Visiting Every Station - Wickford to Southminster

  • Published on Jan 10, 2019
  • It's time to head out onto the network again and TICK! off some stations, but this time ... you have to get actually get off or on a train at that station for it to count towards the final tally.
    Oh, and yeah, i have NO IDEA what happened to the mic. I have binned it, and replaced it with a new one. Thanks for putting up with the distortion ...

Comments • 100

  • Alex Smith
    Alex Smith 3 months ago

    in the network southeast days didnt they run into liverpool street

  • Matthew Blurton
    Matthew Blurton 3 months ago

    Has anyone got on and off at every station yet?

  • EssexLad 8919
    EssexLad 8919 4 months ago

    Class 379 Electrostar could operate on the Crouch Valley Line if Greater Anglia were to keep the Class 379 and to use them on other services including the Crouch Valley Line.

  • TotallyCheesy
    TotallyCheesy 4 months ago

    I uses to live in south woodham and althorne

  • TotallyCheesy
    TotallyCheesy 4 months ago

    Battlesbridge is a quiet station

  • KG Heath
    KG Heath 5 months ago

    I grew up in South Woodham Ferrers and lived in a village 15 minutes drive from Southminster. Deep dark countryside. Home tough, was nice to see you do this route. There’s some interesting history and novelty to that line. Including ( you probably have covered this) what used to be regular freight trains to supply nuclear fuel to Bradwell Power Station. There also used to be a branch line from South Woodham Ferrers to Maldon

  • Trevor Baker
    Trevor Baker 5 months ago

    The tradesman in me, needs to point out the shelters are made from timber not wood. When the tree has just been cut down you have wood but after it has been cut to size you have timber. Maybe in Britain you do not make that distinction.

  • Ice Reef
    Ice Reef 6 months ago

    You should have gone to Mangapps Railway museum up the road from Burnham!
    Also, Battlesbridge has a lovely antiques centre and pub / cafes just down the road from the station.

  • Jeremy Wilcox
    Jeremy Wilcox 7 months ago

    If you had asked the right Guard of the pair of trains (s)he would have held the train for the few seconds you needed - the short stock has time for that due to the imballance of distances.
    If you had let me know I could have fed and watered you at our Brewery in Southminister and you the would have had time to catch the through train back to Liverpool Street.

  • john brown
    john brown 10 months ago +1

    What a small world, I was just speaking to @heldvomerdbeerfeld, and left a comment on his latest vlog. As you know, he lives in Gloggnitz Austria and went to Neunkirchen HS, the same village where I once lived and worked. You covered my line in this video and at Southminster a friend of mine "John Jolly", owns a Railway Museum namely "Mangapps Railway". Most in the Railway World know John but obviously you don't or you would have mentioned it in this vlog. If you go to Southminster again, be sure to call in for a chat, I'm sure you will find it a very interesting experience. Great vid! Incidently, you missed all of the points of interest, admittedly they are all a fair walk from the stations.

  • Galaxy Coder
    Galaxy Coder 11 months ago

    Its pronounced Awlthorne. At Southminster on the left as you arrive is a crane in a siding where the British Nuclear Fuels Nuclear Flask train used to arrive every Thursday late morning ( midday) and the crane used to transfer the 50 ton Nuclear Flask from the train to the waiting Heavily Articulated Lorry which then headed to Bradwell power station.

  • El Nido
    El Nido Year ago

    Kind of a traditional Britsh rail look coming back again.
    No many lines or stations are using the BR logo next to the name on the platform signs or on the station building itself.
    Like you see there with Burnham on Crouch.
    Don't think Wickford has any platforms signs with both the BR logo and the name next to each other.

  • Martyn Burrows
    Martyn Burrows Year ago

    Loved seeing these places through which I drove buses when I first joined the transport industry.
    I was a driver for Dengie Village Link, 19 years old and in charge of a blue Mercedes Sprinter bus.
    And I linked up with the (then) First Great Eastern trains at South Woodham Ferrers, Fambridge, Burnham and Southminster. Made many friends doing that. Thanks for the vid, Geoff!

  • ProfHavers
    ProfHavers Year ago

    I should of been at the train station in South Woodham Ferrers that day....

  • stapley12
    stapley12 Year ago

    Was that Sooty at 10:59?

  • Chris Green
    Chris Green Year ago

    I think Crossrail should be called “The Geoff Marshall Line”

  • LeafHuntress
    LeafHuntress Year ago

    Instead of the random captions on a black screen, you could've done subtitles...

  • bigjaffa02
    bigjaffa02 Year ago

    "Bouncing back" #AccidentalPartridge

  • anononomous
    anononomous Year ago

    The class 321s look like an HST that has had it's nose totally flattened 🙂

  • Trevor Austin
    Trevor Austin Year ago

    I traveled the line in the 1970's, pre-electrification. We traveled in a Craven's two car DMU. South Woodham Ferrers was about five houses and the rest of the line virtually desolate. Not quite the end of the Earth, but you could see it from there. We did that for no other reason than to see where we sailed (and I liked trains).

  • ILC
    ILC Year ago +3

    R. I. P. Mic. Forever in our hearts.

  • thatzombieplace
    thatzombieplace Year ago +4

    I'm from California, this is amazing. I'm binge watching your videos

  • Andrew Humphrey
    Andrew Humphrey Year ago

    Shame you didn’t get to Southminster. There are sidings there that were used to load spent fuel rods from Bradwell power station for taking away by rail freight.

  • Peter Young
    Peter Young Year ago

    Great video. Things happen. Not much at South Minster but Burnham was nice

  • Dick Holman
    Dick Holman Year ago

    Burnham-on-Crouch? That reminds of Billericay Dickie! ;)

  • Simon Dewhurst
    Simon Dewhurst Year ago

    Great video Geoff - definitely looking forward to checking out this line when I get a free day!

  • James Arthur
    James Arthur Year ago +1

    My friends I did this before Christmas... but on the valley lines.

  • zl7
    zl7 Year ago

    Hi Geoff! This is one of the few routes I have ridden in the UK so I'm delighted to see you revisit it -- I live in Seattle but took the train to Southminster to go to a singing retreat at Othona last summer. I do wonder if the plated-up power sockets are because of my reporting them dead: Love your videos!

  • hindler
    hindler Year ago

    Never edit videos when drunk. First rule of FLash-player.
    Edit: or, indeed filming. "The flain was plooded"?

  • Part Time Spotter

    Don't worry about the distortion Geoff, it' like a normal train announcement LOL

  • William Francis
    William Francis Year ago

    We need to talk about:

  • Tom Carlos
    Tom Carlos Year ago

    Thanks again for a great video.

  • Richard Navin
    Richard Navin Year ago

    if I knew you out my way I would have Brought tea

  • J_Finney
    J_Finney Year ago

    1:06 You Focussed In On My Local Station, Rayleigh and the station I go to every morning for School (Hockley) Geoff!

    • J_Finney
      J_Finney Year ago

      Also a Renatus on Southminster? That's rare!

  • Gabor Szabados
    Gabor Szabados Year ago

    Colour coding information like in these timetables is a very bad idea from the point of view of the colour blind. What about accessability and equal opportunities? Wait... back in your own hands, I see.

  • Nooticus
    Nooticus Year ago

    Next up... visiting all stations on the Heart of Wales line!! :P

  • ChrisInTheNorth
    ChrisInTheNorth Year ago

    Is getting out and back on the same train OK, or do you need to explore the area between 2 (or more) trains. Apologies if you explain this somewhere

  • Ian McClavin
    Ian McClavin Year ago

    I think the plated-over phone/laptop sockets haven't been decommissioned, those units have only recently been refurbished, they never had those before, and haven't been fully connected up yet.

  • RandomNameHere
    RandomNameHere Year ago

    Ooh, automatic half barrier level crossing at Althorne (06:33 ish) with the lesser spotted flashing white light signal.

  • East Van Drone
    East Van Drone Year ago

    I tried the Ormskirk to Preston route in May 2018 but there was a two hour delay then I was told to catch a bus, which took forever and he wouldnt drop me off at Burscough Bridge to catch the Wigan Wallgate train. Nice part of the country on the single track, might be better going from Preston to Ormskirk as the trains out to Liverpool are more frequent

  • John Airey
    John Airey Year ago

    Surprised no one pointed out that Battlesbridge was an excuse for a Star Trek reference. Although I imagine Geoff would find detaching the saucer section too traumatic for his cuppa...

  • Pastor Cmentarny
    Pastor Cmentarny Year ago

    maybe, just maybe they are wireless chargers , so u don't need sockets anymore :)

  • Karl Watson
    Karl Watson Year ago +12

    Blanked out power sockets! Is that for wireless charging? 😊

  • Mark Atkins
    Mark Atkins Year ago

    A halt is defined as a station where two trains cannot pass each other.

  • Sarah Cleveland
    Sarah Cleveland Year ago

    You should do the Monsal https trail in Derbyshire - disused railway line with a recently renovated ticket office-cum-café ://

  • K1W1fly
    K1W1fly Year ago

    Smugglers have a club now?

  • Ash Dean
    Ash Dean Year ago

    Is there a list of when you would be at places as I'd like to see you on your journey!

  • meliskaable
    meliskaable Year ago

    And that's why you bring snacks and a beverage Geoff 😉 always!

  • CBT
    CBT Year ago

    2:59 the reason for that is the new Greater Anglia stock for some reason doesn't actually have the sockets working when the plates wasn't there, I guess they just decided to plate it up instead of fixing it, which is a shame because my first time on the stock from London to Clacton, my phone had died, and I scoured each carriage and socket, but none was working, once tweeting next morning, I found out they don't know how to get them working it seems! haha

  • Brian Esposito
    Brian Esposito Year ago

    Despite the audio, it is really good quality video - new camera / lens??

  • herb's photography

    Love the purple trains!

  • Greg Bruce
    Greg Bruce Year ago

    Hi Geoff
    loved the quick change you were trying to make at North Fambridge, it reminds me of the changes we do when competing in the all stations challenge on the Sydney Trains network here in Australia.

  • Letian Yin
    Letian Yin Year ago

    Interesting! I do wonder, if there's a Westminster, a Southminster and an Eastminster (which is in London), is there a Northminster as well?

    • Norbiton Flyer
      Norbiton Flyer Year ago

      There's also an Upminster, but no Downminster. Where's Eastminster?

  • Kymbo Vids
    Kymbo Vids Year ago

    Such a great video again! Awesome getting such a great understanding of English rail! 👍

  • hatpeach1
    hatpeach1 Year ago

    Your videos would benefit from... drone footage. Keep them coming, regardless.

  • Avinash Bhunjun
    Avinash Bhunjun Year ago

    Geoff is a G

  • Gar Saxon
    Gar Saxon Year ago

    Those class 345s in the beginning.

  • David Whitmore
    David Whitmore Year ago

    Geoff just a heads up.Custom house crosslizzy station were testing the led screens.Today trains to Abby Wood while I was there.Would send a pic but no idea where.

  • LucaZoneX
    LucaZoneX Year ago

    You know those books they do - "X before you die" >> How about stations >> Railway Stations to visit before you die! There is a gap in the market

  • James Ballantyne
    James Ballantyne Year ago

    It's like the secrets of the Wickford to Southminster line. Without the secrets. But still enjoyable..

  • Jack Boardman
    Jack Boardman Year ago

    Brentwood, my hometown! Where tfl decide to shut the trains every Sunday and I have to go to Upminster!

  • Mr Tc
    Mr Tc Year ago

    At least when you come North towards Sheffield, you will be able to ride the new (old by the time you get here) tram trains.

  • Zoren Manray
    Zoren Manray Year ago

    I'd day the random breaks for captioning is more disrupting then the bad mic. :D

  • Qazwsxedc Plmoknijb

    Did anyone else notice that Geoff’s voice sounded weird in this one?

  • Big Other
    Big Other Year ago +2

    Battlesbridge station has possibly the greatest Twitter account for a railway station in the whole UK. A must follow!

  • Chiltern Transport Productions

    Can’t wait for you to come back to the Chilterns, including Bucks, Oxon, Herts and a tiny bit of Northants!

  • Mike Le Suèdois
    Mike Le Suèdois Year ago

    Distortion Is Rock`N`roll man :)

  • Chiltern Transport Productions

    What kind of microphone did you order? Was it a Rode one?

  • bugrats
    bugrats Year ago

    at North Fambridge station you could of gone down to Ferry Boat Inn les than a mile from station , may be a bit too far for only a 40 min wait

  • Marius Bidea
    Marius Bidea Year ago

    The trf train became ELizabeth line in Paddington station!

  • Jamier Scott
    Jamier Scott Year ago +2

    Hi Geoff. I am a huge fan of you work and I learned so much about the London Underground Network and I am hoping to visit London one-day to experience riding the tube. I look forward to seeing more of your videos!

  • Andre Romao
    Andre Romao Year ago

    The dab at 1:00

  • tobortine
    tobortine Year ago +1

    _"Oh golly, oh gosh_
    _Come and lie on the couch_
    _With a nice bit of posh_
    _From Burnham-on-Crouch"_ - Ian Dury

  • Tom Hami
    Tom Hami Year ago

    Essex, longest coastline of any English county because of all the estuaries including the Crouch.

  • pythonmegapixel
    pythonmegapixel Year ago

    I think Geoff has failed us by not counting steps on that footbridge.

  • Soi Buakhao
    Soi Buakhao Year ago +7

    Why do you not know how to pronounce ALL-THORNE! Did you not hear the on board announcements???

  • Theme Park Spencer

    Go to Tunbridge wells

  • William Vangen
    William Vangen Year ago

    Where is your favourite wooden waitingshelter in the UK?

  • M Collier
    M Collier Year ago

    How do you ticket for this? Is there a rover or are you breaking journeys on couple of returns?

  • Daniel Eyre
    Daniel Eyre Year ago

    This trip really didn't go Geoff's way. It's sort of strange having the upbeat background music.

  • Dave Harrison
    Dave Harrison Year ago

    Weird - just ticked them all off myself today, came home and saw this video!!!

  • itogi
    itogi Year ago

    The audio has more bass than usual, but it's not bad

  • Charlie Brown
    Charlie Brown Year ago

    Nice eucalyptus tree at Althorne

  • Spaciouz
    Spaciouz Year ago

    so odd seeing the big man on my home line

  • Kieron Quinn
    Kieron Quinn Year ago

    Good luck doing this on the Ormy to Preston line; it's one train an hour (and a bit) so you'd be there for ages!

  • geoff taylor
    geoff taylor Year ago

    South Woodham Ferrers my local station. Line carries many people during peak hours.

  • Daniel Parrott
    Daniel Parrott Year ago

    The Crouch Valley Line one of my favourite branch lines because one member of my family lives just near BUU station and the village is quiet but nice. At peak times, the 12-coach trains from Liverpool Street get too long for most of the platforms on the branch line and they sometimes make me look out of the window to find out if the rear coaches are empty (which they mostly are on the branch line).
    At least Greater Anglia are getting new 5/10 coach 720s with Kiel seats and you could walk through the train if the rear doors can’t open.

  • Howezy
    Howezy Year ago +1

    Fun Fact, South Woodham Station has more passengers annually than Sunderland Station.
    Also, the trains used to be hourly until about 5 years ago.
    Glad to see my Hometown gets to shine for about 30 seconds.

  • Rorschach
    Rorschach Year ago +1

    A Møøse once bit my sister... No realli!

  • Chris Sullivan
    Chris Sullivan Year ago

    I spotted yellow Oyster card readers in the background, or do Greater Anglia have their own travelcard system?

    • Scott
      Scott Year ago

      Their own system - Greater Anglia Smart Card. It's pretty new so the tap points have only just been installed.

  • Sam Saunders
    Sam Saunders Year ago

    I’m from South Woodham Ferrers. Its very......yeah
    Also, Althorne is pronounced “All-thorn”

  • GodAtum
    GodAtum Year ago +3

    @7:13 that guy looks like he was going to stab you!!!

  • Michael Carver
    Michael Carver Year ago

    Should've made the video 4:3 to match the audio

  • Jonathan Combe
    Jonathan Combe Year ago

    Those wooden shelters are rather nice. When I walked this part of the coast of England I used a number of station on this line. Battlesbridge I remember being especially bleak. I don't think there was even a shelter at all, let alone that nice wooden one, so it was a cold wait there. The town is quite interesting, full of antique shops. It's quite a pretty part of Essex in nice light, with all those peaceful creeks and estuaries. This what the station looked like back in 2007, as I say, bleak!
    Also interesting to see the timetable still displays the Crouch Valley Line logo. I think that dates from the "One Railway" days when they used that colour scheme, and came up with logos in the same colours for many of the rural lines. That was a short lived brand, thankfully "Is it the 12:30 One train, or the 12:31 train". I think you see the problem with such a daft name!

  • Rhiannon Grace
    Rhiannon Grace Year ago

    Battlesbridge is one of my favourite places near me! The village is a haven for antique shopping!

  • Colin Symes
    Colin Symes Year ago

    This brought back great memories.. as a schoolboy in BR days, I was ecstatic to ride once in the cab with the driver from Southminster to Wickford. It was one of my haunts... very different in those days.. DMUs of course.

  • Adrian Platt
    Adrian Platt Year ago

    North Fambridge has a beautiful nature reserve, run by Essex Wildlife Trust. And from Southminster take the D3 bus to the very end of the line to visit the atmospheric St Peter-on-the-Wall, possibly the oldest chapel in the country.

  • stephenrgow
    stephenrgow Year ago +1

    Interesting - what I noticed about the sign at 11:10 wasn't the train station thing, but that the station sign says Burnham-on-Crouch, while the car park sign has Burnham on Crouch. Hyphens optional, apparently.

  • Joseph Pilkington
    Joseph Pilkington Year ago +3

    The Isle of Man is littered with “Halts” on both it’s steam and electric railways. I trust you’ll be going there in Summer 2020?

  • Communist Cabbage
    Communist Cabbage Year ago +5

    I live in Wickford! Thanks for visiting our beautiful county of Essex