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Line or Services?[edit]

There seems to be dispute (at least there was in the past) over whether Thameslink is a line or a service. Maybe this should be discussed and sorted. Simply south (talk) 21:56, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

It's a service I think, running over the Brighton Main Line in the south and the Midland Main Line in the north. (talk) 13:47, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

It is a group of services (or routes) but it is also a line, in the sense that the stretch through central London can be called the Thameslink line (including the "Thameslink tunnel") particularly since no other services use it between St Pancras and Blackfriars, and it is this small part of the route that distinctively defines the whole set of services. Woblosch (talk) 15:57, 24 February 2009 (UTC)

This hinges on the difference between a route and a line. Thameslink is a route and it is also the brand name of FCCs service, but there is no such thing as the "Thameslink line". Lines are specifically defined in the Network Rail Sectional Appendix. In the north Thameslink trains work over the Midland Main Line, in the centre there are Snow Hill lines, Holborn lines, London Bridge lines et al, and of course in the south there is the thumping great Brighton Main Line. But there never has been a "Thameslink Line", since Thameslink appeared long after all the lines were laid. Ivor the driver (talk) 17:53, 2 December 2009 (UTC)

Search for buried treasure[edit]

The article seems very much in the style of an essay rather than of an encyclopedic article, Does it say when the Thameslink service started running on the former LDCR City Branch? It mentions "the full Thameslink network in 1988" but has the network not changed since then?.--SilasW (talk) 14:07, 7 August 2009 (UTC)

Part of the problem is what precisely constitutes "Thameslink". Most people focus on the core route across the City (and indeed most journeys start & end there; very few passengers make through journeys between north and south London or beyond), then on the Brighton-Bedford services and the south London suburban branch gets much overlooked. I think 1988 is referring to the north-south link through the tunnel which is when the brand name "Thameslink" started to be used. Before that it was separate Bedford to St Pancras ("Bedpan") and services to Holborn Viaduct (not sure if there was a through Brighton service though). Timrollpickering (talk) 14:20, 7 August 2009 (UTC)

Contract controversy[edit]

Is someone going to briefly mention the 2011 rolling stock contract controversy? (it's covered in more detail at Derby Carriage and Wagon Works). Imgaril (talk) 13:18, 11 July 2011 (UTC)


Will the Horsham service go ahead? There has been talk of a new railway station between Horsham and Crawley, is this part of the Thameslink programme? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:37, 14 May 2012 (UTC)

Please sign off your messages using the four tildes. XSklzxDark (talk) 10:51, 13 March 2018 (UTC)

"24 hour", or really 24 trains per hour?[edit]

The article states that Thameslink is a "24 hour" route. I am not sure this is true, & it could be conflated with "24 trains per hour".Dr. British12 (talk) 19:20, 8 October 2018 (UTC)

Thameslink run a service from Bedford to Three Bridges overnight to allow people to reach Gatwick and Luton Airports Thameslinkrail (talk) 06:28, 17 August 2019 (UTC)