The couple visiting every railway station in Britain - 2,563 stations - in 14 weeks

Discussion in 'transport' started by editor, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    I'm actually a bit jealous.. Yes, I'm sad enough to want to do this!


    Here's their website: Home < All The Stations
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  2. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    I've seen that bloke before , I think he does videos about the Tube .
  3. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    I wonder how they decided which order they would visit the stations.
    I dare say a maths genius could calculate an ideal route using computers.
    Anyhow I can understand them wanting to do this. Hope they enjoy it.

    Some years ago I did something called the national rally, a motorbike based jaunt over 24 hours during which you had to visit a maximum number of checkpoints (getting points for each you visited) before ending up at a central finishing point. I couldn't find a way to computerise finding a maximum points route so I worked it out manually. I managed to get maximum points three years in a row. Getting the route planned was part of the event.
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  4. neonwilderness

    neonwilderness What would Badgers do?

    He held the record for the fastest time round all the stations I think
  5. A380

    A380 How do I change this 'custom title' thing then?

    I would so like to do this.

    Does it include the underground networks.

    A smaller challenge, but one I fancy, would be to visit all the underground stations on all British Networks ( so the underground parts of the tube, Merseyside, Glasgow and the underground parts of the tram and light rail systems ( E.g. Newcastle). How sad am I?
  6. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

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  7. Yossarian

    Yossarian free shrugs

    "Sadly, it later emerged that Vicki and Geoff had become radicalized online..."
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  8. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Already subscribed and watched all of them so far :)
    (They're not doing the underground, Newcastle Metro, trams, or heritage railways. Strictly NR only)

    Note that not every station is covered in their youtube videos. They didn't raise enough money to produce a video every day, so some stations are only reported on their website/fb etc.
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  9. kebabking

    kebabking Unfettered ambition

    I heard them on the radio - they looked the stations that were visited least regularly, put time/date pins in them and mopped up the rest from there.

    To my disgust I've still not used Sugar Loaf halt on the Heart of Wales line...
  10. Years ago when I first started in travel some monk of all people asked me to sort out the fastest way to visit Africa, Asia, Australia, South and North America and get back to Europe. Too me ages, but he bought the ticket and set off.

    Seems the fucker earned a world record out of it. Any credit to the twonk who put the itinerary together? Nope. God Wanker.
  11. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    So want to visit that halt!


    Sugar Loaf railway station - Wikipedia
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  12. A380

    A380 How do I change this 'custom title' thing then?

    I hope he didn't make a habit of it.
  13. Idaho

    Idaho blah blah blah

    It's actually a mathematically intractable problem, even with high power computers!

    Travelling salesman problem - Wikipedia
  14. kebabking

    kebabking Unfettered ambition

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  15. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    It's hard not to develop a bit of a geek-crush on a woman who loves railways so much!
  16. Dogsauce

    Dogsauce Lord of the Dance Settee

    More fun would be to do them all in alphabetical order, getting a ticket from the first one to travel to the next and so on, it'd probably take a lifetime to do it!
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  17. A380

    A380 How do I change this 'custom title' thing then?

    Not for a record, but I also think a round the world flight not going landslide would be cool. For the Guinness rules on RTW trips you need to cross the equator at least once ( I guess to stop people at Amundsen Scott South Pole Station hoovering up all the records...)

    So, assuming starting in London, which leg would be the quickest to extend south. The obvious easy route with few legs would be something like London HK Sydney LA London. But could you shorten this with any direct flights from say Nairobi to China or even the West Coast of the US?
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  18. newbie

    newbie undisambiguated

    There are big prizes involved

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  19. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I've looked at life from both sides now

    Thank you for sharing this. Love it. Suspect some work time is going to be sacrificed to this today
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  20. This would kind of work:

    Except when you transit the US you have to enter and then leave the country, so you can't stay airside...
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  21. Yossarian

    Yossarian free shrugs

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  22. A380

    A380 How do I change this 'custom title' thing then?

    This is cool. Perhaps I could tweak my arbitrary rules to staying inside the terminal buildings.
  23. A380

    A380 How do I change this 'custom title' thing then?

    If you ever have time at work do you ever work out really weird routes?
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  24. Yes, that's pretty much how I learned to use the booking systems, was sat down at a terminal with the very basics and taught myself advanced shit by coming up with 'dream' trips. Pre-internet days though, so not much else to do all day in the office tbf.
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  25. Really can't remember, I was about 19, so 1991?
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  26. Here you go A380 , airside all the way:

  27. Yossarian

    Yossarian free shrugs

    Hope you get credit when "Michael Palin's Round-the World Departure Lounge Dash" comes out.
  28. A380

    A380 How do I change this 'custom title' thing then?

    Did I mention I was a Benadictine monk?
  29. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    I have to say the idea of this appals me a bit, but I'm happy to see it's giving so much enjoyment to all. Will try to hide this thread from my gf, who is a major logistics geek :facepalm:.
    I actually know Vicki Pipe, funny enough. She works (predictably enough I suppose) at London Transport Museum who are regular clients of mine.
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