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16  Journey by Journey / London to Swindon and Bristol / Re: Overspeeding incident at Dauntsey, Wiltshire - 12.08.2020 on: November 12, 2020, 01:09:11 pm
https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/18866181.gwr-train-driver-almost-100mph-track-speed-limit-wiltshire

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A TRAIN driver sped through a 20mph zone at almost 100mph over the limit.

A report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch revealed the London to Bristol Great Western Railway train was travelling at 117mph near Dauntsey, Wiltshire, on August 12.

Hot weather and a track defect meant the speed limit had been cut from the national standard of 125mph to 20mph at the time.

The report said that, as Network Rail had not informed GWR, the driver was not aware and assumed the speed limit side had fallen off the side of the track.
17  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Wokingham's present from Network Rail - a new siding on: November 12, 2020, 12:33:19 pm
The building next to the box at Wokingham is the relay room.   Apparently earlier this week the work caused a leak in the roof and various electrical components were doused in water.
18  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Engineering work to close St Ives branch Jan to Feb 2021 on: November 12, 2020, 11:36:54 am
https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/planned-engineering/st-ives

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From Monday 4 January to Sunday 7 February 2021:

buses will replace trains between St Erth and St Ives

buses will run every 30 minutes with all services calling at Carbis Bay. Services will also call hourly at Lelant

replacement buses will depart at different times to normal trains in order to connect with trains at St Erth
19  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Slow News Day? on: November 10, 2020, 09:57:06 pm
Dear oh dear!

I have always wondered what the siding at Bedwyn was for!   Grin
20  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture - related rail and other transport issues / Dr David Randles on: November 10, 2020, 09:48:34 pm
Not a name which may be to familiar to many - but I expect his website uksteam.info certainly is.

Sad to report he died last month after ill health prevented him updating the site from the middle of last year.  However what remains is a valuable resource of steam trains on the mainline going back quarter of a century.  Hopefully it will continue to be available.
21  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Armistice Day 2020 on: November 10, 2020, 03:25:56 pm
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The first of the Poppies to Paddington services will start from Penzance at 04:58, calling at 10 stations before arriving into London Paddington at 09:59. One of those stations is St Austell, where D-Day veteran Harry Billinge will have his wreath placed on board the train that was recently named in his honour at 05:48.

Other services involved include the 06:43 from Hereford, the 07:13 from Paignton, 07:20 from Swansea, 07:22 from Taunton, 08:13 from Worcester Shrub Hill, 08:58 from Cheltenham Spa, 09:00 from Bristol Temple Meads, and 09:59 from Oxford.
22  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Armistice Day 2020 on: November 10, 2020, 03:17:40 pm
23  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: New Didcot Parkway Bike Storage on: November 10, 2020, 11:02:40 am
Interesting article on the BBC today about making bicycles harder to steal or less attractive if taken.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-54695188
24  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: What a difference a "not" makes on: November 10, 2020, 10:55:37 am
Of course it won't be long before police forces launch their Christmas Drink Drive campaigns.
25  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Public announcement on vaccine 9 Nov 2020 on: November 09, 2020, 08:41:54 pm
It is certainly an interesting development. 

If it is approved there are still significant logistical challenges.  People will need two injections three weeks apart and the vaccine will need to be transported deeply refrigerated to remain effective.
26  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Railway bridges struck by road vehicles - merged topic, ongoing discussion on: November 09, 2020, 02:53:55 pm
And here is 11 to 20 - including one in Wiltshire

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11. Lower Downs Road Wimbledon, London 11 strikes

12. Warminster Road Wilton, Wiltshire 10 strikes

13. Prescott Street Wigan, Greater Manchester 10 strikes

14. Greenhills Road Paisley, Renfrewshire 9 strikes

15. Newhouse Road South Ruislip, London 9 strikes

16. Kenworthy Road Homerton, London 9 strikes

17. St John's Road Isleworth, London 9 strikes

18. Jews Lane Twerton, Somerset 9 strikes

19. Barrowby Road Grantham, Lincolnshire 8 strikes

20. Cambridge Road Hitchin, Hertfordshire 8 strikes

Whitehouse Bridge near Swindon Station used to top the list in the past but has obviously dropped down the order.
27  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log on: November 08, 2020, 03:15:46 pm
It failed just before Frome but was top and tailed and so managed to go back wrong road to the avoider to clear the line.
28  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log on: November 08, 2020, 01:54:33 pm
The 13:41 Swindon to Weymouth has been delayed at Swindon by nine minutes while a plan is formulated to get it past a failed freight train near Frome.

Three West of England services have been reversed at Westbury and sent via Bristol but that option isn't available to get to Weymouth.

Suspect there will be some form of single line working to get the Weymouth service to Castle Cary.
29  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Armistice Day 2020 on: November 08, 2020, 11:41:24 am
GWR are organising an Act of Remembrance on Wednesday (11th November).  Clearly it cannot be a public event but will be live streamed from Platform 1 at Paddington.



As part of the event wreaths and tributes will be conveyed from transport groups and others on GWR trains to Paddington.   I understand the recently named Harry Billinge MBE LdH will bring tributes from Cornwall including one from the man himself.



The service is at 11am on Wednesday.
30  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Lockdown - from 5th November 2020 - travel rules and advice on: November 07, 2020, 11:37:59 am
Stagecoach in Swindon have announced they are returning to an hourly service on Sundays on the S6 (Swindon to Oxford), 55 (Swindon to Chippenham) and 7 (Swindon to Highworth) for November.  Monday to Saturday times unchanged.
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