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196  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Patterns of three on: March 02, 2019, 07:51:32 pm
5 stumps me. I think I can come up with something sensible for the others.
197  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: Timetable and other upcoming changes - overview (from GWR) last Monday on: March 02, 2019, 07:39:06 pm
Any hope for getting Swansea up to 2tph in the pm peak? The current situation with short turns at Cardiff arriving at 1622 and 1723, where they'd be just about to be getting very busy indeed if they continued west, is absolutely ridiculous. That it currently goes up to 2tph after the pm peak is even more mad.
198  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Theoretical Design For A New DMU For Portsmouth-Cardiff Services on: March 02, 2019, 07:15:54 pm
Part of me wonders whether it wouldn't be possible to convert some of the 5-car Hitachis to diesel/third rail and use them on the Portsmouth service. They'd be less bad there than on the Main Line.
199  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Excessing a season ticket - what's the price - how to do from a TVM on: March 01, 2019, 11:34:41 am
A missive was released today in the Weekly Retail Circular:
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If a customer requests a single excess on a season ticket, always use a single ticket as the base ticket of which to apply the excess from.
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Example 2:
Customer holds standard class monthly season from Swindon to Trowbridge via Melksham and wants to travel via Bath Spa in one direction only.  Charge the difference between a standard single (SDS) Swindon to Trowbridge bia Melksham, and a standard single (SDS) Swindon to Trownbridge via Bath Spa.

Does this work for upgrading to First Class as well? So if a customer holds a season from NTH to CYS (only available as Standard), and wants to go back from CDF» (Cardiff - next trains) in First Class (ideally on the 1825 on a Wednesday to get the "free" wine), then it should be £17.40 FOS minus £11.60 SOS equals £5.80. This would be very good value – seeing as the wine's usually £5, that's effectively an 80p upgrade.

And if I can do this, will the (TfW-operated) booking office at CDF have a copy of the weekly retail circular to be pointed to?
200  Journey by Journey / London to South Wales / Re: Awaiting train crew on: February 28, 2019, 02:52:25 pm
There's really no need for train crew changes mid-route on a line that is only 3 hours long – if they were done at Paddington and Swansea instead, no-one would even notice them. Sounds very much like the crew booking on place is in the wrong location.

That is fine as a principle but you need to ensure all Swansea crews end their shift in Swansea and Paddington crews end in London.  If you can't then splitting a journey between two crews may be a way of achieving it.

Two-day rosters with a hotel room in the middle would come before that in aviation. Thankfully the days of quasi-random for-your-inconvenience mid-route stops at Shannon Airport types of location are long in the past.
201  Journey by Journey / London to South Wales / Re: Awaiting train crew on: February 28, 2019, 07:52:30 am
Hi All
On the 17.56 from Cardiff to London, been waiting at Bristol Parkway for train crew. This is a new one on me.

Bassett


It does happen.  There are traincrew changes scheduled here and if the relief crew are delayed by late running of their previous job, that's it

That's just bad planning. It's not exactly the Trans-Siberian Railway. There's really no need for train crew changes mid-route on a line that is only 3 hours long – if they were done at Paddington and Swansea instead, no-one would even notice them. Sounds very much like the crew booking on place is in the wrong location.
202  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: Network Rail launches sale of Cardiff Valley Lines on: February 26, 2019, 08:44:58 am
So how much is the Government charging the Government?
203  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Cool List: The Best [South Western] Railway Journeys on: February 26, 2019, 07:15:56 am
My thoughts are going round to the top ten WORST bits of the south west rail network, if there are any.
Plymouth North Road has to be a strong contender.
204  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Cool List: The Best [South Western] Railway Journeys on: February 25, 2019, 08:07:35 am
Paignton to Kingswear. One of those routes that really should still have main-line trains, but the steam does add to the atmosphere.
205  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Reading Green Park on: February 17, 2019, 04:10:08 pm
I'm not surprised that the station site still looks like that. What surprises me is the jump to using extra rolling stock, rather than inter-working with the Newbury local service, which already seems not to have very tidy turnarounds.
206  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: Class 175 fire Pontrilas 15 February 2019 on: February 16, 2019, 10:18:40 am
I guess there must be clauses in the contract between ToCs and ROSCOs» (Rolling Stock Owning Company - about) about incidents such as this?   While the ROSCO owns the stock and therefore has a vested financial interest, it clearly has no part in the maintenance and operation of it.  In this case, I guess the damage will be repaired and the unit put back into service.  But in event of a vehicle being written off, things maybe start to get rather complicated?
And then there's the manufacturer, Alstom. As I understand it, the contract was to build and maintain the units.
207  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Zero excess on: February 15, 2019, 06:13:01 pm
Welcome to the forum, James ... shows the danger of setting up sales target systems!
Thank you, Graham! I've certainly enjoyed lurking for some time. So here's to de lurking!
208  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Zero excess on: February 15, 2019, 02:47:02 pm
Many years ago, I was on a full-and-standing Cross Country train. In the buffet car, naturally, as it was more pleasant to stand and drink beer leaning against a counter than to stand beerless in an aisle. Got talking to the guard, who was bemoaning not being able to meet his ticket sales targets, due to not being able to get through the train. So I asked him if a zero excess counted toward his target. Apparently, it did; so I got him to excess my ticket from Birmingham Stns to Bordesley. Maybe it's silly jokes like that that are partly to blame for reluctance these days.
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