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6691  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Another fatality at Southall - 20 Mar 11 on: March 20, 2011, 03:58:01 pm
The train was coming from Heathrow - so not a good start to a UK visit for tourists after a long flight.   Hopefully no-one missed their flights as they did manage to get trains running on the relief lines pretty quickly and I think only one train to the airport was cancelled - the return working of the train involved.
6692  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Another fatality at Southall - 20 Mar 11 on: March 20, 2011, 12:53:35 pm
Another fatality at Southall this morning at 9 o'clock. A Heathrow Express was involved. Relief lines reopened within 45 minutes but when I passed at 10:40 the train involved was still standing on the Up Main just past the station. Not sure if the passengers had been de-trained. I doubt it as the only option would have been to walk back down the track which wouldn't have been pleasant for obvious reasons.
6693  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Penzance to Plymouth-branch line or main line? on: March 19, 2011, 09:01:44 pm
They did invest in doubling part of the line in Cornwall recently but there certainly is a bit of a branch line feel sometimes west of the Royal Albert Bridge. Although I usually only get that far on a long distance train I've noticed the catering can be a bit patchy after Plymouth which is frustrating with two hours still to go to Penzance.
6694  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Tarka Line - Exeter to Barnstaple - services, passenger numbers, carriages, engineering works, incidents and events on: March 19, 2011, 08:57:06 pm
On the subject of complimentary tickets I remember in an earlier life when I was a journalist and was doing a story about on train catering on Western Region - as it was then - they sent me an all stations first class pass. It arrived on a Saturday morning ready to use on the Monday but only had an expiry date. I had a great weekend going all over the place - including an overnight train to Penzance. As I recall there were no sleeper berths. When did BR/FGW stop this overnight service on a Saturday?
6695  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Marlow branch line - engineering work, closures, incidents (merged topics) on: March 16, 2011, 11:47:26 pm
Should have been to Specsavers!
6696  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Marlow branch line - engineering work, closures, incidents (merged topics) on: March 16, 2011, 01:22:04 pm
I assume the new arrangement will require three drivers. One to take the Bourne End portion forward. One to dispose of the remainder of the Paddington train and the third to run the Marlow/Bourne End shuttle as now.
6697  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: 18:12 London Paddington to Henley on Thames on: March 16, 2011, 10:26:37 am
I know years ago there was a through train just after the morning rush hour that used to run fast from Maidenhead. Must have been 15 years ago at least.
6698  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: 18:16 London Paddington to Henley on Thames on: March 16, 2011, 09:34:31 am
I've caught the 18:06 from Twyford to go to Newbury and am normally the only one to get on and so can usually get a seat (and a g&t from the buffet). Just wonder how valuable a through service to Henley is if it takes much longer than changing trains
6699  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / 18:12 London Paddington to Henley on Thames on: March 16, 2011, 09:01:03 am
Caught the above train for the first time last night. Got on about 15 minutes before it was due to leave. I was in the front coach of the five car train. I thought after the 18:06 which runs fast to Twyford had left my train would fill up. However when we departed at 18:16 only three other people were sitting in my part of the train.

Perhaps I now know why. When we reached Hanwell the brakes went on as we caught up with a stopping train and then crawled all the way to Twyford. It is obviously timetabled to do this as we kept time. However it's about perception. If a train is going noticeably less than full speed for an appreciable amount of time people feel they are losing time.

Do the other through trains to Henley have the same problem?  I know things are tight out of London but couldn't a better path be found?
6700  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Marlow branch line - engineering work, closures, incidents (merged topics) on: March 16, 2011, 08:49:56 am
There is a poster up at Maidenhead saying that from the May timetable change the 18:36 from London Paddington will in their words "split" at Maidenhead with only the front portion going forward to Bourne End.

Not sure what the reasoning is and what happens to the rest of the train. I suppose it might form an extra eastbound service.
6701  Journey by Journey / London to Kennet Valley / Day out on a Kennet Day Ranger on: March 14, 2011, 08:19:03 pm
Had a day off so decided to invest in a Kennet Day Ranger. The leaflet stands at Reading are full of brochures advertising it at ^9.50 but in fact it is now ^12!  Never mind a good day out all the same until the last train. The 19:57 from Kintbury left 2 mins early!  It isn't helped by the fact that as it is an HST it fouls the crossing so if you are the village side you've no chance of catching it as the gates have to stay down until it has departed.

I've got a screen shot of the live departures board showing the early departure but not sure how to attach it. Might send it to FGW though!
6702  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: New Customer Information Systems on: March 11, 2011, 10:28:40 pm
Kintbury is now properly equipped.
6703  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Delayed HST (8 March 2011) on: March 11, 2011, 10:27:16 pm
Well last week there was an HST on the B&H with a faulty door on the rear power car.  Admittedly they open inwards, but one of the rail staff on board did phone ahead to Taunton and warn them just in case they spotted it as passed through as not booked to call there.
6704  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Tweet! on: March 06, 2011, 04:05:44 pm
I must admit I have never explored Twitter much - must be my advancing years.  When I first looked it seemed to be full of trivia and not for me but perhaps it is time to take another look.
6705  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Re: Lack of common sense! on: March 06, 2011, 04:01:43 pm
Well you would have thought so.  There was over an hour's gap on east bound services until the 10.00 ex-Pnz made a special call.  Ten minutes earlier a coach had pulled up outside the station but I don't know if anyone got on it.
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