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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: Looking for their "forever" homes, litter of 5 bred for LT and fostered on IOW on: July 30, 2020, 08:00:11 pm

SWR press release gives more details
https://www.southwesternrailway.com/other/news-and-media/news/2020/july/after-more-than-80-years-of-service-island-lines-trains-ready-to-retire
Interested parties need to note this:
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The trains are also subject to a statutory Designation Notice following the decision of the Board of Trustees’ of the Science Museum on 4 March 2020. Prior to ownership transferring, SWR would need to ensure the future plans for some or all of the vehicles were acceptable to the Board of Trustees.   

Eh? Why is the Science Museum involved? Have I missed something in the other topics about these trains?
2  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: End of the Monday-Friday commute? Transport watchdog calls for urgent rail fares on: July 17, 2020, 07:34:15 pm
Logical solution is an Oyster card type facility, would save a lot of season ticket faff (and yes, I know, before it starts, Oooooooooooooooo's gonna pay for it etc!)  Smiley


Something like Tap2Go from sister company SWR? Looks interesting but a major flaw is that it cannot be used to/from London.

https://www.southwesternrailway.com/train-tickets/ticket-types/tap2go
3  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: First trip by train in four months on: July 15, 2020, 07:26:56 pm
Get your flu jab!

Thanks for the reminder. I wonder how that will work this year. Have doctors surgeries re-opened yet? Will pharmacists continue to give flu jabs as they have in previous years?
4  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Mobile app tickets .... hard copies now being issued. on: July 12, 2020, 07:44:25 pm
I'm going to suggest that GWR started including printable QR code tickets as a pdf attachment on 12th or 13th February. The reason I can be that precise is that I'm looking at my email confirmations.
A mobile ticket bought on 11th Feb got me a confirmation email but no pdf. Two days later another mobile ticket and I get a pdf with the confirmation.
5  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: The "Campaign Against Rail Travel" on: July 12, 2020, 07:34:38 pm
I think I can decode the colours- the long orange line is the Guardian, the short one the Standard (after they started giving it away free?), and the long mauve line is the Express, the short one the Metro.

The Express and the Mirror coming together under one ownership certainly have one thing in common- a huge historic decline in sales!

I agree the short mauve one would be Metro but it began (in London) in 1999, at least 10 years earlier than shown on the graph.
and the short orange one is possibly the Standard which began in 1827 and became free in 2009, 9 years after the graph shows.
6  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: The "Campaign Against Rail Travel" on: July 12, 2020, 01:59:55 pm
I'm not sure I understand the graphics. Using the same colour for different papers is confusing.

There's also no key to explain why either Metro or the Daily Express figures start between 2010-2015 or why the Evening Standard or The Guardian start from about 2000.
All of those papers were launched much earlier than those dates.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Buses - what would put you off using them soon? on: July 07, 2020, 08:02:19 pm
The council operated ones in Swindon haven't worked for around two years.

However a new one showing departures outside the railway station has been installed in recent months.

I presume that's a touch screen display?
I don't *think* so - although in the current circumstances I didn't fancy touching it to find out.

The reason I asked is that the display seems to have several clickable links at the top, bottom and possibly within the timings.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Active travel: Cyclists and walkers, including how the railways deal with them / Re: Getting up hills: The CycloCable on: July 07, 2020, 02:46:20 pm
It's an idea that comes round every few years. One question more relevant to Park Street than that hill in Trondheim is how it affects crossing the road.
And what about parked cars? Can you manually cycle around them, then resume your assisted ascent?

9  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Buses - what would put you off using them soon? on: July 07, 2020, 02:32:35 pm
The council operated ones in Swindon haven't worked for around two years.

However a new one showing departures outside the railway station has been installed in recent months.

I presume that's a touch screen display?
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Low bridge? no problem on: July 06, 2020, 07:50:38 pm
Wish people would record videos in landscape not portrait though!

Agreed.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Active travel: Cyclists and walkers, including how the railways deal with them / Re: E-scooter trials - but rental only. What do members think? on: July 03, 2020, 08:38:47 am
In Central London, the TfL bikes are a common sight. Also now increasingly common to see are the dockless hire bikes from other companies scattered inconsiderately along the pavement. I presume e-scooters will need to be docked so they can be charged otherwise they would join this clutter.

My other concern is potholes. Won't the scooters smaller wheels make the riders more vulnerable to accidents than other road users?
12  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Pershore Station Developments on: July 02, 2020, 07:53:28 pm
a) Consider the angle of the sun onto the screen.   Ticket sales at Melksham are predominantly in the morning (is that the case in most places, considering day returns?) so a screen facing north or west is preferable to one facing east or south.

e-book readers such as Amazon Kindle are apparently good for reading in direct sunlight.
Perhaps in future colour e-ink / electronic paper screens could be used on TVM's.
13  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Pershore Station Developments on: July 02, 2020, 10:05:43 am

Isn’t it odd, on logical and safety grounds, that you have to walk past the machine as you enter the platform, and then turn to face it with your back to the track?

It seems to be a standard position. I can't think of any stations with a TVM on the platform that don't face that way.
14  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: so when are we allowed to get back on trains? on: June 28, 2020, 07:59:02 pm
Red face department
Just went to look up some trains on National rail Enquires and found their certificate has expired.

see attached

Looks like it has already been fixed. It now has a certificate valid between 18th June 2020 and 28th June 2021.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: "How coronavirus could usher in a new ‘golden age’ of rail travel" on: June 28, 2020, 08:57:51 am

Do any of you remember the Dial - a - Bus scheme of the 1970's when, in theory, you telephoned an operator and they said a bus will be with you in X time just as you do with a taxi.  I know there are still some dial a bus schemes operating but they are more a pre booked scheme than an on demand scheme.

Railways do not have the operational fallibility of road to run a dial ride scheme, the railways do their best when they operate a regular timetable



A similar service was trialled in Sutton (London) last May.
https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2019/may/trial-of-on-demand-bus-service-gosutton-launches-today

The one year trial was interrupted by Covid-19 and it is not know if it will continue. I can't find any info on a resumption apart from party political bickering.

A second scheme launched in November 2019 in Ealing called Slide.
https://londonist.com/london/transport/tfl-bus-on-demand-ealing

But the Slide website says this
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We have with regret decided to end the Slide Ealing service.

Due to the on-going pandemic, we are unable to operate the Slide Ealing service in a way that we envisaged at the start of the trial.

It has been a great pleasure serving the Ealing community, and we are proud of what we have learned and achieved during our time in operation.



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