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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Advent Quiz - 2019 on: December 04, 2019, 07:26:52 pm
This is how the site of Swindon Town station looks like now:,-1.7749864,3a,75y,296.5h,87.07t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sV2ojL346-60wtfmbE1U3zg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

The building that was the M&SWJR head office still stands today.

2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Naming and unveiling of IET at Paddington on: November 29, 2019, 02:26:14 pm
Here's a close-up of the GWR fallen on 800306, which also includes details of where they worked and where they are buried/remembered.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Naming and unveiling of IET at Paddington on: November 29, 2019, 12:35:30 pm
Did it stop at Taplow, Cliveden being the home of the Astor family?

It stopped only at Reading and Exeter. It did the same thing as it came straight back to Royal Oak as ECS (5Z20), for some reason. (Dropping off railway staff?).

I just caught it leaving Reading P11 at 14:48, and was puzzled as to what this funny-looking "not for public use" train was (from too far to see the details). Two things were odd: some red signs or symbols high up on the side of each carriage, and a wider silver-white stripe along the waist (possibly above the usual narrow one). The signs would make sense for this special, but what was that stripe about (assuming I didn't imagine it)? I've not found any clear side-on pictures of it (as usual).

I suspect you saw 800306?
4  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Collision between Azuma and HST at Neville Hill, Leeds, 13/11/2019 on: November 14, 2019, 06:14:46 pm
Information posted elsewhere suggests both trains entered the depot line from the Leeds direction, first the HST as 5D24, followed by the IET as 5D29.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Problems with the Night Riviera sleeper - December 2014 onwards on: October 18, 2019, 05:42:15 pm
The up sleeper failed near Ivybridge last night and had to be rescued by the Rail Head Treatment train.  Carriages were taken back to Plymouth and passengers moved to an IET.  Arrival in London was just over two hours late.

The failed sleeper has been returned to Reading as 5Z70, hauled by 2 back-to-back class 43 power cars.

Picture on Facebook:

6  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: More a summary than a travelogue - 7th October 2019 on: October 08, 2019, 09:44:07 am
2. Trowbridge.
7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Out of Office quiz - September 2019 on: September 30, 2019, 10:02:47 am
For today:

Gainsborough Central.
8  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Out of Office quiz - September 2019 on: September 24, 2019, 05:21:52 pm
Yesterday's: Warminster (visit to Imber?).
9  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2019 - TransWilts cancellation and amendments log on: September 16, 2019, 02:09:24 pm
12:20 Westbury to Swindon due 13:02
13:29 Swindon to Westbury due 14:10
13:29 Swindon to Westbury due 14:10 will be cancelled.
This is due to a problem currently under investigation.

So that's 4 out of 18 cancelled so far today - 77% service running, versus 95% plus which would seem to be a low target.  And reliability is what passengers want above everyone else ...

Under investigation ?     You only have to look at another part of Journey Check to see that it was due to "Ambulance services attending".   

From RTT
This service was cancelled throughout due to an unexpected number of passengers joining/alighting the service (RB).
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Out of Office quiz - September 2019 on: September 11, 2019, 08:59:15 am
I was convinced it was Taunton Castle... Wink
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Sunny Seaside Specials ( 3 of 3 ) on: August 18, 2019, 08:31:11 am
8. Weston-super-Mare
12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Sunny Seaside Specials ( 2 of 3 ) on: August 16, 2019, 11:24:52 pm
6. Penhelig.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: August 04, 2019, 01:55:18 pm
Other than when there is disruption due to snow, I can't think of a worse day for the Gunnislake service.  And as we all know, this is one of the (if not the) most unsuitable lines to put buses on in place of trains.  I know it is a very difficult situation (and these cancellations will have only come as a very last resort, after all other avenues had been exhausted) but the people of the Tamar Valley deserve much better than this.

13:06 Plymouth to Gunnislake due 13:52
13:06 Plymouth to Gunnislake due 13:52 is being delayed at Bere Alston.
This is due to passengers causing a disturbance on this train.

14  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Bristol Temple Meads Station redevelopment on: July 20, 2019, 12:29:10 pm
The BTM tunnels tours begin from this passage. They are part of the annual Bristol Open Doors Days and the tours are free, but get booked very quickly due to limited spaces and high demand.

From a google search:

As mentioned here and earlier on, these tours are booked out in the blink of an eye. I've had zero success in getting myself on a tour over some years. There must be people waiting online for the very second that tickets become available to book them. Sells out quicker than Glasto or the FA Cup.

I managed to get on one of the tunnel tours in 2016. It wasn't part of Open Doors but a GWR 175th anniversary event. It included a tunnel tour followed by ferry boat to ss Great Britain and guided tour of the ship/museum.

The BTM tunnels are not included in the Open Doors weekend in September, which is a shame. Anyone know why this is?

Here are the venues for this year:
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: July 09, 2019, 11:10:28 am
Some unhappy commuters today:
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