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1  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Night Riviera double headed, 22nd June 2018 on: Today at 04:51:26 pm
If there is a business case you would probably need to add at least an extra coach.  I don't know how many use the service to Plymouth at the moment.  I saw two get off the seated section on Saturday morning and none from the berths.  There are usually more on the up trips where the train calls just before midnight most nights. 

The existing berth capacity is sold out many nights and effectively having a whole coach for Plymouth passengers would reduce the chances for those travelling to or from Cornwall to get a berth still further.

As we discovered the other night adding an extra coach may then cause motive power issues adding still further to the costs.

No simple answers - has anyone tried to get an idea of what demand there would be for more sociable sleeper provision to Plymouth?


2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: Today at 08:31:06 am
Seems it isn't just on train staff that are in short supply.   

Seen at Newquay yesterday


3  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Night Riviera double headed, 22nd June 2018 on: Today at 08:27:16 am
One of the out of use coaches was the first of the refreshed buffet cars - 10217.  Not sure how long before it is put into service.  Staff will need a bit of training on it although I don't know how much the equipment differs from the existing ones.  "Front of house" the seating layout is being changed with a less formal set-up akin to that found on the Caledonian Sleeper.

Along with the investment in on board facilities work has also been continuing at Penzance and, seen below, Truro for dedicated sleeper lounges.


4  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Incident at Loughborough Junction, South London. Three dead. 18/6/2018 on: Yesterday at 02:45:19 pm
They have one?   Grin
5  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Nothing to go on. on: June 22, 2018, 08:44:24 am
Even longer haul - that train starts out as the Bristol Parkway to Penzance service and shuttles about the far West  before ending its day at Plymouth.
6  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Swindon Station Works on: June 21, 2018, 08:43:42 am
No - but Iím trying to find out.
7  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2018 cancellation and amendment log on: June 21, 2018, 08:10:22 am
I travelled in on the service which forms it.  It was 153318.

Seems some Severn Beach services are also down to one coach today as well.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: June 20, 2018, 10:22:45 am
Correct - GWR have confirmed they have had all the sets they need for traffic this morning.  Apparently for the first time in three months.
9  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2018 cancellation and amendment log on: June 19, 2018, 08:05:02 am
With more of the 153s going off lease soon the concern is one coach may turn into no coaches.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: June 19, 2018, 07:55:22 am
17 half length IETs today, so far. So much for the hope that the arrival of a couple of full length IETs might help.
Very poor show with the summer holiday season now underway.

The two 9-cars wonít really change anything as they are on self-contained diagrams to new destinations. I suspect the contract specifies that in the same way as a failed HST cannot be replaced by an IET.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: GWR IET diagrams. on: June 18, 2018, 09:47:35 am
Here is 800305 having just passed Moredon Bridge in North Swindon on the 07:36 London Paddington to Cheltenham service this morning.

12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Knock on effects - trains out of place on: June 18, 2018, 06:37:44 am
The 06:00 off Penzance (is that still scheduled to be the castle) is a really heavy loader with people coming in to Devonport and Plymouth for education - the part of the route that's been cut. 

The 06:47 off Penzance, an HST, will now call additionally at Devonport.
13  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Class 800s to Cheltenham & Hereford wef 25/06/2018 on: June 17, 2018, 01:19:03 pm
There is an issue at Hereford apparently with the train being a matter of inches too long for the signal section at one platform at the station.   

Network Rail have only recently discovered it and are working on a fix.  It is only an issue when another platform is occupied. 

Therefore the 17:22 from Paddington is likely to remain an HST for the moment with the IET transferred to the Great Malvern departure an hour later.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: June 17, 2018, 12:02:32 pm
No doubt the official line from GWR would be:

"Due to the delay in electrification works and also the delay in acquiring new rolling stock, we have had to condense our driver training into a shorter timeframe so as to minimise disruption in the future. This requires our drivers to come in on allocated rest days to carry out training therefore they are unable to work weekends..... etc etc"


Instead of the far simpler explanation of:

"It's Fathers Day, and as a result many drivers have not turned up"


It is probably a combination of the two.  Drivers may have been away from home during the week attending classroom training sessions and don't feel inclined to be out of the house again today. 

As well as getting the training finished another big help to running Sunday services will be an agreement between GWR and ASLEF over making Sunday part of the working week rather than voluntary.  Talks are ongoing apparently.
15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The West - but NOT the West's trains / Re: The (original) GWR's Health Hydro recognised - 16 Jun 18 on: June 17, 2018, 09:13:09 am
Some nice vintage photos in this report from the BBC.
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