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1  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Steepest hill on GWR? on: Yesterday at 09:19:13 pm
From The BBC

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World's steepest street: Harlech loses title to New Zealand

Lots of famous inclines on UK railways - Lickey, Wath, High Peak, Folkestone Harbour - but what is the steepest on GWR services?
2  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: The Coffee Shop during the Coronavirus on: Yesterday at 08:08:19 pm
Note to potential passengers - please only travel if you must

We've said "please do not travel at present unless you have to".   I have now added that message to the top of every forum pages in red "cannot be missed" text. 

This is not because I have any evidence of our members making unnecessary journeys; it's because so many none-members visit out site and they may not be as tune-in as our contributors, and also to ensure that we help convey that message from all members of the community rail network just in case anyone has any doubts what so ever!

Public Transport at present is for essential journeys only.
DO NOT TRAVEL unless your journey is vital.
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: 2019, month by month - but which is which? on: Yesterday at 05:01:34 pm
8. October Euston?


Correct with Euston ... month very hard on that one - not October I'm afraid.

OK - I'll go for November as I think the picture was actually taken on Saturday November 30?


Close but are does the Caledonian sleeper run on Saturday nights?
4  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Gatelines, social distancing and unnecessary ticketless travel on: Yesterday at 03:41:43 pm
Northern appear to have got themselves into a pickle of reversed decisions on the balance between opening gate lines and not checking tickets for distancing reasons, and the problems of ticketless and unnecessary travel that brings.

from Business Live

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Northern to start checking rail tickets again after increase in 'unneccessary day trips'

Last week, the firm announced passengers would not need to show their tickets due to Covid-19 fears - but it has been forced to reverse the policy
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Rail accessibility during the COVID-19 outbreak on: Yesterday at 02:43:51 pm
Chris Heaton-Harris has written an open letter to the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) asking the rail industry to continue to ensure that rail travel is accessible during the coronavirus outbreak, published at https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/letter-from-the-rail-minister-to-the-rail-delivery-group-on-maintaining-accessibility-during-the-covid-19-outbreak today:

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Thank you for your regular updates on the rail industry’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. I want to share my thanks to everyone working hard to keep our railways running, so all those who need to get to work can do so, including NHS staff on the frontline of tackling the virus.

It is critical that people who need to do so are able to travel to work in a safe and reliable manner during this challenging time for the country. I am writing to ask specifically that the industry continues to ensure the needs of disabled people are met during this time. Rail must, irrespective of the circumstances, always be accessible for all.

Working with operators, we have strengthened our commitment to a more accessible railway in recent months, including announcing 124 stations to benefit from a share of £20 million for mid-tier improvements, part of our £300 million Access for All programme, and the launch of It’s Everyone’s Journey, ensuring those with non-visible disabilities have a safe, accessible network.

Since the government issued advice for people to avoid travel unless necessary, I have been concerned to hear from disability campaigners about a few incidents at rail stations where individual passengers were apparently refused assistance. I feel strongly that social distancing measures should not limit access in this way and would request that staff have access to clear guidance to ensure they can support all passengers using our railways. I would like to thank you for your assurances that RDG has updated its guidance for operators, so rail workers can remain safe without building barriers to travel for disabled key workers.

We will be working closely with the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) to investigate any reports of failure to provide assistance to disabled people during the COVID-19 outbreak. Our position on accessibility remains the same, even in these extraordinary times – delivering an accessible service for every passenger is essential to creating an inclusive railway.

6  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: 2019, month by month - but which is which? on: Yesterday at 01:57:58 pm
2. Melksham. Can't remember the month but April?

Correct on both counts!
7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: 2019, month by month - but which is which? on: Yesterday at 12:07:02 pm
7 is surely Clifton Down. But I've no idea which month. I'll make a random guess if I have to; it's dark and there are a fair few people waiting, so it's winter, how about November/

Yes, it is Clifton Down.  You're right that it's a winter picture, but not November.   That's quite a tricky one to date accurately!
8  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Rolls-Royce vs. the sleeper train: a race from London to Edinburgh on: Yesterday at 12:01:59 pm
From Motoring Research

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Rolls-Royce vs. the sleeper train: a race from London to Edinburgh

The Caledonian Sleeper is a reminder of the golden age of long-distance travel. A time before cheap flights and high-speed rail lines, when the journey was almost as important as the destination.

It all sounds so delightful, with the operator promising a nightcap in the onboard bar, a menu filled with fine Scottish produce, a cosy cabin and breakfast in bed as the sun rises over the Scottish countryside.

We arrived at the less evocative Euston Station and made our way to the platform where the train was ready for its 23:50 departure. Only we weren’t there to board the train, we were there to race it.

The challenge: to arrive at Edinburgh’s Waverley Station before the Caledonian Sleeper rolled into the platform. Sounds simple, but the photo finish highlights that it was anything but.

Our choice of wheels for this unlikely race was a Rolls-Royce Wraith, the most powerful Roller in history. We can think of few cars that offer such an enticing blend of pace, comfort and presence. It also meant that we could offer no excuses if we lost. We had the reputation of the motor car in our hands.

The article goes on to talk all about the trails and tribulations of their journey in the Roller

Spoiler alert - I am about to reveal the result ...

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You bet it was. We had only gone and done it. Even taking into account the train’s early arrival time, we had beaten the train by a matter of seconds. The 413 miles and a night without sleep had been worth it. Rolls-Royce Wraith: one, Caledonian Sleeper: nil.

Victory could have gone either way. Had we ordered a coffee at Abington, we would have lost. Had we been delayed by the blanket of fog we encountered on the journey home, we would have lost. Had we not followed the world’s fastest cherry picker into Edinburgh, we would have lost. Had I not asked the second porter, we would have lost. It was nip and tuck stuff. All of our overnight decisions, no matter how small, had made a difference.

So - let me get this right. They beat the train by a few seconds. They ended up sleepless whereas people on the train would have been rested. The people on the train would have had that cup of coffee, washed and brushed up, and been ready for their day ...

The Roller was making all the speed it could ... the train is only scheduled to take as long as 7.5 hours to ensure a cooth (rather than uncooth) arrival time in Scotland - indeed the service under Coronavirus conditions is leaving London and 21:15 and arriving into Edinburgh at 03:52 - that's an hour faster. Daytime trains from King's Cross to Ediburgh - what - 5 hours or less?

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We even managed to achieve a combined 22.2mpg over 1,400 miles of driving, which – while not exactly frugal – is perfectly respectable for a V12-engined car so adept at racing trains across the country.

I suspect the extra 1000 miles came from more road testing and racing around ... by the 400 London to Edinburgh miles would have been about 18 gallons of fuel.

Of course, if you need the speed ... for 400 miles, you could fly ... if you can find a flight at the moment. In practise, I would commend you to the East Coast main line, with a service calling at about 10 intermediate stations once we comet of lockdown and traffic builds up gently again, taking a smidgin under 5 hours.
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: 2019, month by month - but which is which? on: Yesterday at 11:22:04 am
11. No idea where it is. The long shadows suggest a month in the winter half of the year, but the clothing worn by the nearest person suggests warm temperatures. We had some exceptionally warm weather in the last week of February last year, so I will suggest then.

Correct - good logic there!

4 is, of course, on the New York subway.

Yes

12. Tilshead - I recognise the tacky pub sign in the background !

Yes

10 Weymouth August

Location correct ... not August (that month's picture already identified  Wink )
must be July then

Yes, it was!
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: 2019, month by month - but which is which? on: Yesterday at 08:25:21 am
8. October Euston?


Correct with Euston ... month very hard on that one - not October I'm afraid.
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: Old documents on: Yesterday at 08:10:20 am
Princetown (closed 1956) is also not shown.


Ashburton (closed 1958) not shown

Mortonhamstead (closed to passengers in 1959) not shown ... however Teign valley line closed in 1958 to passenger trains IS shown; perhaps it remained available for passenger diversions if the sea wall was closed as well as to freight until 1961 when it was shut completely.
12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: 2019, month by month - but which is which? on: Yesterday at 07:52:23 am
I would guess that No. 6 is Yarmouth (Old) station on the Isle of Wight.

Yes, it is.
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: 2019, month by month - but which is which? on: Yesterday at 07:20:27 am
10 Weymouth August

Location correct ... not August (that month's picture already identified  Wink )
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: Old documents on: Yesterday at 07:18:56 am
Yarmouth station on the Isle of Wight closed 1953, so as no Freshwater, Yarmouth and Newport Railway is shown I would suggest it is after that date.
Over to the experts to slice the salami finer!

Border Counties Railway (Riccarton Junction to Hexham) closed 1956 (passengers) not shown

Dornoch closed 1960 is shown.

So between 1956 and 1960?
15  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Maidenhead to Marlow - timetable and user group from 1986/7 on: Yesterday at 06:57:23 am
Perhaps one of the least changed services since 1986/1987?  But then its big change had been in 1970, when they key section from Bourne End to High Wycombe was closed.





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