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136  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Perranwell Station gets the Penmere Treatment - Maritime Line on: November 27, 2019, 11:27:11 pm
Very nice! Much like the treatment of stations on the Looe branch.
137  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: request to ban food on trains on: October 10, 2019, 12:03:46 pm
I think this whole thing is a non starter. I suspect the well meaning CMO was thinking about snacks on busses and I cant see for a moment how you would define a short distance rail journey. e.g. I am sure an IET (Intercity Express Train) Paddington to PZ would not be seen as short distance but what about if the IET trolley sells a snack between ST Germans and Liskeard??
Not worth bothering about IMHO (in my humble opinion)
138  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Sunday 1 December on: September 13, 2019, 01:16:06 pm
Finally working, but only by mid day today!
139  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Sunday 1 December on: September 12, 2019, 11:03:57 am
Its not the timetable- can make bookings for Monday 2nd or from Reading on Sunday 1st. Sent GWR (Great Western Railway) an email but no reply!
140  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Sunday 1 December on: September 11, 2019, 07:58:27 pm
Paddington to Liskeard. Still says no services! ( Which is clearly untrue)
141  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Sunday 1 December on: September 11, 2019, 09:25:41 am
Is there some problem with services to Cornwall on Sunday 1 December? GWR (Great Western Railway) website cant offer any train times or tickets!
142  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: St.Erth Park and Ride on: June 07, 2019, 04:15:27 pm
The platform modifications were solely to cope with general passenger numbers. The old Platform3 was very narrow and could not efficiently handle growth in passengers. Wide platform is safer. Two sided boarding was never an issue , nor needed.
143  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: IET Quiet Coach Signage on: May 12, 2019, 12:49:33 pm
That is very interesting! I shall get on to MPs (Member of Parliament) and contacts in the House of Lords to sweat the DoT.
144  Journey by Journey / London to the West / IET Quiet Coach Signage on: May 10, 2019, 12:05:01 pm
The old IC125 had very clear signage in Coach A that it was the Quiet Coach, and consequently it was easy to point out to any noisy phone user that they could not use their phone.
The signage in the IET (Intercity Express Train) Quiet Coach is very poor- one notice at one vestibule end. This makes it hard for the innocent phone user to know they should be quiet but also near impossible to point out to any phone user that they cant use their phone!
I have raised this point with GWR (Great Western Railway) customer services but would be interested to know if I am the only traveller that finds the IET signage insufficient.
145  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: GWR May 2019 Timetable on: April 29, 2019, 08:02:05 pm
Looks like a much better service to me!
146  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: More dangerous overcrowding to the Westcountry on: April 26, 2019, 03:49:14 pm
That is good news about drivers, but the next problem is train managers and buffet trolley staff. Travelled on the 14 April Sunday 0805 Penzance- Paddington the other week,  composed of 2x5 coach IETs (Intercity Express Train). All fine to Plymouth, then no buffet staff. Passengers not well pleased and by Tiverton were getting cross. Train manger in back set advised passengers needing drinks to move forwards to the front set, buy drinks then come back to seats at Taunton. This was done, but no buffet trolley in front set either. Grumpy passengers return and berate Train Manager, who then discovers there are NO STAFF ATALL in the front set, so all passengers and TM(resolve) are moved to front set and back set is closed off as regulations require that no passengers can sit without a staff member being present. SO, not much point running 2x5 car units if there aren't buffet or TM staffing availble!
147  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Night Riviera Sleeper refurb on: April 09, 2019, 10:01:06 pm
Cheaper to take the lovely sleeper berths than stay in London. But sitting up overnight? No thanks.
148  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Retracing the abandoned tracks of Cornwall's highest railway on: February 25, 2019, 08:08:47 pm
Loose rail on a quarry incline at Kilmar Tor Quarry. All the track on the substantive railway line was lifted in WW1 and taken to France.
149  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Retracing the abandoned tracks of Cornwall's highest railway on: February 24, 2019, 11:24:26 pm
Not quite accurate I'm afraid , you wont find any rails. The line was laid with individual granite setts to hold the rails rather than traditional transverse wooden sleepers. The traces of the line are quite easy to follow and with a bit of imagination and a good OS (Ordnance Survey) map you can join up the dots to project the planned extension of the line beyond Minions right out to Kilmar Tor and then with guesswork on towards Altarnun.
150  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Penzance local services - May 2019 on: January 17, 2019, 07:15:47 pm
Rather worrying that the WTT (Working Time-Table) does not show the up Golden Hind..  is it being scrapped? - error or conspiracy to stop any one from Cornwall getting to Paddington before 1100?
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