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    up train

    I might have misheard it but I think it was "We are going to take the up-train straight home." The train that is going uptown?

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    Re: up train

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I might have misheard it but I think it was "We are going to take the up-train straight home." The train that is going uptown?
    Am I right?

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    Re: up train

    In my youth, the up train was heading into London, the down train from there. I don't know if these terms are still used in this way today.

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    Re: up train

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    In my youth, the up train was heading into London, the down train from there. I don't know if these terms are still used in this way today.
    The one that goes "down town" to the center?

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    Re: up train

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    The one that goes "down town" to the center?
    Read my words Ostap! That's not what I wrote.

    In AmE downtown does mean the centre of town, I think, but we'll have to wait for a native speaker of AmE to tell us if a down train is headed downtown.

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    #6

    Re: up train

    I've never heard of an up train or down train before.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: up train

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Read my words Ostap! That's not what I wrote.

    In AmE downtown does mean the centre of town, I think, but we'll have to wait for a native speaker of AmE to tell us if a down train is headed downtown.
    Sorry for being inattentive. I've been working on my computer all day.

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    Re: up train

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I've never heard of an up train or down train before.
    It was pretty dated in the time I am talking about (the 1960s). Up until that time "I am going up to town" would invariably mean 'to London'.

    I suspect these expressions went out with bowler hats and rolled umbrellas.

    By the way, my offspring mock me if they hear me say, "I went up in 64". Going up and coming down with the meaning of going to university are probably dead and buried now, but they were not uncommon into the 1970s, particularly if the university was Oxford or Cambridge, or my would-be Oxbridge alma mater, Durham.

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