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1  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
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Sunny Seaside Specials ( 2 of 3 ) on: August 16, 2019, 11:24:52 pm
6. Penhelig.
3  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.

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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.

4  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: https://www.flickr.com/photos/newage2/sets/72157624024078970/

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: https://bristolopendoors.org.uk/whats-on/
5  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:
https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/updates-gwr-runs-shorter-trains-16553205
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Railway: on-board catering, buffets, Travelling Chef, Pullman - ongoing discussion on: July 08, 2019, 06:49:54 pm
....
Moving on to trolley services, I have a gut feeling that they may actually do more business than a traditional buffet car. They will possibly engender impulse buying, which may not happen if a passenger has to get out of their seat and wander a few coaches away to the buffet, and I am also sure that there are many passengers who don't like walking around in moving trains - we all know that there is an element pf "sea legs" required, which is a skill that the occasional traveller may not have developed.
....

There is another side of course. I can't be alone in when I decide I want some refreshment, I want it now, not when the trolley finally appears!  I would much rather walk to the buffet and have a full range of hot and cold snacks, freshly brewed coffee etc, rather than a poor choice of crisps and nuts off a trolley with lukewarm coffee from a flask!  I bet they never asked the questions like that in the survey where they got the support for trolleys!

The trolley service won't do much business if, as reported, they tend to hide in the first class kitchen, or if they can't get through a rammed 5 vice 10 coach train!
7  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Bristol Temple Meads Station redevelopment on: June 29, 2019, 02:03:37 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: https://www.flickr.com/photos/newage2/sets/72157624024078970/

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.
8  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The West - but NOT the West's trains / Re: Pictures of the West - but not the West's trains! on: June 29, 2019, 12:52:13 pm
8. Trowbridge.
9  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Bristol Temple Meads Station redevelopment on: June 29, 2019, 12:38:16 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: https://www.flickr.com/photos/newage2/sets/72157624024078970/
10  Journey by Journey / London to South Wales / Re: Tim Harris speaks about Severn Tunnel on: June 28, 2019, 02:08:54 pm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-48621944
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: June 24, 2019, 10:59:31 am
One other thing I have noticed on my various trips on the IETs.  I don't know what the external cleaning regime is, but every one I have travelled on has had dirty windows

Yes I have noticed that as well. It is as though the windows have been washed but the process has not been completed, ie not rinsed/polished. It is like looking through a fog and does not give a good impression. I wonder if GWR have taken this up this with Hitachi?
12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: New images on: June 13, 2019, 11:41:15 am
Number 3 is the delight that is Swindon bus station!  Cheesy
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: May 31, 2019, 04:05:32 pm
Ironically, an empty 8 coach HST followed the packed 5-coach 1A82 out of Plymouth. The HST was working 5Z66 Laira to Bristol SPM and is the train that will be used for tomorrow's HST farewell railtour.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: May 28, 2019, 06:38:36 pm
Trains beginning to move again...there's going to be a lot of DelayRepay..
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: May 28, 2019, 06:00:29 pm
Looking on Open train Times nothing is currently moving between Reading and Paddington...
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