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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where have I travelled by public transport - last six moths on: Today at 02:38:16 pm
Needless to say, there are typos. I spotted Lyndey, Dubin, and Mawwdch. Given the randomised presentation, I fear you may just need to read through the whole set slowly.

Thanks for those ... I have corrected them (and some others I have found).    I have taken all the answers, sorted them, and  them reduced them to uniq answers to help me shop the same thing spelt in two ways.  Found beauties such as Abwrdeen ... please post any more that crop up - I think I have sorted out most now!
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Where have I travelled by public transport - last six moths on: Today at 12:51:05 pm
As something of a TransWilts Community Rail Officer swan song, I'm posting a link on the TransWilts Facebook page to a quiz "places you can go from the TransWilts" - all my own pictures taken on my travels that started by train from Melksham Station within the last six months

For Coffee Shop members - please try it out and let me know of any errors before I launch it on what I suspect will be a far less forgiving wider audience than I have hear.   This thread totally open for discussions / comments suggestions - no need to worry about spoilers.   Enjoy!

Better give you the URL: http://www.passenger.chat/destinations/
3  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2018 cancellation and amendment log on: Today at 09:05:59 am
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08:28 Westbury to Swindon due 09:12
08:28 Westbury to Swindon due 09:12 has been delayed at Westbury and is now 24 minutes late.
This is due to engineering works not being finished on time.

At least it's running  Grin Grin
4  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: London to Reading, London to Heathrow, service patterns under Crossrail on: Today at 08:45:08 am
I think it will be worse if the line outbound from Paddington is blocked, since TfL's priority will be to keep the tunnel trains running and they've all go to go somewhere. That will be a matter of the capacity for turning trains round or putting them aside at Westbourne Grove (limited) and coping with the passengers unwillingly offloaded (at Paddington, not Westbourne Grove). Both of those become easier with Old Oak Common as the real terminus.

There currently seem to be an astonishing number of TfL trains parked up in a line to the north of Old Oak Common - I would guess somewhere around fifteen of them, representing perhaps an hour's worth of arrivals (or departures) from / to central London at Paddington.  Presumably most of those will be in daily use so if something goes very wrong headed west from there, you'll having empty sidings into which the trains can be driven.  And (depending on what has gone wrong) some at least can turn round and head back east.    Far bigger problem will be all the people turfed off those incoming trains from central London and how to handle them in the area ...
5  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Issues south of Westbury on: Today at 08:19:54 am
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08:47 Warminster to Cardiff Central due 10:45
08:47 Warminster to Cardiff Central due 10:45 will be started from Westbury.
It will no longer call at Warminster and Dilton Marsh.
This is due to engineering works not being finished on time.

Grrrrr ... only two hours to the next train.   The one was new the year and has been bullding well - let's hope that road replacement from Warminster and Dilton Marsh are provided and connect with the ongoing train, and the Weymouth train too, at Westbury.
6  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Re: "scores killed by train", India. on: Today at 07:11:40 am
Not sure I would consider Metro's headline in good taste

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Indian town picks up pieces after speeding train kills 60 people watching fireworks

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2018/10/20/indian-town-picks-up-pieces-after-speeding-train-kills-60-people-watching-fireworks-8058575/

especially when the "more" includes

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Police have said that many of the victims were dismembered beyond recognition, and it will take several days to identify the dead.

I suspect that we are only being shown very limited pictures because of the brutal nature of the horror that's likely to have been at the scene.

Don't play with trains ...
7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Lee? on: Yesterday at 03:59:41 pm
Europe first choice
States 2nd

Hmmm ... as Great Britain is in Europe (at least at present!) that's a very very wide range of choices indeed  Grin
8  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Lee? on: Yesterday at 03:44:58 pm
Taunton in the fog ?

It would seem that Lee's image hosting service has decided the picture is too good / asked for too many times and has stopped serving it.  A cache tells me it look like this:

9  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Track issues Southampton Central on: Yesterday at 09:51:45 am
Six hours work requiring the blocking of two lines to repair a blown joint and 30ft of rail.  Repair work to be carried out overnight tonight, until then the down line near Southampton Tunnel remains closed.

Silly question - is today an SWR strike day?   If so, there might be a silver lining in that Chandler's Ford does get a train service?    Bit of an open secret that the loss of the Romsey Rocket service to industrial action is having a negative and frustrating effect on the CRP there.
10  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Railway bridges struck by road vehicles - merged topic, ongoing discussion on: Yesterday at 02:52:37 am
The potential re-opening of the line on Anglesey is covered at http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=5625.0 and I have added a quote / link on that thread to update it in consideration of the bridge strike and way that has effected the situation.
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Old tracks could see trains again, in Anglesey and south Wales on: Yesterday at 02:49:24 am
I know the area around Bangor fairly well.

It seems a waste of money for the scheme on Anglesey. Llangefni isn't a big place, if there were DMU's spare they would be better used to strengthen services, like ones into Leeds and Manchester or in Wales to give the Cambrian an hourly service

From The Daily Post

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Railway enthusiasts hope the removal of a vital bridge struck by an lorry last week will not affect their plans to revive a disused line.

The overbridge at Llangefni carries the former Anglesey Central Railway.

The bridge was badly damaged when a truck carrying an oversized got stuck underneath it for several days last week.

Network Rail engineers brought in two heavy cranes at the weekend to allow the vehicle to drive away and the remains of the bridge to be lifted.

It is currently being stored at a yard on the island and Network Rail are currently considering their next move.

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12  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: London to Reading, London to Heathrow, service patterns under Crossrail on: October 19, 2018, 08:18:28 pm
After reading this forum with interest for a couple of years I thought I would join. I'm certainly not as knowledgeable as many people on here, but since the project began I have struggled to see the point of Crossrail running to Reading or even Maidenhead. ...

Welcome to the forum, Reading General

I'll leave others with far more knowledge than I to give you a full answer, but I do look at new through journey opportunities such as:
* Twyford to Tottneham Court Road
* Langley to Liverpool Street
* West Drayon to Whitechapel
and recall that something close to half the available traffic on a flow can be lost if people have to change trains.  Reading itself will be an interesting case as people wll have a choice of speed v change in may cases - get the Elizabeth line from Canary Wharf, them decide whether to stay on the Elizabeth Line train at Paddington and watch expresses that call at Reading whistle by as that travel on, or take time (and perhaps incur delay) in a change and not end up being much faster door to door anyway.

Clearing out (with a carrot not a stick too!) a lot of the one stop hops on long distance expresses from London to Reading also brings other benefits of evening load on some of the long distance stuff ... famous trains like the 19:03 West Country express and the 19:30 via Bristol.
13  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Brightons gone again on: October 19, 2018, 04:43:36 pm
After the earlier excitements of the week, a more regular friend appears:
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15:50 London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh due 17:26 will be cancelled.

More old friends

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10:48 Great Malvern to Brighton due 16:14
10:48 Great Malvern to Brighton due 16:14 will be terminated at Worthing.
It will no longer call at Shoreham-By-Sea, Hove and Brighton.
It has been delayed at Bristol Temple Meads and is now 23 minutes late.
This is due to trespassers on the railway earlier today.

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17:02 Brighton to Bristol Temple Meads due 20:26
17:02 Brighton to Bristol Temple Meads due 20:26 will be started from Worthing.
It will no longer call at Brighton, Hove and Shoreham-By-Sea.
This is due to trespassers on the railway earlier today.
14  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2018 cancellation and amendment log on: October 19, 2018, 12:13:37 pm
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10:47 Swindon to Westbury due 11:28
10:47 Swindon to Westbury due 11:28 has been delayed at Trowbridge and is now 43 minutes late.
This is due to trespassers on the railway earlier in this train's journey.

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11:47 Westbury to Swindon due 12:32
11:47 Westbury to Swindon due 12:32 has been cancelled.
This is due to trespassers on the railway.

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12:20 Westbury to Swindon due 13:02
12:20 Westbury to Swindon due 13:02 will be starting late from Westbury.
This is due to trespassers on the railway.

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12:49 Swindon to Frome due 13:40
12:49 Swindon to Frome due 13:40 will be started from Westbury.
It will no longer call at Swindon, Chippenham, Melksham and Trowbridge.
This is due to trespassers on the railway earlier today.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: October 19, 2018, 11:44:10 am
I consider it more likely that future generations will admire "early 21st century railway electrification equipment" and demand that it be preserved.

Too true - but will it be considered to be safe enough?  There is already a serious and unsolved problem running 3rd rail electrics in preservation, and even our own IETs that have come onto GWR are suffiicient of a safety concern (risk or people using inter-carriage cable harnesses as ladders) to be on hold for the East Coast.  We may end up seeing extra protection quite soon like that already seen in the USA -
 http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=19567.msg234879#msg234879 - and not able to run trains in the current more carefree way!
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