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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: Home railways - scale models, toys, garden, even 1:1 scale [DotD 6.5.20] on: May 05, 2020, 03:56:20 pm
I have a number of models - both contemporary and from past eras - and some track.  However I haven't yet found the room to put the two together.

Also apart from a 5 car IET, I have only one passenger coach (A FGW MK3 buffet car with a full kitchen).

I’m in the same boat. I have an IET, HST + 3 mk3s and some other bits and bobs but no feasible space at the moment.

Reading/browsing the catalogues is helping to pass the time though.  Smiley
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Your least used possession at present? [DotD 11.4.2020] on: April 11, 2020, 10:30:17 am
My RailRiders pack arrived on day two of lockdown.  Sad Roll Eyes

Also hair gel and razor isn’t seeing much use at the moment for presentation working at home!
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Can you place these pictures on: March 08, 2020, 08:26:24 pm
1) Earl’s Court?
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Storm Ciara -Sunday 9th Feb. on: February 09, 2020, 07:48:13 pm
A very sensible decision to impose the blanket 50mph restriction then!

It felt almost therapeutic cruising at 50mph from Didcot to Swindon earlier. Maybe not so much if you were in a hurry to get somewhere.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: December 28, 2019, 08:32:29 pm
Speaking of all over the place today...

I took the 1330 from Swindon to Gloucester which ended up being 26 mins late (annoyingly close to the next delay repay tier  Roll Eyes ). The reason for the delay was waiting for the driver from a late running Bristol to Paddington train which appeared to be scheduled for 1338 but arrived at 1350 in the end. Seems like some shuffling is taking place behind the scenes to keep things moving but surely this would never be possible as a standard diagram? Huh
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Destination Board Fail on: November 27, 2019, 12:08:18 pm
800 023 had an unusual fault yesterday.  Displays were correct but the bit which puts the announcements together was clearly awry.  A different voice reeled off a string of numbers when each announcement was due.  It seems "Station 1000" may be London Paddington.

Sounds like some sort of debug mode perhaps.  Huh

Come across all sorts of code for Paddington, but no "1000". (Added some other examples of these codes). 

.CRSNLCTIPLOCSTANMESTANOX
PaddingtonPAD   308700PADTON   PADDINGTN   73000
MelkshamMKM334600MELKSHMMELKSHAM75361
Melksham Market Place Bus StopXBO334601MELKMAR..

NLC codes often abbreviate to first 4 digits - so Paddington is 3087

See http://www.railwaycodes.org.uk/crs/CRSp.shtm

Software integration being the day job, it’s interesting they appear to not have chosen to use the plethora of existing codes for the new on board systems.  Embarrassed
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Destination Board Fail on: November 26, 2019, 03:25:55 pm
800 023 had an unusual fault yesterday.  Displays were correct but the bit which puts the announcements together was clearly awry.  A different voice reeled off a string of numbers when each announcement was due.  It seems "Station 1000" may be London Paddington.

Sounds like some sort of debug mode perhaps.  Huh
8  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: 23 & 24 November 2019 - Warley Model Railway show at the NEC on: November 18, 2019, 09:58:52 pm
That will be Newbury, but not quite, so Notbury, and will there be some knobs to turn and buttons to press?

absolutely...if all goes to plan.  Smiley
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: 23 & 24 November 2019 - Warley Model Railway show at the NEC on: November 18, 2019, 01:25:41 pm
I’ll be around on the Sunday volunteering on the Swindon Panel Society stand(s).

We’ll be taking a mini/portable version of a panel with us to the show. Running the same tech scaled down to what we use on the Swindon Panel at Didcot Railway Centre.  Grin
10  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 20, 2019, 10:49:39 pm
Yes that has certainly been an issue.

Sort of understandable when first starting out on a journey but there should be a routine that someone (train manager?) checks the screens and advises control if they are wrong.

I believe a system is being/has been rolled out that allows all TMs to update formation information of their train as needed. Hopefully as this is more often utilised information will improve in quality.
 
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: April 15, 2019, 11:08:22 am
I had my first “long haul” 802 journey on Saturday 13th, Penzance to Swindon around the houses due to the Bath closure. It was formed of 2x5 with my reservation in coach B (second from the rear).

Some observations:

The electronic reservations were working with the coach lit up like a Christmas tree and kept track and updated throughout the journey.
After Penzance the first station to platform the whole train was Plymouth.
The trolley appeared every hour or so and seemed well stocked.
One of the toilets seemed to be locked out of use but luckily managed to find another one nearby.
The Diesel engine mounting seems to need some attention, it didn’t sound healthy when turning.
The seats seem to be the “newer” ones and my back survived the 5 and a half hour journey intact.
The sets seemed more than capable of keeping time and didn’t seem to struggle at all.
To top it all off we even changed over to electric “in flight” while passing through Bristol parkway.

Very impressed overall, still work to perfect them but no doubt they’ll be fine in the long term.

For reference: http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/C57646/2019/04/13/advanced
12  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: 13.4.2019 - Longrock depot open day on: April 14, 2019, 09:45:36 pm
It was a great day out and have to agree with BNM about the wind!

Here's my input: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132934438@N06/sets/72157679876648968

13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: My final ride on a full length HST? on: April 01, 2019, 12:07:11 am
Yesterday (Sunday, 31/01/2019) 1A10 (early morning up Weston-Super-Mare/Bristol service) was formed of a 9 car IET which makes me think my last scheduled/planned HST trip has come and gone.  Undecided
14  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: 11th July 2019 - Great Western Rail Forum on: February 15, 2019, 11:10:59 pm
The link mentions Swindon Station Redevelopment - anyone know what this might be be about?

There has been rumours/plans/mumbles about doing up the old Signal Point offices in to something more useful (apartments/flats). Not sure exactly where that stands though.
15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: The Coffee Shop - planning ahead on: February 08, 2019, 01:37:05 pm
Unable to make it unfortunately due to volunteering at Swindon Panel in Didcot. If anyone does drop by feel free to say hello.  Grin
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