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1  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: Bristol TM to Stansted Airport direct from May 2019 on: February 11, 2019, 07:56:32 am
Nice to see an extra (fast) morning service from Gloucester.
2  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: What's in the box?? on: February 05, 2019, 08:43:06 pm
There is one that apparently Mark Hopwood lives in at Swindon. He pops out when he hears the media talking good about GWR!  Cheesy
3  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Why are First Enviro 400s freezers on wheels ? on: February 02, 2019, 06:10:40 pm
If you are meaning the 400 MMCs then I am quite surprised to see that they are not driver set. We have some that are lovey and warm compared to the normal 400s which take a while to warm up.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: February 02, 2019, 06:03:27 pm
Itís gotten to the point where I simply donít care if a HST or IET turns up... I still sit comfortably (not literally in comfort, in safeness and easiness) and I donít commute planning to see an on board Bake Off set provinding for the passengers.

Occasional faults are forgivable and I would only report if it happens multiple times. One issue is the train thinking it needs Air Con when it needs heating.
5  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: February / March 2019 engineering closures on: January 28, 2019, 09:41:50 pm
Anyone know if the hourly Plymouth to Penzance shuttle will be HST (8 coach - lovely), HST (4 coach - nice) or 150 (2 coach - please god no)...?

Looking at the other services, it would most likely be DMUs/HST GTi. You are more likely to be on a 150 however.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Re: Somerset Live "Tricks To Help You Get A Seat" on: January 28, 2019, 09:40:14 pm
Given how respected the "Live" articles are on the forum, I thought this might entertain you on this fine Sunday -

Should be renamed ďmuppets guide to train travelĒ  Cheesy
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: January 22, 2019, 07:19:13 pm
For the vigilant and regular travellers of members you would have noticed that signage is (finally) appearing on the IETs. I am working in London again next week after a long time over the place and I will attempt to get a Photo. However at Cardiff Central on Saturday I saw labels for bikes on the side of the trains. In the interior additional safety information posters are appearing and should eventually (alongside the reupholstered seats) will be rolled out over the fleet.
8  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: 4-car HST at Temple Meads, 18-Jan-19 on: January 18, 2019, 11:43:58 pm
The main use of the trains should (eventually) be for Cardiff-Penzance: new services of this distances are (supposedly) going to be introduced in the timetable change(s). They will run the odd shuttles and during early/late hours they may be ending up in Taunton on stoppers and some to Gloucester.

At the moment I believe that GW01 is still flying solo down there. An 802 covered for a shuttle last weekend as well.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Price of First Class from the Westcountry Significantly Reduced from January ? on: January 18, 2019, 11:37:54 pm
I just got off an IET at Reading and switched to an HST

Make the most of the HSTs while you can, they won't be around for much longer! There are now more IETs than HSTs in service now.
When the penultimate Cotswold train on a Friday night becomes an IET then that'll be a very dark day. Well actually it'll be a very bright day indeed because of the insanely bright lighting on the IET in 1st. I think you know what I mean though.

Sadly the 19:22 is now an IET with no functioning reservations and the usual insanely bright lighting which apparently cannot be turned down.

Is there not a switch somewhere, There is on the HST'S.

It has to remain on at all times by legal requirements.
10  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: 4-car HST at Temple Meads, 18-Jan-19 on: January 18, 2019, 06:14:27 pm
Evening all,

In what may be promising signs I went to Bristol Temple Meads earlier today (18th January) for the 1515 BRI-SVB train and noticed a 4-car HST set sitting in Platform 4. Lead loco was 43016 with the rear loco being 43194. Carriages had electric doors on them with power points fitted throughout of the same type as those found on the 166s (ie. with USB sockets as well as plugs). Working code was 3Z25 so presumably a test run.

4-car Bristol to Taunton HSTs come May anyone? Photos attached.


GW02/03 this one is. These are at St Philips for crew training at the moment. They will be moving down to Plymouth later on this year.
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: 2019 Predictions on: January 18, 2019, 06:13:06 pm
I do apologise if my joke wasnít written clearly, I never mean to cause offence to anyone on here and I seem to have no issue with anyone here. I do not feel it is needed for one and another to not get along - at the end of the day we are here to add our opinions and every now and again have a joke

Charlie  Smiley
12  Journey by Journey / Swindon to Gloucester / Cheltenham / Re: What happens if the alternate sprinter is up to hourly? on: January 09, 2019, 07:13:03 pm
And the issue is Gloucester. You have a massive revenue spot and probably a lot of people using it but the fact it takes around a decade to reverse it just causes delays even greaterly.

Agreed, Gloucester is a source of considerable revenue. And to acknowledge that, as from (?) end of this year, Gloucester's train service direct to London goes up from one every 2 hours to one an hour.

Doesn't do badly on some other fronts too - look at this comparative for trips to Birmingham:
Gloucester to Birmingham 69 miles, population 130,000.  Train journey just under 1 hour, hourly train without changes
Swindon to Birmingham 93 miles, population 200,000. Train journey 2 hours 5 minutes, 1 or 2 changes

I suspect there is a far better business case for Swindon - Oxford - making for good journeys beyond there to Milton Keynes, to Coventy and to Birmingham that there is for another train up the Stroud Valley, which to a greater or lesser extrent would compete with / abstract traffic from the higher capaity to London being provided, calling at exacely the same stations.

Gloucester may have a case for
a) Hourly rather that two hourly to Worcester
b) Improvements on the Journey to Bristol, which a few trains do in 37 minutes but most take around 53, and they're only running hourly.

MP says heís in talks with GWR for a half hourly stopper and then speeding up others, and also cross country have agreed to call three more a day. However really I donít believe him until I see it with my own eyes. It would be nice for a Swindon-Birmingham service and anyone who travels when filton bank is blocked you would know that a considerable amount of people boarded/alighted at Swindon.
13  Journey by Journey / Swindon to Gloucester / Cheltenham / Re: What happens if the alternate sprinter is up to hourly? on: January 08, 2019, 07:36:11 pm
We have ourselves in this discussion as a we have drifted away from the issues at the weekend.

Big win - big capacity increase, Swindon to Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa, almost all trains through from London at the major timetable change.   2 and 3 car trains on the run are up to at least 5 cars.   Increasing further to add in a 2 or 3 car train that doubles the capacity on that would require a very strong business case on top of the one made successfully but not yet implemented for the London extensions and routinely longer trains.

Now - what's missing from Swindon's service?  A fast service to Birmingham (reverse at Gloucester seems to take an age on the way up North!).  And a decent service to Oxford.  With Swindon looking to join the Heart of England Subregional grouping, it's looking at a future with Oxford and it's perverse for that near-city at the western extreme of that area to be reliant a single carriageway A420 or an M4/A34 dogleg nearly to Newbury, and with a frequent but slow bus service or trains that involve a pretty randomly connecting none-pattern at Didcot.

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.

And the issue is Gloucester. You have a massive revenue spot and probably a lot of people using it but the fact it takes around a decade to reverse it just causes delays even greaterly.
14  Journey by Journey / Swindon to Gloucester / Cheltenham / Re: What happens if the alternate sprinter is up to hourly? on: January 07, 2019, 09:54:54 pm
It would make more sense if the I.E.Ts could run hourly from Cheltenham to London Paddington, and the smaller ones run hourly from Cheltenham to Westbury via Melksham
This would mean there would then be a half hourly service to Swindon, each stopping at Stonehouse, Stroud, Kemble Then plat 1 for a London and plat 2 for the Westbury.

Exactly what is happening in the December 3019 timetable change.
(to the nearest hundred years)
15  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Cotswold Line - 2018 cancellation and amendments log on: January 05, 2019, 01:37:02 pm
I think they should electrify the Cotswold line as far as Worcester shrub hill, perhaps this should be in the predictions thread?.

Predictions for 2090 more like. They havenít made it to Temple Meads or Oxford yet, and I would think Cheltenham would be on the cards before that.

I had heard that there my be a plan for electrifying the line from Bromsgrove to yate, But was told, it would only be viable if cross country were to get trains to be able to use it,

At the current moment it would be a waste of money. If Cross Country use bi-modes it would be worth it, but if the new GW Franchise sees bi modes for West then certainly worth it. Would they go into Gloucester though?
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