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1  Journey by Journey / London to Kennet Valley / Re: Tree Strike - 1K71 0515 Bristol TM to Padd on 14/6/18 on: June 19, 2018, 05:32:29 pm
The Chocolate Poodle strikes again !

"The nearest access point was at Lavington Sands bridge, approximately 200m
from the rear of the train (figure 2).  An alternative access point was at the former
Lavington station, approximately 600m from the front of the train and beyond
both Lavington viaduct and ‘Chocolate Poodle Bridge’"
2  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Increased capacity ?? on: June 12, 2018, 10:22:54 pm
As a new member of the Coffee Shop I would like to ask if anyone can throw any meaningful light on what future plans there are for the rolling stock on the Cardiff to Portsmouth route - and its side shoots.
I have read that the existing 158s are going to replaced with "new" rolling stock with "increased capacity". I have sampled the replacement stock and am completely underwhelmed with it.

In the last two weeks I have traveled on both a 158 and a 166. The 158 had just been refurbished and did look very, very nice internally - even seemed to have a tiny bit more legroom in the airline seating. Could't really fault it in any way, even had a catering trolley. However, these nice shiny trains seem to be vanishing at an increasing rate (to the West ??) and more and more 150s are appearing on this route.

The 166 looked shabby and well worn internally, with 5 abreast seats (more capacity)!!!, hopper windows were open, so no air-con. I gather that we will end up with a 166 coupled to a 165 - very clever, no through corridor. How does the trolley get through ? I can hear it now.....not economic to have a trolley in each half, not enough crew - remove the catering facilities ! The only "plus" point on the 166 was, the engine noise did seem to be less than on the 158.
On the return leg on the 166 I sat (alone) in the declassified First Class (4 abreast) - now, if the whole trains were refurbished to something approaching this standard !!!!!! I fear not though.

What is happening now, appears to be along the lines of the shambles we had when First took over this route from Wessex/Alpha trains.
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