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1231  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: A return, or not on: July 03, 2017, 02:54:16 pm
Thanks for the advice and collective knowledge. I will just have to get on my bike and use it.
1232  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / A return, or not on: July 02, 2017, 10:02:25 am
As the "name" might suggest I am a rail user who cycles, with a Brompton.
I dislike there and back journeys, get off at one station and then cycle get on another train at another station.
I am Reading-based. For example yesterday got a return to Portsmouth Harbour. Cross-Coutry to Southampton. SWT (South West Trains) to Hamble, then cycle to Gosport, ferry to Portsmouth Harbour Station, SWT to Winchester & XTC back to Reading.

Now the question is, I want to cycle from Bedwyn to Swindon using the old railway line from Marlborough to Swindon. Is the only option a return to Westbury (with Senior railcard), allowing for the fact I like to have an escape route (possibly back to Bedwyn)?
All advice welcome, ask because the price jump between Bedwyn and Westbury is noticable.
1233  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: Imber bus on: June 30, 2017, 11:04:14 am
Last time I was there I got the "unit trench digger" award? Won't be any of that if I go this year. The village was in better condition then, more of the buildings were recognisable, especially of you got the "guide" book. The FIBUA (Fighting in Built Up Areas) village is an addition, and a fine example of the building standards of the Property Services Agency (PSA). The predecessor to the PSA was the MPBW (Ministry of Public Blunders and Wonders, to "friends") who were even worse and disappeared in, I believe, a cloud of suspicions of financial impropriety.
1234  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: First / MTR win South Western franchise 2017 - 2024, and CMA raises competition concerns (merged topic) on: June 23, 2017, 04:50:11 pm
Try a train to Ascot on race day. Only two coaches at barrier end tend to be used, its a ling way in heels.
1235  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Luton Airport Rail Link on: June 23, 2017, 04:41:28 pm
For those who live in the Reading area there is another Luton Airport Link:
Probably has sufficient custom because of the Polish population, both Reading & Slough were popular places to settle after EU» (European Union - about) membership.
1236  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Queen Elizabeth II recreates a train journey made by Queen Victoria in 1842 on: June 12, 2017, 02:17:29 pm
I hope the VIP traveller on Wednesday Tuesday does feel the same about the seating arrangements as has been previously reviewed here

Edit note: The first post has been slightly amended, and all three posts in this new topic have been split off from the 'Class 387 coming to Thames Valley', for reasons which will become obvious as you read further.  CfN.  Smiley
1237  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Childhood travel memories on: June 11, 2017, 03:08:31 pm
Can somebody remind me of the route of the Brighton to Plymouth? Went to Plymouth a couple of times on it, I presume I would have got on at Havant (?).
Also remember sailing up Belfast Lough early one morning, on a Royal Fleet Auxiliary (that didn't have a good trip to the Falklands).
1238  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Childhood travel memories on: June 06, 2017, 07:26:56 pm
Another memory, and a question.

We used to visit relatives in Mid-Wales. After a trip from London via Shrewsbury, we used to change at Moat Lane Junction. I seem to remember that they used to bring steps to the carriage doors. Did part of the Cambrian Railway (?) have lower platforms, or is age playing tricks on the memory?

Moat Lane Junction was a station with no road access, I believe there was at one other like it somewhere in the north of England.
1239  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Childhood travel memories on: June 06, 2017, 03:43:49 pm
Happy memories of childhood. For a Great Western Coffee Shop there appear to be a lot of members who come from Southern Region!

I grew up on Hayling Island, home of Stroudly Terriers(?). I cycled up the old railway line on Saturday, nothingmuch left at Hayling Island (the terminus) and remembered the wind at North Hayling (Halt). We lived the "wrong" side of the island so didn't use the Hayling Billy that much. I used to be sent with a bucket to get cockles and winkles from the old oyster beds, which would be combined with train watching. Also memories of the old wooden Hayling Bridge, with its railway toll collector. The weight limit on the bridge meant everybody on the single-decker bus walked across, except mothers with babes in arms, which was a bit breezy in winter! Interestingly another part of my youth was spent near Shoreham (Sussex) also a wooden bridge with a railway toll collector.

Train spotting from Hayling was mainly done at Havant, the main memory was being able to say all the stops on the Waterloo slow train, the semi-fast was obviously easier.

Trunks being sent separately; PLA (Passenger Luggage in Advance). The start of Saturday's cycle ride was Portsmouth Harbour, then round to The Still and West. Down the cobbled lane from there used to be the British Road Services quay for the Isle of Wight. All these peripheral functions went at about the same as Beeching I imagine.
1240  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: launch of national campaign promoting scenic and sustainable tourism by rail on: May 18, 2017, 10:12:36 am
Interesting that the Purbeck Line says it will run a commuter service from Wareham to Swanage from June 13th. Couldn't find Swanage on the National Rail Enquiries site. Does that mean that it is not 100% definite yet? Or will tickets only be sold through the Swanage Railway?
1241  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Security, on stations on: May 07, 2017, 02:41:46 pm
I noticed yesterday, on Guildford station Rail community officers of South West Trains. What are their powers (legal, I'm not worried about levitation or similar)? I have previously seen similar on Southern.
Are these just a way of saving money, rather contributing to British Transport Police?
1242  All across the Great Western territory / Active travel: Cyclists and walkers, including how the railways deal with them / Re: Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) on: April 23, 2017, 11:58:57 am
Sorry. a link might be useful:
and the related technical guidance:
1243  All across the Great Western territory / Active travel: Cyclists and walkers, including how the railways deal with them / Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) on: April 23, 2017, 11:31:18 am
I notice that the CWIS has been released before the "shut down" for the election.

Not sure how much this will have any effect the railway. There is mention off £30 million for cycling facilities at stations, but how much of this is actually new money? A significant proportion of the money is allocated to local authorities, in the case of Reading probably more smoke and mirrors and little new infrastructure.
1244  Journey by Journey / London to Kennet Valley / Re: Oxford Road and Southcote Junctions Grade Seperation on: April 06, 2017, 10:13:23 am
The other "pinch point" on this route is where the line from Reading arrives at Basingstoke. There has been talk of grade separation but I haven't understood how they would fit it in.
1245  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Wait finally over for Ilkeston train station as hundreds turn up to opening on: April 06, 2017, 09:59:09 am
There was an article on this a few days in The Independent and The i. I was thrown by a reference to Oxfordshire Parkway, where they presumably meant Oxford Parkway.
Last Saturday travelling from BSK (Brake Standard Corridor (carriage)) to RDG(resolve) I noticed what might be some preparatory work for Reading Green Park. Looking yesterday from the nearby road bridge the work appears to be where the developers plan showed the station.
For a line that possibly has capacity issues, there is a proposal for Grazeley Garden Village, south of the M4, for 15,000 new homes. The document suggests a wish for a new station.
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