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1  Journey by Journey / London to Swindon and Bristol / Re: Fatality at Bristol Temple Meads on: February 11, 2019, 05:40:45 pm
I have noticed recently that new warning stickers have been applied on and around HST windows.
2  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Brawl at Melksham railway station on: February 05, 2019, 12:48:58 pm
From today's Swindon Advertiser:
https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/17409062.cctv-group-of-9-men-used-nailed-wood-as-weapons-in-brawl-at-wiltshire-train-station/

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A GROUP of young men picked up nailed planks and used them as weapons.

Now, British Transport Police has appealed for the public's help in finding those responsible.

The fighting broke out on June 8 2018 at around 7pm, with nine young men involved in the brawl at Melksham Railway Station.

A spokesman for the force said: "Officers believe the males in the CCTV images could have information which could assist their investigation."

To report information, contact the BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40. You can also contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

 Shocked
3  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: Imber bus on: February 05, 2019, 10:35:59 am
GBRf class 73s front and back are probable.  No push-pull working.

Probably. They are using 73s with the same set on trips to Swanage.

https://www.ukrailtours.com/product/by-routemaster-to-the-lost-village-of-imber/
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: February 02, 2019, 01:13:58 pm
Just boarded 1A17, 800306, definitely 9 coaches.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: January 31, 2019, 09:47:28 am
Would IET supporters care to suggest a date by which short formations will be virtually eliminated?

Would supporters of any MU rolling stock type care to pick a date when short formations are eliminated?

MU formations are here to stay. They offer operational flexibility and running cost savings. And most importantly, if one unit in an MU does throw a wobbly, the particular service can still run. Inconvient for some intending passengers but better than inconvenient for all. You can't say the same when a fixed formation (eg the sainted HST) or loco hauled train sits down.


Have we moved on from "short formations simply wont happen" towards the new reality of "better get used to short formations, they are part and parcel of the downgrade to DMUs"

Years ago, I and others expressed doubts about 5 car DMUs for inter-city services, and in particular about the likelihood of short trains. Advocates pointed out that firstly the fleet size was ample, and that short formations simply "wont happen" It was also suggested that criticism was premature until the new trains came into service.

In many years of long distance travel on what was then FGW, I never once experienced a half length HST ! And very seldom a cancellation for lack of rolling stock.
I appreciate that failed HSTs on the longer routes were covered for by taking a train from another route. That however is little consolation to the regular Bristol or Cardiff passenger who used to get a full length train but now experience regular half trains.

Usual selection of half length services today BTW.



I assume it is not possible to take out a faulty coach from a 5 or 9 coach IET set? With the HST, coaches can be removed/replaced and the set can continue in service. Likewise HST power cars can be swapped if a fault needs to be fixed.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: January 30, 2019, 05:45:08 pm
Would IET supporters care to suggest a date by which short formations will be virtually eliminated?

Would supporters of any MU rolling stock type care to pick a date when short formations are eliminated?

MU formations are here to stay. They offer operational flexibility and running cost savings. And most importantly, if one unit in an MU does throw a wobbly, the particular service can still run. Inconvient for some intending passengers but better than inconvenient for all. You can't say the same when a fixed formation (eg the sainted HST) or loco hauled train sits down.

Are IET 5 & 9 car formations fixed? My understanding is that they are, therefore a fault in one vehicle could mean the whole train is out of use. Whereas with a HST a faulty coach or power car can be swapped for a serviceable one.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: January 29, 2019, 08:08:48 pm
Usual battles with people dumping all their crap on the window seat and then sitting in the aisle seat in the hope that no-one will ask them to move.

That selfish behaviour does annoy me. I was on a very crowded train a while ago and in order to encourage people to move bags from unoccupied seats, the train manager threatened to charge a fare for the bags etc.! This was probably just a method to free up empty seats, but I did wonder whether terms and conditions allowed this charge to be made in practice.
8  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: Eight Car Voyager Service on: January 21, 2019, 07:50:36 pm
1Sierra53. Headcode not time.  Tongue

Just as well - otherwise CrossCountry would have 10 trains departing Plymouth, one every 2 minutes between 15:37 and 15:55!  Wink
9  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: Eight Car Voyager Service on: January 21, 2019, 07:32:33 pm
From XC JourneyCheck:
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13:25 Plymouth to Edinburgh due 22:13 

Facilities on the 13:25 Plymouth to Edinburgh due 22:13.
Will be formed of 8 coaches between Plymouth and Newcastle.

Further Information
MULTIPLE VOYAGER FORMATION:
(Front) A C D F + G I J L (Rear)
Train splits at: Newcastle

Last Updated:21/01/2019 12:39

4 coaches then form 5E53 to Tyne depot. Looking back over the last few days on RTT this would seem to be a regular weekday occurrence.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: Channel 5 series - Paddington Station 24/7, starting 11 September 2017 on: December 27, 2018, 06:14:17 pm
There's a Christmas edition tonight at 8pm, 27th December 2018. Guessing it will feature goings-on from Christmas 2017.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Fares and ticketing options - 2019 - Melksham to London on: December 26, 2018, 05:20:26 pm
Some minor typos I have spotted:

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What does a return trip from MELKSHAM to LONDON cost?

There and many different fares - Here is a summary for 2019

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If you are certain which train you want to catch in advance, also take a look at advance fares. These are SINGLE tickets offered at a lower cost (sometimes a little lower, occasioanly a lot lower) that the equivalent "walk up" single fare. But beware - miss your train and your money is lost, change before tarvelling and you'll be limited in how much you can change and you'll be charged an admin fee.

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At Melksham station, a display board tells you about trains due in the next 100 minutes, and an information button will connect you to a customer service person if you need help or advise. At Paddinton Station (and at Swindon when you change trains) there are also display boards telling you about current running, and staff to help you too - they will also help you find your train as unlike Melksham there are lots of platforms at these stations.

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* Tickets listed in the top section above are also valid into London Waterloo, changing trains at Reading as well as Swindon. Please check ahead of time for off peak restrictions coming back out from Wateroo, and for your connecting train at Reading.

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Season Tickets
 If you are making the same journey multiple days in a week at peak times, a season ticket can save you money. Usually, a season ticket becomes chepaer if you're making over 4 return trips but on Melksham to London journeys, you may make a saving on as few as 2 return trips (it's 282.30 for a 7 day ticket, valid any time)

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First Class
 There is no first class on trains that call at Melksham (or if there is, there is not supposed to be and anyone can use it). However, when you change into your main line train to London, First Class should be avaiable. The fare is usually higher - often much higher; you get more legroom, wider seats, complementary coffee and nibbles.

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Note that if your missed connection / cancellation is due to weather or other issues outside the railway's control, they are not required to provided for you - nor will they do so if you were delayed by a bus (even if it was a First bus) or a late flight.

12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: A Christmas message on: December 25, 2018, 12:47:33 pm
The first one is Holyhead (was in a quiz June 2018!).
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Advent quiz 2019 on: December 24, 2018, 07:33:12 pm
25.1 Is that 92220 Evening Star? If so it's between 1960 and 1965.
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Advent quiz 2019 on: December 24, 2018, 11:25:29 am
23.1 Montpelier, Bristol.
15  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Glastonbury 2019 on: December 19, 2018, 02:14:12 pm
Must try damndest to get ticket for the event now KYLIE has been announced as headline act.

I'll get one, especially for youGrin
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