SouthEastern to Wandsworth Road and Clapham High Street

  • Published on Jan 2, 2019
  • There's a once-a-day parliamentary train that leaves Victoria at 0550 in the morning, that is a South Eastern service that unusually stops at Wandsworth Road and Clapham High Street. I went and met Martin early in the morning, and off we went to ride the only train of the day that does this.
    This is a parliamentary train, as otherwise there's no service between London and Wandsworth Road and Clapham High Street. (Regular London Overground services come to/from Clapham Junction). It was established a few years ago when the Victoria to London Bridge service (via Denmark Hill and Peckham Rye) was abolished.
    The train is the 2Y06 Victoria to Ashford International:
    PSUL Website:
    (Passengers Services Over Unusual Lines)
    Music by: @dcuttermusic /

Comments • 384

  • Crawley Creaper
    Crawley Creaper 16 days ago +218

    Message to southeastern (From an ex electro star engineer) 377503 needs a new 3 phase inductor in its auxiliary converter module... it never made that noise when I had it at bedford.... to everyone else it’s why there was such a loud buzzing noise ...( it’s not supposed to do that)

    • K.o.R
      K.o.R 13 days ago +1

      +TheSpicyIceCubeXD _ When the units are connected, those surfaces rub against each other. I believe there are two "springs" for lack of a better term pushing the gangway forward, and they won't be of equal springiness, so one side may be pushed harder against the other gangway.

    • DanTheFryingPan
      DanTheFryingPan 13 days ago +1

      i thought it was too loud. Glad i wasnt the only one.

    • Fluffybadger
      Fluffybadger 14 days ago +1

      +TheSpicyIceCubeXD _ Seems to be on any gangwayed train, I've also puzzled over that.

    • David Shepheard
      David Shepheard 14 days ago +3

      Southeastern said they are going to pass this onto the engineers:
      (Now if I could only find out who to talk to to get the "Prabbt! Prabbt! Prabbt! Prabbt!" noise fixed on the PA systems of one of the London Overground trains that does the Wandsworth Road and Clapham High Street route, I'd be happy.)

    • TheSpicyIceCubeXD _
      TheSpicyIceCubeXD _ 14 days ago +2

      Quick question, picture this: Front of a 377, 375> Gangway> Black lining around it. Why is one half always peeling off and the other side is fine? this has always confused me. 🤣

  • Cracked - Solved Mysteries

    Ex Southern 377?

  • Mikadozzinho
    Mikadozzinho 9 days ago

    I’m kind of glad you brought this video up Geoff because I experienced some strange services before.
    For example: Around towards the end of the summer or the beginning of autumn last year, on Saturdays I’ve often seen some Southeastern services at East Croydon that go to Hastings from Charing Cross which was unusual considering it is not shown at least as a limited service on the national rail map.
    Southeastern can run some strange services every now and then

  • Andrew Lang
    Andrew Lang 11 days ago

    I like this railway "mate" Geoffrey has found along the way. Think they did the isle of Sheppey together. Be good to see Geoff with "Jack" or Jack's twin sister sometime out on the rails.

  • Explore By Train
    Explore By Train 12 days ago +1

    Can you do that trip again in the summer, when there is more day light, to show the outside of the train, when it is going onto the junction.

  • aloevera74
    aloevera74 12 days ago +1

    I have no idea why I was recommended this video.
    Guess what, two nice decent blokes talking about train tables and train lines ... at 5am!!!!

  • Mad Gamer
    Mad Gamer 12 days ago +1

    "we're just gonna ride it and see what happens" ...i mean the train is gonna stop and then go again but ok?!

  • Christopher Pierce
    Christopher Pierce 13 days ago

    Phone cover spotted!!!!!

  • Orangeham & carlos
    Orangeham & carlos 13 days ago

    There is absolutely no point of that service

  • shmuck waffle
    shmuck waffle 13 days ago +1

    I normally watch your videos. Today I found this on the Trending page.

  • Binja Ninja
    Binja Ninja 13 days ago +1

    This guy needs to get laid

  • Thegaminguy 1724
    Thegaminguy 1724 13 days ago

    Does anyone know the music in this video? I really like it xD

  • MrGreatplum
    MrGreatplum 13 days ago +1

    Fantastic video - also no.36 on trending! 😀

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  • Michael Bruchas
    Michael Bruchas 13 days ago

    Happy New Year!

  • Keyz 080415
    Keyz 080415 13 days ago

    I don’t know why this was suggested for me and I don’t know what is going on, but hey I live Wandsworth Town

  • Henry Howarth
    Henry Howarth 13 days ago

    Do the London Victoria train to Dartford, there are only a few a day!!!

  • The Vincent
    The Vincent 13 days ago

    A southeastern train with southern seats?

  • Kacper's memes
    Kacper's memes 14 days ago

    36 trending in London

  • Laurens
    Laurens 14 days ago

    0:02 he turned into a dalek

  • Berserker _
    Berserker _ 14 days ago +1

    Bloody nerds

  • Tom S.
    Tom S. 14 days ago

    All the parlimentary trains. All of them.

  • Louis The Gamer
    Louis The Gamer 14 days ago +1

    0:39 Southeastern train with a Southern Interior ???

  • Rub Lala
    Rub Lala 14 days ago

    Mind = blown
    Wig = flew

  • Alfie Hunt
    Alfie Hunt 14 days ago

    Is that ex southern

  • justin423
    justin423 14 days ago

    As a taxpayer, I am not exactly thrilled with the expense of running these trains just to keep the route open.

    • High Path
      High Path 13 days ago

      The cost is peanuts, as it would return anyway as empty stock for the scheduled daytime servicing locally

  • Robert Brown
    Robert Brown 14 days ago

    I remember going through that section a few times in the period , 2000-09 on trains coming around the Catford Loop from Bromley South. It did not happen very often and the trains did not stop at those stations, but it helped to break the early morning monotony.

  • Ameer Ali Ouarda
    Ameer Ali Ouarda 14 days ago +1

    Well done! Trending!!!!!

  • KingCakoni
    KingCakoni 14 days ago +34

    How have I ended up here

  • Medusa
    Medusa 14 days ago

    Probably half way through the journey the train stops and at a specific section some people exit and end up on platform 3 and 9 quarters.

  • Euan BCFC
    Euan BCFC 14 days ago +5

    Hold up Geoff
    You’re 26 on trending in The world!

  • Charlie Cray
    Charlie Cray 14 days ago

    I live on Wandswort road

  • Ryan W
    Ryan W 14 days ago

    Imaging waking up and knowing you're going to go on trains for a hobby.

  • Sham Jacky
    Sham Jacky 14 days ago

    Actually, the Gravesend - London Victoria (via Bexleyheath) services do use slow line of South London Line from Denmark Hill to Clapham High Street and turn back to fast line, but sometime gets on the strange underpass line from Wansworth Road

  • Patrick D
    Patrick D 14 days ago

    You remind me of a commuter mix with business man / doctor.

  • dazady452001
    dazady452001 14 days ago +1

    It’s 03:30... why am I watching this!? Classic sleepless TheXvid

  • Sky Bailey
    Sky Bailey 14 days ago +1

    Trending lmao? 😂

  • reece anley
    reece anley 14 days ago

    It has a southern interior lol

  • Ade
    Ade 14 days ago +2

    A couple of fun PSULs are Waterloo to Basingstoke services. I think the 22:42 is one; it actually runs along a section of the District Line instead of the South Western main line.

  • ArunPlaysPiano
    ArunPlaysPiano 14 days ago +1

    This is absolutely bloody fascinating

  • matzmx
    matzmx 14 days ago +1

    TF am I watching?

  • Knownaschrissy 5
    Knownaschrissy 5 15 days ago

    How come south eastern electrostars have the southern interior?

    • Norbiton Flyer
      Norbiton Flyer 14 days ago

      Because this one used to work on Thameslink/Southern and it would cost money to change the seat covers

  • sonizone22
    sonizone22 15 days ago

    Gosh nobody wants to try drawing a map of the Clapham Junction area!

    • Martin Clitheroe
      Martin Clitheroe 14 days ago

      sonizone22 Actually a lot more simple than you’d think. There isn’t particularly a “junction” there anymore. The Southern and South Western are pretty much separate and don’t link

  • Andrew Gwilt
    Andrew Gwilt 15 days ago

    If Southern were to inherit the Class 377/5s. They could use them on London Victoria/London Bridge-Tattenham Corner, Epsom Downs, Epsom, Wimbledon/Sutton, Reigate, Horsham, Redhill, Caterham & East Grinstead, London Victoria-London Bridge via Peckham Rye and East Croydon-Milton Keynes Central/Tring & Watford Junction (working alongside the Class 377/2 and 5-Car Class 377/7).
    Or perhaps Southern using the Class 377/5 on Brighton-Eastbourne, Hastings, Seafood and Lewis East Coastway routes and Brighton-Littlehampton, Bognor Regis, Portsmouth Harbour, Southampton Central and Portsmouth & Southsea West Coastway routes (working alongside the Class 377/3 and Class 313/2).

  • AndreiTupolev
    AndreiTupolev 15 days ago

    Nice atmospheric lonely-bin-bag-blowing-in-wind.

  • CRAIG Evans
    CRAIG Evans 15 days ago +1

    More of these video's please Geoff, great stuff!

  • DerParadonym
    DerParadonym 15 days ago +3

    Mum: "watcha doin all the time?"
    Me: "watchin' people ridin' trains in Britain"
    Mum: "uhm..."
    I think she found out that there'a new topic on TheXvid. - I just said that there's a man nearly able to answer exact train times if you say a station name to him.

  • henry miles
    henry miles 15 days ago

    What about videos on some projected lines? Bakerloo extension. The two Thamesmead proposed crossing routes. etc.

  • Joe Fothergill
    Joe Fothergill 15 days ago

    Remember one of those 4 passengers would have been the conductor

  • Gareth Bisgrove
    Gareth Bisgrove 15 days ago +2

    That really is an awful noise - at least I sort of know what was causing it!!

  • The Dum Gamer
    The Dum Gamer 15 days ago

    Watch this video with the sub-titles or captions... GOOGLE CANT SPELL WANDSWORTH ROAD...

  • Nick Cowan
    Nick Cowan 15 days ago +1

    Why stop at stations no-one gets on?
    I know about parliamentary services and Geoff's recent video on the Paddington to West Ruislip children ghost train shutting for good but how is it more expensive to close the line?

    • High Path
      High Path 13 days ago

      +BMT Faded IV The Route is also needed for diversion and emergency use so driver knowledge needs to be maintained

    • BMT Faded IV
      BMT Faded IV 15 days ago

      It's a long legal process.

  • Jake Avis
    Jake Avis 15 days ago

    Should do a 2019 tea tally!

  • Okan G
    Okan G 15 days ago

    Your close to 100K

  • TheOriginalWray
    TheOriginalWray 15 days ago +2

    Just a few quick questions i need to get off my back: Why don't Southeastern add Wandsworth Road and Clapham High Street as stops on their suburban services? For example, Dartford or Orpington services. Also if this parliamentary train runs just so that the line between Victoria and Denmark Hill keeps open then why does it need to stop at those places. Can't London Overground just run a parliamentary train to Victoria instead? (there's already one that goes to Battersea Park so why not?)

    • High Path
      High Path 13 days ago

      +TheOriginalWray Remember all this improvements for passengers like deleting services not providing suitable trains etc are all part of your funding from the 3.3% fare increase this year.

    • TheOriginalWray
      TheOriginalWray 14 days ago +1

      +Norbiton Flyer But before London Overground took over Southern trains used to operate trains to those stations. So then why did Southern trains have no problem with stopping at those two stations but Southeastern does? Both operators would face similar issues in terms of passengers and (maybe) fleet. And even then what about off peak times?

    • Norbiton Flyer
      Norbiton Flyer 14 days ago

      +TheOriginalWray The Victoria end of the route was severed when platform 3 at Battersea Park was extended to take 12-car trains. The London Bridge end was taken out because Southern has lost three platforms there (to Thameslink (2) and South Eastern (1) and there is no room for little-used two- or four-car trains in the remaining terminal platforms. It is still possible to do the Victoria/London Bridge journey (or intermediate stations) by changing at Peckham Rye. South Eastern's services don't normally stop at Clapham High Street and Wandsworth Road because it would delay the service, and possibly crowd out people from further destinations.

    • TheOriginalWray
      TheOriginalWray 14 days ago +1

      Well London Midland seemed to have no problem with sending a packed 4 car unit all the way to Birmingham and an almost empty 8 car unit to Tring lmao. So in short the stations don't meet the specifications of Southeasterns trains. So how come Southern used to be able to run class 455s to Wandsworth Road and Clapham High Street then? There must've been some sort of inconvenience or low demand for them to completely stop the operation of that service!

    • David Shepheard
      David Shepheard 14 days ago

      +TheOriginalWray Re: "So what's wrong with operating 4 car trains apart from them getting packed?"
      You have answered your own question.
      Short trains are a pain in the neck, because they have to make long journeys to the end of the line and back and what can be an off-peak service on one trip is going to land up arriving somewhere else, just as the peak hours kick in.
      Packed trains are not just annoying, they start to become very dangerous. There have been lots of times I've been standing on Earlsfield Station in the rush hour with people not being able to get on train after train after train and the crowd just pushes forward of the safety line, with passengers standing right on the edge of the platforms.
      It's not worth having that sort of nonsense on an entire trainline, just to get a service improvement at two stations.
      It should be possible for the platfoms at Wandsworth Road and Clapham High Street to be extended though. (That would also be better than running National Rail trains where you could get off of one 4 car unit, but were locked inside another 4 car unit if you accidentally got on the wrong part of a train.)
      The best thing the South East can do with 4 car trains is send them up north to all the places that are stuck with awful trains like Pacers.

  • The Pendolino Of All
    The Pendolino Of All 15 days ago

    Bro, this song is so lit, idk what it's called tho

    • The Pendolino Of All
      The Pendolino Of All 15 days ago

      After 20 minutes of scrolling through David Cutter's yt channel, I found it. And then I screamed "GEOFF MARSHALL" in the comments

  • John Airey
    John Airey 15 days ago

    You've inadvertently pointed out the problem with the Overground. It's a dual voltage train that is clearer at a disadvantage when it uses the third rail. It would be far more efficient if the lines in the South East were converted to overhead lines (I'd start with the Brighton line and the overground).

    • High Path
      High Path 13 days ago

      +emmo999 I think it is the condition of the track and the number of junctions and 100mph on commuter trains that are packed with standing passengers is not good. The Southwestern VEPs I think got to 90mph unofficially particulary in last days of service.

    • emmo999
      emmo999 15 days ago +1

      John Airey additionally, Electrostars do not use all their power. Mitrac reports how much kN force each motor is applying and should one motor be down, others will up their power to help accommodate

    • emmo999
      emmo999 15 days ago +1

      John Airey Overground doesn’t get anywhere near 100mph. Equally Electrostars don’t do more than 100mph. In fact, the 378 Capitalstars are geared lower to assist acceleration and are thus limited to 75mph

    • John Airey
      John Airey 15 days ago

      +emmo999 even if there's no difference in acceleration there's a 100mph limit on third rail. I've travelled on trains that can reach 70mph over two miles (using 25kv) so I think the Overground could be quicker. Crossrail is using overhead lines. I expect Geoff to do some timing experiments when it opens.

    • emmo999
      emmo999 15 days ago

      John Airey there is no performance disadvantage on 3rd rail, it’s just a timetable inconsistency between TOCs. And 378s (LO) and 377 (SE) share the same traction packs

  • Kamran Tailor
    Kamran Tailor 15 days ago

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  • FW 456024
    FW 456024 15 days ago

    that's a bit of a surprise to a rarely southeastern calling at wandsworth road, and Clapham high Street. but nice video

  • gpan62
    gpan62 15 days ago +1

    What makes this run unusual? The departure time? The single run per day? Then, why does this run exist?

  • Frank Taylor
    Frank Taylor 15 days ago

    But why do they run this service?

  • Kushal Gandhi
    Kushal Gandhi 15 days ago

    Completely Unique best ever. Regards from India

  • Vincent Calvelli
    Vincent Calvelli 15 days ago

    Happy New Year Geoff and Vicki

  • Darren Gomes
    Darren Gomes 15 days ago +1

    That's a weird route, a SouthEastern train, going west to go to Kent, along a Waterloo route from Victoria and it's a Southern Electrostar train disguised as a SouthEastern train!

    • Martin Clitheroe
      Martin Clitheroe 14 days ago

      Norbiton Flyer where have I mentioned Waterloo?! WWR = Wandsworth Road, CLP = Clapham High Street

    • Norbiton Flyer
      Norbiton Flyer 14 days ago

      +Martin Clitheroe It doesn't going anywhere near the Waterloo lines except where it dives under them. And at no point is it travelling westwards.

    • Martin Clitheroe
      Martin Clitheroe 14 days ago

      Darren Gomes It’s the same route all Southeastern trains take, except it ran under the mainlines through Stewarts Lane to serve the platforms at WWR and CLP

  • Darryl Kennedy
    Darryl Kennedy 15 days ago

    Geoff..Are there any video clips running through Streatham Hill to Balham and onto Victoria. Used to live on Drewstead Road near Streatham Hill Station and used to catch the train to work at Victoria and back everyday in the 70's. Love to see it if any exists. Thank you from New Zealand. ☺☺☺☺

    • High Path
      High Path 13 days ago

      I have been on a train that unexpectedly did that- its normally freight only which is noted once leaving wimbledon late after a ballast train had passed through on the Thameslink Platform - then came past me again as my train arrived at Clapham Junction - with the driver moaning that a slow steam excursion had slowed us down when in fact both trains had been halted while the freight service crossed the ladder on the western approach to Wimbldon.

  • Iain Gold
    Iain Gold 15 days ago

    As Martin enjoys Swale Station so much maybe you could take him on the early morning Gillingham to Sherness service. 😂

    • Martin Clitheroe
      Martin Clitheroe 14 days ago +1

      Iain Gold There’s quite a few evening peak journeys that do Victoria to Sheerness via the west curve at Sittingbourne

  • Paul Bates
    Paul Bates 15 days ago

    If I board that train at Wandsworth Road and get off at Clapham High Street can I use my Bus Operator Staff Pass?
    I am allowed to use it on Overground services, but not National Rail services.

  • Faye Cadman
    Faye Cadman 15 days ago

    Train novice here.. Why do SE keep this running if served by the OG?

    • Martin Clitheroe
      Martin Clitheroe 14 days ago

      Faye Cadman provides a link from Victoria to Wandsworth Road/Clapham High St that was cut when the Southern services were replaced by Overground to Clapham Jn

  • eboniteboy
    eboniteboy 15 days ago

    ~ 5:39 worth getting outta bed at some ungodly hour for ...

  • WorldOfRailways
    WorldOfRailways 15 days ago

    Does London Overground operate any parliament trains to Battersea Park? It would be interesting.

    • High Path
      High Path 13 days ago

      +Norbiton Flyer How do the earlies get to Battersea Park - why not run in service ?

    • Norbiton Flyer
      Norbiton Flyer 14 days ago

      Yes it does: 0633 Battersea Park to Dalston Junction, 2204 Dalston Junction to Battersea Park (arr 2247), and 2303 Battersea Park to Dalston Junction: (all Mon-Fri): 0726 (Sundays) Battersea Park to Highbury & Islington

  • M Collier
    M Collier 15 days ago

    All the early morning trains...

  • Jack Newell
    Jack Newell 15 days ago

    I am doing the Wolverhampton to Walsall over the direct route Parliamentary train in a few weeks which used to an Hourly Service from Wellington to Wolverhampton until I think 2008 when that service stopped running

  • mjr999
    mjr999 15 days ago

    Just watched a realllllyy bad 7 minute long advert for you Geoff :) love the videos

  • Dalilati Muhamat
    Dalilati Muhamat 15 days ago

    Can we do it in the summer?
    Yes! I would love to join it if you do it during summer. 😊

  • Drew Morgan
    Drew Morgan 15 days ago

    So glad you covered this! Its one that I've wanted to do myself (back when it was a 375 to Bromley South, then ECS to Maidstone East).

  • Binary Signals
    Binary Signals 15 days ago +1

    unsubscribed again...

    • Binary Signals
      Binary Signals 9 days ago

      +Andrew Gwilt Do you understand the terms 'irony' and 'double negative'? Take five minutes to educate yourself, it will help you in life.

    • Andrew Gwilt
      Andrew Gwilt 15 days ago

      Binary Signals Suppose you don’t like his videos I guess. And no one doesn’t care.

  • Matthew O'Dwyer
    Matthew O'Dwyer 15 days ago

    Another brilliant video. I might have to give some if these a try 😀

  • TrainSpotter101
    TrainSpotter101 16 days ago

    Please go to Birchinghton on Sea!!!

  • Jamie Boy1995
    Jamie Boy1995 16 days ago

    Happy new year Geoff and interesting video

  • Atheist Orphan
    Atheist Orphan 16 days ago

    The ‘Binbag in the wind’ is rapidly becoming Geoff’s Alfred Hitchcock cameo moment.

  • Julie Aylward
    Julie Aylward 16 days ago

    Another brilliant video Geoff. Love the unplanned gags too.....

  • Naomi Smith
    Naomi Smith 16 days ago

    But WHY, Geoff, why? Why does it stop at those stations and only at silly o clock?!

  • Stephen Longmire
    Stephen Longmire 16 days ago

    Where did Martin get his phone case I need that for my phone

  • Gary Chapman
    Gary Chapman 16 days ago

    Up this early on a cold early January morning. Fantastic devotion.

  • Aldranster50
    Aldranster50 16 days ago +1

    well its not on the timetable... (yes i checked its schedule 3 doesnt mention any of the stations)

  • khisanth75
    khisanth75 16 days ago

    Why does it stop there?! Can’t see any need to do so !

  • Ezra Petty
    Ezra Petty 16 days ago

    Once I timed it on the overground and it was 1 min

    • High Path
      High Path 13 days ago

      The 2min allowance is to cover late delays departing CJ ensuring a correct arrival time at the next station down

  • NSiri#1
    NSiri#1 16 days ago

    I love Martin's District line moquette phone case..

  • Doreen Patterson
    Doreen Patterson 16 days ago

    If you don't click 'like' you don't get it................

  • Paul Blencowe
    Paul Blencowe 16 days ago

    great content as always, love the idea of odd running trains

  • Fred Stam
    Fred Stam 16 days ago +1

    Happy newyear from the Netherlands. It becomes nerdier and nerdier and
    I love it. I do'nt know if its English but you understand at least I hope.......

  • Jack Cooper
    Jack Cooper 16 days ago

    Geoff there is a once a day service ran by Chiltern Railways out of Stratford Upon Avon then to Banbury, Kings Sutton, Heyford, Tackley then Oxford then it does a return to Banbury. Normally the Oxford to Banbury service is ran by GWR the normal Chiltern service to Oxford is to London Marylebone

  • Charlie Brown
    Charlie Brown 16 days ago +8

    spot on smith and jones parody

    • Charlie Brown
      Charlie Brown 13 days ago

      +Martin Clitheroe Mel Smith did some 'serious' acting roles also, I remember he played a scary 'baddie' in Minder once.

    • Martin Clitheroe
      Martin Clitheroe 14 days ago +1

      Charlie Brown Glad someone appreciated my joke! 😂

  • Marc Sharp
    Marc Sharp 16 days ago

    Well that's a Parliamentary service I didn't know existed. Will have to make the trip down from Leicester one day to do it.

  • DC 4444
    DC 4444 16 days ago +1

    We don't have unusual train services like this in New Zealand. However, I've been on an usual ferry service, the 7:30am service from Downtown to Half Moon Bay via Rangitoto Island. This service operates on Saturday and Sunday only.

  • Erik Griswold
    Erik Griswold 16 days ago

    There is no Pret at Victoria?

    • Martin Clitheroe
      Martin Clitheroe 14 days ago

      And at 5.30 in the morning, options were somewhat limited!

    • Andrew Gwilt
      Andrew Gwilt 15 days ago

      Erik Griswold No but there is a Costa Coffee, Starbucks & M&S.

  • Jacqueline Harrod
    Jacqueline Harrod 16 days ago

    Fascinating, as always. Thank you.

  • Jeffrey Short
    Jeffrey Short 16 days ago

    From a Yank :)
    What makes this (or any other similarly named train/service) Parliamentary?

    • Norbiton Flyer
      Norbiton Flyer 14 days ago

      In the Victorian era railways companies were required, as part of the Act of Parliament which authorised them to be built and operated, to run at least one train a day serving all stations, with certain requirements about fares and speed. The companies often ran only the minimum one train a day that was fully compliant, charging higher fares and/or skipping stops on others, and ran them at inconvenient times to encourage people to use their other, more lucrative, services. The legal requirements have changed since then, but railways are still not permitted to close a passenger line, or a station, without going through a complex legal process. The line is only considered to be open in law if there is a regular service over it (even if it is only once a week), hence these "parliamentary" services which operate at odd hours when rolling stock and crew are available, and the extra time taken by a longer route/ extra stops is not too disruptive. Many of these services also serve a secondary purpose, as the routes may still be used for diversions, and drivers' route knowledge can be kept up to date by running the odd regular service over the alternative route.

  • ILoveCakes ILC/A
    ILoveCakes ILC/A 16 days ago +3

    Happy New Year, Geoff!😀🎆