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Community Level 4rickyshah

rickyshah

Thomas the Tank Engine..?

AdvantagesFree Tea & Coffee

DisadvantagesPricey.

"...and I have found that Midland Mainline offer the most consistent, reliable service there and back. In a world where trains seem to be getting worse and worse, Midland Mainline, in my opinion at least, are a breath of fresh air. Or rather, a lungful of diesel fumes. I wanna travel North. Where do I get my ticket? --------------------------------------------------------------------- Tickets for Midland Mainline trains are available direct from ..." Read review
23.12.2004

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Community Level 1seanjkeating

seanjkeating

This is how all train companies should be run

Advantages Smart trains, fast, reliable, comfortable, friendly

DisadvantagesWebsite doesn't work for me

"The Midland Mainline runs out from London through Leicester and branches out to Nottingham and Sheffield with limited morning/evening trains to Leeds. -------------- HISTORY Midland Mainline were probably the forgotten Intercity operator back in the 90s. They operated High Speed Trains at 110mph up a route which ran adjacent to the much faster East Coast Main Line (GNER). The trains were not very fast back then due to frequent stops, and ..." Read review
01.02.2007

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Community Level 2ambidextra

ambidextra

Pretty good really!

AdvantagesUsually on time, friendly, informative staff

DisadvantagesNot the most modern trains

"...best experiences have been with Midland Mainline. About Midland Mainline ************************** Midland Mainline as we currently know it was founded in 1996 and is part of the National Express Group. They currently principally run routes from Sheffield and Nottingham to London St. Pancras but also operate services as far north as Leeds and Scarborough! Midland Mainline operated stations include Sheffield, Chesterfield, Derby, Leicester, ..." Read review
10.10.2006

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No longer in business

AdvantagesFrequent trains, free tea and coffee

DisadvantagesFrequent delays, high ticket prices, uncomfortable Turbostars

"...* I have been travelling on Midland Mainline almost every working day for over five years from my home in Leicestershire to work in London. I have seen it all. When the service works well, and you are aboard one of their High Speed Trains (HSTs) as opposed to their Turbostars, it is a good way of getting about. For the occasional journey to the Midlands, and now to Manchester, I would recommend it. But sadly, a lot of the time it is a complete ..." Read review
22.11.2003

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Community Level 2hawleydv

hawleydv

Let me use my railcard all the time

AdvantagesFast service, complimentary tea and coffee

DisadvantagesCan't use Saver tickets from London until after 7pm on a Friday

"I use Midland Mainline frequently, on average every other weekend, to travel from London St Pancras to Derby. On the whole I find the service they offer to be acceptable, it is certainly not the worst train company I have travelled with and generally the trains are pretty much on time, or only slightly delayed. They offer complimentary tea and coffee to customers which is a nice touch more train companies should consider (however I often find it difficult ..." Read review
22.10.2001

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Community Level 1Granet

Granet

OLD TRAINS ARE BEST

AdvantagesAt-seat complimentary refreshments; clean toilets.

DisadvantagesNo onboard Wi-Fi; no power points for laptop computers

"...to a high standard by Midland Mainline, the eight-coach trainset still displays the livery of the former Train Operating Company which set such high standards of customer service. There is no First Class Lounge at Nottingham, although it forms the hub of a rail network stretching from London in the South to Scarborough in the North, and from Norwich in the East to Liverpool in the West. I wonder if EMT plans to provide a First Class Lounge in future? ..." Read review
24.05.2008

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Community Level 3lil_lisa86

lil_lisa86

All aboard midland mainline!

Advantagesreliable

Disadvantageslack of room, leaning out of windows!

"...westgate, where in fact some midland mainline trains do stop, but as there are very few that run from leeds, or run at the time I get the train, my journey usually starts with a ride on virgin. This is often a very uncomfortable ride, with me standing next to the toilet with another 50 people, feeling very crushed. Thankfully this journey ends at Sheffield, so I only spend 30mins usually on the train (although due to delays etc this can be longer) ..." Read review
04.05.2005

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Community Level 5fromthedar...

fromthedarkside

Travel the Midlands with Mainline

AdvantagesFast, complimentary tea/coffee, efficient, good booking system,

DisadvantagesMore leg space on class 170

"...reasonable price. Yes we travelled by MIDLAND MAINLINE. A rail service which travels from London St.Pancras to Sheffield etc. The midland mainline trains call at stations to: London St.Pancras, Luton, Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering, Market Harborough, Leicester, Loughborough, Long Eaton, Beeston, Derby, Nottingham, Chesterfield, Sheffield, And other stations. So we travelled to Leicester. There are two type of trains available ..." Read review
16.07.2001

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Community Level 2alli999

alli999

The Mysteries of Midland Main Line

Advantageshelpful staff, generally clean reliable service

Disadvantagesexpensive complicated ticket pricing

"...quite well acquainted with the Midland MainLine train services. Despite being an avid who-dunnit fan there are a number of mysteries I have yet to solve about their services. Mystery of the Twin Trains Midland Mainline cover a large part of the country from Leeds (and recently Manchester) Sheffield through Nottingham Derby and Leicester and the smaller intermediate towns to Luton and London (St Pancras). Leicester has a very frequent service ..." Read review
27.05.2003

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Community Level 1MRW6

MRW6

Midland main line

AdvantagesCheap and relaxing

Disadvantagescomfort of the new rolling stock

"Midland mainline is owed by the national rail express group, which was founded after British rail underwent privatisation back in 1996. The mainland mainline organisation is based in Derby and in 2006 midland mainline won the award for Passenger Operator of the Year at the national rail awards. Routes Midland main line takes the route as in its title, the midland main line. This runs from Sheffield to London. Although the highest point on the ..." Read review
22.06.2007

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Community Level 2mkg87

mkg87

Forget the coach.

AdvantagesPunctual (most of the time). Comfortable. New rolling stock.

DisadvantagesThe PA system (words cannot express how much I hate it)

"...into somewhat frequent contact with Midland Mainline. I do, obviously, have the option of using the National Express or the bargain no-frills Megabus service, but since I don't like sharing a coach station with the world's largest indoor collection of pigeons - as you have to do when travelling with National Express - and don't particularly consider a comfortable seat a 'frill' (no thanks Megabus), I have practically no other option than to travel ..." Read review
27.05.2006

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Community Level 2musicmaker...

musicmaker2904

Midlands Only Line......

AdvantagesFree Drinks, Good Trains, Regularish.

DisadvantagesVERY poor punctuality, unfriendly staff sometimes

"...of 10 I get a Midland Mainline train. Although they have improved somewhat recently, (this review is of the IMPROVED service, not the older, poorer service) my experiences with them have not always been good, however, I will try and keep this review as positive as possible. POSITIVE The free tea and coffee is a great idea as it costs the company very little but tends to make customers very happy! THE TRAINS The fleet of trains is now ..." Read review
17.01.2005

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Community Level 3Mattnottm

Mattnottm

Midland Mainline - Top Dog

AdvantagesFree Tea and coffee, cheap 1st Class upgrades

DisadvantagesMucky trains :-(

"...have been a user of Midland Mainline trains for a few years now and have seen them go from strength to strength. Recently, I have been taking advantage of cheap 1st Class tickets and have been thoroughly impressed. Standard Class is nothing special really. It is much the same as other operators who use HST 125 units (Virgin, First Great Western, GNER...) except that the outside is green (and most times, pretty mucky at that). 1st Class is slightly ..." Read review
28.02.2001

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Community Level 3DC-DanielC...

DC-DanielColeflax

Great Service, Great Price (updated)

Advantagespretty much everything

Disadvantagessome train journeys slow(but free tee and coffee make them more bearable)

"Midland mainline or MML is part of the national express group, a firm that run coaches throughout the UK. The Route... The route consists of two main runs:- the first from Sheffield, via Derby to london St Pancras. The second from Nottingham to London St Pancras. The route that I use regularly is the Sheffield to St Pancras route. Generally speaking the routes are not the most extensive in the world but take you from where you are to where you ..." Read review
30.05.2007

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Now I see why most people prefer a Virgin

AdvantagesI didn't actually die

DisadvantagesVery poor service, very poor indeed

"...but after my experience with Midland Main Line, I feel compelled to share, to save other travellers the nightmare I went through recently. I'm a frequent visitor to London, and usually I'll take advantage of Virgin's cheap tickets, which I buy two weeks in advance, but for my last trip I was offered Midland Main Line as an alternative, which turned out to be a summer promotion, costing me only £10 return, which I thought was an excellent deal at ..." Read review
14.08.2003

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