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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / What sequence is this? on: Yesterday at 07:48:51 pm
Raw hoe latte
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2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Caption competition. on: Yesterday at 07:28:06 pm

Not that I've seen... However there were trials in 2011 for a new DMU Engine with improved brake horse power... Sadly the trials were withdrawn due to insufficient water points between Wrexham and Canterbury




From the BBC - taking your guide horse on the train.

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A miniature horse which helps visually-impaired people has trained on the Tyne & Wear Metro to help his new owner.

Digby, the UK's first ever guide horse, has to be comfortable with trains and stations' surroundings as he'll be riding the London Underground regularly.

One has to wonder at the "assistance dogs only" signs you see in places ... and wonder if the assistance horse will be allowed.   Is the law permitting guide dogs to go virtually anywhere limited to dogs, or does it include horses?
3  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Old and still on the road - bus (mostly) events the South West this summer on: Yesterday at 07:22:24 pm
For anyone in South Devon in September there is the Kingsbridge Vintage Bus running day on the 21st if my information is up to date. Free bus rides to a number of destinations in the South Hams including the former Loddiswell Station which is open for tea and bikkies. Been twice and enjoyed both. Good choice of coastal and inland routes and some lovely old coaches and buses.

Thanks - and there's another listing at https://warminstervbrd.wordpress.com/other-running-days/ , with Hampshire venues included.  Any member who wishes is welcome to correlate the list at the top of this thread with the Warminster listing - thanks.  I'm still on a busy week of "proper work"- nothing to do with transport!
4  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Pilning - the station, services, viability and closure of down platform - ongoing discussion on: Yesterday at 07:08:59 pm
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: My final ride on a full length HST? on: Yesterday at 07:06:02 pm
Not a ride ... but surprised to see an HST calling at Swindon at 20:05 last night ... next stop Bristol Parkway, then Bristol Temple Meads.

6  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Sewweb - South East Wales and West of England Business link on: Yesterday at 06:43:28 pm
I'm intrigued that Patchway (usage 2017/2018: 110,632) warrants lifts, whilst nearby recently-extended Filton Abbey Wood (usage 2017/2018: 1,048,000) doesn't...

Ease of doing Abbey Wood with slopes ... no need for lifts.  Patchway sight might be rather tight for slopes?

Pilning Westgate will be slopes too ... even with 165,000 journeys (low estimate) per year.  Aztec West will need lifts - no realistic way to put in sloped access on that site.   Will it be the only lift with 3 levels on it - 2 different platform levels and a street level - on the system?
7  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: IET naming event Thursday 18 April 2019 on: Yesterday at 04:27:58 pm
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We were delighted to honour Kathryn Osmond, who fought tirelessly to raise awareness of and funds for treating melanoma, in Bristol on Intercity Express Train 800023. She was a paramedic for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and died two years ago today after a battle with the disease. Kathryn was voted by the public to be honoured as part of our 100 Great Westerners campaign, highlighting the achievements of great people in the regions we serve.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Old and still on the road - bus (mostly) events the South West this summer on: Yesterday at 04:08:09 pm
From: http://www.classicbuses.co.uk/events.html (where there are links and data for the rest of the UK)

21 Apr: Penzance Vintage Bus Running Day. Free vintage bus services in West Cornwall.
22 Apr: Oxford Bus Museum Bank Holiday Running Day. Oxford
3-6 May: Abbey Hill Steam Rally, Yeovil
26 May: Chippenham Bus Rally and Running Day, including "NBC 50", a National Bus Company celebration.
2 June: Didcot Vintage Bus Running Day. Free vintage bus services as part of Didcot Transport Rally
14 July: Tavistock Mini Running Day. All change! The passage from 1968 to 1969. Devon.
27 July: Ebbw Vale Classic Bus & Family Fun Day, Ebbw Vale town centre 1000-1500.
28 July: Bristol Vintage Bus Group Running Day. Location 2B confirmed - either at Brislington or Flowers Hill.
31 July: Noggin, Nosh & Natter, Commercial Transport in Preservation, The George Inn, Longbridge Deverill
4 Aug: Devon General Centenary Rally & Running Day, Newton Abbot Racecourse, Devon.
11 Aug: Vintage Bus Running Day, Top o' Town, Dorchester, West Country Historic Omnibus & Transport Trust.
17 Aug: "Imberbus", a half-hourly Routemaster service from Warminster railway station
22-26 Aug: Great Dorset Steam Fair, Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford Forum.
1 Sept: "Coaches to the Seaside", display at Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare
8 Sept: Classic Vehicle Day, Gloucester Warwickshire Railway, Toddington, Gloucestershire.
22 Sept: Swansea Bus Museum Running Day. Free trips around the city, displays and attractions at the Museum
27 Oct: Bristol Vintage Bus Group Autumn Mini Running Day based at Flowers Hill, Brislington.
8+15 Dec: Oxford Bus Museum, Father Christmas Day & vintage bus rides.

Coffee Shop members welcome to post follows up on any of these they're involved with, and add to diary.
9  Journey by Journey / Transport for London / Re: Climate change protests to target overground? on: Yesterday at 03:05:23 pm
We are ... drifting ... from the thread topic.  We often do, and I may be minded to split the topic and move some of the stuff in which transport plays a secondary or tertiary role into "and also".   I'm noting that all repsonses to the thread so far have been from frequent posters, so the move wouldn't cut any of you off from your own posts.

Meanwhile: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-47974244

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Three people have been charged over an Extinction Rebellion protest where activists climbed on top of a train.

A man glued himself to a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) train carriage in Canary Wharf while a man and woman were removed from the roof on Wednesday.

Two men and a woman denied obstructing trains or carriages on the railway and were remanded in custody until 16 May.

Police have made further arrests but activists continue to block traffic at four sites around London.
10  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Cut-down HSTs on Cardiff - Taunton? on: Yesterday at 10:25:53 am

Part of the problem is how long it takes the train manager to despatch these services, they are only opening 2/3 doors but walk the whole set when clearly nobody attempted to leave from the other doors

The odd thing this wasn't a problem in the past?

Noting your "?".

The peak HSTs that called at numerous stations between Westbury and Reading always used to feel incredibly slow - due both to the dwell times at each station while the train manager checked all (released) doors and the very gentle acceleration of a 2+8, but the timetable did / does allow for this.  ... 81 minutes Westbury to Reading with 8 stops versus 46 minutes non-stop.   The 81 minutes - if I'm reading it right - to 67 in December 2019, that giving a flavour of the difference the change to IETs can make.

The Bristol area HST schedules that make 3 stops between  Bristol and Weston are allowed (in the current timetable) 4 or 5 minutes longer than unit train schedules making the same stops.  I suspect current time loss issues are due to classic HST units on unit train schedules. Some will be made up over a 2+8 schedule due to the train's "GTi" nature, but they will still feel frustratingly slow with long station stops.
11  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture - related rail, public and other transport issues / Re: UK Rail News on: Yesterday at 09:38:22 am
Newsnow fine at present - If you could keep it there unless we start getting real problems, then I'd appreciate it.

It looks like it was  glitch - it' back.  I had / have no intention of removing it unless there are serious persistent problems that degrade it's use and it has a superb reliability track record, so that's not anticipated.   When a site "just vanished" as it did last night, one can't help wondering ... but it's back. Perhaps a server move or infrastructure failure at its hosting location (Coffee Shop was out for around 20 minutes late last night too ...).
12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture - related rail, public and other transport issues / Re: UK Rail News on: Yesterday at 08:13:40 am
The following is also a useful website for keeping track of all news items and media press releases to do with railways:

http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/Current+Affairs/Travel+&+Transport/Rail



Speaking as someone who utilises both feeds, I would say that it depends on what you are after.

If you want a summary of rail news, then the presentation of transportinfo is excellent in that respect, and makes it the first source I check each morning.

However, if you are after a constantly-updated source of rail news, then newsnow is the one to go for.

The "newsnow" feed has been on the "Rail News" tab at the top of these pages for a number of years and I have found it very useful; it failed last night ... not sure if this is a glitch or a service retired / faded away.  I will keep an eye on it.

https://transportinfo.org.uk/ still running sweetly along - not one I have really used over the years, but digging this morning has brought it back to my attention.

Perhaps an update coming for our resource list at http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=1761.msg250173#msg250173. ??
13  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Park and ride developments - Lyme Regis on: Yesterday at 08:03:13 am
Perturbed by Park and Ride Provision

http://publictransportexperience.blogspot.com/2019/04/perturbed-by-park-and-ride-provision-1.html

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Lyme Regis does really need a Park and Ride service. There is very little parking space in the town centre, with the main sites being some distance away down (to the beach) and up (wearily from); in peak summer all of them can be full and traffic congestion is compounded with frustrated visitors driving to and fro in the hope of finding a space.

For several years a shuttle minibus ran from Charmouth Road car park in the west ...

And that carries on with a history.   To learn about the situation at present

http://publictransportexperience.blogspot.com/2019/04/perturbed-by-park-and-ride-provision-2.html

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After a brief visit to Lyme Regis on Saturday (last) fbb was astounded to meet, face to face, a Jurassic Coaster double deck bus on Lyme Regis Park and Ride.

And there was another one going in the opposite direction!

Total loading on the two vehicle was FIVE, three arrivals and two departures - so it was a wise decision to schedule double decks! fbb had seen no local publicity for this plentiful provision but that was no real surprise as Lyme is across the border in D*rs*t (where be dragons!).

So, back at fbb mansions, a delve into the wonders of the interwebnet as we are continually told, "It's all on line."

There appears to be an east and a west car parks ... buses passing through the pinch point in the centre of Lyme Regis as they traverse bewteen them.  The online publicity is lacking (!!) and the service not doing very well in terms of loading.   Runs over easter; don't know if it will be back later in the year.



Several posts this morning quote "Fat Bus Bloke" on Passenger Transport Experience .... worth a look not only for buses (but if you scroll down the daily blog pages) snippets of other stories he's found - perhaps while sitting on a bus in a queue waiting to get to Portishead or Lyme Regis.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Passengers for Pill, Portway and Portishead ... by bus on: Yesterday at 07:41:12 am
From Public Transport Experience

http://publictransportexperience.blogspot.com/2019/04/passengers-for-pill-portway-and.html

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Bus operator First West of England will be making improvements to its North Somerset services from Sunday 28 April.   The changes include route and timetable alterations to improve reliability and punctuality and provide quicker, more direct routes for the majority of customers across North Somerset.

The changes have been introduced after a series of customer roadshows, as well as feedback from local councillors and bus drivers.

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http://publictransportexperience.blogspot.com/2019/04/passengers-for-pill-portway-and_18.html

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How to Confuse Potential Passengers

Readers may have gathered from yesterdays blog that the timetables for the Excel group of services from Bristol to North Somerset are changing on Sunday 28th April. Also in that blog, fbb prepared his readers by revealing that ALL buses to Portishead (now X3, X3A and X4) continue without exception to a loop via Redcliffe Bay.

Or so the old man thought. But a glance at the First Bus on-line timetable suggests otherwise.

I read the above (whole articles) and find myself understanding there is some confusion - but then I end up being somewhat confused in spite of all the maps and timetables shared.  Probably because I don't know Portishead.  Follow up comment to explain would be welcome!
15  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Crossrail - The Elizabeth Line - ongoing discussion, merged topics on: Yesterday at 03:49:54 am
From the BBC

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Crossrail 'could be delayed until 2021'

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... The source said, with the current state of the project in mind, a "best case scenario" would be the new Elizabeth Line opening in spring 2020.

A "middle probability case" would be the summer of next year.

"A worst case is the spring of 2021." ...
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