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196  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Railway: on-board catering, buffets, Travelling Chef, Pullman - ongoing discussion on: May 18, 2019, 11:08:56 am
Travelling Chef failed because ultimately it was producing mediocre food that few people wanted at a high price.

The Eggs Benedict was good though. Definitely miss that.
197  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: NR Reorganisation 2019 on: May 17, 2019, 08:42:24 am
Do we get chocolate and cream totem signs and diesel-hydraulic locos too?
198  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: GWR bans surfboards from IET services on: May 16, 2019, 02:17:52 pm
Perhaps its time that GWR (Great Western Railway) Long Distance became a separate franchise,
Didn't we already try that? I remember the days of GWR being the Intercity operator and suffering Thames Trains, Wales & West, Valley Lines and who remembers what else?
The problem was that the split was in the wrong place. Alphaline services generally belonged in Intercity.
199  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Pricing anomaly on: May 16, 2019, 08:30:01 am
Noticed another weird one in much the same vein:

Bristol Parkway to Newport
SDS  ANYTIME DAY S          ◊    STD  SINGLE   ADULT: £12.30   CHILD: £6.15
CDS (Off Peak Day Single [ticket type] (formerly 'Cheap Day'))  OFF-PEAK DAY S   W1    ◊    STD  SINGLE   ADULT: £12.00   CHILD: £6.00

Bristol Parkway to Cardiff Central
SDS  ANYTIME DAY S          ◊    STD  SINGLE   ADULT: £12.00   CHILD: £6.00

Both set by GWR (Great Western Railway). Presumably this is a mistake, as I can't exactly see them getting many 30ps from people who want to go to Newport and never come back.
200  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: How much taxi before it stops being a train journey? on: May 14, 2019, 08:35:32 am
And the rail journey from Berrylands to Sutton takes just 40 minutes (probably as fast as your choice) and costs £3.90, (just 90p more than the fare to Surbiton!) though admittedly neither train probably has a buffet, let alone a restaurant car, so I'm guessing that rules it out as an option?

Could actually do it for £1.50 by walking over to the X26 bus.
201  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: May 14, 2019, 07:47:04 am
On the 1648 Cardiff to Swansea (1445 ex Pad) last night, the lady sitting next to me asked me whether it was possible to get a drink on this train. I restrained myself from laughing and suggested that she walk to the other end of the set and bang on the kitchen door where the staff in the front unit were hiding.

The worst bit of it was that the trolley had been in the vestibule of carriage B when I got on at Cardiff, but all too typically it promptly did its vanishing act, rather than bothering to serve customers. GWR (Great Western Railway)'s management really need to get a grip on this sort of knocking off early behaviour from its staff (the buffet used to stay open until just before Port Talbot; so there should be a blanket ban on stowing trolleys before this point). They may think that they're invisible when they're hiding in a kitchen the wrong side of First Class in the unit the guard isn't in, but they need to learn that this definitely is not the case.
202  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Children sharing their names with railway stations on: May 13, 2019, 07:59:51 am
And of course the late Shirley Holms Halt.
203  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail / Great British Railways on: May 08, 2019, 03:33:35 pm
It's absurd that separate tickets on the 07:53 from A to B and then on the 09:30 B to C (a continuation of the same train) work out cheaper than buying a ticket all the way from A to C via (and calling at) B on the same train.

Mathematically the way to achieve this is a flat peak surcharge irrespective of distance.
204  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: Swanage Railway - return of passenger services and reopening to Wareham on: May 07, 2019, 11:54:28 am
One wonders whether it's really worth their while repairing whatever clapped-out "heritage" diesel unit they're proposing using. For that much money, they could have bought six class 139s, which would actually have been reliable (so they could donate four to other branch-line reopenings...).
205  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Journey Swindon to Birmingham 07/05 on: May 05, 2019, 08:58:53 am
Meanwhile, NR» (Network Rail - home page) still has this brilliant advice on its website: "All tickets are valid via any reasonable route unless specifically stated on the ticket."
206  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: May 01, 2019, 09:11:51 am
I'm puzzled.  In my day, the school year ran until the middle of July. So why are they speeding things up from the end of April?
Presumably the effect of a good chunk of the kids being on study leave for exams?
207  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: RAIB 2018 Annual Report on: May 01, 2019, 08:21:04 am
Very sobering.  Wasn't there another very similar incident in Cardiff during the resignalling a couple of years ago which was just as concerning for the same reasons?

I think you're thinking of this incident:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/report-152017-serious-irregularity-at-cardiff-east-junction
208  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: GWR bans surfboards from IET services on: April 30, 2019, 12:27:05 pm
Yet another case of putting customers (who pay their wages) first last.

If the surfboard were a fare-paying passenger, that would be a fair point. Maybe if GWR (Great Western Railway) were to sell tickets for surfboards, double basses, bicycles, outsize prams, and dogs it would have more interest in providing a service to such customers.

I am not sure whether this intended as irony given that GWR DO charge for surfboards and double basses [£5 IIRC (if I recall/remember/read correctly)]! I have no idea whether/how it is policed.
At two thirds of the cheapest Child Advance ticket from Paddington, that's a bit of a drop in the ocean (groan), even if they did succeed in charging it. (I had no idea that dog tickets etc were even a thing any more.)
209  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Railways crossing runways on: April 30, 2019, 07:47:41 am
Paignton station staff say a 10 coach IET (Intercity Express Train) is too long. I have seen 800's and 802's at Paignton. There was a 158 there today which is becoming more often.

So run it through to Kingswear! :-)
210  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: GWR bans surfboards from IET services on: April 30, 2019, 07:42:23 am
Yet another case of putting customers (who pay their wages) first last.

If the surfboard were a fare-paying passenger, that would be a fair point. Maybe if GWR (Great Western Railway) were to sell tickets for surfboards, double basses, bicycles, outsize prams, and dogs it would have more interest in providing a service to such customers.
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