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16  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Re: Wuppertal 'suspended'.....in more ways than one ! on: April 10, 2021, 06:37:22 pm
Excellent 3 minute video -

https://www.facebook.com/UNILADTech/posts/3094101810867519
17  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Spot the line, compare the service to today's on: April 10, 2021, 04:28:49 pm
A shot in the dark for no 2 - Slough to Windsor?

The reasons - not many branches left with no intermediate stations by then apart from this, and if the western leg of the triangular junction was still in place by then, did a few services start at Maidenhead (without stopping at Taplow and Burnham?)

Nope, sorry!
18  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Railway Hotel [Southend] pens letter to punters after closure on: April 10, 2021, 03:52:32 pm
A story from Southend - in the Basildon Canvey and Southend Echo

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THE Railway Hotel team is saying farewell to their beloved venue after more than 13 years.

Here, manager James Vessey-Miller writes of the highs and lows, sharing his final goodbye to the Southend institution.

By now you will have already read the news that The Railway Hotel has run out of steam.

The company that facilitates this Southend institution has drawn grinding to a halt and has collapsed under the weight of unbearable pressures and almost un-tradable circumstances.

A heartfelt article carries on with a description of everything they've done but how the lockdowns and slow restart have rather pushed then to a point where carrying on is impractical.   I feel for them and, frankly, I'm mighty glad we closed down as a hotel and cafe when we did.   We may have risen to being no.1 in Melksham on Trip Advisor, but a high ranking alone does not pay the bills ... and trying to keep a business in situ, even if not trading, for most of the last year would have been challenging.
19  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Spot the line, compare the service to today's on: April 10, 2021, 12:47:16 pm
Working on the premise that stuving is never wrong, and thus 7 is now solved, that just leaves 2 which I notice everyone is being very quiet on...

You're not wrong - he's right ... it's Oxford to Bicester and Bletchley, with ongoing connections (or through services) shown to Bedford and Cambridge. I could dearly have done with that line remaining open in recent years - far too many journeys from Melksham to Cambridge via Paddington, the tube or 205 but, and out from King's Cross.  Mind you, that did give me the chance to buy one of those lovely take-away curries sold at King's Cross to eat on the onward train.

No-one has come particularly close to No. 2 yet.
20  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: Timeline - Melksham Hub station cafe - for 2021 on: April 10, 2021, 10:19:28 am
From https://www.facebook.com/Melkshamhubcafe/posts/130944152374549

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We are adjusting our opening hours as of Monday 12th April.



21  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: Exmouth Miniature Railway to return on: April 10, 2021, 08:20:42 am
From Ian Visits - a pretty long list of miniature railways in and around London.    I suspect there are many that I don't know about around the South West ... and lists / examples, anyone?







22  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Spot the line, compare the service to today's on: April 10, 2021, 07:49:00 am
You have identified Reading to Redhill correctly (after it was cut back from Tonbridge, but before it was extended to Gatwick). However, you are correct to be hedging your bets on no.s 2 and 7 - not Devon, not Somerset, not even Cornwall.
23  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Campaign to open a north - south rail link within Wales on: April 10, 2021, 07:46:20 am
Mighty modern tunnelling techniques - and you could build "Rheilffyrdd Cyflym Uchel yng Nghymru'

I have to ask in time-honoured forum tradition...Pwy sy'n mynd i dalu amdano?  Grin

Under the Barnett formula, the taxpayers of Torbay, the working people of Wokingham, and the breadwinners of Bristol.
24  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Campaign to open a north - south rail link within Wales on: April 10, 2021, 01:14:13 am
Mighty modern tunnelling techniques - and you could build "Rheilffyrdd Cyflym Uchel yng Nghymru'



Main line in red - Cardiff - Merthyr - Brecon - Builth - Llandrindod - Rhayder - Macynellth - Dolgellau - Porthmadog - Carnaervon - Bangor.

Cardiff to Bangor - 140 miles.  With 9 intermediate stops, 3 hours end to end - that's an hour faster than via England

Less heavily engineered ... both sharing some existing line sections and old railway routes:
South feeder in blue - Carmarthen - Llandeilo - Llandovery - Llanwrtyd - Builth
North feeder in blue - Dolgellau - Llanuwchlyn - Bala - Corwen - Llangollen - Ruabon - Wrexham
25  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Work Booths on: April 10, 2021, 12:18:41 am
From Tim McDonalds at the BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page)

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Are pay-by-the-minute booths the future of work?

I don’t really like working from home.

Sure, there are advantages, but I find it isolating. I’m sick of sitting in my apartment. I prefer to interact with colleagues face-to-face.

I find the endless Zoom meetings draining. I’m tired of the lunch options nearby.

Also, construction noise is inescapable in Singapore, and I’m dreading the day when builders start tearing down the building across the street, or the neighbours start to renovate their kitchen.

In preparation for this, I tried out a new type of workspace. It’s a pay-by-the-minute desk in a booth at my nearest shopping centre.

The pods, which cost less than four Singapore dollars ($3; £2.15) per hour, have been created by a Singaporean company called Switch.

They follow similar booths that have been around for a few years in Japan, where a handful of companies like Telecube and Cocodesk have placed them in metro stations, hotel lobbies and convenience stores.

However, Switch's main competition in Singapore appears to be Starbucks, or any other coffee shop with free wi-fi.

This reminds me of the workspaces at Platform 14 at Bristol Temple Meads - though I have never used them, being there only for meetings in Brunel's Board Room.  It also reminds me of sitting in the cruise ship terminal in Newport, Rhode Island, in September 2019 and reloading our server's 4Gb databases ...

Coffee Shops, for sure - though not at present. Working from home works well for me, and on a nice day from the garden.  And I find it highly productive to work on a train as I travel ... and I know of members here who have made extended journeys as they too find they can work highly productively in that way.  But I find it almost impossible to work on a bus ...


26  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Spot the line, compare the service to today's on: April 09, 2021, 11:31:32 pm

As an update, I now feel like the second contestant from Pointless who is about to be asked "Do you want to take us through the board?"


As the 24 hours is up ... you can now.  So far we have
1. Reading to Westbury (Lee)
3. Kingswear (Stuving)
4. Taunton to Minehead (Kempis)
5. Looe branch (RichardB)
27  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Spot the line, compare the service to today's on: April 09, 2021, 12:13:15 pm
... given that the longer validity of timetables from that era might just stretch grahame's "1967" far enough to bring my prospective answer into play. ...

Glad you're enjoying it. 

All are pages from the following document.   These were times of change, though, so it's possible that there may be services in there which didn't see it through to the given end date.

28  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Spot the line, compare the service to today's on: April 09, 2021, 11:31:38 am
As a side issue, what criteria/percentage etc should we look for to determine whether services have "massively increased" ?

Quantitative answer - a doubling of the number of services or something close to it

Qualitative answer - extra service to address major passenger flows that were not addressed by the previous service

Colloquial answer - "Good grief - was it THAT infrequent" when shown the old timetable
29  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2021 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log on: April 09, 2021, 08:12:15 am
We learn a lot about what could be done at times of disruption.  No reason why Westbury to Bristol services should not serve Melksham and Chippenham rather that Bradford-on-Avon, Avoncliff and Freshford from time to time.   Mind you, the timing from Chippenham to Bath Spa strikes me as optimistic.

30  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Campaign to open a north - south rail link within Wales on: April 09, 2021, 07:32:05 am
From Nation Cymru

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Campaign to reopen north-south Carmarthen to Bangor rail link launches fundraising drive

A campaign to re-open a railway between Carmarthen and Bangor and in doing so reestablish a north-south rail link in Wales has launched a fundraising drive.

Traws Link Cymru was formed in 2013 with aim of reinstating the railway lines between Aberystwyth and Carmarthen, and Afon Wen and Bangor, both of which were closed to passengers under the 1960s Beeching Cuts.

Since then travelling between Carmarthen and Bangor has required a six-hour journey out of Wales and through Hereford, Shrewsbury and Crewe.

How many journeys are made each year from Carmarthen to Bangor, and what is the potential?  But to be fair, there is additional regional journeys that may make the case for each of Bangor to Afon Wen, and from Aberystwyth to Carmarthen.

For though traffic within Wales, I offer you three other options:
1. Builth Road to Moat Lane Junction plus Afon Wen to Bangor
2. Merthyr Tydvil to Moat Lane Junction plus Afon Wen to Bangor
3. Redraw the national boundary to move Hereford and Shrewsbury into Wales

Edit: past reports and data on same proposals

https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2018-10/aberystwyth-to-carmarthen-rail-reinstatement-feasibility-study-executive-summary.pdf

https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2018-10/aberystwyth-to-carmarthen-rail-reinstatement-feasibility-study.pdf

https://cdn.nation.cymru/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/23161247/TLC-Strategic-Case.-09.09.20.pdf

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