it. My knee jerk reaction is Romsey but I may change this after some consideration

chef
17th May 2010, 11:35
Birmingham New Street, utter tulipe hole

threaded
17th May 2010, 11:35
Whats the worst railway station you've been on?
My vote goes to Swindon. :sick

WSS

I think Swindon will win this easily.

gricerboy
17th May 2010, 11:36
WSS

I think Swindon will win this easily.

Whats wrong with Swindon? It has 6 platforms

Churchill
17th May 2010, 11:38
Whats wrong with Swindon? It has 6 platforms

What's the name of the pub directly opposite the entrance to the station?

Halo Jones
17th May 2010, 11:38
Stratford london: not a nice place

gricerboy
17th May 2010, 11:39
What's the name of the pub directly opposite the entrance to the station?

Can't remeber but they have heavy metal bands on sometimes

Bunk
17th May 2010, 11:40
What's the name of the pub directly opposite the entrance to the station?

The Queens Tap?

threaded
17th May 2010, 11:41
What's the name of the pub directly opposite the entrance to the station?

The Queens Tap

Churchill
17th May 2010, 11:41
Can't remeber but they have heavy metal bands on sometimes

You see it every day and don't know the name?

You're not really in Swindon, are you?

stek
17th May 2010, 11:41
Carstairs Junction, followed immediately by Lockerbie Station (and Blue Bell afterwards!), the day of 9/11 - lots of Dutch Journos about asking the locals for interviews cos of Lockerbie Disaster parallel, locals not happy, really malevolent atmos and a nowhere to hide station...

Best was Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, especially the Wandelplatz and it's cheap and abundant kebabs. Followed closely by Berlin's new main station...

Churchill
17th May 2010, 11:42
The Queens Tap

Full marks chubs. Btw, I was asking SASGURU's sockie.

threaded
17th May 2010, 11:42
You see it every day and don't know the name?

You're not really in Swindon, are you?

And I'm in another country.

And it appears a better memory.

gricerboy
17th May 2010, 11:47
You see it every day and don't know the name?

You're not really in Swindon, are you?

I also pass another pub on the left hand side just after that one. I don't know its name either as to be honest I am preoccupied with the day's programming challenges ahead of me. But, for your information, I walk from the station to Fleming way to get the bus out to Pipers Way. Which is where I work.

Bunk
17th May 2010, 11:47
Full marks chubs. Btw, I was asking SASGURU's sockie.

Ahem :mad

I've never actually been to Swindon though, I only answered to show that if that dull sockie had half a braincell he could have Googled it in seconds.

threaded
17th May 2010, 11:47
Full marks chubs. Btw, I was asking SASGURU's sockie.

Very poor quality sockie too.

When I were a lad, on't'railway, we had quality gricers. My T.O. was one, when he weren't at work he would be gricing, and when he went off on honeymoon, setting off from Doncaster Main Station it just so happened the switches on Queen Annes bridge played up, so up he rolled his suit arms and with a borrowed yellow jersey started slapping that elbow grease about to free up a sticking clamp-lock.

Them were the days. When men were men, and gricers had proper elastoplast holding their glasses together.

thunderlizard
17th May 2010, 11:48
Cheers Gricerboy, I know the place. Are you working for Steve Peterson?

Churchill
17th May 2010, 11:50
Ahem :mad

I've never actually been to Swindon though, I only answered to show that if that dull sockie had half a braincell he could have Googled it in seconds.

Apologies Bunk, didn't see your post.

gricerboy
17th May 2010, 11:51
Cheers Gricerboy, I know the place. Are you working for Steve Peterson?

I'm not prepared to vdivulge any more information. But I'll tell you one thing; I'm on Lower Ground.

Churchill
17th May 2010, 11:52
I'm not prepared to vdivulge any more information. But I'll tell you one thing; I'm on Lower Ground.

Too fat for the lift?

norrahe
17th May 2010, 11:52
Basingstoke

threaded
17th May 2010, 11:52
I also pass another pub on the left hand side just after that one. I don't know its name either as to be honest I am preoccupied with the day's programming challenges ahead of me. But, for your information, I walk from the station to Fleming way to get the bus out to Pipers Way. Which is where I work.

That'd be The Great Western. Any gricer would know that! Even if they were guessing, their first guess would be to mumble 'Great Western' for the name of a hostelry near a stop on the Great Western railway...

thunderlizard
17th May 2010, 11:54
Wow. Threaded's google maps searching ability is unstoppable today!

thunderlizard
17th May 2010, 11:56
I'm not prepared to vdivulge any more information. But I'll tell you one thing; I'm on Lower Ground.

aww, you didn't wave back :(

gricerboy
17th May 2010, 11:59
aww, you didn't wave back :(

See you at 5 in the Pavillion carpark:mad

threaded
17th May 2010, 12:00
Wow. Threaded's google maps searching ability is unstoppable today!

I've done a few jobs in Swindon.

At one of them I worked for the only guy to hold a licence for a sawn off shotgun, which was for work. Fun job.

Another for Lloyds / a re-insurance broker, where I got locked in; at 5.30 pm I'd left it too late to be allowed to go home...

Shudder, I try not to remember others.

Pogle
17th May 2010, 12:03
I'm not prepared to vdivulge any more information. But I'll tell you one thing; I'm on Lower Ground.

Ah, but is it Lower Ground East or Lower Ground West???

Churchill
17th May 2010, 12:03
I've done a few jobs in Swindon.

At one of them I worked for the only guy to hold a licence for a sawn off shotgun, which was for work. Fun job.

Another for Lloyds / a re-insurance broker, where I got locked in; at 5.30 pm I'd left it too late to be allowed to go home...

Shudder, I try not to remember others.

What colour is the boat-house roof?

Pogle
17th May 2010, 12:05
How much is the bus fare from the station to work and what number bus do you catch?

Sysman
17th May 2010, 12:05
Mornington Crescent!

Do I win?

threaded
17th May 2010, 12:08
What colour is the boat-house roof?

Trick question, the old boathouse no longer has a roof.

Watch it or I may ambush you with a cup of coffee.

Churchill
17th May 2010, 12:11
Trick question, the old boathouse no longer has a roof.

Watch it or I may ambush you with a cup of coffee.

:laugh

gricerboy
17th May 2010, 12:14
How much is the bus fare from the station to work and what number bus do you catch?
1.70 (I only go 1 way) & No. 11

Churchill
17th May 2010, 12:16
How much is the bus fare from the station to work and what number bus do you catch?


1.70 (I only go 1 way) & No. 11

What's the registration number of the bus and who's the relief driver when Jeff has his day off?

threaded
17th May 2010, 12:17
1.70 (I only go 1 way) & No. 11

Ah ha, you're a shelf stacker at Asda!

Pogle
17th May 2010, 12:18
1.70 (I only go 1 way) & No. 11

WRONG

Bus No correct - fare is wrong

Churchill
17th May 2010, 12:19
WRONG

Bus No correct - fare is wrong

Maybe he hasn't got his oap pass yet...

Yeah, I know... :spank:

Mich the Tester
17th May 2010, 12:46
Abcoude, near Amsterdam.

A depressing collection of vandalized pre-fab shelters which provide no shelter as the hardboard’s all falling to bits plus a concrete underground pedestrian tunnel strewn with litter and accompanied by the malignant odour of rotting urine. What makes it really depressing is the sight of the old station building, a rather elegant, yet not overly grand building from the 1920s, which stands forlorn, unused and unloved just next to the platform behind a poorly maintained wire fence; a withering memory of days when railways were a source of pride in public service.

gricerboy
17th May 2010, 12:55
Abcoude, near Amsterdam.

A depressing collection of vandalized pre-fab shelters which provide no shelter as the hardboard’s all falling to bits plus a concrete underground pedestrian tunnel strewn with litter and accompanied by the malignant odour of rotting urine. What makes it really depressing is the sight of the old station building, a rather elegant, yet not overly grand building from the 1920s, which stands forlorn, unused and unloved just next to the platform behind a poorly maintained wire fence; a withering memory of days when railways were a source of pride in public service.

Carnforth station is also redolent of a bygone age and has fallen into rack and ruin. Interestingly, it was the station used in Brief Encounter and the famous clock still exists drawing Japanese tourists from all over the world. Bit of a let down really; went there last year on a steam up - though you get a good view of the yards from the end of Platform 1. Interestingly, it was featured in that progamme David Mellor did where he travelled to all the places that featured in the very first national rail timetable.

Mich the Tester
17th May 2010, 13:31
Carnforth station is also redolent of a bygone age and has fallen into rack and ruin. Interestingly, it was the station used in Brief Encounter and the famous clock still exists drawing Japanese tourists from all over the world. Bit of a let down really; went there last year on a steam up - though you get a good view of the yards from the end of Platform 1. Interestingly, it was featured in that progamme David Mellor did where he travelled to all the places that featured in the very first national rail timetable.

Very sad indeed.

Take a look at this; Old Abcoude Station
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_BT8Vm2G35b8/RyWOFzLIomI/AAAAAAAAAD8/v_G0zxt3oDc/s320/ex-station%2Babcoude.jpg

New Abcoude Station, just next to it
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f8/Station_Abcoude_2.JPG

gricerboy
17th May 2010, 13:38
Very sad indeed.

Take a look at this; Old Abcoude Station
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_BT8Vm2G35b8/RyWOFzLIomI/AAAAAAAAAD8/v_G0zxt3oDc/s320/ex-station%2Babcoude.jpg

New Abcoude Station, just next to it
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f8/Station_Abcoude_2.JPG

Hmmm yes, I can't imagina a Thalys multiple unit stopping at that one!

gricerboy
17th May 2010, 14:05
Anyone ever go on the prototype HST that used to run in the BR western region back in the 70s?

Mich the Tester
17th May 2010, 14:13
Anyone ever go on the prototype HST that used to run in the BR western region back in the 70s?

No, but I went on the APT once. Brilliant technology; what a shame the bean counters and politicos killed it off. Just imagine how much money Britain could have and should have made out of that.

gricerboy
17th May 2010, 14:20
No, but I went on the APT once. Brilliant technology; what a shame the bean counters and politicos killed it off. Just imagine how much money Britain could have and should have made out of that.

Which one? The original gas turbine experimental unit or the version that entered service briefly in the 80s? ISTR it had a reputation for inducing motion sickness.

Mich the Tester
17th May 2010, 14:34
Which one? The original gas turbine experimental unit or the version that entered service briefly in the 80s? ISTR it had a reputation for inducing motion sickness.

The APT-P that went into service. It went out, then came back for a while in 1984; that's when I went on it. There were no problems at all, and even though I often had motion sickness in cars, I didn't get it on the APT and I didn't see anyone getting ill on the train. I think some of the journalists exaggerated the problems in the way journalists like to do; some great British venture comes along and their instinct seems to be to talk it down until it dies.

gricerboy
17th May 2010, 14:38
The APT-P that went into service. It went out, then came back for a while in 1984; that's when I went on it. There were no problems at all, and even though I often had motion sickness in cars, I didn't get it on the APT and I didn't see anyone getting ill on the train. I think some of the journalists exaggerated the problems in the way journalists like to do; some great British venture comes along and their instinct seems to be to talk it down until it dies.

By all accounts the real reason behind the sickness on the inaugral trip was that the journos went a bit over the top with the hospitality that BR had laid on.

BlasterBates
17th May 2010, 15:18
Bolton...always end up there when there's problems with the trains...

really depressing place, but then so is Bolton.

stek
17th May 2010, 15:38
Bolton...always end up there when there's problems with the trains...

really depressing place, but then so is Bolton.

Watch it - my hometown....

Agree tho :(

mudskipper
17th May 2010, 17:20
Basingstoke

WSS. Misinformation and barstardry abound.

DaveB
17th May 2010, 18:39
Birmingham Newstreet, any of the Outer London surface train stations, Woodgrange Park in particular.

PRC1964
17th May 2010, 19:55
Tiverton Parkway.

<shudder>

Thank god they only made me to go there once.

Gonzo
18th May 2010, 07:17
Stratford london: not a nice placeI agree Stratford is bad but it is not as bad as it used to be and its future does look pretty bright.

All the East London overland stations used to be pretty horrible. Silvertown stands out to me as being pretty grim, not just the station but the whole process of travelling to and from it. It doesn't really look any worse now it is no longer in use.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/69/Silvertown_railway_station_in_2008.jpg


any of the Outer London surface train stations, Woodgrange Park in particular.I used to think that one wasn't too bad, it was just up the road from me 20 years ago but I only used it once or twice because I rarely had cause to use the route it is on.


For pure grimness I don't think you will beat changing trains at Westbury on a dark and cold winter's night.

Churchill
18th May 2010, 07:21
Oldham Mumps. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldham_Mumps_railway_station)

shaunbhoy
18th May 2010, 10:38
Katowice in Poland.
Tried to get a ticket to Warsaw from there, and on the floor directly adjacent to the one ticket booth that was open, lay a drunken Polish couple. They had clearly been there for quite some time, had consumed presumably litres of industrial strength Vodka, and had deemed the need to de-slurry themselves in the toilets a step too far, preferring to let matters take their course! :(
That said, once aboard the train it was punctual if rather spartan, and very well priced. So not all bad.

threaded
18th May 2010, 10:45
Katowice in Poland.
Tried to get a ticket to Warsaw from there, and on the floor directly adjacent to the one ticket booth that was open, lay a drunken Polish couple. They had clearly been there for quite some time, had consumed presumably litres of industrial strength Vodka, and had deemed the need to de-slurry themselves in the toilets a step too far, preferring to let matters take their course! :(
That said, once aboard the train it was punctual if rather spartan, and very well priced. So not all bad.

I've actually used Katowice train station and it is way better than Swindon.

shaunbhoy
18th May 2010, 10:46
I've actually used Katowice train station and it is way better than Swindon.

I too have used both. You may well be right.

BA to the Stars
18th May 2010, 18:54
Oldham Mumps. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldham_Mumps_railway_station)

Is that the station where the bridge over the road proudly boasts "Welcome to Oldham - Home of the Tubular Bandage"

BA to the Stars
18th May 2010, 18:55
Carnforth station is also redolent of a bygone age and has fallen into rack and ruin. Interestingly, it was the station used in Brief Encounter and the famous clock still exists drawing Japanese tourists from all over the world. Bit of a let down really; went there last year on a steam up - though you get a good view of the yards from the end of Platform 1. Interestingly, it was featured in that progamme David Mellor did where he travelled to all the places that featured in the very first national rail timetable.

It was Michael Portillo

shaunbhoy
18th May 2010, 19:33
Carnforth station is also redolent of a bygone age and has fallen into rack and ruin. Interestingly, it was the station used in Brief Encounter and the famous clock still exists drawing Japanese tourists from all over the world. Bit of a let down really; went there last year on a steam up - though you get a good view of the yards from the end of Platform 1. Interestingly, it was featured in that progamme David Mellor did where he travelled to all the places that featured in the very first national rail timetable.

Uh-Oh!!! Trainspotter Alert!!

:bluelight :bluelight :bluelight

Mich the Tester
18th May 2010, 21:18
Oldham Mumps. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldham_Mumps_railway_station)Didn't get a good start when they named it after a disease.

threaded
19th May 2010, 03:52
Didn't get a good start when they named it after a disease.

Nearly correct.

When you have mumps you get a certain expression, much like beggars put on when they want to get you to give them money.