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1  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Trains told to get rid of torrent of 'Tannoy spam' on: January 21, 2022, 09:04:08 pm
Those pesky TFL (Transport for London) travel updates at Reading (General) across all platforms. I’m sure anyone who is going there will have a clever little device in their hand and find out on the journey or once they arrive.
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Advent quiz - day 7 Railway Bridges Quiz on: December 07, 2021, 11:20:19 am
5 Dukes cut lock on the Oxford Canal? Just south of Wolvercote Junction?

You beat me to it by a couple of minutes!

6 is just north of there, where the disused line linking the Cotswold Line to the Bicester line crosses the Oxford Canal.
So it is. Well spotted.
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Advent quiz - day 7 Railway Bridges Quiz on: December 07, 2021, 10:01:44 am
5 Dukes cut lock on the Oxford Canal? Just south of Wolvercote Junction?
4  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Are the railways fit for their (future) purpose? on: December 05, 2021, 04:53:15 pm
I guess there is simply no way of calculating how railways contribute to an economy beyond the profit or loss they make. I should imagine that the London Underground has enormously played its part in contributing to the economy of London while at the same time not turned a profit for long periods in the past (recent developments aside of course, which I see as a bargaining tool). How is the National network not seen as a benefit to the economy, regardless of which services are making a profit or a loss, when it’s clear it is seen like this in other European countries?  It’s not just lines that need protecting but frequency of service particularly at a time when it should be encouraged to use the train. This switch cannot be done with a market led system as use for many types of journeys will never be encouraged if the network is poorly integrated, expensive and vehicles lack capacity. Skeleton services do not encourage use. Surely standard retail economics cannot be applied to (perceived) public transport?
5  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Are the railways fit for their (future) purpose? on: December 02, 2021, 10:18:42 am
I don’t have much faith in things with a ‘seamless user experience’. I’m not keen on a railway which requires a charged battery, an app and the latest operating system to be used. Embrace technology yes, but keep options open and simple to make things easy for anyone to use. I don’t particularly want to see a book ahead railway nor passengers competing for space on trains.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Are the railways fit for their (future) purpose? on: November 29, 2021, 09:58:34 pm
The behaviour of society was also different on a Sunday in the BR (British Rail(ways)) days. Times have changed. My point was not so much that BR did a better job, more that the unfashionable routes had options where cross subsidy was available. Public run services can run a more cohesive network over TOC (Train Operating Company)’s that favour the busiest routes and full capacity as often as possible. Do we look at transport networks as a financial situation or a societal one? I would always choose quality of life over the price it may cost.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Are the railways fit for their (future) purpose? on: November 29, 2021, 07:08:09 pm
Agreed. They are not fit for purpose because they are run for profit not people. Private public transport folds at the first sign of any difficulty and getting services back is much harder than getting rid of them in the first place. Cross country is the largest operator that doesn’t serve the capital and as I’ve stated before our railways are run for London not for connecting the country.
8  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: New station at Ruscombe??!! "Twyford Gardens" on: November 26, 2021, 07:12:30 pm
Flys or flies in this context?
9  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: New station at Ruscombe??!! "Twyford Gardens" on: November 26, 2021, 07:11:58 pm
London Oxford Airport

So handy for Selfridges no doubt.

And quite possibly closer to the centre of Birmingham than London as the crow (or any other bird that flys in a straight line) flys.
10  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: New station at Ruscombe??!! "Twyford Gardens" on: November 26, 2021, 12:23:16 pm
As well as the unimaginatively named Thames Valley Park getting a station on the relief lines in east Reading that appears from time to time, although it’s been a good ten years since I last read anything about it.
11  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: New station at Ruscombe??!! "Twyford Gardens" on: November 26, 2021, 09:53:35 am
London Oxford Airport
12  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Shaping up for a Less British Railways rather that Great British Railways on: November 19, 2021, 08:26:26 am
In an ideal world London would have no more infrastructure projects facing it until the rest of the country has been improved. The majority of our railways and services favour London and this has created part of the imbalance and the reliance on cars elsewhere in the country.
13  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Trimode cl 769 to operate Reading to Oxford and Gatwick. on: November 17, 2021, 09:53:30 pm
I saw one move through platform 3 at Oxford station last week towards the sidings. I couldn’t see it on the real time trains website.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Question: Where did the locomotive hauled Network SouthEast services run to? on: November 17, 2021, 12:33:54 pm
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UPmco2llz5w

A great video by Soi Buakhao demonstrating a class 47 running around its train at Newbury has now appeared answering the question fully finally. He has plenty of other videos from the NSE (Network South East) era and beyond.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Parliamentary bus? on: October 27, 2021, 04:00:12 pm
I also recall that bus operators are not obliged to use newly installed stops if they don’t want to. Most of course do to avoid confusion but that has its problems when you have two stops unnecessarily close together which obviously slows the service with people boarding or alighting at both.
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