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1  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Disabled access requirements and their impact on staffing disputes on: August 16, 2018, 09:52:47 am
"The union’s general secretary Mick Cash said: This is a problem that will be exacerbated on companies like South Western where 70 per cent of stations are unstaffed."

Is this an accurate statement ?

I guess it depends what time of day you ask.

Ah ! You don't know either.... Grin Grin
2  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Disabled access requirements and their impact on staffing disputes on: August 15, 2018, 07:05:36 pm
"The union’s general secretary Mick Cash said: This is a problem that will be exacerbated on companies like South Western where 70 per cent of stations are unstaffed."

Is this an accurate statement ?
3  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: Imber bus on: August 14, 2018, 04:59:06 pm
Indeed - 66779 was the last of it's class to be built for the UK, and has been named "Evening Star" after the last steam locomotive to be built at Swindon in 1960. It is to be donated to the National Railway Museum at the end of its working life.

Caught it on the way back - between Upton Scudamore and Warminster.

4  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: Imber bus on: August 14, 2018, 01:45:17 pm
There's even a railtour going to Imber this year - should be busy at Warminster when it arrives!
http://www.ukrailtours.com/product/by-routemaster-to-the-lost-village-of-imber/

It was ! The bus queue after the train had arrived..............but it soon dispersed with the number of buses that they had running.
A good day out - recommended to all.



Rail tour arriving at Warminster - longest train ever to call at Warminster ? (Immaculate Class 66 on the front)

5  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Longer trains to Waterloo ?? on: August 13, 2018, 11:14:05 am
This sign has appeared on the recently extended platform at Warminster. 159 + 158 to Waterloo now  Huh Huh           The other platform just says "5 Car".

6  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Looking how we are doing - Sunday in Wiltshire and to Weymouth. on: August 12, 2018, 06:50:33 pm
Perhaps looking at the root problems would have stopped the tree strikes. 


..........especially on a branch line.............. Cheesy
7  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Looking how we are doing - Sunday in Wiltshire and to Weymouth. on: August 12, 2018, 11:52:29 am

................but the trip has been postponed due to various risks (don't you love risk assessments). 

They must have some very good risk assessors - they obviously knew beforehand about that pesky tree !
8  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Bring a packed lunch on: August 11, 2018, 09:23:26 am
( At least we have the Sleeper for Cornwall .......

I hear that DfT are procuring new matresses for that !!   Grin
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: August 05, 2018, 10:55:25 am

Looks like they've picked up a few stains already  Grin


Crumbs.................! Grin
10  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: The Consultation is On! on: August 04, 2018, 10:40:50 am

Suggestions of solutions to "solve the split ticket problem" worry me.  It feels to me that we are treating the symptoms not the underlying disease, and that if we were to treat the disease we would mitigate or cure the symptoms.  And are the symptoms in themselves really a problem?   Do we really want to throw out the baby with the bathwater?

Totally agree with you there !  The main problem is that no one knows what the disease actually is. The usual assumed complaint is "fares-too-high-itis" followed by examples of how cheap the fares are in any other country on the planet apart from the UK. Any fares "rationalisation" would therefore require huge cuts in ticket prices across the board - just how likely is that that ??  2 or 3p on income tax would probably make every rail traveller happy  ....until they get next year's tax coding notice from HMRC.

"Solving the split ticket problem"...what problem ? If I get a day ret from WMN to SOU it costs 18.0p/mile. (on a railcard). If I split at SAL, it works out at 12p/mile. Would the fare to SOU come down to 12p/mile - or the split fares go up to 18p/mile ...........only one answer there, I fear - problem solved !

I would put Advance fares in the same bucket as splitting - they can be amazingly "cheap" (My best one: 8p/mile, 1st Class from Euston to Glasgow). Does the commuter on the 0730 from Swindon to Paddington really expect his ticket price to drop to that level ? or does he want the Advance ticket his granny (and me !) buys, to travel off peak, to double/triple in price ? A lot of empty daytime trains coming up.

I fear that all that is going to happen is that many of the bargains available on the railways - and there are plenty - will vanish. Leave well alone until the disease is actually identified - if it ever is !
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Railway posters for the 21st Century on: August 01, 2018, 01:31:04 pm
This "Five go to" theme could be developed. Let's make it relevant to today's GWR.

"Five abreast in a 166".................
12  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: 165/166s on this route on: August 01, 2018, 08:05:41 am
A tip from a regular user- go for the down graded ex-first class at one end of a 166, or the first class end of a 165 on a service that is standard class only - these are the best seats in the house.

I think everyone has already latched on to that one - there were almost more in "First" than in the rest of the train on the return leg of my trip yesterday !
13  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / 165/166s on this route on: July 31, 2018, 06:48:44 pm
Today I had the “pleasure” of undertaking my second journey on a 166 from Warminster to Salisbury.  I would have said “what a joke” – but a joke is funny, this was most certainly not !

The 1121 at Warminster, usually a pretty quiet service, was some 10 mins late due to the failure, at Westbury, of the Portsmouth Harbour train in front of it. The passengers off this train were transferred to my train – a perfectly sensible response, intended to get the passengers a bit further on their way towards Portsmouth.

However, this then showed up the gross unsuitability of the 165/166s on the Cardiff – Portsmouth route. The train was perhaps ¾ “full” in actual seat terms – but the 5 abreast seating in the 166 meant that many/most of the three abreast seats had only two people occupying them - the 3rd seat was totally unusable.  The two abreast seat that my wife and I occupied was cramped, width wise – every time that someone tried to walk down the aisle my wife had to lean towards me to let people pass. This was perhaps, just bearable, for the 20 min run to Salisbury – but for 2 or 3hr runs between Cardiff/Portsmouth/Great Malvern – hell on rails !! A 3 car 158 would probably have (just !) given everyone a seat - a reasonably comfortable seat .................and a trolley could have got through.

The return service from Salisbury (same rolling stock) was very lightly loaded – but by this time the AirCon had given up the ghost and free water was being handed out by the train crew.

Just who decided that these trains were suitable for this line ??  We are facing a repeat of the fiasco that occurred when FGW originally took over the franchise – all the 3 car trains that Wessex had managed to gather, vanished - to be replaced by clapped out 2 (or even 1 car) trains.
I often take the train to Salisbury rather than drive – but if this is a taste of the future, the Fiesta is going to accumulate even more miles !!

Finally; while we were waiting at Warminster – passengers waiting for the 1100 service to Cardiff were told it had been cancelled. The reason given ?  “a train fault – which has now been fixed !!”. Just who put together such an idiotic announcement ?  If it had been fixed where was the train ?? 

14  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Stock moves and changes this weekend - West of England main line on: July 29, 2018, 10:39:22 am
800 309 became the first IET to run in passenger service west of Taunton as the nine car set formed the 08:18 to Paignton and 13:08 back to London Paddington.

Seen here between Westbury and Trowbridge on the return leg (via Melksham.)


15  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Westbury - Warminster locals on: July 28, 2018, 09:16:01 am
Well at least they have the weekend to decide which excuse to use on Monday.......

The dog ate my homework.....................
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