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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Should proposed window hanging prevention measures be extended to the footplate? on: Yesterday at 10:10:38 pm

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2  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: GWR December 2019 TT on: Yesterday at 08:27:16 am
Still in the potential offing Okehampton - Exeter 3 morning, 3 evening services using 143s.
Good move but I guess may not happen in the December 2019 changes unless GWR have come up with something. Could be spaced 30 minutes apart from the Barnstaple trains perhaps.

Dave

I was under the impression that the 143s were off-lease in December
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Red Squirrel on and off the rails on: July 21, 2019, 06:06:01 pm
Keswick station?
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Helping to keep trains on schedule when timetables tighten up in December 2019 on: July 19, 2019, 07:10:38 am
They will also need to tighten up how they support passengers with disabilities who book assistance, and those older passengers with luggage who don't.

A couple of weeks ago, at Totnes, an elderly lady turned up in a taxi just 2 minutes before her XC train was due, with no booked assistance. She had a zimmer frame and a fold-up (heavy) mobility scooter as well as a heavy suitcase. The taxi driver just dumped her at the platform entrance and expected the platform staff (single manned at the time!) to deal with her. All credit to the staff concerned, who got the train away just one minute down, thanks to the help of other pax joining the train.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Overchecking of tickets - on train and at arriving station. on: July 16, 2019, 10:41:16 pm
Another perfectly valid reason for multiple checks on a single journey is the relatively new phenomenon of split-ticketing. I have heard anecdotal evidence [but not seen definite evidence] of some pax having just two of several tickets checked [start and end] and then claiming refunds on the unchecked tickets. Unlikely to happen on a Melksham to Weymouth ticket, but consider, say, a Paignton to Stafford journey.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Overchecking of tickets - on train and at arriving station. on: July 16, 2019, 09:07:08 pm
If I travel from here to Cheltenham via Bristol, I put my ticket into the Gateline at Chippenham. I may get my ticket checked by GWR staff on the train to Bristol, especially if its in the peak, and if I go outside for a fag break at Bristol it gets checked twice more, and one of those won't operate the Gateline because of the built-in time delay. The XC TM on the Brum train will want to check my ticket too, and when I get to Cheltenham, it goes into a Gateline again. That sounds like at least four, and possibly up to six, ticket checks to me, at least one more than the people on your train "suffered." Quite probably many of them who joined at unstaffed stations between Frome and Weymouth only got theirs checked twice; once on the train, and once by the RPOs at Weymouth.
Good point but in terms of "feel", I don't think putting your ticket in a gateline feels the same as having it checked by a person. That said, I'm not sure there is a problem here, other than the slight delay to passengers leaving at Weymouth.

Why not just install ticket barriers at Weymouth?

Ticket barriers and/or manual checks - there are a number of ways an apparently valid ticket can be used fraudulently [peak v off-peak; child v adult; part-journey; Advance on wrong train, etc] Personally, it is nothing more than a minor inconvenience to have my ticket 'properly' checked multiple times on my journey
7  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Overchecking of tickets - on train and at arriving station. on: July 16, 2019, 08:36:29 pm
I just wish GWR would do a block on Platform 7 at Reading on Friday afternoons during the holiday seasons. All Westcountry services are advertised as 'Pick Up Only' at Reading, yet savvy pax know that GWR cannot police this - resulting in gross overcrowding. GWR's own attitude to this is 'we need to get folk out of London quickly and by any means possible', so turn a blind eye to this.

Penalty fare all those alighting at Reading even if they are season ticket holders!
8  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Serco win Caledonian Sleeper franchise on: July 12, 2019, 08:35:51 pm
I have no idea what the problem was, but I notice that the Highlander left Euston some 86 minutes late last evening (11/07/19) and arrived at Edinburgh nearly 3 hours late (175 minutes).

Whilst the Inverness leg recovered some 20 minutes, the Fort William leg did not arrive into FTW until 13:53, some 4 hours late. The Aberdeen leg fared even worse, arriving some 7 hours 23 minutes late!

I hope they had on board catering this time!
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / W43002 on display at STEAM museum on: July 11, 2019, 06:42:57 pm
I never expected to be posting about a production HST power car in preservation, but .....

You can read about it here!

(edited to improve link to tweet - at PhilW's request)
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: SR Merchant Navy Class 35018 'British India Line', Templecombe 9th July 2019 on: July 09, 2019, 05:33:35 pm
BIL's first outing back on Southern metals was last Saturday (06/07/19) on the Railway Touring Company's misleadingly named 'Bournemouth Belle' from London Victoria to Weymouth.

Seen here at the site of Upwey Wishing Well Halt whilst simmering at the rear on the return journey
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: ...once I caught a fish alive... on: June 27, 2019, 10:14:06 pm
Didway Parkcot  [as a young, nervous TM once announced]
12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Serco win Caledonian Sleeper franchise on: June 27, 2019, 08:33:47 pm
Further delay to the introduction of new stock on the Highlander routes

Quote from:  the BBC
Caledonian Sleeper Highland service launch delayed


Caledonian Sleeper is to delay the launch of new trains on the Highland service to support another route.

The trains - which feature carriages with double beds - are now not expected be introduced until September on the route between London and Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William.

Instead, the carriages will be diverted to support the Lowland service between London, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Transport Scotland said the delay was "unacceptable" and penalties applied.

It had been due to be rolled out on the Highland route over the coming weeks.

'Tourist season'

However, Ryan Flaherty, Serco managing director of the Caledonian Sleeper, said: "We are disappointed but it is undoubtedly the correct decision and will allow us to improve the reliability and resilience of the Lowlander fleet and maintain capacity on the Highland route.

"While we are keen to introduce our new trains on the Highland route as soon as we can, our priority must be delivering a reliable service on the lowland route and then make sure that each new carriage on the Highland route is ready to welcome guests and deliver a true Caledonian Sleeper experience."


Travellers who booked the new carriages will be offered a refund

The company said passengers who had already booked to travel on a Highland service from 7 July and who had booked one of the new accommodation options, would be refunded the difference in cost.

A spokesman for Scotland's national transport agency, Transport Scotland, said the timing of the delay was significant.

'Correct train faults'

He said: "The introduction of new trains often present significant challenges, however, this latest delay is quite simply unacceptable.

"Given we are fast approaching the height of the tourist season, it is disappointing that many customers are as yet unable to fully enjoy the benefits of the new on-board facilities, particularly as bookings have increased and feedback has been positive where the customer experience reaches the standards we expect.

"While the Caledonian Sleeper team are working to correct train faults, the manufacturer CAF's inability to supply sufficient suitable trains leaves no other option than for service entry to be postponed.

"The Highlander service will continue to run with existing trains until this is resolved."

Caledonian Sleeper said the delay would give CAF, the manufacturer, more time to fulfil its responsibilities and complete work on the remaining new carriages.

The fleet has been part funded by capital grants from Scottish ministers and the UK government.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Successful split ticket report on: June 26, 2019, 09:17:45 pm
Not bad - if you wish to travel via Birmingham.

A through Single ticket from Chester to Plymouth via Hereford with a Senior Railcard is just 51.75 and has no time restrictions.

I thought when I posted this that someone would see a challenge!!
Thanks.....our daughter is coming down in the summer - I will tip her off.

It comes down to convenience really for this particular journey. The journey via Hereford is roughly 30 minutes longer, but the benefits are that you avoid Birmingham and there are no Peak time restrictions.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Successful split ticket report on: June 26, 2019, 06:11:41 pm
Not bad - if you wish to travel via Birmingham.

A through Single ticket from Chester to Plymouth via Hereford with a Senior Railcard is just 51.75 and has no time restrictions.
15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Pacer to Swindon and Cricklade Railway on: June 26, 2019, 08:55:31 am
Sorry if this is old news, but apparently, Pacer unit 143603 is headed for the Swindon and Cricklade Railway upon retirement at the end of the year.
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