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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Lee? on: Today at 11:48:57 am
Isnít that the amount of progress HS2 has made?
2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: Today at 10:15:19 am
Last weekend services were terminating at Swindon although they all ran. This weekend all Cheltenhamís are running as of 10:14. Half term has just started as well so it seems like itís a step in the right directio
3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Railway: on-board catering, buffets, Travelling Chef, Pullman - ongoing discussion on: October 17, 2018, 08:25:27 pm
Today I was scrolling through my twitter feed and I find the new refurbished HSTs for ScotRail. I was looking at First Class.

Same seats as GWR, but new carpet and lighting. Toilets refurbished but still small.
Standard Class is the same with more seats.

But what strikes me is the fact that ScotRail provide Bacon Rolls (as well as porridge etc) on a service where generally passengers would travel for shorter amounts of time. They also have a self service station and at seat trolley service. Soup and rolls are served in the afternoon.

They are also able to staff a buffet and a trolley service, using only three customer hosts. I always thought this could have been an option.

The DfT could have added a buffet to GWR sets if they were not money ridden as well as ability to run a at seat service, i.e a 10 car rotation with 4 customer hosts could be used as 1 at buffet, 1 on Standard Trolley and 1 on First Trolley and another helping out with duties. It also means that I do not need to wait for the Ďnow approaching Swindoní announment to get my cup of tea when itís a nine car set.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 17, 2018, 06:40:21 am
Feeling ďsickĒ today as I cannot be arsed to travel with this disruption.

144 Train Cancellations this morning.
108 Amendments

Cheltenhamís terminating at Swindon
All others terminating at Reading.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: October 15, 2018, 05:03:25 pm
In the end I was offered a cup of tea and a biscuit. It was a peak service so it was busy. Apparently large maintenance on the Hitatchi units today.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: October 15, 2018, 07:48:35 am
This mornings train is 5 coaches, so I paid for first class as I wasnít prepairednto stand for 2 hours on a train to Paddington. Canít wait for my complimentary breakfast cooked from the kitchen staff hiding area. Yes, I mean the invisible breakfast.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Where do YOU travel on: October 14, 2018, 07:42:07 pm
Dickdot Oxford and Reading from the west
I do hope thatís a typo  Grin

Yate to Bristol (PW & TM)
Yate to Didcot
Yate to Gloucester
Yate to Taunton
Yate to Weymouth
Yate to Cardiff
Yate to Parson Street
Yate to Paignton
Yate to Weston-Super-Mare
Yate to Warminster (for ImberBus)
Yate to Glasgow (sorry EasyJet for this one)

and returns from above destinations.

You forgot about Yate..
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Where do YOU travel on: October 14, 2018, 06:28:57 pm
When Cheltenham goes hourly will you change the Swindon to Gloucester/Cheltenham forum area to London to Cheltenham consdiering 90% of the journeys will run the entire route?
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Wireless microphones at stations on: October 14, 2018, 06:25:31 pm
Recently I have noticed that the train dispatchers/ delivery assistances seem to have these microphones which connect to the platform speaker. Seen at Gloucester, Bath, Dawlish and somewhere else which I can not remember.

Anyone have any idea how these work/what they use?
10  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Sinkhole at Newton Abbot - main line closed 14/10/18 on: October 14, 2018, 09:12:25 am
Ouch. Up here itís raining a lot but I wouldnít think that anything of significance is going on..
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: The fair weather railway? on: October 12, 2018, 06:43:26 am
Carmarthenís not expected to run for most/all of the day.
Liskard-Looe cancelled throughout on JourneyCheck.

Tree on the line earlier so a Penzance service is running 110 minutes behind schedule and is also carrying CrossCountry passengers. Itís fine in my neck of the woods but Iím surprised the leaves on the track excuse has not been used yet.
12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: What can be taken on the train can't be taken on the plane on: October 12, 2018, 06:37:28 am
Even GWR are telling people not to bring the IET with you  Cheesy
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: New Stock for the Swindon to Westbury via Melksham Service on: October 11, 2018, 06:34:07 am
Rumour has it that a fully fitted kitchen will be on boards providing pullman services.
14  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Planned Industrial Action on: October 10, 2018, 10:30:12 pm
Clearly aimed at causing maximum disruption during the Autumn internationals at Twickenham. I suspect SWR were expecting it so have plenty of times to make contingency arrangements. The RMT continuing the tactic of striking to disrupt the leisure market picking half term week for their 5 dayer.

I'd be genuinely interested in the contingency arrangements that are capable of shifting (the bulk of) 82,000 people to & from Twickenham.

"This train is formed of 1242 coaches"

Passengers for Twickenham should request to the conductor on the train to alight here.
15  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: ScotRail's plans for their HSTs. on: October 10, 2018, 07:10:54 am
The first ScotRail HST in passenger service is scheduled to be the 0907 from Aberdeen to Edinburgh on Monday 15th October 2018.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-45800463
364 days after the IET, maybe they were feeling unlucky. Smiley
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