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Author Topic: Class 700 and views of Blackfriars and St.Pauls  (Read 200 times)

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Class 700 and views of Blackfriars and St.Pauls
« on: August 13, 2019, 06:25:12 PM »
For those of you that complain I keep posting steamers - here's a nice view out of the office window this afternoon of a Class 700 EMU (I think!?) leaving Blackfriars with quite a backdrop. Don't you love the blend of old and new: a building site for a new skyscraper within sight of the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1967....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJHtot8ONc&feature=youtu.be

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Re: Class 700 and views of Blackfriars and St.Pauls
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2019, 06:27:51 PM »
thanks darren



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Re: Class 700 and views of Blackfriars and St.Pauls
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2019, 06:30:32 PM »
Thanks Chris.

PS - you can see the solar panels of the new Blackfriars and to the left the original bridge abutments. One of the three biggest solar bridges in the world!  More info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackfriars_Railway_Bridge

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Re: Class 700 and views of Blackfriars and St.Pauls
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2019, 06:33:24 PM »
i noticed those last week passing through on my way south - inspirational modelling !!!

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Re: Class 700 and views of Blackfriars and St.Pauls
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2019, 06:54:05 PM »
my grandsons always got excited when we were trainspotting [well, not trains, those electric things  :-\] when we saw a 700, so I arranged to take them on a day out, timing it so we could take part of the journey on a 700.

they liked it, but it must be because I grew up with proper trains, but my impression was 'glorified cattle truck'  >:D

mind you, we were near a join between carriages, so that might account for it, but certain wouldn't want to travel Brighton to Cambridge or Bedford on one.
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Re: Class 700 and views of Blackfriars and St.Pauls
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2019, 07:01:47 PM »
okay for 30 minutes journey. i know 2 and half hours cambridge via london to brighton or bedford bit of bum sore - uncomfortable seats and not much aisle width

be interesting others ' opinions

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Re: Class 700 and views of Blackfriars and St.Pauls
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2019, 07:59:18 PM »
To be fair the through journeys are as much about convenient pathing. I donít think many people will go end to end.

Certainly the Horsham to Peterborough ones itís quicker to change and go via LNER than stay on the 700.

The seats are certainly rather firm, quite nice in the peak though, lots of standing room and very airy.

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Re: Class 700 and views of Blackfriars and St.Pauls
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2019, 09:33:36 PM »
agree with being airy and plenty of room, good displays and tell you which portion of the train your in, stops without those irritating automated station announcements

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Re: Class 700 and views of Blackfriars and St.Pauls
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2019, 10:38:01 PM »
They are proving popular from Peterborough to get to Gatwick without changing at Kings X. Apart from the seating, the 700s are superb units.
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Re: Class 700 and views of Blackfriars and St.Pauls
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2019, 10:46:52 PM »
Commuters maybe more happier than 317 and 319 what with new stock, more room, punctuality new routes on thameslink and much more the modern inter region emu

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Re: Class 700 and views of Blackfriars and St.Pauls
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2019, 10:56:31 PM »
The seating sounds similar to the seats on that horrible Tangarra train I posted a week or so ago!

Great video! Just got a glimpse of the Tate Modern at the end! No sign of Tom Cruise, though  ;D

(Probably a good thing)
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Re: Class 700 and views of Blackfriars and St.Pauls
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2019, 11:09:17 PM »
Darren made the video. Superb scenes of london. If ever in town george we will organise the trip on one mate. Easy to hop on off and legroom .

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Re: Class 700 and views of Blackfriars and St.Pauls
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2019, 07:35:03 AM »
Also still just about being driven autonomously there, before switching back to being driven manually by London Bridge.

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Re: Class 700 and views of Blackfriars and St.Pauls
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2019, 07:49:29 AM »
Usually faringdon blackfriars where change from ohle pantograph up / down to / from 3rd rail occurs

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Re: Class 700 and views of Blackfriars and St.Pauls
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2019, 07:54:25 AM »
No wires at Blackfriars, itís City Thameslink where they change from OHLE to 3rd rail (I think, I get off at Blackfriars!), I was talking about the automatic operation though, which starts just north of St Pancras and continues to just south of Blackfriars.

 

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