If you get the Cambridge bound train from FP you can change lines along the way to get to the North Essex and Suffolk coast.
St Pancras to Brighton in a little over an hour. £10 in advance, £15 on the day. At the weekend, though, you have to go from London Bridge due to the Thameslink works. But when those works are over (admittedly not until 2018) you will be able to do the whole journey from Finsbury Park without changing.
Instead of the beach, fancy Warwick Castle? £10 tickets on the Chiltern this weekend, get off, get back on...
Only used the Crouch End to Barking line recently for the first time in ages (since I was a kid anyway) as I went to meet some friends in Leigh on Sea. Was expecting old rattler type trains but in fact all the trains are very modern. Could do with them on the line into Moorgate!
Yeah those new Overground Trains are gorgeous.
The new Thameslink trains will also be rather swanky: http://www.railwaygazette.com/nc/news/single-view/view/siemens-beats-bombardier-to-thameslink-train-order.html- Some of the suburban trains up through Finsbury Park will be replaced by these.
As I understand it (Ali may know more) there’s some doubt as to what’s going to happen with the Moorgate link. The current trains on that route are the oldest in London (Class 313s from 1976-7). Anything replacing them (which will need to happen relatively soon) will need to be able to convert from overhead lines to third rail at Drayton Park as they do now. I hear that no other London stock is capable of doing this at present, and with the big change in service patterns from 2018 TFL may seek to take over the Welwyn & Hertford-Moorgate service, in which case we may finally see nice and on-time trains and stations that aren’t neglected and grim.
I thought that the new stock on the North London line would have to work on both types of electrical supply as it goes from over head to third rail at one of the Action Stations as you go to Richmond ?
You're right, the new 378/0s do. The rumour I heard certainly implied that the route might end up as London Overground, so maybe that fits.
Why go away when you have this on the river
It has a free photography masterclass at Hungerford Bridge for those on the recent photography thread.
I like the idea of the cycle cinema - you rock up on you bike get plugged and cycle away to provide the power while you watch the film !
Half of London will attend which makes it very crowded
I'm off to Whitstable this weekend. It's always nice and seems to have a balance of relaxion and plenty to do. Plus it's September, so it's oyster time, and you can BYO at Wheelers.
I second Whitstable! Easily done as a day trip on public transport, big thanks to tosscat for the recommendation on this board.
Well Whitstable was lovely. Aided of course by super sunny weather which allowed lovely beach time and swimming on both Saturday and Sunday.
@KRS - the Whitstable native is supposed to be one of the best in the world, and they are certainly very sweet and delicious, although they didn't seem to be abundant - I imagined we would be able to pick them up from the harbour, but they were crossed off in most places. We went to Wheelers for lunch which was really, really good, and then back again for breakfast oysters on Sunday.
Next stop Mersea Island (although it looks to be a shit to get to).
@ Misscara - is it nice to visit? Suitable for winter?
Really the Company Shed is why I want to go, but it sounds like we could spin it out for a day and a half and stay over - I have a really low entertainment threshold when by the seaside.