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31  Journey by Journey / Transport for London / Old underground posters on: April 09, 2021, 07:12:41 am
From Creative Blog - article 2 years old but still worth a read.

The London Underground is the oldest, and one of the busiest, underground railway systems in the world. The iconic branding, including the roundel, map and London Underground posters, is some of the most important design ever created. But at the turn of the 20th century, the London Underground was considered overcrowded and dirty, and was in desperate need of a makeover in public perception.

and I love this one:
32  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: delays bath to westbury on: April 09, 2021, 07:00:07 am
on friday till 07:30am due to over running engineering work

Indeed - bit of a mess ...

05:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Portsmouth Harbour due 07:38
05:00 Bristol Temple Meads to Portsmouth Harbour due 07:38 has been previously delayed, has been further delayed at Bath Spa and is now 72 minutes late.
This is due to engineering works not being finished on time.

Not only delays but various cancellations too ... seems a mixure of "overrunning engineering works" and "broken down train" reasons - perhaps the overrun was due to an engineering train breaking down?

Not just Bath to Westbury ... Westbury to Swindon too, and I note that the Frome to Paddington train has become a Reading to Paddington train ...
33  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Looking after preserved stuff so that it really IS preserved on: April 09, 2021, 06:43:39 am
From the Dorset Echo

VOLUNTEERS have produced a new video explaining why they are battling to raise money so that work can resume on building a much-needed £240,000 carriage storage shed for the Swanage Railway.

Keeping railway carriages, especially the historic ones under cover, and protected from the ravages of the weather, is important because it reduces the costs of maintaining, repairing and overhauling the vehicles.

The whole business of "old stuff" being saved ... but then being an ongoing headache to look after ... has worried me for years.  On a visit to a different preserved line a number of years back, I blog/commented on the lines of stock apparently rotting in sidings.  I have no answer, just a concern.  Good on the Swanage line and many others in working to provide better storage and maintenance conditions; it's in all party's interests.
34  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2021 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log on: April 09, 2021, 05:43:34 am
Keeping eyes open ... it does not say anything about Westbury to Swindon ...

... but of course the disruption extends to there too ...

... and the CUSTOMER information says sod all about alternative arrangements for this line ... "DELAYED" just leaves people hanging.  No advice as to what to do, nor when there will be an update if they don't yet know.

Edit to add ... at 05:45, Real Time Trains is still showing the 05:17 Westbury to Swindon waiting at Platform 2 at Westbury. That's the 05:33 at Melksham.
35  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2021 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log on: April 09, 2021, 05:35:23 am
Keeping eyes open ... it does not say anything about Westbury to Swindon ...

Overrunning engineering works between Westbury and Bath Spa means trains may be delayed by up to 20 minutes, cancelled or revised. We anticipate disruption will continue until 07:30.

Customer Advice:

Customers travelling between Southampton Central and Bristol can travel via Reading. Customers may also use CrossCountry services.

Road transport has been requested to run between Westbury and Bath Spa to help with journeys.
36  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Advertising early purchase tickets - why LNER but not GWR? on: April 09, 2021, 05:27:03 am
From the Strathspey and Badenoch Herald:

London North Eastern Railway will tomorrow place thousands of tickets on sale right through to September to help people plan their summer staycations in the UK (United Kingdom).

The new summer availability comes as a nationwide poll found that 18 per cent of Britons have absolutely no plans to jet off abroad in the near future, claiming that holidays in the UK are the way forward.

In fact, more than half (52 per cent) of those surveyed said there is so much of the UK they have not yet explored that they’d be quite happy to holiday here for the rest of their days.

Posting in "Across the West" rather than a wider board because I want to ask "Why are LNER» (London North Eastern Railway - about) doing this with loads of publicity, but now GWR (Great Western Railway) which is also very much a land of staycations?"
37  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Spot the line, compare the service to today's on: April 09, 2021, 05:15:35 am
I think 1. is London Paddington to Reading, Newbury, Bedwyn, Pewsey and Westbury

Is no 5 Looe?

Those are both correct.  And both of those show services which have massively increased since 1967 which is when my timetables date from.   There seem to be, overall, two patterns - a massive increase in service since that day, or closure hence zero service today.
38  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Spot the line, compare the service to today's on: April 08, 2021, 07:49:38 pm
Can you place these timetables ... one each, please - how do they look compared to today?







39  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: James Freeman - MD of First West of England - to retire from business, 5.2021 on: April 08, 2021, 12:39:54 pm
I dropped a note to James - lovely letter back, thanking us for our goodwishes.    As it includes personal stuff and plans, not posting it in public but I can share with those who have liked the topic.
40  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Improving local infrastructure - better walking and cycling access to stations on: April 08, 2021, 07:56:51 am
Frequent posters will have read in "And Also" that I am standing for my local Town Council.  Much of the stuff I'm doing in campaigning does not relate to travel, but some elements do and I'm sharing one of these here.   Are there similar examples in other towns, where there's a road that's unsafe / impractical for walkers and cyclists - and because of that a residential are that SHOULD be within normal walking distance of the station is not?


Living here, you could walk to the station in 10 minutes. But I could not recommend it - far too dangerous. I would have to recommend an 18 minute route instead. And if you walked purely along roads, you would be taking a 27 minute walk.

So what? Typically people (and that includes your neighbours and yourself) will walk 15 minutes (source - via Mendip Council) to a railway station on a regular basis ...

41  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Patterns of returning passengers? on: April 07, 2021, 07:17:33 pm
From The Independent

Motoring rising fast after stay at home rule lifted, but trains remain a quarter full
42  All across the Great Western territory / Active travel: Cyclists and walkers, including how the railways deal with them / Re: Somerset 'Rail to Trail' Project on: April 07, 2021, 06:46:48 am

Bridgwater to Glastonbury
Pitcombe to Glastonbury
Wincanton to Henstridge

If you live in one of these areas, or would be a likely user of the proposed paths, then the surveys can be found at the following link:

Closing date for the surveys is 21st April 2021.

In terms of potential re-instatement in the future, they strike me as different cases.

1. Bridgewater to Glastonbury is the Bridgwater branch of the S&DJR (Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway) followed by a section of the original main line from Burnham
2. Pitcome to Glastonbury is part of the main line followed by the original main line from Everchreech to Glastonbury
3. Wincanton to Henstridge is purely main line

Arguments on each of them may differ; a business case for re-opening the Bridgwater branch would be very different to a business case for a main line service that would be impacted by the second and third cases.
43  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: The Railway Children: What happened to the cast on: April 06, 2021, 09:03:31 pm
I think you mean 'petition' Graham  Wink. The Railway Magazine of the day was highly critical of the film and its depiction of gratuitous trespass. Editorials called upon the film's critics to condemn this aspect.

The comparison still being made ... today -

Trespassers with pushchair seen on 'Railway Children' line
44  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Re: Ireland: South East On Track on: April 06, 2021, 11:28:37 am

Common sense

45  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: May 2021 Timetable on: April 06, 2021, 07:02:46 am
I did work that out in my post but why cut out St James Park?

My comment here is going to be highly speculative ... others may know better, and please tell me.

1. What is the cost of putting in an extra stop - even if the train is passing through?

2. What were the passengers numbers on the service at St James Park - was the extra service used?

3. Was the stop in the franchise (i.e. DfT» (Department for Transport - about) sponsored) or a commercial add on by GWR (Great Western Railway) (not DfT sponsored) - and if the latter, with current passenger levels should it be subsidised?

4. RTT» (Real Time Trains - website) tends to show things that get changed later on - are we discussing something not yet fully decided?

5. As suggested by others - is there a problem (more than was expected) from over-riders being left there, even with the recent station improvements?
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