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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Portishead Line reopening for passengers - ongoing discussion on: October 17, 2021, 03:29:32 pm
The SoS Grant Shapps is due to make a decision on the DCO (Driver Controlled Operation) for the Portishead line by this coming Tuesday 19th October. Any straws in the wind, or will be the decision be kicked further into the long grass ?
2  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: South Western Railways Waterloo - Bristol services axed on: October 10, 2021, 06:57:11 pm
I may have this completely wrong, but just wonder if Mark Hopwood has any questions to answer during his secondment as interim MD of SWR» (South Western Railway - about). He must have known of the plans to axe the SWR Bristol Waterloo services, but also knew that as returning GWR (Great Western Railway) MD he would be able to take advantage of filling the gap left by SWR.
3  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: South Western Railways Waterloo - Bristol services axed on: October 07, 2021, 08:41:06 pm
Another great typo from the master of Melkham. Personally I wouldn't bother with comets, I'd just send SWR» (South Western Railway - about) a couple of rockets instead.
4  Journey by Journey / Transport for London / Re: Battersea Power Station Station (and Nine Elms) to open on 20th September 2021 on: September 21, 2021, 06:54:27 am
There is also the distinct possibility,that,following an 'incident' the trains at Battersea Power Station station will be announced as stationary!
5  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Re: Day 4 - not going nowhere fast! on: August 27, 2021, 07:20:41 am
You might have to use the underground or overground. At least you can do a little Wombling ...
On a dark night with a following wind, Mr  G Ellis could be mistaken for Great Uncle Bulgaria.....
6  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Day 5 - Catering on the move on: August 26, 2021, 08:35:43 pm
Look on the bright side. At least Broadgage would be getting Port if not starboard......I'll get my coat......
7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Wet, wet, wet - where? on: July 28, 2021, 10:48:04 am Taunton? Is this a first for a picture quiz??  Grin
8  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Red Squirrel - 20 Jul 2021 on: July 23, 2021, 02:27:34 pm
Had some fish and chips  from the chippie in Winscombe with trainer of this forum on the picnic tables by the station. Great sense of deja vu as we did exactly the same some 6 or 7 years ago when we were both rather fatter and less fit than we are now...both pushing 70!
9  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: BFI - Terminus 1961 on: July 04, 2021, 09:31:03 pm
Isn't that little boy,a very young Broadgage ,who has just learnt there is to be no port served in his restaurant car today ? > Grin
10  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Petition - Reopen Pilning Station's 2nd platform and make it a request stop on: June 28, 2021, 03:03:47 pm
As reported in RAIL by Barry Doe, the latest error strewn version of the NRT (Network Rail Telecoms), has Pilning inserted between Newport and Severn Tunnel Junction.
Takes a lot to put a station in the wrong country !

They could have, at least, called it Pielota.
11  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Bonaparte's at Bristol Temple Meads on: June 24, 2021, 11:30:27 am
Fin d'une epoque!
12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Younger people help older person on rail journey on: May 27, 2021, 05:01:00 pm
i was returning from a 5 day conference in Norwich some years ago for the IAO (International Association of Organists before Vicki S pulls any more hair out!) by train at 5pm.A group of some 20  teenage boys, some black some white, got on with a guy in his 20s (assistant coach) and an older man in his 50s. I have never been more impressed in a 30 year teaching career, with the respect shown by and to the three age groups. They were a football team having been to Carrow Lane for the day. The lads obviously adored their coach. Not the carriage the football coach!
He spoked to them softly,asked for their mobile phones, all handed over one by one. He told them when they could eat and drink , all done without fuss and ceremony. One by one they went up to him to make their mobile calls home. At some point in the journey he had a chat with a strapping West Indian lad who towered over him......  and it was some sort of incident which made the rest of the team, made it clear to him that he had let the side down. At the end of the journey they cleared away all their stuff and waited to be told to move. Before they left, I told the team publicly what amazing ambassadors they were for their club, and had a few words with the manager privately about what a brilliant role model he was to those lads in every way.
13  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: "Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen ..." no longer appropriate on: May 14, 2021, 12:39:38 pm
Perhaps the complainant would have liked the announcement to say ' Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,and the transgender person in seat Y Coach X......
It was a good job that complainant wasn't travelling with Yorkshire airlines !
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Portishead Line reopening for passengers - ongoing discussion on: May 14, 2021, 12:35:04 pm
I also thought that the whole GRIP (Guide to Railway Investment Projects) process had been discredited and why is Portishead with its 6.5km paper trail(see RAIL magazine issue 927) still sticking to this ?
Tony K thought that it shouldn't take long once the DCO (Driver Controlled Operation) is approved. Even if this approval comes at the earliest, later this year, it will still be late 2024 before we see any trains on the line.
15  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Okehampton on: May 12, 2021, 07:48:13 pm
And how long has it taken to even think about relaying 3.5 miles of track on the Portishead line  ?
At least 1040 weeks by my reckoning !
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