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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Only connect on: Today at 09:19:15 am
... (One each please)

Is this a continuous restriction, or does the 24 hour override apply?

The 24 hours override applies through grandfather rights  Grin ... please do ahead and fill in the other(s)
2  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Melksham <-> Yatton - no tickets available on faster services! on: Today at 08:53:25 am
I think that they are still using the much criticised Covid space allocation plan.

I'm not sure that's the case - there's a consistency in travel being offered via Trowbridge but not via Chippenham. The tickets are described as "via Bristol" ... and Melksham to Bristol journeys are permitted either way.

I doubt whether there would be an issue if I got a ticket from the TVM (Ticket Vending Machine) and travelled (shock, horror!) via Chippenham - looks like a quirk in the booking engine.   Mind, I was once required to show my ticket to one of the platform staff at Bristol Temple Meads when I asked whether I should change at Chippenham or Trowbridge when headed for Melksham - I asked why she needed to see the ticket and she told me to see which routes it was valid by - so there must be some ticket or other which is restricted, but I don't know what it is ...
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Only connect on: Today at 08:33:51 am
4 sequences worked out, 3 to go.   Anyone?

Next in the sequence, and why? (One each please)

1. 1877, 1969, 1984, 1992

2. 05:33, 07:20, 07:52

3. 1, 1, 2, 3, 5
Fibonacci series - 8 is next (Prestbury Road)

4. New Brighton, Ellesmere Port, West Kirby
Departures from Liverpool for the Wirral - Chester is next (Stuving)

5. MPK, MSO (Motor Standard Opens), MTH, MOT, MTG
Station codes in alphabetic order of station names - DBG is next (Oxonhutch)

6. Campaigner, Ranger, Champion
Surviving Westerns - Fusilier is next (Brooklea)

7. Beef, Duck, Hake
4  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: The rise of night trains in Europe - Online - 11 May 2021, 18:00 on: Today at 07:41:41 am
From the Scottish Greens

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The German Greens, who may soon be in government, have proposed a night-train network across Europe. Go to sleep in Glasgow, wake up in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome or Athens.

We can have fast, effective, comfortable, low-carbon transport. It just requires the will to make it happen. The future can be green.



Shown on the map ...
Dublin / Holyhead / Birmingham to Paris
Glasgow / Edinburgh / Birmingam to Frankfurt
London to Warsaw
London to Rome
London to Vienna
London to Amsterdam / Barcelona / Cologne

Missing / Gaps...
Cardiff / Plymouth / Bristol to Zurich
5  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2021 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log on: Yesterday at 09:53:14 pm
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20:47 Swindon to Westbury due 21:28
20:47 Swindon to Westbury due 21:28 has been previously delayed, is being further delayed at Melksham and is now expected to be 21 minutes late.
This is due to urgent repairs to the railway.
6  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2021 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log on: Yesterday at 03:07:07 pm
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14:16 Westbury to Swindon due 15:02
14:16 Westbury to Swindon due 15:02 has been cancelled.
This is due to a broken down train.
Further Information

If you hold a valid single, return, or weekly ticket, you will be able to claim compensation for delays of 15 minutes or more. Please keep your ticket and visit GWR (Great Western Railway).com/DelayRepay

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15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:55
15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:55 will be cancelled.
This is due to a broken down train.
Additional Information
Passengers from Swindon and Chippenham wishing to travel to Melksham, please contact the Station staff at Chippenham for onward road transport.

Passengers from Swindon and Chippenham wishing to travel to Trowbridge and Westbury, please travel on the next available service from Swindon, departing at 15:29, and Chippenham at 15:41, to Bath Spa, arriving at 15:52.
Passengers should alight at Bath Spa and change there for the 16:03 departure to Westbury, arriving Trowbridge at 16:24 and Westbury at 16:32.

Passengers from Melksham to Trowbridge and Westbury; rail replacement road transport has been requested for onwards travel.
Further Information

If you hold a valid single, return, or weekly ticket, you will be able to claim compensation for delays of 15 minutes or more. Please keep your ticket and visit GWR.com/DelayRepay
7  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Callum Marius Visit To South Greenford on: Yesterday at 12:35:46 pm
A look on Real Time suggests the Chiltern ghost Train is not running or I couldn't find it.

It is there after the December timetable change ...

https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/search/detailed/gb-nr:WEA/2021-12-16/0000-2359?stp=WVS&show=all&order=wtt&toc=CH
8  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Callum Marius Visit To South Greenford on: Yesterday at 11:28:53 am
Crossrail will offer a small boost in terms of attractiveness for Drayton Green and Castle Bar Park passengers, but I can't ever see it getting any serious boost, given the Central Line at Greenford and Hanwell/West Ealing stations are not too far away.  Back to a 30-minute frequency (eventually) is probably the best I can foresee.

I seem to remember a proposal for Crossrail to High Wycombe ... far more attractive for commuters for some of the 'burbs on that line headed to The City and Docklands than via Marylebone?
9  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Callum Marius Visit To South Greenford on: Yesterday at 08:27:37 am
Surprised to see the Greenford branch is hourly off peak.   I would imagine it'll be worth a go a boosting the frequency to half hourly through the day when Crossrail fully opens.     

Ouch -  thought it was every 30 minutes - is that a Covid drop not restored, or to leave room for freight with the direct line that passes Greenford into Paddington closed at present?  I can't help wondering on a line like that if running it just once an hour is going to loose much of the custom that would be there on a 30 minute service.
10  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 15th September 2021 - Melksham Transport User Group - 19:30 on: Yesterday at 07:04:22 am
Excellent meeting last night.  Slide set at http://www.mtug.org.uk/mtug_20210915.pdf .  Minutes (notes from meeting) to follow.
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Railway and Related History / Re: Charlton Halt Aqueduct on: September 15, 2021, 07:01:36 am
l'm doing some research on the village of Charlton (near Filton) and need some help. There was/is an aqueduct that crosses the line near to the old halt. What l want to know is what is/ was it's purpose? Thanks.

It appears, from the maps, to just be carrying a stream over a cutting - what a culvert does under an embankment. There is still a structure at that position, though the stream has quite likely been diverted elsewhere as its path upstream is now covered with houses.

Not unique - Sloane Square and (not so sure on this one) Fenny Compton perhaps. Still interesting.
12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: Server issues on: September 15, 2021, 06:57:33 am
Ooh, exciting.
A new unannounced rail link opened up direct to the Scillies.
Well, looking at the map anyway  Wink

A relocation of Worcestershire Parkway High Level, which is abbreviated to Worcestershire Parkway Hl on certain data feeds and just as Worcestershire Parkway on others - only station with three different names in different places.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Melksham <-> Yatton - no tickets available on faster services! on: September 14, 2021, 08:08:48 pm
I'm headed for Yatton on Saturday - 2 p.m. informal branch meet-up for the Severnside Railfuture branch (first meeting of any sort for branch members for 18 months!) ... looked up train times and fare.



Odd one - no fares available of lots of the trains, including all the faster ones ...
14  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: South Western Railways Waterloo - Bristol services axed on: September 14, 2021, 06:22:41 pm

SALISBURY TO EXETER RAIL USERS GROUP - (SERUG).

reply regarding SWT (South West Trains) TT changes - the full reply under news or via Google drive

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https://drive.google.com/file/d/1neNXqT6Y_994g1-GmY9EkLhmZkzNUIYF/view

Of particular reference to this thread I notice:

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6.13 SWR» (South Western Railway - about) Salisbury to Bristol. SERUG are against these being removed. Whilst, there is clearly a faster direct
route from London (Paddington) to Bristol, there is passenger demand for through services from Clapham
Junction, Woking and Basingstoke. This results in Bradford-on-Avon, Trowbridge and Warminster losing a direct
London service. Again, much of this is Leisure orientated – and such travellers may decide to use the car if a
change of train is required at Salisbury.


15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Only connect on: September 14, 2021, 02:42:26 pm
4 - Birkenhead (stations on the Wirral served by Northern Rail, but they don't seem to be in the right order?)

Not Birkenhead - you're headed in the right direction, but the answer goes a little further.

Then is it Chester, as the fourth (and last) Merseyrail (Wirral Line) terminus? But I've no idea what the chosen order is about.

PS: It's distance from Hamilton Square (or beyond), isn't it?

It is indeed Chester ... and the order is the typical sequence of departures from Liverpool ... it's not 100% the same all the time, but once the other three have left it's pretty much certain the next one will be to Chester!
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