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226  Journey by Journey / London to Kennet Valley / Re: IETs to Bedwyn initially delayed - now running from May 2019 on: April 11, 2019, 05:34:55 pm
Interesting that all the intermediate stations are called halts except for Reading West. A service which terminates at a halt, that must be rare in railway operation, even if it was simply a railway term for a downgraded station rather than a designed halt.

I think there were a number in Wales - Coryton Halt (still open as a terminus), Moss Halt near Wrexham, ...

And even before 1931, when passenger services on the former Cardiff Railway were curtailed at Coryton Halt, the terminus of that line was still a halt, viz Rhydyfelin Halt Low Level.

Disappointingly, the weird little branch off the Vale of Neath in Aberdare used the style "crossing" rather than "halt"; otherwise the Black Lion Crossing to Cwmaman Crossing service would have been a service with both termini at halts.
227  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: Heritage railway bus replacement on: April 10, 2019, 09:00:09 pm
I think I read somewhere, possibly on this forum, that SWR» (South Western Railway - about) plan to run their Weymouth to Corfu Castle service again this Summer.

Will that run via Simplon or via Arlberg?
228  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: April 10, 2019, 07:35:41 am
A trolley looks like much less of a problem ... take off the egg and cress sandwiches and sausage rolls, and you don't have an issue.   Personally I don't consider a trolley to be fast food as it only arrives at my seat just before I get to my destination ... and (as CfN will confirm) it's far from fast to get past when you've joined a train at one end and you're looking to walk through to join your colleague at the other end.

And then you get incidents like yesterday's 1B46 1445 Paddington to Swansea, which really gets busy at Cardiff (and the buffet used to get busy at that point too). Instead the front unit (i.e. the busier one, as the exits at Neath and Swansea are at that end) trolley staff decided they couldn't be bothered to do another run through Standard Class on departure from Cardiff and instead locked it up and went and hid somewhere in First. There doesn't seem to be any sanction from GWR (Great Western Railway) against this sort of laziness losing them money.
229  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Campaigning For A More-Appropriate Train Design - HOW? on: April 09, 2019, 12:25:30 pm
To me the bigger problem is the specification of 51 2-car and 26 3-car units. Seeing as the 3-car 175s are barely adequate and the 2-car ones get horribly overcrowded, to accommodate traffic growth the order should be for 4- or 5-car sets. There is certainly no point in ordering 2-car units.

I seem to recall the proposal is to have 5 cars between Swansea and Manchester, but only 2 (or is it 3?) west of Swansea. If that is what happens then it would seem to be sensible and avoid carting lots of fresh air deep into West Wales.  The good news is that overall there is a big increase in the total number of cars, so we can be reasonably optimistic that overcrowding will be reduced one way or another.

Sounds like a way to make the running into Swansea High Street and reversing even slower than it is now. It's ridiculous that Neath to Llanelli takes as long as Neath to Cardiff. (If only we could do a Plymouth North Road and open a station at Cwmbwrla...)
230  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Six times upon a time, six long long times ago, there was a train. But where? on: April 09, 2019, 08:36:05 am
1. Pilning?
231  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Six times upon a time, six long long times ago, there was a train. But where? on: April 09, 2019, 07:52:38 am
2. The only place I can think of with that configuration of windows/arches is Bristol Temple Meads. Thought it was curvier than that though...
232  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Campaigning For A More-Appropriate Train Design - HOW? on: April 08, 2019, 08:42:47 am
To me the bigger problem is the specification of 51 2-car and 26 3-car units. Seeing as the 3-car 175s are barely adequate and the 2-car ones get horribly overcrowded, to accommodate traffic growth the order should be for 4- or 5-car sets. There is certainly no point in ordering 2-car units.
233  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Metrowest Status on: April 03, 2019, 05:38:11 pm
Surprised no-one's offered Briton Ferry Road yet as the height of the "Road" absurdity. Only about two miles from Briton Ferry, but on the wrong side of the Neath estuary and involving a boat back when it existed (perhaps unsurprisingly, it closed in 1936). I can't imagine any case in which a passenger would ever have chosen to use that station to get to Briton Ferry. Even from the Brecon direction, it would have made more sense to get off at Neath Riverside and either walk over to General station for the South Wales Main Line or get on a bus or (before 1920) tram.
234  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Sewweb - South East Wales and West of England Business link on: April 02, 2019, 08:07:14 am
Note the talk of Llanwern, St Mellons, and through services to Ebbw Vale.   Just because there's a suggestion of a well sited station at Pilning Westgate doesn't mean its well sighted for every single journey - that's why we have over 2,500 stations each in a different place (OK, I grant you that 2 in St Budeaux are in the same place  Grin )

St Mellon's is probably the last place I'd add a local station between Newport and Cardiff (it looks about as promising as Baglan, and for much the same reasons). Splott, Rumney, Marshfield, and Tredegar Park would all be better locations for where people actually live – the estates in the east of Cardiff would be better served by Rumney as it would fit the bus network better. But I'm not sure that feeding anything more into the exercise in excessive compactness that is Cardiff Central is a good idea – if we're doing crayonism, let's have the Taff Vale line descend into a tunnel at Cathays, have its own underground Queen Street station out of the way of the Rhymney line, and then rise up again for Splott.
235  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Llangollen priest to bless beer for 'real ale train' on: April 01, 2019, 10:59:55 am
PRR (Princes Risborough) = Princes Risborough, I think
236  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Call for TfL to Take Over London Infrastructure from NR on: March 30, 2019, 08:09:23 am
TfL» (Transport for London - about) needs to understand that its Elizabeth Line is just one user of one part of the GWML (Great Western Main Line). It will not even be the sole user of the relief/slow lines - from what I have read outside peak hours it will share track with stopping GWR (Great Western Railway) trains between Reading and Paddington. The line is the main artery of the rail system to a large part of the west of Britain, not a branch of London's suburban railway network.

Maybe it needs six-tracking like the WCML (West Coast Main Line), so that TfL can have its equivalent of the DC (Direct Current) lines to play with, and the Main and Relief lines can be used for trains that at least get west of Reading.
237  Journey by Journey / London to South Wales / Re: Reverse Formation HSTs on: March 29, 2019, 07:40:43 am
Thanks for trying, Chris. I can well imagine that it hasn't been the easiest day for getting hold of people. Yeah, not time-critical at all.
238  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Man dies at Stoke Canon level crossing and related incidents - 28 Mar 2019 on: March 28, 2019, 10:06:58 am
The National Rail website is currently offering the following brilliant advice:

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CrossCountry customers may also use their tickets on the following services:
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Great Western Railway between Penzance and Bristol Temple Meads

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Great Western Railway customers may use their tickets on the following services
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CrossCountry between Penzance and Bristol Temple Meads
239  Journey by Journey / London to South Wales / Reverse Formation HSTs on: March 27, 2019, 05:15:00 pm
I'm enjoying the continued HSTs (High Speed Train) on the 1445 Paddington to Swansea, but does anyone know why it's been consistently in reverse formation since last Thursday? It hasn't even been the same set each day (although I'm glad to get 43002 again this afternoon). I understand that the diagram originates in St Philip's Marsh -- why don't they just run this train out of the other end of the depot if it's back-to-front?

The reverse formation causes prolonged stops at Cardiff Central, where the station design channels people to wait on the wide bit of the platform at the Down end (accentuating the issue of the exits being at the front at Neath and Swansea). The scrum at the door next to the buffet that results is ridiculous.
240  Journey by Journey / To Oxford, Didcot and Reading from West / Re: Longest distance to walk between platforms in a station on: March 24, 2019, 07:06:52 pm
From the Rodalies to metro line 4 at Barcelona Passeig de Gràcia has to be a good contender. Terrible station.
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