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1  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society on: November 10, 2018, 08:10:40 am
I am a member of the Windsor and Maidenhead branch of the Royal Corps of Trainspotters.

Next meeting 26th Nov Colonel Stevens Cox Green community  Centre Maidenehad.

 https://www.rcts.org.uk/branches/maidenhead/.

They do  a small  overseas trip, this year Switzerland but it's a long time since they've run a rail tour in the UK.
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Bumper picture quiz - November 2018. on: November 10, 2018, 08:00:57 am
20 Crofton from the pump house.
3  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: GWR replacement bus services - absolutely DREADFUL!!! on: November 09, 2018, 10:04:49 am
Surely it should be possible to print a Google map or even programme a sat nav with the route (including warning of  low bridges) for the driver.

Although I don't blame the drivers Bristol is one place I avoid if posible.
4  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: West Somerset Railway - heritage line, Bishops Lydeard to Minehead - possible link to main line on: November 08, 2018, 10:34:50 am
Just heard WSR is shutting between 2nd January and 1st April 2019 to carry out PW work and staff training in new new safety and compliance rules  recommended by the ORR after a recent inspection.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Cambridge Guided Busway - ongoing discussion and updates (merged topic) on: November 04, 2018, 10:27:55 am
Is it reserved white line or can anyone drive along it?
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: New trains from old? on: November 01, 2018, 10:13:04 am
Wonder if we'll ever get a quote like Mr. Shooter's from the DfT?
7  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: The Ghan, Australia's Greatest Train Journey - BBC Four, 28th October 2018 on: October 28, 2018, 08:46:44 pm
just seen 5 minutes completely boring long train going fairly slowly through the desert.
8  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Alternative Bus service during SWR strikes on: October 26, 2018, 10:33:23 am
Fourbee I think it depends on what the normal clock face time is.

If it's 05 or earlier it doesn't matter you've just got  an extra 5 or 10 minute wait for a train.

If the normal time is 20 then neither is acceptable because unless you know or get to the station really early you are liable to miss them.

IMHO early trains are far worse than late and maybe even cancelled ones. Reliability is the cornerstone of a good service. 
9  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: Cambrian ERTMS - Loss of TSR Data (20/10/2017) on: October 22, 2018, 06:25:27 pm
Agree with you it seems very odd that a train can request an already issued movement order.

Also your point that the RAIB don't seem to have queried why this happens at around once a moth and requires a rollover which stops the trains for 15 minutes.  Do they just come to halt anywhere on the line, not necessarily a good idea given some of the gradients?

Can the driver override it (on instruction)?

10  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Weymouth Harbour railway line - merged topic, ongoing discussion on: October 21, 2018, 04:09:45 pm
Not so far off the mark when the tramway was running only it was cars.

My first job at Waterloo, as well as making the tea, was filing reports headed "Train hit Car" at least once a week in summer.
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Lee? on: October 21, 2018, 04:03:05 pm

Judging by your bye line: Currently muddling along the Guingamp-Carhaix line

Is it somewhere on the Reseau Breton narrow gauge? I know the French persevered with replacement buses long after we ceased running ours.
12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Getting Electrification Right on: October 20, 2018, 04:46:42 pm
There are actually 3 things that suffer feast and famine and are first to be axed, Maintenance, Training and Research.

It doesn't help that they all considered to be revenue  costs rather than investments so don't add to the bottom line.
13  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: London to Reading, London to Heathrow, service patterns under Crossrail on: October 20, 2018, 04:36:27 pm
Welcome Reading General. You make some interesting points. I have always maintained that Crossrail doesn't work West of Paddington because of of the discrepancy between 24tph through the tunnels and only 10/12 onto the GWML. Meaning at least every other train has to terminate at Paddington.

With regard to Grahame's re time to change at Padd, I think it would almost certainly be advantageous for Reading Passengers to use  Crossrail for a through journey I would suggest not, particulary on the inward journey, it should be a relatively quick change and you will have a Crossrail train every 2.5 minutes half of which will be empties from Westbourne Park so 5 mins max wait.

Twyford and Maidenhead it depends on how many GWR/Crossrail semis there are in the peak.

Taplow Burnham are already TFL so will be all Crossrail.

Slough if the Off peak fast Oxfords still stop it may it may be marginally quicker in the Up to take Crossrail.

Langley Iver and West Drayton all TFL Crossrail but will be competing with passengers from further West

Hayes inwards, Crossrail Metro, but passengers homeward bound to  West of Hayes compete as they do now with passengers for stations to Hayes.

As to Oyster Crossrail have suggested that it could be extended to Reading and possibly even the branches, Windsor Marlow and Henley. now that raises and interesting question will  the Oyster fare be  valid only on Crossrail services or GWR ones as well?

Then is is the major question how are all these extra passengers going to get to the various stations parking is already full at most stations. Twyford Maidenhead, Taplow and Burnham in particular  have very limited parking and few buses.
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Lee? on: October 20, 2018, 04:09:32 pm
Yes Grahame, it means I haven't a clue. Was also considering New Zealand!
15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Lee? on: October 20, 2018, 03:52:06 pm
Europe first choice
States 2nd
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