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1  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2018 cancellation and amendment log on: Today at 12:25:45 pm
12:20 Westbury to Swindon due 13:02 will be cancelled.
This is due to a fault on this train.
Last Updated:15/08/2018 11:48

13:29 Swindon to Westbury due 14:10 will be cancelled.
This is due to a fault on this train.
Last Updated:15/08/2018 11:48
2  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Fare basket to increase by 3% on: Today at 10:16:34 am
From The BBC

UK inflation rose to 2.5% in July, after holding steady at 2.4% in the previous three months as the cost of transport and computer games increased.

It was the first jump in the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) measure since November and was in line with forecasts.

Meanwhile the Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure of inflation fell to 3.2%.

The Department for Transport uses the RPI figure to set the maximum annual increase for regulated rail fares.

Does the RPI include the cost of transportation?   If so, isn't there an element of the fares going up this year ... because they went up last year?  A system that - to a very limited degree it must be admitted - stokes its own inflation?
3  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Re: New Railway. on: Today at 08:09:03 am
Heard on BBC this morning that South Koreas President has said that at his meeting next month with his North Korean opposite number he hopes to sign an agreement to construct a rail link between the two states which will start before the end of the year. No GRIP stage 1, GRIP stage 2, .... GRIP stage n there then, they just get on and FDI.

For large / strategic national projects in the UK too, isn't there some muddying of the GRIP waters?   Have the electrification of the GWR main line and HS2 been/going through the full GRIP process - especially at the early stages - for example?
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: Yesterday at 01:33:15 pm
How many IET services to Bristol/Swansea are actually diagrammed as 5 car?
I wouldn't have thought ANY should be 5 car but there are many and they aren't always listed in Journeycheck either.

I would have thought that there might be a few individual services on which a 5 car would suffice, but chances are that previous or following workings would be likely to be overcrowded if less than 9.  Should diagrams take an IET out from London 10 car in the evening peak, 5 carry on from Bristol to Weston and the other 5 return to Paddington, after which it goes on depot or to Bedwyn, that might be fine.

Can 2 x 5 car IETs split / join in the platforms at Paddington?
5  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / West services at and from Westbury on: Yesterday at 11:30:36 am
Sharing a few pictures from Sunday (12.8.18) ... just showing what a selection of rail interest there is out and about.   And, yes, the weather was such that I was wearing an anorak [equivalent] for the first time for many weeks.

6  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2018 cancellation and amendment log on: Yesterday at 02:27:56 am
Another one that nearly slipped through the net: The 17:41 Cheltenham Spa to Southampton Central service was cancelled at Swindon and restarted from Westbury because of no available guard.

Thank you.

I really must add a "noted" button alongside the "like" button  Undecided
7  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Heart of Wessex - not a clever Sunday or Monday start on: Yesterday at 02:25:48 am

No, it's a through turn of duty.

What does that mean in the particular example of the the late drive into Weymouth?

As an educated guess, Westbury based driver ... something like
21:40 Westbury to 23:13 Weymouth
05:33 Weymouth to 07:10 Westbury
... which would be a 9 hour 30 minute duty.
8  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture - related rail, public and other transport issues / Re: Reduction in number of trains available on the network ... Lymington Branch on: August 13, 2018, 06:14:58 pm
Linda, The Lymington Flyer is currently housed on our railway at Chinnor.  She gets an outing on our unelectrified railway using our air-braked diesel locomotives. I am sure the owners would love to run her up and down her former haunt as nature intended - using an energised third rail  Smiley

9  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: How long should it take to clear a failed train off a running line? on: August 13, 2018, 04:49:17 pm
Fitters were sent from Southampton and once on site it took less than 30 minutes to effect repairs.  The fact a fitter had to come from so far away meant the repair time was around three times what it might have been had there been a fitter stationed at Basingstoke.

Reminds me of a holdup the other week at Westbury.   All three platforms blocked by trains - blockage on the West of England Main line (or whatever it's called) had two HSTs going nowhere, and the driver that thad bought her train into platform 3 had run out of hours.   Problem was ... her relief was in a train that had got stuck out at Hawkeridge Junction.  Solution was for the relief to get off the train he was on and walk into Westbury along the track ...
10  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: Imber bus on: August 13, 2018, 03:52:40 pm
Imber bus us 18th August 2018.

From a TransWilts perspective ...

Train from Swindon at 08:36, Chippenham at 08:53, Melksham at 09:02 to Warminster at 09:46 (changing at Westbury) to ride on an old London Routemaster bus to the abandoned village of Imber on Salisbury Plain. Buses run every 15 minutes from Warminster Station to Imber and various destination beyond.  Train fare 7.70 return from Swindon to Warminster, 6.60 return from Chippenham or 4.70 return from Melksham. Imber Bus fares from 2 single up to 10 for an all day rover - see for details of routes and timetables.

Return trains from Warminster at 14:12, 16:01 and 18:01 - again, change at Westbury.  No need to prebook - buy your train tickets just before you board the train, and your bus tickets at Warminster Station.

11  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture - related rail, public and other transport issues / Re: Reduction in number of trains available on the network ... Lymington Branch on: August 13, 2018, 02:51:45 pm
From RailwayWorld . net

Returning to the 5-mile Lymington branch line this weekend, almost a decade after the end of heritage traction, I was interested to see how the designated community railway had fared in the absence of the slam-door stock that had made it an enthusiast mecca from 2005 until May 2010.


Given the self-contained nature of the line, and the fact that its passenger traffic is overwhelmingly made up of leisure travellers, it seems a missed opportunity not to try to replicate the success of the 2005-10 period and to find some suitable heritage 3rd rail traction to run on the line at least at weekends.
12  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2018 cancellation and amendment log on: August 13, 2018, 02:17:47 pm
A power car problem at Theale. Melksham service pulled (again) to free up paths for diverted West of England services. Be interesting to see if any services did actually divert via Melksham.

Astonishing ...

Other blue lines on the CoffeeShop map today indicate lack of toliets on the train - not a thick wadge of cancellations, thank goodness!
13  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Disturbing news. on: August 13, 2018, 01:24:28 pm
From RTT:
This service was cancelled between Romsey and Southampton Central due to disorder (VA).

Looks like a right shambles ... quarter of an hour at Dilton Marsh.

Forget my earlier comments about passengers from the West Country and baggage at Romsey ... the train from Plymouth was late into Westbury anyway, so the 11:11 would have been carrying fresh air ...
14  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Longer trains to Waterloo ?? on: August 13, 2018, 01:20:06 pm
It's for trains to and from Slaithwaite only.

I think the following is a public post ... Slaithwaite cropped up on my news feed the other day for having a cone-impersonating ticket vending machine.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: The Consultation is On! on: August 13, 2018, 01:02:57 pm
Last Wednesday ... RDG meeting / briefing in Bristol - for which the polls here had been very useful informing me.  Sorry about their being a few days delay in the writeup - been manic with one thing and another!

Easier Fares!

Really don't know what to say about the meeting.  Perhaps 15 to 20 of us (3 from RDG) starting off with an introduction telling us that the system dates back to 1995 and that changes since then to regulation and rule have left it even tighter than it was, and even more restricted in what can be done under current government rules that was the case in British Rail days.  Problem highlighted of looking for a system which allows for local requirements of a fare system to be met, and yet requires national (long distance) fares. Also problems of bringing a system that was designed for ticket clerks into the electronic age.

The objective of the consultation is to find a widely supported route forward that reflects future needs. Not necessarily looking for a "one size fits all" solution. And indeed a problem identified in defining what "success" might mean as as outcome.  A recognition that there is unlikely to be a "big bang" type change - rather looking for the start of a process / a long term strategy.

Some 8,000 responses have been received to far to the consultation (at Weymouth yesterday I picked up a flyer from the literature rack, so there is a lot of encouragement out there) ... wanting to encourage over 10k.  Especially "if you have ideas, write them in".   RDG's comments are that this is a "genuine consultation looking for ideas and not just window dressing".

I noted that the consultation asks for ideas which maintain the fare basket income, but the RDG's publicity talks of Cheaper Journeys.   Logical conclusion is that changes should be designed to increase passenger numbers, but no real answer when I asked RDG if that was the intent - more a sheepishness that suggests to me two goals that aren't fully mutually compatible.

Outcomes ... a one off meeting, so no direct follow up.   RDG logged / took away meeting's views to feed into their system / unsure of any level of influence therein.

A common factor is the use of technology to calculate the fares dynamically - in London, all you get is a brief flash of your fare.  While you have a simple(r) system, all stations gated or with readers, a customer base that's familiar with the system for the most part, and maximum fares of an hour or two's pay, people will be and large accept it. Move to a network where a fare can be over 100, with some stations are so small as to make smart readers not cost effective (yes, I am aware of the reader at Breich), and where the current system is so complex that no-one understands it, and it fails to offer the cheapest available journey, and you have a trust problem.  Further, errors even if that are small in percent terms might be big in pound terms.

Discussions on Railcards ...

Interesting discussion on removal of Severn Bridge tolls, and on what that will do to road and rail traffic across the Severn, to road congestion in the Bristol area, and to house prices in the Chepstow area.
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