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31  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Disruption October - November 2020 on: November 07, 2020, 10:06:45 am
Disruption set to continue until Monday 16th November.

Services diverting via Gloucester apart from tomorrow and Sunday 15th.   On those days there will only be the bus replacement between Bristol Parkway and Newport.
32  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Disruption October - November 2020 on: November 07, 2020, 09:23:59 am
This is where the automatic and regimented structure of the railway's public information systems only serve to confuse.

The majority of Paddington to Swansea trains leaving Paddington at XX.48 have been replaced by trains at XX.18 to give them the extra running time via Kemble.  Journeycheck shows these as cancelled train at XX.48 and an additional train at XX.18 - thereby making the problem look twice as bad as it is.

Also, strangely, there is no mention of the issue under Line Updates which would help to put things in context.

There have also been some strange entries on services coming from Swansea

This additional train was already in the timetable but with different timings.   For some reason the times quoted down the left after Newport are for the train due to run an hour earlier.  The ones down the right are correct for that train and near enough what it achieved.  Even so if it was 34 minutes late at Swindon it wasn't on time by Reading - you can't have it both ways!
33  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: What three words can lead you to! on: November 05, 2020, 08:04:15 pm
My recent stay in a hotel with a glorious sea view masqueraded as ///slimy.brimmed.blubber
34  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: For second lockdown ... for the Coffee Shop on: November 04, 2020, 04:46:51 pm
I have some pictures taken during the last few weeks which I might just get time to post over the next month!
35  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Lockdown - from 5th November 2020 - travel rules and advice on: November 03, 2020, 09:46:26 am
I was at Treliske yesterday and there seemed to be an awful lot of building work going on.  I wonder if that is also having a temporary effect on capacity and the ability to ensure people moving around the site can keep their distance.
36  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Isle of Wight futures. on: November 01, 2020, 08:28:19 pm
From SWR Journeycheck

We have been informed that one of the two trains on the Island Line has been vandalised overnight. This meant that only one train would be able to run on the Island Line today. That train has now developed a fault, meaning there will be no service until further notice.

Roll on the ?new? trains. 
37  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log on: November 01, 2020, 01:51:22 pm
The return service did indeed start from Chippenham.

One other thing to note. With the service TO Swindon being terminated at Chippenham there is a train from Weston-super-Mare at 09:26 from Chippenham which would get people to Swindon at 09:38. Not too bad for the shop workers who normally use that first TransWilts train on a Sunday.  However today it was delayed at Bristol Temple Meads and was 34 minutes late.
38  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Access to Avoncliff Station - 3/4 Nov 20 on: October 30, 2020, 10:17:24 am
Wiltshire Council need to urgently deal with some trees on the approach road to Avoncliff station, and this will result in no vehicular, pedestrian or cycle access via Belcombe Rd as follows:
Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 November between 0900 and 1700
The road is open at all other times.
Access to the station will still be possible from the village of Avoncliff, but only on foot or by bike.
39  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Aurora, Paragon, Azuma, IET, Nova 1, Javelin on: October 29, 2020, 07:40:58 am
At one point they were IEPs.
40  Journey by Journey / London to Swindon and Bristol / Re: Joining at Swindon on: October 26, 2020, 11:49:29 pm
The joining of the two IETs at Swindon wasn?t planned.

The first train from Gloucester (already cut back from Cheltenham due to late running earlier) was cancelled at Swindon due to a lack of a driver to take it forward.  So the following service from Swansea was coupled to it on platform 3.

There was also another incident at the station today.  A Swansea service from Paddington booked to go via Gloucester was routed into platform 4 - but you can?t gain the Kemble line from there.  After a 45 minute delay it was reversed out, crossed over and continued its journey.
41  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: Lynton - Barnstaple railway extension plans on: October 23, 2020, 07:33:55 pm
Perhaps it wins on a view per mile basis!
42  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway on: October 23, 2020, 06:38:36 pm
I always look forward to a trip on the cliff railway at Lynmouth - not least because it saves climbing an awful lot of steps!  I was a bit concerned there might be queues because the capacity in the already small cars has been reduced even more in the current climate.  However, although there is provision for a queuing system, this afternoon we were able to board straight away at each of the journey.

43  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: Lynton - Barnstaple railway extension plans on: October 23, 2020, 06:22:41 pm
After a three year gap I took advantage of the late autumn sunshine to take another trip to the L&B.

To my mind it still offers some of the best views from a heritage railway.

No pre-booking was required and there only a handful groups travelling which admittedly did make photography easier!

44  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log on: October 23, 2020, 07:25:58 am
07:05 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 09:04

07:05 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 09:04 will be diverted between Chippenham and Gloucester.

It will no longer call at Swindon, Kemble, Stroud and Stonehouse.
It will be delayed at Gloucester.

This is due to a burst water main flooding the railway.
45  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Review of new Barnstaple line trains on: October 22, 2020, 06:16:17 pm
Took a trip on the Barnstaple line today, my first journey to North Devon for a while.

Not just the luxury of a three car 158 as opposed to the 143 I had last time but also large sections of the line now have continuous welded rail rather than jointed track.

I certainly noticed the difference!

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