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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Six of the worst on: Today at 11:37:58 am
No 4 Imber
2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: September 21, 2018, 03:44:11 pm
Saw a picture of it, running light through Taplow last night at the Marlow and District Railway Society meeting. Asked how it got onto the GWML as there is no 25Kv connection between WCML and GWML. Allegedly dragged by a 66 to Hayes(?) loop.

Now that raises a question about GWML electrification why were

 Acton ML to Acton Wells (NLL),
 Acton Wells to West London Jn
 Acton Wells to Cricklewood Curve Jn and Silkstream Jn
 Acton Canal Wharf Jn to Acton Branch Jn

not electrified?
3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: September 21, 2018, 09:53:22 am
No 2+5 have been to Cheltenham in passenger service yet.

!9/9 From Realtime trains

Possibly 1A10 0900 Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington running 9L at Taplow. 09:32 v 09:23
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: September 20, 2018, 01:40:10 pm
Counting IET's again today, on my way into PAD past North Pole at around 1015.

I counted 19 (there may have been a few more hidden away) at various points around the site.
That must be at least as many parked up (or being serviced) as are actually out working.

Also went to Padd on 19/0 and saw all teh IETS in North Pole. However more puzzling was seeing  IETS under the wires on diesel

Around 10:30 at Taplow 2*5 on Up Main (possibly 1L36 0831 Cheltenham Spa to London Paddington), 1*9 on Down Main (possibly 1B25 1015 London Paddington to Swansea) and the 16:41 Slough Pad possibly 1P34 1601 Oxford to London Paddington on diesel.  The latter is booked a Turbo.

Also a unit running into the depot around 11:10.  Real Time trains gives 5A10.

I travelled to Slough on the 1W33 16:21 Padd - Great Malvern 5 car on electric.

There were also a number of 345s in OOC.

I understand the use of diesel under the wires is a fault. It seems odd that the fault is that way round you would have thought it would be easier to put the Pan up and collect juice rather starting up several diesel engines.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Intercity Express Train (IET) failure, near Exeter, 13 September 2018 on: September 19, 2018, 09:16:41 am
               A pertinant question I was asked whther it was a design fault, air pipe not protected or bad luck.

My answer was a bit of both. Trains hit or are  hit by objects, animal or mineral, quite often so should the brake pipe have been shielded? However, was it just bad luck that this object hit the brake pipe hard enough to break it?
6  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: September 18, 2018, 05:17:22 pm
Where? Presumably TFL territory.
7  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Lacock West Curve, Bradford North Curve on: September 18, 2018, 05:10:46 pm
It seems to me that the Bradford North curve should be used for a Bristol London hourly semi fast. and diversions.

There should also be an hourly Swindon vis Melksham to Westbury possibly Salisbury Salisbury.

The problem those services would require Thingly Jn  Bradford North to be doubled as well and reinstatement of  the 4th platform at Westbury. Which would be prohibitorily expensive unless Network Rail can cut its cost drastically.

 Last year I travelled for Weymouth to Bristol on the late morning train it amazed me how many rolls that train fulfilled from Reginal Express (RE) Weymouth Yeovil Bath Bristol, Regionalbahn (RB) serving intermediate stations to Westbury and S bahn from Trowbridge  (maybe Westbury?) with passengers joining and leaving the train at most of  the intermediate stops.

It is very difficult for one train to full fill all three rolls, you need a reasonably comfortable fairly speedy train for the RE, You need slightly less posh train for the RB and a high density train for for the S Bahn. 
8  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: Commuter services - minimum needs on: September 18, 2018, 04:38:09 pm
I would say Taplow has a comprehensive commuter service. Half Hourly in both direction all day from 05:22 to Padd with last train back 00:34 (there are trains all night to Slough or Maidenhead).

In the other direction 06:22 to Reading back 00:15

Should add Slough and Windsor railway Society was formed to take over the Windsor Branch should BR decide to close it. Now there's a 20 minute service all day!
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: September 14, 2018, 10:37:30 am
Iím confident that IETs will be running on electric as far as Bristol Parkway after the Christmas/New Year shutdown.

Has the Steventon Bridge problem been resolved?

I  understand it requires either a 60 mph restriction with pan  up  or  diesel and pan down for IETs, due to sharp changes in height of contact wire.

10  Journey by Journey / London to Kennet Valley / Re: Bedwyn Turnback extension for IET on: September 13, 2018, 10:12:43 am
I was thinking of the TPWS fitted at terminal stations like Paddington to stop trains approaching the buffer stops too fast.
11  Journey by Journey / London to Kennet Valley / Re: Bedwyn Turnback extension for IET on: September 13, 2018, 09:14:02 am
Is there TPWS fitted to the siding?
12  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Should there be seat reservations on the Cardiff - Portsmouth service? on: September 12, 2018, 11:20:36 am
Then there's the point that if a seat is reserved from Bradford-on-Avon to Romsey, is it available or not to you (as someone who does not know the area) from Bath Spa to Salisbury.

I thought the rules were you could use it from Bath to Bradford and then give it up if the passenger turns up at Bradford otherwise you can stay. Plus someone could use from it Salisbury to Romsey and beyond if it's vacant.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Re: Platform changes that mean you miss a service on: September 12, 2018, 11:11:14 am
Interesting example of the Punctual Versus reliable railway.

The punctual railway means people miss their train in circumstances like this, a reliable railway ensures people have a train at or near the advertised time.
14  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Christmas 2018 - Westbury Station Closure on: September 12, 2018, 09:49:52 am
Not sure I follow how do passengers from Westbury plus those who normally change there get to and from London and the West of England?
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: September 10, 2018, 11:42:13 am
Who'd want to fly on a 737? But the last HST to X now that's a winner.
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