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1  Journey by Journey / London to South Wales / Hunting Dogs on the line on: January 20, 2020, 01:10:38 pm
Twitter reports that a train hit some hunting dogs on Saturday. Judging by Real-time trains it was in the Badminton area

“Cardiff to London train has stopped, as hunting hounds strayed onto the track, and the train ahead has hit them. The word “carnage” was used..”

Sympathies to all concerned. Sounds nasty
2  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Speed Restriction between Bath and Bristol - 45minute delay on: December 03, 2018, 11:09:06 pm
Was on the 1630 off Swindon to Weston. At the point of the speed restriction there  was a large number of the orange army removing corrugated iron off the railings at a bridge somewhere near Twerton - presumably the “tunnel” referred to in BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page) news is this bridge carrying the railway over the road. Judging by google maps it was Jews Lane.
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: SandTEngineers Spot the Railway Location Photograph Quiz on: January 15, 2018, 10:07:08 pm
The rock face in the background makes me think of Cattedown. I can’t quite read the Industrial Estate sign to check
4  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Class 9 Headcode, Taunton to Cardiff on: January 02, 2018, 05:05:43 pm
Was browsing Open Time Trains and bored a Class 9 headcode running through Filton 

RTT» (Real Time Trains - website) states these are for the Taunton to Cardiff circuit, this week only
(Bristol Temple Meads - next trains)/from/TAU» (Taunton - next trains)/to/CDF» (Cardiff - next trains)/2018/01/02/0000-2359?stp=WVS&show=all&order=wtt" target="_blank">

So why Class 9? To differentiate services operated by Cl. 166 Turbos?
5  Journey by Journey / London to Swindon and Bristol / Person hit by train at Sydney Gardens, Bath - 2 Oct 2017 on: October 02, 2017, 05:14:07 pm
Seems a train (haven’t worked out which) struck a person in the Sidney Gardens area at around 1640ish. I’m in 1C20 which was behind it between Box and Bathampton Jcn, which is wrong lining back to Chippenham, to divert via Badminton down to Bristol

Usual thoughts for BTP (British Transport Police), Driver and those on site

6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: September 29, 2017, 09:50:18 pm
My huge apology, LawrenceHillBilly - in adding your post to the diary, I deleted your original text ... and it had only been posted for such a short time that it hadn't made the hourly backups  Wink   - Grahame
7  Journey by Journey / London to South Wales / 2 + 6 HST from Swansea on: July 10, 2017, 04:49:10 pm
The 1L71 1428 Swansea to London Paddington wa light two TSOs (The Stationary Office (now OPSI)) this afternoon, a combination I've never seen before.

Air Con in for repairs, perhaps?
8  All across the Great Western territory / Active travel: Cyclists and walkers, including how the railways deal with them / Sustrans wants a name for the Railway Path bridge in Easton, Bristol on: July 01, 2016, 04:54:53 pm
The bridge that carries the Bristol and Bath Railway path over the Bristol and South Wales Union line between Lawrence Hill and Easton Road is officially Midland Railway Bridge #6, but is currently nameless.

Press release follows
Jointly with Bristol-based organic herbal tea producer Pukka Herbs, Sustrans and Bristol City Council’s Travelwest project are transforming the railway bridge on the Easton and Lawrence Hill section of the path.

The bridge is the busiest part of the network, seeing more than 770,000 cycle journeys and one million journeys including pedestrians per year. With the creative help of artist Robyn Boden and the children of City Academy and Whitehall Primary School, the bridge will take on a new lease of life through a 90-metre mural. 

The mural will celebrate the identity of the area and the people and wildlife that inhabit it. It will even include a herb trail for those taking a leisurely stroll along the route.

With the regeneration of this bridge comes a new name, but the name is yet to be decided. Name suggestions can be entered by emailing or tweeted using #namebristolbridge.

The Bristol public have from now until midnight on Wednesday, July 6 to name the bridge. The person who suggests the chosen name will not only win a number of Pukka Herbs prizes they will also have the honour of having their name next to their winning suggestion on the bridge's official plaque.

Sustrans director of fundraising and retail, Julian Hall, said: "I hope people take a moment and send in their ideas and also that people reflect on what a national treasure the National Cycle Network is and consider giving support to Sustrans to help in its upkeep."

Pukka Herbs co-founder Tim Westwell said: "Pukka's mission is about connecting people, plants and planet, starting with a delicious cup of tea. In order to benefit all three of these living things, sustainability plays a key role.

"This new partnership between Pukka and Sustrans encourages sustainable travel and ultimately aims to improve the wellbeing of both people and the planet."

Sustrans and Pukka Herbs came together at the end of last year with the motivation of regenerating run down areas of the National Cycle Network and creating habitats for wildlife that also celebrate herbs and the beneficial impact they can have on health and wellbeing.

Since being started in Bristol, the National Cycle Network passes within a mile of all UK (United Kingdom) homes and now stretches more than 14,000 miles across the length and breadth of the UK.

And yes, Bridgey McBridgeface has already been suggested!
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