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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Mid Cornwall Metro on: June 19, 2022, 10:23:44 am
"Good news. Newquay needs a more regular and faster service. The success of the increased capacity on the Falmouth branch shows what could be achieved."

Indeed - some Falmouth services yesterday were reminiscent of urban rush-hour services. However, the tale of woe that greeted anyone trying to use branch line services to Gunnislake or Looe yesterday suggests that the first goal needs to be ensuring that resources are there to ensure / guarantee that the existing advertised service actually runs (and by "advertised service" I mean the service advertised as available when people are making plans several weeks in advance not "the service advertised online at 22.00 the previous evening"!)

Don't know why the first bit doesn't show as the quote it actually is!
2  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture - related rail and other transport issues / Re: ORR station useage stats on: April 11, 2022, 09:42:53 pm
Would imagine that 2020 - 2021 of all years is likely to be the one where the figures are least skewed by "casual visitors" - though there is a significant inflow of school pupils which seems to have returned to a greater extent than other commuters. What always intrigues me is the imbalance of Oldfield Park calls in the morning and afternoon "peaks". 6 calls on Bristol bound services at approximately 20 minute intervals between 07.00 and 09.00; only 4 in the opposite direction between 16.00 and 18.00 at approximately 40 - 20 - 40.
3  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Health & Safety gone mad or something else? on: March 12, 2022, 01:32:29 pm
Suppose it makes it more difficult to drop things (deliberately or accidentally) on people below.
4  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Lots of faulty trains today, 12th March 2022 on: March 12, 2022, 01:29:03 pm
The additional comment on the long distance short-forms begs a question:

Further Information
Customers travelling on any of the listed services please note that due to faults identified on some of our trains last night, these services will be formed of 9 coaches instead of the booked 10 coaches today. Please note this will affect any seat or bicycle reservations that have been made in advance. If you require any assistance with your reservation please speak with station staff before alighting or alternatively, speak with the train manager when your service arrives into the platform. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to your journey with us today.

Assuming this is correct, looks like another fleet issue raising its ugly head (or am I being over-pessimistic?)
5  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / February 2022 - Ashley Down trackwork. Poor information flow on: February 07, 2022, 10:45:06 pm
For several weeks we have been being informed by announcements of engineering work in late February affecting stopping services heading from Temple Meads to Severn Beach and Filton - and being directed "for further details" to With less than two weeks to go, those "details" are still conspicuous by their absence. By "details" I mean that all important piece of information - a timetable. Journey planners are all very well if you want to plan an individual journey at a particular time, but are nigh on useless if what you need to know is "what does the whole day's / morning's / afternoon's train service look like" because you're trying to work out the economics of season ticket renewal. Am I just looking in the wrong place, or aren't we going to be allowed to know when trains are going to run without looking up each one individually?
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Late service reductions - 29th to 31st December 2021 on: December 29, 2021, 02:54:15 pm
At least in terms of delay repay, then the "cut off point" is once a service has been advertised as running on a particular day at a particular time - then any qualifying failure should be accompanied by a liability to pay compensation. I can't help thinking that this is another reason that various train operators are trying to ditch PDF timetables - you can alter something on a journey planner at any time (no doubt, if you're devious, even retrospectively to be able to claim that train xyz never existed) but it's hard to argue with the professionally printed timetable someone has in their hand.
7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Advent Quiz - 24 places for 24th December on: December 24, 2021, 08:22:10 am
15 sounds like Penryn
8  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Advent quiz - day 21 - Can you identify the geography? on: December 21, 2021, 09:45:40 pm
D - Filton Abbey Wood?
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Advent quiz - day 5 - timetables on: December 08, 2021, 10:43:26 pm
7 is, I think, a long way from GW (Great Western) territory - looks suspiciously like the southbound timetable for the Highland Main Line (including mainline arrival times at King's Cross). If it's 1971, the last three lines are presumably Edinburgh, Newcastle and Kings Cross
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Advent quiz, day 2 - "only connect". on: December 02, 2021, 07:12:32 pm
11. I'll add either Sidmouth or Six Mile Bottom to this list of stations closed in 1967. Thought for a bit they all went on the same day, but two appear to have been March; the other two in September. (Just) before my time...
11  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Supported Bus Services Consultation on: December 02, 2021, 08:49:14 am
Seems like yet another example of something that's been drawn up and then not been checked by people not involved in the drafting. You're invited to give information about all routes you use and are then given only one field in which to enter the stops / locations you are travelling between. While it would be almost impossible to allow for all possible answers, a bit of guidance as to what you do if you use (say) four different supported services at different times between a variety of locations would be helpful - especially given the fact that the enquiry covers both P&R (Park and Ride) and "normal" services.
12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands on: November 18, 2021, 03:21:23 pm
"So in total, this package is 110 miles of new high-speed line. All of it in the Midlands and the North. It is 180 miles of newly-electrified line. All of it in the Midlands and North."

To be fair - this is the "Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands". I'm not sure where the southern boundary of "Midlands" is, but wherever it is, this wouldn't be the right document for anything south of it. Question is - where is the "Integrated Rail Plan for the South and West"?
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where were Finn and bignosemac, Autumn 2021? on: October 03, 2021, 04:39:47 pm
11 is Ash Vale, I think.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: How many of these 50 things have you done? on: September 29, 2021, 09:40:51 pm
Travelling on a train in Ireland - No
Ridden the New York Subway - No
Eaten a curry on a train - No
Been on a Mystex (Train on which passengers don't know where they are going)▸ - No (this is a good start....)
Been on a Cross Country train from Bath - Yes, although it was operating a GW (Great Western) service
Dined in a Restaurant Car - Plenty (BR (British Rail(ways)), DB» (Deutsche Bahn - German State Railway - about), ZSR, CD (Capital Delivery), MAV...)
Travelled on a line that was part of the main network and is now closed - Yes (Gloucester Eastgate, original ECML (East Coast Main Line) through Selby amongst others)
Driven a train - No
Caught a train to or from Pilning - Yes
Been to a Railfuture meeting - No
Driven a tram - No
Caught the train to Barton-on-Humber - No
Had a train stop at a request stop for you - Yes
Been on the Ghan  - No
Ridden in a class 801 unit - Yes
Stood on a 153 - Yes
Travelled on the hanging tramway in Wuppertal - Yes
Been to Aylesbury Vale Parkway Station - Yes
"Bought" a zero cost excess - Yes (or rather have asked for one, but was told not to bother!)
Been to Ebbw Vale by train - Yes
Travelled on the Lymington to Yarmouth ferry - Yes
Crossed the Atlantic by ship - No (unless the Sound of Sleat counts)
Been rowed across Weymouth Harbour on the ferry - No
Left the station in Taunton - yes
Caught a train to or from Melksham - yes
Helped a fellow passenger lift their luggage on or off a train - Yes
Taken part in an event such as "Community Rail in the City" at a station - No
Done the gardening at a station - No
Used an easement - Not knowingly
Travelled on a Groupsave ticket - No
Overslept your station - No
Gone the long way round to avoid a rail replacement bus - No
Used a split ticket - Yes
Been to Platform 14 at Bristol Temple Meads (Possibly, but I would have been too young to notice!)
Visited Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch - Yes
Travelled through the Channel Tunnel -  Yes
Caught a through train from London to Newquay or Tenby - No
Travelled with Amtrak - No
Let your originally planned train go because it was too busy - yes
Used Plusbus - No
Used a rover or ranger ticket - Yes
Changed trains at Westbury - Yes
Got on or off a train at Coombe Junction - Yes
Changed trains at Worcestershire Parkway - No, but have used the station
Travelled on the DLR (Docklands Light Railway)▸ - Yes
Been to Hainault on the tube - Yes
Been to Media City on rails - Yes
Travelled on MailRail - No
Travelled the Rhubarb Loop - Yes (but isn't it a curve...?)
Understood all of the above without having to look up any definitions - Yes
15  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Bristol Temple Meads Station redevelopment on: September 10, 2021, 06:26:10 pm
I know there were lots of other reasons for doing the work, but it doesn't seem to have solved the problems of conflicting movements causing delays (which when the through services from Parkway to the Avon Valley already take an appalling 50 minutes for the 17 miles to Bath is very frustrating and not exactly designed to encourage people to let the train take the strain). Every day this week one or other of my trains up or down the bank has been held before one or other of the crossovers. Will not reinstating platforms on the "fast lines" at Stapleton Road (at least - if not also Lawrence Hill) prove to be a false economy?
I also noticed at Parkway yesterday that although the former terminators from Weston were cut back to Filton for capacity reasons, there appears to be no problem leaving a terminating London service stabled in a platform for the best part of an hour and a half
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