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1  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Intercity Express Train (IET) failure, near Exeter, 13 September 2018 on: September 13, 2018, 08:15:36 pm
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2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: September 12, 2018, 09:29:09 am
Facinating photograph published elsewhere of stored (redundant) HST sets at Ely: https://www.flickr.com/photos/robmcrorie/43879066534/in/photostream/

Some of those sidings must be new, as they don't appear currently on Google maps:
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Ely/@52.4097715,0.2907868,3606a,35y,60.7h/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x47d80b13a8c66535:0xd5c9b00306add425!8m2!3d52.399539!4d0.262363

I don't follow - I can see the same six sidings, and even the same arrangmemnt of points lading to them!
The sidings on the far side of the photo (approx. 12 roads) are new.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: September 11, 2018, 06:07:37 pm
Facinating photograph published elsewhere of stored (redundant) HST sets at Ely: https://www.flickr.com/photos/robmcrorie/43879066534/in/photostream/

Some of those sidings must be new, as they don't appear currently on Google maps:
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Ely/@52.4097715,0.2907868,3606a,35y,60.7h/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x47d80b13a8c66535:0xd5c9b00306add425!8m2!3d52.399539!4d0.262363
4  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Part of comic's scooter missing after Stansted flight on: August 31, 2018, 10:51:37 am
Isn't she the one who had a barney with a pushchair owner on a GWR service a while back?
Yes - http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=20101.msg242732#msg242732
5  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: The Railways on TV. on: August 29, 2018, 03:27:25 pm
It's also on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lugZEVKNpI
6  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Bank Holiday Bonanza! on: August 26, 2018, 05:49:40 pm
I was curious as to who the Saltash lady was, so here is some information about Ann Glanville:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Glanville

https://www.cryllacottages.co.uk/saltashs-tribute-to-ann-glanville/
7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Bank Holiday Bonanza! on: August 25, 2018, 11:14:11 am
8. Freshford.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: August 22, 2018, 08:08:49 pm
I was due to get on a 2x5 IET the other day and before arrival it was announced that first class was in coaches 1,2, 6 & 7. The external coach displays were also showing numbers instead of letters. I wonder if this is a general change from letters to numbers for IET coaches. It could certainly be less confusing, with coach 1 always being at the front of the train.

See also posts 783 & 784 on this thread, where numbers instead of letters were first mentioned.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: August 22, 2018, 06:33:35 pm
I was due to get on a 2x5 IET the other day and before arrival it was announced that first class was in coaches 1,2, 6 & 7. The external coach displays were also showing numbers instead of letters. I wonder if this is a general change from letters to numbers for IET coaches. It could certainly be less confusing, with coach 1 always being at the front of the train.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: August 20, 2018, 09:59:58 am
I notice that the majority of short-formed IETs today are due to train faults, as opposed to lack of GWR staff.
11  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Summer Saturday Westbury to Weymouth peak - 2018 v previous years on: August 19, 2018, 07:33:18 pm
I seem to remember reading an article saying that it sat at Weymouth station belching out fumes all day prior to the journey back?

It would seem that a solution to this was found:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-36557083

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A GWR spokesman said: "Generally engines need to run to provide and maintain the air supply for the doors and brakes systems to work.

"Safety checks need to be carried out before the train can go into service and these checks require the engine to be running."

But he admitted it should not happen for five hours and said new procedures had since been introduced at Weymouth which involved both engines being shut down once checks had been carried out.
12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: HSTs - main line operational into the future on: August 16, 2018, 11:48:57 am
It would be good to see HSTs working railtours, going to destinations and events similar to those run by Pathfinders, UK Railtours etc. The advantage over current tours operated by steam/heritage diesels is that the HSTs would be able to run at higher line speeds, with no water stops etc, so would be able to fit in more easily around service trains. I think the HST could be a welcome and popular addition to the railtour market, as itself becomes a heritage train.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: Imber bus on: August 14, 2018, 03:25:20 pm
Indeed - 66779 was the last of it's class to be built for the UK, and has been named "Evening Star" after the last steam locomotive to be built at Swindon in 1960. It is to be donated to the National Railway Museum at the end of its working life.

https://www.mainlinediesels.net/index.php?nav=1000155&lang=en&id=8874&action=shownews#.W3LllrmWypo
14  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Disturbing news. on: August 13, 2018, 01:18:47 pm
From RTT:
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This service was cancelled between Romsey and Southampton Central due to disorder (VA).

http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/C42949/2018/08/13/advanced
15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Holiday! on: August 11, 2018, 06:20:48 pm
6. Penhelig
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