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181  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: What would YOU put into railway / travel room 101?? on: June 07, 2019, 09:06:52 am
GWR (Great Western Railway)'s dodgy fares that are higher for A-C than A-B + B-C.
182  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: M4 relief road cancelled on: June 05, 2019, 07:42:08 am
It's really the wrong alignment for a relief road anyway. A Lavernock-Weston bridge/barrage would create many more new journey opportunities, removing the need to go past Newport entirely. And a rail element could be included, speeding up Cardiff-Taunton no end and (with a Cogload North curve) providing a sensible alternative to the Severn Tunnel.
183  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: June 05, 2019, 07:29:43 am
Last night's episode in the continuing 1B46 (1648 Cardiff to Swansea) trolley debacle. Got on in coach J, to be in the same half of the lousy 5+5 formation as the guard, despite its being the wrong end for the exit at Neath. Asked the guard directly, "Is there a trolley on this train?" Was assured that there was and that it would be through shortly. Must have been one of those invisible trolleys. Either that or standards have now fallen so low that GWR (Great Western Railway) guards now lie to customers.
184  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: 'The Flying Banana' GWR HST charity railtour, 1st June 2019 on: June 03, 2019, 12:28:53 pm
We need a second railtour with the start/finish ends in Carmarthen – the only flaw of the Flying Banana was it was very east-end oriented. Something like Carmarthen, Llanelli, Neath, Cardiff, Abergavenny, Hereford, Worcester, Oxford, Swindon, Melksham, Westbury, Taunton, Exeter, Newton Abbot, Paignton, Kingswear, Paignton, Newton Abbot, Exeter, Taunton, Westbury, Bath, Stapleton Road, Severn Tunnel Junction, Cardiff, etc, Carmarthen.
185  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Fares from TVMs on: May 31, 2019, 08:46:50 pm
And another long-standing puzzle - why is that "Ascot/Guildford"?

AIUI (as I understand it), the forward slash is interpreted as "OR".

Wouldn't "Not Reading" be clearer?
186  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: 2020 - lines (?) without major timetable changes on: May 30, 2019, 11:52:57 am
Cardiff to Swansea

Yes. Disappointing that it isn't going consistently half-hourly, rather than the current weird pattern of half-hourly in the morning peak, then hourly through the day and the evening peak to go back half-hourly after 1800. If they can do consistency for Cheltenham and Cornwall, they really should do it for the South Wales Main Line as well.

It's also disappointing that more trains aren't going to Carmarthen, as I'd much rather be in First Class for a journey of that length, especially when the competitor is TfW with its nastily short trains.

P.S. Interesting that the map shows Cardiff to Taunton services and Cardiff to Portsmouth services reversing at Bristol Parkway.  Planned, or misleading diagram??

Perhaps they should have put Filton Abbey Wood on the map instead of Bristol Parkway, although that would make it look like South Wales was getting the same treatment as the West Country, with stations like Bristol Parkway moved to a new semi-fast service -- again, part of the disappointing disparity in treatment that South Wales is getting.
187  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Reaching Rover on: May 29, 2019, 02:06:49 pm
Looking at the detail of the CJ restriction code, it says:

Outward Travel   Return Travel
Not valid on trains timed to depart:

London St Pancras International after 04:29 and before 10:04 or after 15:35 until 18:46;
Bedford after 04:29 and before 10:30.

So the 1005 time doesn't mean at Melksham or Chippenham!
188  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: May 29, 2019, 06:58:52 am
Anyone know what the problem is that's made them stick an additional Reading stop in this morning's Capitals United?
189  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Eleven questions from passengers at Reading on: May 28, 2019, 09:11:37 pm
6. Why is there still fi(r)st class on the trains and why is (it?) so expensive?

I suspect this one's highly location dependent. I love my £5.90 return (Neath to Cardiff) excess to First Class, especially on a Wednesday (wine on the way back). It covers all manner of my bad habits, from being too tired to have breakfast to skipping lunch by being too busy to just being a bit stressed.
190  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Eleven questions from passengers at Reading on: May 28, 2019, 11:50:51 am
1. Why are tickets so expensive - with particular reference to Oxford to Reading commutes
(is that a particualrly expensive run in pence per mile terms?)

Not exceptionally:

Reading to Oxford: SDS £15.10, 28m43c, 53ppm

Outrageously more expensive:
Reading to Heathrow T123 (route Not London): SDS £21.20, 27m7c, 78ppm

Slightly more expensive:
Reading to Southall: SDS £16.10, 27m48c, 58ppm

Slightly cheaper:
Reading to Shalford: SDS £14.30, 27m50c, 52ppm
Reading to Whitchurch (Hants): SDS £14.10, 27m70c, 51ppm

Much cheaper:
Reading to Feltham: SDS £13.80, 28m43c, 48ppm
Reading to Walton-on-Thames: SDS £12.00, 27m75c, 43ppm
Reading to West Byfleet: SDS £12.10, 27m39c, 44ppm
Reading to Farncombe: SDS £13.20, 28m70c, 46ppm
Reading to Bentley: SDS £13.00, 26m66c, 48ppm
Reading to Micheldever: SDS £11.80, 26m66c, 44ppm
Reading to Hungerford: SDS £11.90, 26m55c, 45ppm

Anomalously cheaper:
Reading to Winchfield: SDS £8.20, 24m38c, 34ppm
191  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Dartmouth Park and Ride on: May 26, 2019, 02:19:45 pm
I'm aware of the following route that runs in five connecting sections thanks to this pettifogging regulation:

T4 Cardiff to Merthyr Tydfil, connecting to:
T4 Merthyr Tydfil to Brecon, connecting to:
T4 Brecon to Builth Wells, connecting to:
T4 Builth Wells to Llandrindod, connecting to:
T4 Llandrindod to Newtown

Can anyone find anything that matches or betters this?
192  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Could you give up flying? Meet the no-plane pioneers on: May 23, 2019, 11:27:25 am
I only wish not flying was a realistic option: apart from being environmentally unfriendly, it's a thoroughly uncivilized way to travel. But I can only imagine my boss's reaction if I were to tell him that my next trip to Beijing was going to take 14 days each way.

And then there'd be the hassle of Belarussian and Russian visas. Going via Turkey, Iran, and the Stans would not improve anything, and gets uncomfortably close to areas the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against travelling to.

Edit: VickiS - Clarifying Acronyms
193  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Vintage rail poster quiz on: May 23, 2019, 11:15:59 am
13/14. Got the first one wrong. All these Southern seasides look the same.
194  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: British Steel Compulsory Liquidation - 22 May 2019 on: May 23, 2019, 11:09:30 am
(You know, there's another forum I post on where, if you type the word Scunthorpe, their software censors it - it doesn't seem to like a four-letter combination withn it...  Grin  )

My favourite of this genre from years ago was another forum where "my assumptions" became "I disagreeumptions".
195  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: 165/166s on this route on: May 23, 2019, 10:57:50 am
Clearance issues on the Hamble Viaduct.

Surprising that it didn't get singled in the BR (British Rail(ways)) era.
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