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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Portishead Line reopening for passengers - ongoing discussion on: January 19, 2019, 10:16:17 pm
I would go for 2, while minimising the effect on wild life.  If this is not possible then we will need 1 and a tram train might make sense for Portishead to Temple Meads.
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: 2019 Predictions on: January 17, 2019, 02:30:47 pm
Learned posters indeed. Plus me

I forecast that Go-op will announce plans to launch an open-access mission to the planet Mars by 2035. "We were hoping to run a train from Taunton", a spokesman will say, "but the bureaucracy got the better of us. This will be easier - it's not rocket science."

You forget.  Rocket science is easy.  It is the engineering that is difficult.
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The West - but NOT the West's trains / Re: What is there to do in Melksham? on: January 17, 2019, 11:01:26 am

Apologies for quoting myself, and sorry to grahame that it's not about Melksham, but rereading this post reminded me of some local Taunton news this week. The town's longest trading store, The County Stores, is closing down this Saturday, 19th January 2019, after 183 years serving the people of Taunton.


I was only thinking about them last week.  In the 60s my father worked in Chard and we had a weekly grocery order phoned by my mother to the Chard branch of County Stores and delivered to my father who brought it home.
4  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Re: Delay scarf on: January 14, 2019, 02:57:55 pm
Wouldn't a Cotswold line scarf result in something of Doctor Who proportions?

The standard length is 2 rows per day (1 per journey) so around 220 rows per scarf.  I agree that on the Cotswold line it would be predominantly red and not grey.
5  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Delay scarf on: January 14, 2019, 02:46:47 pm
A woman in Germany is selling the scarf she knitted when her train was delayed:

A scarf knitted by a German woman to document her frustrations with frequent train delays is expected to sell for almost €4,000 (£3,500) on eBay, as the country’s biggest railway company announces plans for a punctuality tsar.

The “rail delay scarf” came to prominence when Sara Weber, a journalist, posted a photo of it on Twitter earlier this month. Her mother, a commuter in the Munich area, knitted two lines a day in 2018 to represent how long she was delayed for, she explained.

The scarf is colour-coded: grey wool meant her delay had been less than five minutes, pink signified delays of between five and 30 minutes, while red meant she was delayed for more than 30 minutes or had been delayed both ways.

“In the spring, everything was OK. Lots of grey and pink,” Weber wrote. “Then for a while it was all red: rail replacement traffic throughout the summer.”

The scarf, approximately 1.5 metres (4.9ft) long, represented many Germans’ frustrations with train delays, despite their country’s reputation abroad for efficiency and punctuality.

Is this something for the Transwilts or Cotswolds lines?
6  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: A novel way to beat the busy commute on: January 11, 2019, 02:28:23 pm

Are you suggesting that they should have paths on the relief lines since Crossrail will not be using them for a while?
7  Journey by Journey / Swindon to Gloucester / Cheltenham / Re: What happens if the alternate sprinter is up to hourly? on: January 08, 2019, 06:17:24 pm
So - a better use of one of the two units release off the Stroud Valley would be an extension to Oxford from the TransWilts.   It's already a major flow for people, it's very poor by rail at the moment, it gives excellent connections onward to Coventry and Birmingham, it links up the way the regions will be linking up, and it looks forward to Manjana when the train are running from Oxford to Milton Keynes, with West Coast main line connections.  In fact, the same train may as well carry on from Oxford.

In summary grahame you are proposing to extend EW Rail to Southampton - Milton Keynes/Bedford.  Some empire building!
8  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Alstom and Eversholt to hydrogenate class 321s on: January 08, 2019, 03:32:23 pm
Since they require a significant amount of storage space for an unspecified range of a short train I see them running on short lines in competition with battery trains.  I do not see them running intercity routes so will not remove the need for OHLE on strategic routes.
9  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: Storage siding for trains during major everts on: January 05, 2019, 05:42:52 pm
In round terms, that would hold around 70 carriages

And where would 70 carriages that can be just laid up for a few hours be found (apart from Ely Papworth Sidings that is of course)?

I understood that the plan was to use 12 car 387s as crowd busters to move punters back to London after big events.  They normally finish outside TV peak times.
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: 2019 Predictions on: January 03, 2019, 05:25:39 pm
It really beggars belief doesn't it?  Also makes the point with CyclingSids observation about no experience or equipment. That should end up well.

In theory they have the experience as senior management is ex 'My Ferry' which was the successor to the failed 'Sea France'.

I am sure it will all be ready at about the time the last driver waiting at Calais dies of old age.

Seriously I hope the DfT have not specified the seats or the refreshment facilities.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: December 30, 2018, 08:24:12 pm


Other helpful French phrases include:
Avant garde - equivalent to DOO here.

This thread is getting like a version of 'I haven't a clue'.  Can we play Mornington Crescent across the GWR network?
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: December 23, 2018, 10:48:04 am
My daughter travelled Paddington to Bristol Parkway on Saturday afternoon.  She said the train was full but everyone she could see was seated.  The problem was the lack of luggage capacity.  She described it as 'we were all playing tetris with our cases'.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: A (personal) Christmas message, greeting and review on: December 22, 2018, 10:42:54 am
Thank you for all the hard work you put in behind the scenes.
Merry Christmas to you, your family and fellow coffeeshop members / lurkers.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Drones cause Gatwick chaos. 20/12/2018, ongoing. on: December 21, 2018, 03:50:16 pm
There is a good analysis of the technical issues in locating and disposing of the drone(s) here:
15  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / German railways are not all they are made out to be on: December 20, 2018, 03:11:15 pm
From the Guardian

Cancelled trains, lengthy delays, cracked bridges and wildcat strikes by disgruntled employees – a trail of chaos in recent months has caused Deutsche Bahn (DB) to become the butt of jokes and withering complaints.
Once the pride of the German state that owns it and the envy of much of the rest of the world, Germany’s national rail network is showing considerable signs of strain and decline amid accusations of chronic underinvestment in its infrastructure.
Transport watchers say the rail network is in danger of plunging to reliability levels familiar to British commuters but alien to Germans who for years took punctuality for granted.
Deutsche Bahn transports 2 billion customers a year and is the largest rail operator in Europe. At its peak, 95% of German trains ran on time, whereas at one point this year that figure slumped to just a third.
Germany’s Pro Rail Alliance, an amalgamation of non-profit NGOs and businesses, says 90% of Germans support its call for more investment. It argues that despite a big financial injection in recent years, Germany’s €69 per capita spending in rail infrastructure still lags far behind that of comparable countries such as Britain (€165) and Switzerland (€362).

I thought that the level of government investment was interesting.
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