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#1 OFFLINE   SierraMikeHotel

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 09:38 AM

It's no surprise where I'm going, but everyone enjoys a collection caper so here goes.

Mrs H offered to cook us breakfast, which I don't think has ever happened before.

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 09:47 AM

Potato farls?


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Posted 05 January 2019 - 09:50 AM

Where’s the bacon?
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Posted 05 January 2019 - 09:54 AM

Eggs look decent but too beany, also seems to be meat free so I'm afraid the score is capped at 5/10.

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 10:12 AM

Good start! Hope you have a good day mate
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Posted 05 January 2019 - 10:14 AM

That does seem to be lacking some form of bacon - agree with my learned friends 5/10.
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Posted 05 January 2019 - 10:19 AM

Yes, the lack of bacon is a disappointment (especially as I've boasted elsewhere about making my own).

Beans could have done with about 20 more seconds in the microwave.

I do love a potato farl though!

First train claims to be running on time, possibly a first for Southern.

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 10:19 AM

Love the comments on quality and attention to detail of the breakfast...
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Posted 05 January 2019 - 10:25 AM

My ride is the usual tatty class 377. This one has a tray but no luggage rack.

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It actually arrived early but the brakes were making a horrifying noise when it pulled in!
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Posted 05 January 2019 - 10:41 AM

My ride is the usual tatty class 377. This one has a tray but no luggage rack.

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It actually arrived early but the brakes were making a horrifying noise when it pulled in!

 

Driver probably on his way to Halfords........"yer need discs and pads all round, and you're tyres are knackered..."


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Posted 05 January 2019 - 10:48 AM

Ooof, that breakfast pic has made me hungry!

 

Good luck with the collection!



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Posted 05 January 2019 - 10:56 AM

Leg two is on two coaches of diesel-powered Class 171 goodness.

The car I'm collecting is older than either of the trains I've been on so far - this trip in period would have been on slam-door 4CIGs and Thumpers.
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Posted 05 January 2019 - 11:08 AM

A few collections happening and I am sat in my pyjamas just took my tablets. Not long got up. No wonder I am in the uni bond league with the premier league only a dream.
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Posted 05 January 2019 - 11:18 AM

I really like this section of the route, running along by the sea. My neighbour is a driver on this route, I have the envy sometimes.

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 11:26 AM

Trains by the seashore are a great way to recharge your soul. Especially when you're hurtling toward a new (old) car.

 

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 12:19 PM

Cor, these Kentish trains are a bit flash! It's called a Javelin and it looks great (wasn't ready with the camera when it pulled in). Not like the chod we get on Southern.
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Posted 05 January 2019 - 12:22 PM

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 12:23 PM

Cor, these Kentish trains are a bit flash! It's called a Javelin and it looks great (wasn't ready with the camera when it pulled in). Not like the chod we get on Southern.

 

Hmmm. 395 Javelins are nice. Southeastern's 375s are 377s in all but livery. They are equally shit.


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Posted 05 January 2019 - 12:32 PM

Folkestone ACHIEVED.
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Posted 05 January 2019 - 12:33 PM

Nip over and grab a boot full of plonk whilst you’re there. Rude not to.
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Posted 05 January 2019 - 01:12 PM

They do accelerate well those Javelins.  Bit clinical and characterless for my tastes though.


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Posted 05 January 2019 - 03:11 PM

After a little delay while we bought a battery, I am now the temporary custodian of a Citroën Xantia! I was keen to get underway but I've stopped for a cheeky McDonald's on the way home, I'll put up a longer post with my impressions of the car when I get home and I've got a proper keyboard.

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Lovely old thing though, it drives really nicely and deserves to have its issues fixed. It'll be really nice when it's sorted!
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Posted 05 January 2019 - 04:17 PM

Brilliant Stuart! Looking forward to your update. Thanks again!
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Posted 05 January 2019 - 04:23 PM

Where’s the bacon?


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Posted 05 January 2019 - 04:52 PM

So, this is the roffle Xantia that Aldo135 won, and this was the first leg of its repatriation.  I believe it's a little further south than it was this morning, so we're doing well!

 

I wondered if this would all be called off at one point when I got a message from Robinmasters saying it wouldn't start.  When I arrived he'd attempted jumping it from another car but with no joy.  We hit on the idea of putting the known-good battery from the other car into it and sure enough this did the trick.  With the problem diagnosed, we nipped off to ECP and Robinmasters bought it a new one.  It's just occurred to me that he thought I was the winning bidder at that point - I would have said "thank you" if I'd realised but I do think it was a generous thing to do!  It also meant I got to have a go (as a passenger) in a 406 Coupé, a car that I've always liked the look of and it didn't disappoint.

 

More detail on the battery fixerating.

 

With the car running I was keen to get underway (all right, I was excited about trying out the Xant) so I headed for home.  I took the A259 and A27 back to Lewes, which is a pretty good test of any car - there are twisty bits, town bits and a couple of stretches of fast bits.  Good fun, and the traffic was fine today.

 

If you can ignore the faults that the Xantia has (the lack of driver's door card and handbrake) it feels like a pretty decent car.  There are no funny noises or odd habits, it just drives like I think it probably should.  I'm familiar with hydraulic Citroëns (and I love them) and this did feel very much like a BX.  There's that wonderful floaty ride quality, the really characteristic way that they bob along, and of course brilliant brakes.  Not to mention the grin-inducing levels of body roll in tight corners!  It'll be worth sorting out the niggles as it drives so nicely: it will be great when sorted.

 

If Robinmasters is worried about my standard of driving (it took a while to find the biting point) I'd like to point out that I hadn't driven a manual since about this time last year!

 

I have thoroughly enjoyed myself today but if pressed I think I'd have to say I prefer the BX.  The dash in the Xantia is less well-thought-out, not as attractive and with buttons and controls strewn about apparently at random.  I struggled a little to get comfortable, too, finding the seats a little small.  Just my opinion: I always take a while to get settled in "new" cars.

 

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Good to meet Robinmasters and swap stories of knackered old Citroëns.

 

I'll leave this thread here for the next person in the relay to use (it might be helpful for organising the relay, too).


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Posted 06 January 2019 - 11:45 AM

It may be technically further away from Edinburgh but it's closer to Gatwick! That's my plan now unless anyone reading would like a shot to bring it further north?
Sounds like a good day out SierraMike Hotel, you've had a shot of the Xantia, Robinmasters has it out of his sight (to make way for new shite?) and I've got a couple of weeks breathing space to make a plan!

Robinmasters I agree it was good of you to put a new battery on it, pretty sure that doesn't happen with gumtree/eBay sales :)
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Posted 06 January 2019 - 11:58 AM

It may be technically further away from Edinburgh but it's closer to Gatwick!

 

Good call, I'd be more than happy to meet you at Gatwick which would save you a couple of hours.  DaveHedgehog has previously used this service!


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Posted 06 January 2019 - 12:03 PM

It may be technically further away from Edinburgh but it's closer to Gatwick! That's my plan now unless anyone reading would like a shot to bring it further north?
Sounds like a good day out SierraMike Hotel, you've had a shot of the Xantia, Robinmasters has it out of his sight (to make way for new shite?) and I've got a couple of weeks breathing space to make a plan!

Robinmasters I agree it was good of you to put a new battery on it, pretty sure that doesn't happen with gumtree/eBay sales :)

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 12:12 PM

Where is it now?

 

Lewes, just near Brighton.



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Posted 06 January 2019 - 12:19 PM

I'm working in London for a couple of days later in the month so could potentially get it upto Stafford, then might be able to get to Manchester a few days later?

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