Category Archives: Trains

The Black Hole of the Chilterns

Since Realtime Trains launched a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been pondering on how to fix what I call the black hole of the Chilterns.

Chiltern Railways has a small network that operates out of London Marylebone. The lines it operates split at Neasden operating up towards High Wycombe and Princes Risborough with the other line heading up towards Harrow, Amersham and Aylesbury – and this is the black hole.

1212 London Marylebone to Aylesbury Vale Parkway - showing the black hole in action

1212 London Marylebone to Aylesbury Vale Parkway - showing the black hole in action

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Tracking the trains, in realtime

Heatmap of UK

Realtime Trains generated heatmap of delays across the UK

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working away on realtimetrains.co.uk which is the evolution on from my original train timetables websites.

Ever since RailMiles was first launched, I’ve been trying to find ways of making it easier to insert journeys. The main problem was, always, trying to find a reliable source of actual train times. I dabbled with the Live Departure Boards Web Service for a while, before it was locked down, but found it rather cumbersome to use.

I’m writing this post to mark the a milestone of the release of Realtime Trains and this posts details the functionality that the site is able to perform. Continue reading