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Title: Where were Finn and I today, 13th March 2019?
Post by: bignosemac on March 13, 2019, 05:46:21 pm
A station close by...

(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt68/bignosemac/IMG_20190313_174309_zpspjlftatu.jpg)


Title: Re: Where were Finn and I today, 13th March 2019?
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on March 13, 2019, 06:21:27 pm
That is definitely not near Taunton.  ::)

Is it?  :-[



Title: Re: Where were Finn and I today, 13th March 2019?
Post by: bradshaw on March 13, 2019, 06:31:55 pm
Somewhere on the Weymouth line, possibly near Cattistock?


Title: Re: Where were Finn and I today, 13th March 2019?
Post by: bignosemac on March 13, 2019, 06:38:57 pm
That is definitely not near Taunton.  ::)

Is it?  :-[

Sorry, no.

Somewhere on the Weymouth line, possibly near Cattistock?

Again, no. Sorry.


Title: Re: Where were Finn and I today, 13th March 2019?
Post by: stuving on March 13, 2019, 06:59:11 pm
Somewhere on the Weymouth line, possibly near Cattistock?

or a bit further up, on the Weymouth Single near where it crosses the LSWR main line, so the nearby station is Yeovil Junction?


Title: Re: Where were Finn and I today, 13th March 2019?
Post by: bobm on March 13, 2019, 07:52:59 pm
I can tell you where he is now.  Stuck on the M5 behind a lorry carrying burning hay.  >:(


Title: Re: Where were Finn and I today, 13th March 2019?
Post by: grahame on March 13, 2019, 08:10:17 pm
I can tell you where he is now.  Stuck on the M5 behind a lorry carrying burning hay.  >:(

Is carrying burning hay a wise thing to do? 

I suspect the picture is somewhere on The Beach line - perhaps near Sea Mills or Porkway Partway?


Title: Re: Where were Finn and I today, 13th March 2019?
Post by: bradshaw on March 13, 2019, 08:14:37 pm
On the M5 coming south does suggest the Severn Beach branch


Title: Re: Where were Finn and I today, 13th March 2019?
Post by: Western Pathfinder on March 13, 2019, 09:45:10 pm
Heading towards Sea Mills from Shirehampton.


Title: Re: Where were Finn and I today, 13th March 2019?
Post by: bignosemac on March 13, 2019, 10:35:02 pm
Yes. Over three sodding hours ago I was on the common land next to Shirehampton Station. It has taken three and a half hours to get from Shirehampton to Sedgemoor Services. Had to stop. Both my and Finn's bladder were bursting. Plus we need eats. Of course, the Spar here at the services had just closed so no dog food. Breaded chicken bites from WHSmith for Finn. Maccy D's for me.

Oh, and the lorry was still on fire as I passed it around 2215. Incident first report at 1805!

Wish I'd done trains all the way to Swindon and Bristol today. But was a nice bit of nostalgia travelling by train around my old stamping ground. A first trip down the requadrified Filton Bank, and the less wanted nostalgia of a rammed 2 car Class 150 on the 1803 from Bristol TM to Shirehampton.


Title: Re: Where were Finn and I today, 13th March 2019?
Post by: bignosemac on March 13, 2019, 11:02:55 pm
And just to rub it in further, my Maccy D's took 32 minutes to receive after monumental cock ups by the staff. Yes they were busy following the traffic delays but no one else waited anywhere near as long as me. My order just disappeared off the screen and then came back from the car park after being given to the wrong person by calling the wrong number. My food had to be recooked as the person who returned it had had it for over 15 mins and it was stone cold.


Title: Re: Where were Finn and I today, 13th March 2019?
Post by: bignosemac on March 14, 2019, 02:09:43 am
Arrived home just after midnight. By my reckoning, total journey time of 5h10m to get from the Avonmouth junction of M5 to Chard, which includes the 50 minute stop at Sedgemoor Services. Usually that journey would take between 65-80 minutes.

Now I need to find details of the haulier/farmer whose hay lorry caught fire, so I can send them my Delay Repay claim. ;D

News and video of the fire:
https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/m5-traffic-picture-shows-huge-2643275



Title: Re: Where were Finn and I today, 13th March 2019?
Post by: bradshaw on March 14, 2019, 08:41:50 am
I avoid motorways whenever possible, far too busy for my liking. The A roads might take longer but there are variations you can make more easily if roadworks and the like happen.
Also find this site very useful
https://www.roadworks.org


Title: Re: Where were Finn and I today, 13th March 2019?
Post by: eightonedee on March 14, 2019, 09:43:20 pm
I think St Christopher had the day off yesterday, not just his roads division either.

I attended a meeting in Peterborough, (drove - car share - no problems), but another attendee travelling by train from Sheffield gave up his journey after 4 hours, only reaching Nottingham, where he gave up when the next two onward trains were cancelled. 


Title: Re: Where were Finn and I today, 13th March 2019?
Post by: grahame on March 14, 2019, 10:04:07 pm
I think St Christopher had the day off yesterday, not just his roads division either.

He did ... (take the day off). Very rare trip to a place on the outskirts of Bath, had to drive for once.  Took half an hour to park ...


Title: Re: Where were Finn and I today, 13th March 2019?
Post by: LiskeardRich on March 15, 2019, 06:28:52 am


Now I need to find details of the haulier/farmer whose hay lorry caught fire, so I can send them my Delay Repay claim. ;D



Found them for you. Owner claims a fag chucked from a passing vehicle.

https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/huge-lorry-fire-closed-m5-2646053


Title: Re: Where were Finn and I today, 13th March 2019?
Post by: bignosemac on March 15, 2019, 11:05:28 am
In which case, and if found to be the cause, then I'll join the haulier and condemn the person who threw a cigarette end out of their vehicle. Idiot.



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