London to Glasgow in five minutes

TRAIN enthusiasts might find this video from the BBC of some interest. It was produced to mark the completion of the West Coast Main Line upgrade and condenses the whole journey from Euston to Glasgow into five minutes.

Two things to note here:

  • The £13 billion figure quoted by the Beeb in the accompanying story is inaccurate. That was the figure Network Rail inherited when Railtrack costs skyrocketed. The final cost was actually just over £8 billion. A snip.
  • The actual journey from Euston to Glasgow takes a bit longer than five minutes, even when there are no delays.
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6 responses to “London to Glasgow in five minutes

  1. “The £13 billion figure quoted by the Beeb in the accompanying story is inaccurate. That was the figure Network Rail inherited when Railtrack costs skyrocketed. The final cost was actually just over £8 billion. A snip.”

    I’ll have that corrected in no time Tom!

  2. Evening Tom,

    What a great video! I’m sure the improvements will have a huge impact once all the snagling issues are dealt with.

    Are you still getting the train to and from London?

    Cheers,

    Gordon

  3. wrinkled weasel

    The vid made me a bit dizzy but that could be the vodka and tonic. It’s all very well but Labour cancelled “Nightstar”, the through train from Glasgow to the Continent and wasted millions by doing so.

    It’s a train. I am a train fan, but not a UK train fan. When I travelled on Swedish Trains in 1978 they had Maternity Cars for mums and babies. You can still get something that resembles food on most European Trains. The last Swiss Rail ticket I bought, I was able to print it myself and yes, every single journey on Swiss Rail ran on time.

    Like many other things we were once the leaders of, Rail is now just another embarrassment.

  4. I’ve just seen the new timetable. See you on the 0425 from Central then!

  5. Chris' Wills

    Well it was OK.

    I realise they are unlikely to return to the UK but steam trains are much more interesting and fun.

    Perhaps we can get the postal/parcel carriers back using rail more rather than planes within the UK.

    Return of the Night Mail trains perhaps.

    “This is the night mail crossing the border,
    Bringing the cheque and the postal order,
    Letters for the rich, letters for the poor,
    The shop at the corner and the girl next door.
    Past cotton grass and moorland boulder,
    Shovelling white steam over her shoulder,
    Snorting noisily as she passes
    Silent miles of wind-bent grasses.”

    http://www.newearth.demon.co.uk/poems/lyric206.htm

  6. Dead on cue, it transpires that National Express are going to scrap restaurant cars on the East Coast line, on the London to Edinburgh service. The service is frequently oversubscribed, not just full and serves award winning food in civilised conditions.

    In 1923 the service inaugurated a Cocktail Bar. It already had a full restaurant and a “ladies retiring room” and a hairdressing salon. They had been serving full meals since 1898, at prices cheaper than today’s in real terms.

    Why does it all have to go so depressingly retrograde and crappy?

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