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1  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Night Riviera Sleeper refurb on: Yesterday at 10:00:06 pm
Itís wonderful to see the investment in the Sleeper service and associated station facilities (if not the actual motive power).

However, the reclining First Class seats and 2 +1 layout in the seated coaches will be sorely missed and are a retrograde step. It always felt a bit special coming back late from London in these coaches, now it just feels like a commuter train after dark.

I have been told that the seated coaches are designed for the Cornish leg of the Down sleeper - i.e: early commuters travelling relatively short distances.
2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: My final ride on a full length HST? on: Yesterday at 07:05:24 pm
Just bought my ticket and reserved my seat.

Secondmanís seat, leading power car.  Grin

You mean, like this  Grin Wink

and the view at the time..........

Thankfully, the arm and leg that were given to charity have since grown back  Cheesy
3  All across the Great Western territory / Smoke and Mirrors / Re: "I would recommend passengers to sit as far as possible from the engine ..." on: April 14, 2019, 10:38:16 am
The Public Health England Review of interventions to improve outdoor air quality and public health, appears to extol bi-modes over straight diesels......

So, they are saying that a journey from Newbury to Penzance (for example) in a bi-mode is better for you than in an ordinary diesel?
4  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: Heritage railway bus replacement on: April 10, 2019, 08:52:06 pm
The Swanage Railway are running a rail replacement bus service from Wareham to Norden for their diesel gala!

When I first read this, I read it as though the Swanage Railway were running a "Rail Replacement Bus Gala" (i.we. a celebration of the Rail Replacement Bus   Grin
5  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Night Riviera Sleeper refurb on: April 10, 2019, 06:12:16 pm
Cheaper to take the lovely sleeper berths than stay in London. But sitting up overnight? No thanks.

I'd agree with that if travelling beyond Exeter - but when journey time is a little over three hours and you arrive at your destination still in the wee small hours, snoozing in a seat is preferable. Unfortunately, snoozing is not an option on the seats provided.

I believe that the seating accommodation is primarily for pax travelling from Plymouth into Cornwall or just within Cornwall.
6  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis receives locomotive honour - BBC News on: April 09, 2019, 12:40:03 pm
I bet Hitachi are really looking forward to a muddy Glastonbury :-)

May just be wibble, but I heard that GWR were retaining 'one or two full HST sets for events such as Glastonbury'
7  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Night Riviera Sleeper refurb on: April 07, 2019, 09:41:08 pm
Having treated my ladies to a show at the Royal Albert Hall recently, I had occasion to try out the refurbished seating in Coach A of the sleeper [travelling only as far as Exeter].

Both my wife and my daughter delivered a very definite 'thumbs down' to the very hard seats. Both said that, previously, they had easily been able to doze comfortably in their seat - but could not get comfortable enough in the new style seat. I have been told, in no uncertain terms that it'll be a Travelodge in future, returning home the following morning. 
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: December 2019 timetable recast on: April 05, 2019, 04:12:22 pm
A more standardised timetable, with fewer stops and faster journeys.  London to Plymouth will become hourly calling only Reading, Taunton, Tiverton Parkway, Exeter St. Davids, Newton Abbot, Totnes and Plymouth, with services continuing to Penzance at least every other hour. 

To serve the intermediate stations there will be a 2-hourly service off-peak, with an extra one in the peak, from Paddington to Exeter (with the odd extension to Paignton/Plymouth), calling Newbury, Pewsey, Westbury, Castle Cary and Taunton.

Do you anticipate/has it been confirmed (delete as appropriate) whether Tiverton Parkway will be served by the 'fasts' or the semi-fasts?
9  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Cut-down HSTs on Cardiff - Taunton? on: April 05, 2019, 10:59:17 am
Thereís a nine car IET out in place of a 2+4 today.

2C43 0624 Bristol Parkway to Penzance

followed by (assuming it covers the whole diagram)
2A86 1141 Penzance to Newton Abbot;
2P90 1450 Newton Abbot to Plymouth;
2C48 1556 Plymouth to Penzance;
2P95 1914 Penzance to Plymouth;
5P95 2134 Plymouth to Laira T.& R.S.M.D.

<edit>  2P90 1450 Newton Abbot to Plymouth currently showing as cancelled - 'More trains than usual requiring repairs at the same time' - so it'll probably not cover the whole diagram!
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: March 30, 2019, 08:53:53 am
Restaurant only available to half the train, probably random as to which half.
And very limited NON DINING space for any first class customer who gets in the wrong portion.

Apparently the instruction is the Pullman should always be in the set at the London end.

All very well when reserving your seat - particularly as a 2x5 can turn up in any formation.
11  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: The capacity of The Mule on: March 29, 2019, 08:25:50 am
My solution would be to promote cross-TOC co-operation during times of disruption by terminating all SWR Waterloo to Exeter services at Yeovil Junction and having diverted GWR services pick up the station stops between Yeovil Junction and Exeter St.Davids, running to the SWR booked times.  Less delay caused by trying to squeeze too many services onto the existing limited infrastructure, and providing the same capacity (although services might be a bit more comfy than usual).

Taking the cynical approach............ this would mean having to share revenue between the TOCs - although, probably not so bad now with First having a finger in both pies.

12  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: The capacity of The Mule on: March 28, 2019, 08:27:09 pm
It's a pity that the botched new platform and pseudo-heritage horror inflicted on Templecombe constrains potential options there.

also, the M5 motorway bridge to the east of Pinhoe only allows for a single track, so that would need to be re-modelled if the line were to be completely re-doubled.
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Phil? Tuesday 26th March 2019. on: March 27, 2019, 05:41:15 am
Get well soon and take it gentle.   

Love the pictures of trains as they used to be on that line; a 2-6-4 tank with a rake of green carriages seems so much more "Corfe" than the thing that has novelty value.  I remember a couple of happy afternoons in my childhood up on the hill opposite the castle, watch trains (thumpers) calling ... travelling from Waterloo to Swanage, arriving there in 4TC with a 33 for power on what must have been the very dying tail of the through service.

Just for grahame................ taken on 2nd April 1970, a Thumper departs Corfe Castle for Wareham. I had just run down from the castle and was about to run back up again  Cool

14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Phil? Tuesday 26th March 2019. on: March 26, 2019, 09:40:10 pm
I concur. I have a picture of one of those signs too, somewhere. The 'Park & Ride' refers to the facility at Norden and the 'Railway Station' is on the Swanage Railway.

Yup!  see here!

Took a trip to Corfe Castle to phot a visiting BR Standard tank engine...............

Seems everybody else was interested in some other visitor  Grin

15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Phil? Tuesday 26th March 2019. on: March 26, 2019, 06:11:51 pm
Then somewhere along Hadrians Wall ?
You are very approximately 400 miles out.
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