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1  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Mid Cornwall Metro - APPROVED on: January 21, 2023, 07:25:49 am
I suspect the two main improved passenger flows will be Truro -St Austell, which should have a very good, and genuinely walk-up service when you add in n the current half hourly service, and more long-distance connections through to Newquay at Par. The infrequency of the current Newquay -Par  deters a fair few from travelling on up country. I still think rerouting the Newquay brach via Burngullow  has to be the longer term preference.

The siding at St Austell could be used to reverse trains.
One of the stock moves of a 150 is the train operating the Looe branch stables overnight at Par then does the Newquay service the following day as it doesn't need refuelling. A 150 has quite a complicated week starting at Exeter on the Devon Metro on to Gunnislake, into Cornwall on to the branches being serviced at Penzance before heading back to Exeter. Don't know how long the cycle take.
2  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Okehampton on: January 19, 2023, 05:18:42 pm
The parkway station is in among new industrial park and new housing nearby.
3  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Okehampton on: December 25, 2022, 07:53:21 am
They couldn't have shown a worse picture on that Dartmoor Line website. The platform in June 2021 was in better condition than many in the South West.
4  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: (lots of !) Steam train on: December 22, 2022, 09:36:59 am
This summer they stopped calling at Goodrington, Churston, and Greenaway.

Saw the train of lights last night and it has a steam engine with tender at either end. Couldn't make out what they were. It only stops at Kingswear for photos. You cannot exit or enter the station. A friend who works for them get 1/4 fare. there are no concessions for pensioners.
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: (lots of !) Steam train on: December 21, 2022, 10:29:00 am
Dartmouth Steam Railway has been running two trains at 1645 and 2045 from Paignton since 20 November. The Santa specials have all sold out but the others have seats. Not cheap.
6  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Hollicombe NEAR torquay rail/road bridge now open on: December 21, 2022, 10:19:25 am
Road resurfaced and fully opened over last weekend and 10mph speed limit for motor cars etc lifted.. Some minor snagging still being done.
7  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Okehampton on: December 21, 2022, 10:16:59 am
The heritage group kept that station and platforms in very good condition beforehand.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: VivRail into adminstration on: December 15, 2022, 05:43:18 pm
Not sure where to post this?

Really sad news.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / VivRail into adminstration on: December 03, 2022, 10:36:15 am
Sad news for the Greenford Branch. Isle of Wight trains ok.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: End date for Castles - initially a Rumour Mill thread on: December 02, 2022, 07:08:06 am
So, stock that argueably should not have been repurposed in the first place now to be withdrawn with no provision for replacement. This from a railway whose services are already often capacity-constrained at a time when passenger flows are in a state of flux and the industry is struggling both to (at times) meet demand and (at all times) return to a financial surplus.

In the medium term, does this mean chaotic provision of 5 carriage IETs (Intercity Express Train) on Paddington services, short formed Cardiff - Portsmouth services, a greater chance of underprovision of services on the line into Cornwall, or all three? This doesn't feel healthy at all.


The Castle class was a stop gap to allow other stock (150s/158s) to replace 143s that had to go. As more 9 car 800s will be able to go to Penzance and stable with the new sidings, there will be some extra 5 car 800s available. Platform 2 extension at St David's will also allow more 5 car trains to be used.

IF only they could get the 20 769s working a lot of problems would disappear overnight.
11  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Hollicombe NEAR torquay rail/road bridge now open on: November 26, 2022, 08:59:33 pm
Update. Pedestrian footpath has opened on the North side. Previous footpath on South side closed. Two narrow lanes at 10mph for cars and buses. One lane at night. Been at it for nearly 11 months with no end in sight.

Is it the longest short bridge replacement in the world?
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Problems with IET trains from April 2021 on: November 14, 2022, 08:23:15 am
Plans for this have been in the pipeline since the report on the HST (High Speed Train) derailment at Carmont was published.
I believe two castle diagrams are being replaced by IETs (Intercity Express Train) from the December timetable change.
13  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Cullompton and Wellington on: November 02, 2022, 08:59:50 am

Can't find the old thread but opening predicted for 2025.

They might even beat Edginswell as Torbay can't find the money again.
14  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Devon and Cornwall resignalling on: November 02, 2022, 08:50:50 am
They want an hourly service to Newquay as part of a cross Cornwall metro to Falmouth.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Rail Strikes - Truss / Trevelyan / Charles era on: October 01, 2022, 06:28:15 am
Lucy Frazer KC MP (Member of Parliament) I believe was appointed Rail Minister of State this morning

Ely, Waterbeach, Soham, Dullingham, Shippea Hill, Histon (if you call that a station) ...

Confirmed on twitter to be Kevin Foster….appears Truss had a change of mind

Torre, Torquay, Paignton, Goodrington Sands
Goodrington Sands hasn't been open for some time and Edginswell still to open.

I've met Kevin Foster a few times. He knows a 143 from a 150. Last time I saw him was on the platform at Newton Abbot (stilll no sign of the second entrance there) when he was getting an early train to Paddington and he showed me an app on his phone to get a £10 upgrade to first class.
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