Ken Jones and Roger Burdett have travelled on their first railway day out for 2023, having waited for better weather and a gap in strikes before planning their trip.
The main idea this time was to travel on all the C2C network in Essex, but as this is quite a small franchise, they looked at a number of addons before and after they had covered the C2C.
More about C2C here including when it was Prism Rail operated by National Express.
From St. Pancras they went to Farringdon for the Elizabeth line Westbound, before catching an Eastbound train to Romford.
At Romford they caught the unique self-contained London Overground line to Upminster known as the Emerson Park Branch, and then from Upminster they covered all the C2C lines finishing at the dedicated London Terminus of Fenchurch Street.
Afterwards they traversed the following - Tower Hill to Whitechapel – tube – District Line
London Overground Whitechapel to Canada Water return - under River Thames each way on former tube line
Whitechapel to Moorgate – tube – H&C line
Moorgate to Finsbury Park – GNR class 717 unit – the last time Ken was at Finsbury Park Deltics were roaring past
Finsbury Park to St Pancras – Thameslink class 700 unit
They could have travelled more before catching their train back to the Midlands, but it was dark and wet and most of the country had had or were having snow.