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1  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Up platform?? on: February 08, 2019, 01:20:05 pm
Beat me to it Adelante.

Up platform is now Platform 1 and is used for the Maidenhead Peak Shuttle. Beware in this weather it is also very wet with puddling water.

if you look on Realtime Trains you will see the Marlow and Maidenhead trains do a double departure in the morning peak.

Thought that was a DR speciality especially on the narrow gauge.

2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Speed isn't everything on: February 07, 2019, 11:55:42 am
Glad i did most of my business travelling in the 70/80s before mobile phones or wi-fi.

Derby being a frequent destination we would settle in the dining car at St. Pancras  for a full English repast with lots of toast. Class 45/6 haulage. If we were lucky and train wasn't too full we'd stay in the dining car all the way Derby.

Completely cut off any messages would await us at Derby.
3  Journey by Journey / London to Kennet Valley / Re: Problem at Pewsey 5th Feb 2019 on: February 07, 2019, 11:49:39 am
Presumably the failure was such that the train could be moved but only without passenger. Wouldn't it have ben  sensible to keep the passengers on the train and wait for the rescue train to be a couple of sections away. You May hold up some stone trains  but they would clear in front of the rescue train .
4  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Some very light post prandial mental exercise on: January 30, 2019, 11:53:13 am
After a cycle ride down the busway.

Is that allowed?
5  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: Valley lines - a journey report from recent days on: January 28, 2019, 10:26:36 am
Maybe I should have  the Bad Dobran line doesn't have any freight traffic it's all 2 possibly 4 (2*2 ) car DMUs.

Yes the platform at Bad Doran is pretty long. So probably only applicable on lines with only short passenger trains.

The other common station layout on double track lines is 3 platforms mainlines and a bi directional loop for stopping trains, although I have ben round the loop on an IC  at an intermediate station between Hanover and Magdeburgh to overtake a freight train. 

Most through platforms at Reading do have intermediated stop boards.
6  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Southampton Docks Access Improvement on: January 27, 2019, 04:24:29 pm
I think there’s been a bit of a planning saga about land take to do with the trees on the south of the railway near Redbridge station.  I also think the slice of land they are having to buy from Southampton City Council was previously sold by the port operator, having been sold to them by British Rail...   

Paul

Ironic presumably each sale with an extra 0 on the end.
7  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: Valley lines - a journey report from recent days on: January 27, 2019, 04:14:32 pm
I first came across the single platform passing loops on the Bostock Bad Dobran line in the early 2000s> However as I understand it  the difference is that in Germany the trains don't pass before reaching the platform. they stop nose to nose  with the point for the loop in the gap. Hopefully the train for which the loop is a facing point starts first
8  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: Valley lines - a journey report from recent days on: January 24, 2019, 03:23:37 pm
Very interesting. Wonder what he would have said if he'd done it summer with the lineside trees in leave and the views obscured?
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: January 24, 2019, 11:18:48 am
Been looking at Open train times and Realtime trains looks bad trains stuck at Platforms.

711W 0716 Merehead Quarry to Acton T.C.  Went through platform 5 at Maidenhead and Platform 4 at Slough 
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: January 22, 2019, 10:47:22 pm
Owing to a fault with the signalling system fewer trains are able to run on the line between Slough and Reading , passengers for Taplow and Burnham are advised to travel to Reading and change for a local stopping London bound service.
Last

Change at Reading not Maidenhead? Are they allowing they allowing people to catch fasts to Reading?
11  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Smartcards - can't transfer paper ticket on: January 12, 2019, 10:04:16 am
What a palaver!                 

I thought Smart Cards were suppose to save time.
12  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Has anyone given any thought to the passengers? on: January 07, 2019, 10:20:59 am
Possibly the result of letting the computer do the scheduling. GIGO Angry
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: January 04, 2019, 03:51:01 pm
I would hope that any records made now are kept in both digital and paper form. Both are vulnerable to obsolescence but in different ways: digital through incompatibility of future systems, paper to fire, water, moths etc.

I agree regarding digital. I remember way back in the 70's that IBM (I think) just managed to saved the last couple of a particular tape drive for NASA to read the vast amount of data they were receiving from their satellites.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: GWR Performance Figures on: January 04, 2019, 11:47:11 am
Thanks Ray does that mean that people with continuous season tickets are actually paying less year on year?

I remember a period at the end of Thanes Trains  and the changeover First ? taking over when for several years I paid lees each year for my annual season ticket around 2% rise and 5% discount.

Never seems to get mentioned in reporting.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: GWR Performance Figures on: January 03, 2019, 03:11:02 pm
Not sure if this is the right place, but does it mean that people are getting a 5 % discount on renewal of a season tickets.
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