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1  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: Yesterday at 02:06:39 pm
I am currently sat on a 9 car IET with no hot water, no reservations and the trolley is no where near me, even at Swindon!
2  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Class 802s on: August 19, 2018, 07:12:09 pm
I meant my comment in a joking way, sorry if misunderstood. I do agree that a buffet provides a warm welcome and more of a long distance feel. The micro buffers do not live up to the “buffet standard” in my opinion, feeling overcrowded. Though a buffet is still better, and would probably provide better food options.
3  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Summer Saturday Westbury to Weymouth peak - 2018 v previous years on: August 19, 2018, 04:35:39 pm
It’s a shame because the HST was a great benefit on the line, and it was in a place that was needed. The route should be 5 or 6 car Turbos, but GWR is a mess at the moment so many reasons why not.

Turbos provide lower comfort quality, and I remember traveling one Saturday two or so years ago and people were commenting on how it’s “comfy” “better than the last time we came” comparing with a 150 or 158, and they do not have 3x2 seating.

If the IETs were cleared it would have been great to be able to operate them across areas of the network that may be busy that would normally be operated by commuter or regional trains but there you go, what a shame.
4  Journey by Journey / Swindon to Gloucester / Cheltenham / Re: Cancellations 1G14 and 1W01 on: August 19, 2018, 04:30:25 pm
Not particularly looking forward to my Sunday Swindon works in October. Most weeks Inhad a 5 minute connection to catch at Parkway, some days missing it and continuing to Temple Meads. I also had to pay extra for any permitted route so I was not sat on a Rail Replacement Bus for 1hr 30mins.
5  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Class 802s on: August 17, 2018, 01:43:15 pm
The video contains a very rare CONFIRMED sighting of Mark Hopwood, MD of GWR.

It looks lovely on a carefully stage managed press launch. I heard no mention of the "B word" only pointing out how wonderful the trolley is.

Now wait for the reality of crush loaded 5 car trains with a hidden trolley.

You don’t like the trolley? Since when  Cheesy
6  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: 8th September 2018 - Railfuture Severnside, meeting in Gloucester on: August 16, 2018, 08:36:56 pm
Just adding to the diary for the moment, with a note that it's an afternoon meeting at a venue near the station.  Gloucester is a fascinating City with a lot of transport history things (water especially) to see ... I'm (personally) planning to be up there a few hours ahead to have a good look around.

The city centre will let you down, however a new bus station is being built at the moment opposite the station. A lot of transport history though not very remains of the old Tuffley loop.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: August 15, 2018, 01:07:26 pm
Found a photo on twitter of the new first class moquet
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: August 14, 2018, 07:10:07 pm
Within two weeks of the 800s introduction the first 43s were off and you did not see any 5 vice 10 until the start of 2018 unless it was an issue with the staff of which five were locked out of use. I’d say between April and July were the most short forms, and I seem to feel that they have cut down slightly over the past month or so, but I can’t say it does not happen. The main issues related to short forms are currently that there are fewer HSTs than needed, there are units still being used for testing and the trains have teething problems.

I personally as a whole have no issue with the train itself, yes a buffet would be nice, yes it would be nice if they were not split in half but GWR always tell me once they are fully introduced the only time I will see a short form is because of a fault with a train, or maintenance work. I believe that there will certainly be many, many less though it will still happen, and to what extent no one can say.

I am from Gloucester, I am told next year when the service goes hourly that my trains will be 5 and 9 cars off peak and 9 and 10 peak. That’s enough for my line, and it also allows the 9 cars to operate most Bristol and Cheltenham trains. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a 5 car 802 covering for a duty on my line because it is a fairly suitable train.

At the end of the day, both the Government, Hitatchi and GWR are to blame for the awful introduction of these ‘Super’ trains. I and many others see how they can provide better journey times and hopefully a better passenger experience, with 4tph Bristol and 3tph Wales (peak), also 1tph Cheltenham these trains will eventually (whenever that is) provide a better experience, hopefully  Wink

(didcotdean, I was typing whilst you posted yours, sorry if things are repeated  Cheesy)
9  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Boardmasters, 2018 on: August 13, 2018, 01:27:37 am
There is “an all you can eat and drink” option instead.  Grin

Unless you are on a service out of Paddington near peak, and a family of four “helps themselves” to lots of it  Wink
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: August 12, 2018, 02:38:37 pm
Drivers have their own stop markers

Didcot and Bath do not have on train announcements for short platforms as they are going to be extended, so manual SDO is used instead by the driver.
11  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Cutdown 125's to operate Penzance to Plymouth clockface service on: August 10, 2018, 06:50:11 pm
shame there was pasty crumbs all over the place...something for GWR to address (cleanliness)??

Better pasty crumbs than dog doodoo

“If you see something that doesn’t look right..
Please do not leave your pasty unattended”
12  Journey by Journey / London to Swindon and Bristol / Re: IEP between Bristol and WSM on: August 10, 2018, 06:47:35 pm
TBH I'd prefer it if a proper HST did turn up!

Unless they declassify first it shouldn't be a problem getting a seat, and I normally find the platform number and board the train a good 10 mins before anyone else ;-)

Just as an update to this, total GWR Farce!  Arrived at Paddington about 1850, to allow plenty of time in the lounge (train booked 2000).  Noted that the 1926 to BRI was canx, so realised would need to be on the ball to find the platform for the 2000 before everyone else!  But after 10 mins in the lounge, noticed now the 1926 was running and it was the 2000 that was canx!  Spoke to the receptionist, who made a call and then advised getting the 1926 and then another train from BRI to WOR. Now since the only train after that to WOR was the canx 2000 off Pad, I figured that was not overly helpful, and in actual fact would be better getting the 1933 to BPW, as at either Bristol station I'd need a lift home, and even without the roadworks in temple way, BPW is easier to get to than BRI from outside the city!

This train was 7 mins late leaving due to train crew late arriving on a delayed service, but a proper HST reverse formation so first was nice and empty.  However after departing RDG I learnt that GWR changed their minds yet again, canx the 1926 and resurrected the 2000.  Even so, decided it was not worth the risk of bailing at SWI and finding a 5 car IET rammed with 2 HST-worth of pax, and continued to BPW.  Arrival back in WOR was before the ex-2000 was due anyway, so overall it worked out, no thanks to GWR but big thanks to my friend!

Paddington staff are all rude, I asked if First Class was at the front or the rear and they snapped “I don’t know”. Elsewhere on the network I feel GWR provide great information and customer service.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: GWR mobile tickets on: August 10, 2018, 06:43:44 pm
I saw somebody using one of these get on at Keynsham the other day. So GWR but not gated. She just showed her phone screen to the guard when he came round. Of course her destination could have been a gated station – does it work if only one end is gated?

At the moment, that’s what GWR are saying. They always tweet “we are in the process of rolling it out across the entire network”
14  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: August 10, 2018, 06:41:37 pm
Went to Bristol today, massive progress since I last went 4 months ago, and it isn’t an easy project that has been set out.
15  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Cutdown 125's to operate Penzance to Plymouth clockface service on: August 09, 2018, 11:29:09 pm
It would also have been nice to add a composite coach K to add first class for commuters traveling on a connected service.
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