Dom’s 32 Hours On Trains In the UK Challenge

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I am a big fan of the challenges on the “Top Gear” and “The Grand Tour”, and I like to watch YouTube channels like @pauls_trips, @DennisBunnik and I even supported a legendary Geoff on Patreon in his epic adventure to do @allthestations in the UK.

I always wanted to do these kinds of things, but I had “excuses” to not to do.

While I was watching Geoff on his trip on the longest train. I thought that I really should do some adventure with a challenge. After brainstorming and I realised, I always want to take the longest train in the UK and I always want to take both night trains that are still operating in the UK, and then I got an idea .. how about combining these three things together?

As it turns out it is almost possible … to do that I need

  1. Caledonian Sleeper from London Euston to Aberdeen
  2. Longest run a train from Aberdeen to Penzance*
  3. Night Riveria train from Penzance*  to London Paddington

Unfortunately, due to engineering works the longest train is not running until 8 October but so I decided to book tickets, and I will start on 11 October, Thursday and I will finish my adventure on Saturday morning. I will spend 32.5 hours on the train between London Euston and London Paddington.  For comparison. I walked from London Euston to Paddington for approximately 40 minutes. Tube took me 15 minutes from Euston and 10 minutes from Euston Square. According to TfL bus need around 28 minutes for this distance during peak time.

 

My trip itinerary will look like that:

station arr dep train
London Euston 21:55 Caledonian Sleeper
Watford Junction 21:32 21:34 Caledonian Sleeper
Crewe 23:46 23:50 Caledonian Sleeper
Preston 00:55 01:00 Caledonian Sleeper
Edinburgh 03:54 04:43 Caledonian Sleeper
Inverkeithing 04:58 05:01 Caledonian Sleeper
Kirkcaldy 05:18 05:20 Caledonian Sleeper
Leuchars 05:46 05:48 Caledonian Sleeper
Dundee 06:05 06:07 Caledonian Sleeper
Carnoustie 06:21 06:23 Caledonian Sleeper
Arbroath 06:29 06:31 Caledonian Sleeper
Montrose 06:47 06:48 Caledonian Sleeper
Stonehaven 07:12 07:15 Caledonian Sleeper
Aberdeen 07:37 > >> Caledonian Sleeper
Aberdeen >> > 08:20 CrossCountry
Dundee 08:36 08:38 CrossCountry
Leuchars 08:57 08:59 CrossCountry
Cupar 09:53 09:55 CrossCountry
Ladybank 10:00 10:02 CrossCountry
Markinch 10:08 10:09 CrossCountry
Kirkcaldy 10:16 10:18 CrossCountry
Inverkeithing 10:31 10:33 CrossCountry
Haymarket 10:48 10:51 CrossCountry
Edinburgh (Waverley)
10:55 11:06 CrossCountry
Dunbar 11:26 11:28 CrossCountry
Berwick-Upon-Tweed
11:50 11:51 CrossCountry
Alnmouth 12:10 12:12 CrossCountry
Newcastle 12:37 12:41 CrossCountry
Durham 12:52 12:54 CrossCountry
Darlington 13:10 13:12 CrossCountry
York 13:42 13:44 CrossCountry
Leeds 14:07 14:11 CrossCountry
Wakefield Westgate
14:21 14:23 CrossCountry
Sheffield 14:53 14:55 CrossCountry
Chesterfield 15:05 15:07 CrossCountry
Derby 15:24 15:28 CrossCountry
Burton-On-Trent
15:37 15:38 CrossCountry
Birmingham New Street
16:03 16:12 CrossCountry
Cheltenham Spa
16:51 16:53 CrossCountry
Bristol Parkway 17:24 17:26 CrossCountry
Bristol Temple Meads
17:39 17:44 CrossCountry
Taunton 18:15 18:16 CrossCountry
Tiverton Parkway
18:27 18:28 CrossCountry
Exeter St David’s
18:40 18:46 CrossCountry
Newton Abbot 19:04 19:06 CrossCountry
Totnes 19:16 19:18 CrossCountry
Plymouth 19:43 19:49 CrossCountry
Liskeard 20:10 20:12 CrossCountry
Bodmin Parkway
20:23 20:24 CrossCountry
Par 20:33 20:34 CrossCountry
St Austell 20:39 20:41 CrossCountry
Truro 21:00 21:02 CrossCountry
Redruth 21:16 21:18 CrossCountry
Camborne 21.23 21:25 CrossCountry
St Erth* 21.33 21:35 CrossCountry
Penzance* 21:43 > >> CrossCountry
Penzance* >> > 21:45 Night Riviera Sleeper
St Erth* 21.53 21.55 Night Riviera Sleeper
Camborne 22:05 22:09 Night Riviera Sleeper
Redruth 22.13 22:16 Night Riviera Sleeper
Truro 22.26 22.29 Night Riviera Sleeper
St Austell 22.45 22.47 Night Riviera Sleeper
Par 22.53 22.56 Night Riviera Sleeper
Bodmin Parkway 23.06 23.08 Night Riviera Sleeper
Liskeard 23:21 23:24 Night Riviera Sleeper
Plymouth 23:49 23:54 Night Riviera Sleeper
Totnes 00:20 00:22 Night Riviera Sleeper
Newton Abbot 00:33 00:36 Night Riviera Sleeper
Exeter St Davids 00:56 01:12 Night Riviera Sleeper
Taunton 01:40 01:50 Night Riviera Sleeper
Reading 03:57 04:26 Night Riviera Sleeper
Paddington 05:23 Night Riviera Sleeper
Sources:
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/C78554/2018/10/11/advanced
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/C78528/2018/10/12/advanced
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/C77440/2018/10/12/advanced
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/C40038/2018/10/12/advanced

 

As you can see, I want to travel to Penzance, but my current plan is to change at St Erth instead. This is due that I will have around 1 minute to change time at Penzance and this will be near impossible.

I am really excited to do it, and I believe this trip should fulfil my urge to train travel for a long time. After the tour, I am planning to write a report about the trip.

So… Can I complete my trip? Can I survive the journey? Can I get to all places on time despite the plague of signal failures, crew shortages happing all the time on British railway? Let’s find out on 11-13 October 🙂

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