Chairman Pip's Railway Thoughts

On the road to…Ipswich

Posted in Great Britain, On the road..., Other general stuff about railways by Chairman Pip on 1 February 2012

Never let it be said that, once I’ve put my mind to something, I don’t see it through. So far this season I have been able to get to all the away games that I promised myself I would get to. Even the ones that were moved from a Saturday to a weeknight (after the tickets had gone on sale). However, up to now I’ve not done an actual, scheduled midweek away game outside the environs of Greater London so far this year, with all the perils of missing trains and getting stuck. Until my journey to deepest darkest Suffolk and Ipswich Town

Date: 31 January 2012
Stadium: Portman Road
Capacity: 30,311
Attendence: 22,185
Away Section: Cobbold Stand
Score: Ipswich Town 5-1 West Ham United
Nearest station: Ipswich
Local rozzers: Suffolk Constabulary
Total Travel Cost: £40.50p (2 x Advance Singles)

Rail journeys:
16:28 – New Cross to London Cannon Street (Southeastern Class 376 Electrostar)
Central LineBank to Liverpool Street (1992 Stock)
17:30 – London Liverpool Street to Ipswich (National Express East Anglia Class 90 + Mark 3)
21:43 – Ipswich to London Liverpool Street (National Express East Anglia Class 90 + Mark 3)
Hammersmith & City Line – Liverpool Street to Whitechapel (C69/77 Stock)
23:38 – Whitechapel to New Cross Gate (London Overground Class 378 Capitalstar)

Station to Stadium: It’s been a while since I’ve been to Portman Road, and I’d forgotten just how close the stadium is to the railway station. Indeed, for a midweek game on a winter evening, you can’t miss it when you walk out of the station, as the floodlights lit up are pretty much the first thing your eyes are drawn to. All you have to do is cross the forecourt of the station, and then the Princes Street Bridge, before walking down Princes Street until you come to Portman Road itself, which is where the Cobbold Stand (the away section) is located. Even if you’ve only got short fat hairy legs, it won’t take much more than five minutes.

Anything else?: While several operators continue to use locomotive hauled passenger trains, the express services between London Liverpool Street and Norwich, which call at Ipswich, are the only regular, non-branded, locomotive hauled passenger services left in the country.

Ipswich railway station

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