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1  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: CrossCountry HST modifications. on: Yesterday at 09:40:18 am
Saw GW01 in the 'flesh' for the first time last Friday (14/09/2018).  Takes some getting used to seeing two power cars on four coaches Grin

We could have got used to them PDQ on Cardiff/Portsmouth !
2  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Sinkhole at Newton Abbot - main line closed 14/10/18 on: October 14, 2018, 01:09:34 pm
The "hole" is reported to be 20ft deep

How many of those will it take to fill the Albert Hall?*

*Mandatory "joke" #2.

Surely that should be "Olympic Swimming Pool" ?
3  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Railway bridges struck by road vehicles - merged topic, ongoing discussion on: October 14, 2018, 11:32:05 am

I don't normally make a big thing of spellings - with two dyslexic children, it doesn't do - but I feel the need to point out that here in Europe we have metres, not meters.  Grin

Here in Great Britain we have the freedom to spell it either way............. Grin
4  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Railway bridges struck by road vehicles - merged topic, ongoing discussion on: October 13, 2018, 09:37:00 pm
Isn't it rather shocking that in 2018 we still have signs in shillings and pebbles?

I don't think it is shocking at all - more like common sense, as "shillings and pebbles" are much more sensible units.  Wink Both the meter and the kilogramme are too big for many purposes. Many years ago there was an attempt to get the aviation industry to use the meter as the unit of aircraft altitude - this was roundly rejected by the aviation industry as being too coarse. The metrication zealots went away saying that would be back with a suitable metric unit - we are still waiting for that one !!
I spent some time in Paris when my aunt lived there and can clearly remember the "livre" (pound/half a kilo) being widely used for foodstuff.
There was an item on the Today programme only last week about how widely used feet, inches and stones, lbs and oz still are - even by people who have only been taught the metric system during their school time.
Indeed, I have in front of me as I type, a birth announcement card from my No2 daughter announcing the arrival of a 7lb 10oz girl !
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Smoking and wee-ing at gated interchanges on: October 13, 2018, 09:08:14 pm
If you go to Waterloo (main) on a "London Terminals" ticket, the barriers will give the ticket back to you (as they should), hang onto it - the loos on the platforms at Waterloo East are free !!
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 10, 2018, 11:26:20 am
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20181008-how-to-build-a-better-train-toilet

........but are the seats any more comfortable than the seats in the rest of the train ??
7  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Three in a row? on: October 06, 2018, 11:46:35 pm
Further to the comments on the rather strange "To Southampton Central via Southampton Central" announcement above - there is actually one service that can make such an announcement perfectly correctly. The SWR service from Salisbury to Romsey does indeed go to Romsey - via Romsey ! Going the other way it starts at Romsey and then passes through Romsey approximately half way through the journey to Salisbury ....................
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: October 06, 2018, 10:47:37 pm
So overall pretty impressed but you might want to bring your own cushion if travelling long distance!

Lidl were selling two packs of nice foam cushions last week !
9  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Longer trains to Waterloo ?? on: October 02, 2018, 06:58:14 pm
You will be glad to know that even newer signs have now appeared on both platforms at Warminster - both now just proclaim "5 car stop". It appears that someone has money to waste ! Shame they couldn't waste it on those awful 165/6s that we have been condemned to suffer for the next umpteen years.

10  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Brightons gone again on: October 02, 2018, 05:15:08 pm
I caught the 1410 from Southampton Central this afternoon - was there about 30 mins beforehand and everything seemed to be running normally then ................in fact, amazingly, my train was on time at Southampton and into Warminster.................but.... the train down was 12 mins late.
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Other things railways did on: September 30, 2018, 07:29:00 pm
Running Hotels .... running buses ... running car parks (oh - they still sorta do that) ... hiring out arches ... selling advertising and franchising space ...

........funny isn't it ?  After not doing the things that you mention above any more - you might expect that they might be able to concentrate their efforts on running a railway .........huh !
12  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Three in a row? on: September 30, 2018, 07:17:02 pm
This route does seem to have suffered particularly poorly this year, much as Trans Wilts has. I've travelled from Bath to Southampton several times, and invariably trains have either been cancelled or have run very late, which has often meant missed connections (and in one instance then to more cancelled trains further along the line, which in the end I gave up on as it was obvious I wouldn't reach my destination until the time I was due to return). And, as has been said before, it has also meant some intermediate stations being missed out when late trains have run.

Totally agree ! The so-called service on this route has declined appallingly of late. I did note a few days ago that of 67 calling trains at Warminster only 20 were "on time" (+/- 2mins). If you were hoping to go West (Bristol, Cardiff - even Westbury !) of Warminster this morning - if you didn't get the 0847 then the next train was 1258 !!

I went from Warminster to Bradford on Avon (and back) the other day - of the 10 or 12 trains I saw (live or on CIS) only 2 were on time. The train I got back (running late) was was displayed as a Southampton service - on boarding, it was announced as a service to "Southampton Central via Southampton Central"..... It was then announced (in a very roundabout fashion) as a Brighton service which would now terminate at Southampton. At Westbury there were a lot of transferring passengers from a London bound HST - these people were thrown into confusion having apparently been told that the Brighton service had been cancelled but had not been told/didn't realise that this (now Southampton) train was their best bet to get to Brighton. They were actually getting on the train then trying to get off again when they discovered that it wasn't going to Brighton. As I was sitting at the end of the coach I got up and told one group of very confused ladies that this was the train they needed to be on.

I am going to Southampton and back on Tuesday...................I await that adventure with some trepidation !!
13  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Filling the 15:19 to 17:36 gap from Swindon on: September 28, 2018, 06:25:43 pm

A couple of days back, I was asked to fill in a passenger....................

Just what had they done to warrant such treatment ?
14  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Longer trains to Waterloo ?? on: September 22, 2018, 09:51:45 pm
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".



I thought I was joking !! Tonight................

15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: September 18, 2018, 06:19:24 pm
Just to say that these seating plans are available to download as PDFs from the GWR website at these links below:

5-car IET

9-car IET

HST


Many thanks for those .
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