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1  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Heart of Wessex - not a clever Sunday or Monday start on: August 13, 2018, 08:00:57 pm
Trying to think what the logic would be of having depots with guards and no drivers.  In the absence of DOO, if you need one, you need the other.
2  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2018 cancellation and amendment log on: August 13, 2018, 06:41:49 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.

1Z40 07:32 Newquay to Paddington was held outside Westbury for a while before diverted through Melksham.  Would have passed through around 12:15.

1A79 06:47 Penzance to Paddington was held at Newbury before going booked route around an hour late.

1C30 12:03 Paddington to Penzance was held at Reading before going booked route and calling addtionally at Theale.  Left Reading 35 late but was 54 late at Exeter and reached Penzance (magically) a minute short of an hour late.
3  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Disturbing news. on: August 13, 2018, 06:30:20 pm
That is the third assault on staff I have heard about in four days.
4  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Boardmasters, 2018 on: August 13, 2018, 06:29:03 pm
Oh you mean it doesn't?
5  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, 04:10:27 pm
At almost the same time the 10:33 Paddington to Paignton HST came to a stand at Theale with smoke issuing from a power car thereby blocking both routes from Southcote Junction.
6  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Heart of Wessex - not a clever Sunday or Monday start on: August 13, 2018, 11:05:23 am
The cancellation of the first train from Weymouth and replacement by a bus to Westbury was first signposted on Journeycheck late on Sunday afternoon so at least some advance warning was given.  The second bus from Yeovil was added overnight.
7  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Boardmasters, 2018 on: August 13, 2018, 09:04:52 am
Suspect you are probably correct. 

This service started at Plymouth and I did have a quick look as I got off at Swindon and there was still quite a bit left despite the train manager making announcements about the lack of catering staff and telling passengers there was water and light snacks available.
8  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Boardmasters, 2018 on: August 12, 2018, 09:29:54 pm
There is ďan all you can eat and drinkĒ option instead.  Grin

9  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Boardmasters, 2018 on: August 12, 2018, 08:53:05 pm
Might be a better option than what I am doing.  Stuffing 1,000 envelopes with various items, sticking stamps on and then filling every postbox within a one mile radius.

Mission accomplished



And I think I made the right decision to come home Sunday night.

10  Journey by Journey / North Downs Line / Re: Track problems near Earley on: August 12, 2018, 05:57:32 pm
Not been a particularly good Sunday.

The signal at the end of platform 1 at Wokingham will not clear for trains heading towards Bracknell so all Waterloo trains have had to be talked past it most of the days.  Services to Redhill and Gatwick are not affected but have occasionally been delayed while a SWR service clears the junction.
11  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Looking how we are doing - Sunday in Wiltshire and to Weymouth. on: August 12, 2018, 02:20:17 pm
Perhaps looking at the root problems would have stopped the tree strikes. 

Sorry Iíll get my anorak and turn off the lights. 
12  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: "Significant Disruption" on: August 12, 2018, 02:09:07 pm
One almost wonders if a travelling fitter has managed to coax some life out of 43022 and it hasnít been reported.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: August 12, 2018, 01:44:37 pm
Drivers have their own stop markers

14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: August 12, 2018, 01:18:23 pm
Introduced today is a crazy scheme to tell everyone how the train is assembled before it arrives in the station. Didcot 06:25 this [2-8-18] morning and the Platform 2 display announces 'First Class in Coaches D, E, K, and L'. Well like that is useful - those are the first class coaches on a 10 car set.

I enquire of platform staff. Their puzzlement matches mine.

Finally, over the tannoy, 'Sonya' (as opposed to her father) announces that First Class is in coaches 1,2, 6 and 7.  I get that (front and middle) - and agree with the platform staff that, at last, we have some tangible information.

Also at Didcot they have painted the stopping places on Platform 1 (Down Main).



However someone needs to decide whether the carriages are identified by numbers or letters....
15  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Oxford Area Resignalling 2018 on: August 12, 2018, 01:09:38 pm
Some photos showing the changes


Looking north from Oxford in July 2014


The same view in August 2018

And a couple of views to the south following the re-signalling works



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