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1  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Rail Strike Looming on: May 24, 2022, 09:33:10 pm
I am shocked by the scale of support for a strike.
A NARROW majority in favour of a strike would not have surprised me, but an 89%/11% majority in favour of a strike shocks me.

And with a generous turnout, the result is genuinely representative.

Does anyone know if the railway freight operators will be striking ? or only the passenger TOCs (Train Operating Company)?
I don't think the freight operators are included but if Network Rail , especially signallers, are on strike you probably cant run trains anyway.
2  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Rail Strike Looming on: May 24, 2022, 09:30:38 pm
While I have every sympathy with having a below inflation rate pay rise especially when inflation is running at 9%+, I can't help thinking that this is a massive mistake especially when the industry has lost 25% of it's income.

And where do the RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers)/rail staff think the money is going to come from for a pay rise given that there are only 3 sources of income:
1) Government - good luck with that; you might find NHS staff, teachers, police, etc. in the queue for a pay rise, as well, and with more public sympathy.
2) Fare payers - fares are already too expensive and you won't be thanked.
3) Productivity - you might get a pay rise but some of your colleagues will lose there jobs.

I also think that this is a trap set by the Government to break the power of the unions on the railway, which you have just walked into. It reminds me so much of the miners in the 1980's and that didn't turn out well.


3  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: 155R 1134 Llandrindod to Weymouth Jersey Siding 22/5/22 on: May 24, 2022, 08:53:37 am
Looks like it left  today at 07:26 https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/service/gb-nr:U68274/2022-05-24/detailed#allox_id=0
4  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Crossrail - The Elizabeth Line - ongoing discussion, merged topics on: May 04, 2022, 09:51:40 am
According to the London Reconnections team Crossrail will start operating on 24th May 2022 06:30 to 22:00 Mon-Sat.
Now confirmed by tfl and will initially be 12 trains an hour, and all stations except Bond Street will be open.
5  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: please tell me I have got this wrong on: April 19, 2022, 09:28:41 am
Isn't the root cause of the shortage of diesel rolling stock on GWR (Great Western Railway) caused by the cancellation of the Oxford and TV branches electrification? And the fact that it was cancelled without any real thinking about what the knock-on effects would be and since then GWR have just had to muddle through and they dont really have enough units to run even the current reduced services.

If the electrification was finished then both class 165's and class 800's would be freed up for use elsewhere. And remember a lot of money has already been spent on the half-completed electrification to Oxford, including an electricity ‘feed in-station’ that has been sat idle at Radley for 6 years.

The whole situation is stupid beyond belief; there are 12 year electric trains that are being put into storage and 27 year old electric trains going for scrap but hay rather than electrify more of the railway why don’t we add diesel engines to some 35 year old trains instead.

In my opinion this issue won’t be resolved until the ideologues in the Dft and Treasury, who would rather have money spent by private industry on trains rather than by the government on infrastructure, are removed or ignored.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: P&O Ferries on: March 17, 2022, 11:26:40 am
The latest rumour is, is that they are going to sack all their UK (United Kingdom) staff and replace them with cheaper foreign labour.
Info from RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers) https://www.rmt.org.uk/news/future-of-pando/
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: January 31, 2022, 11:17:10 am
Never mind short formations but according to Real Time Trains the 1Z39 20:17 Totnes to Paddington service tonight will be made up of 14 carriages from Bristol Temple Meads.

RTT» (Real Time Trains - website) states that it will be 5-car 802013 + 9-car 802113. The 9-car unit starts from Totnes and the 5-car unit joins at Bristol Temple Meads.

Is this possible or is this a data error?

Unfortunately I won't be around to check.

 https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/service/gb-nr:V11643/2022-01-31/detailed#allox_id=1
8  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Buses, trains, ferries. Where were Finn and I today, 26th January 2022? on: January 26, 2022, 09:15:31 pm
7. Is the Gosport Ferry?
9  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: GWR Smartcard - purchase non-season tickets? on: October 15, 2021, 11:45:12 am
Can you have two active tickets on the same card at the same time?
Example: I have a monthly ticket between Bookham and Waterloo. Can I also load a day ticket from Bookham to Brighton via Dorking?

I'm in no hurry to go back to Brighton but I'm curious whether on the next occasion I can use smartcard. I know I can already use paper ticket and e-ticket

I understand you can have up to 5 tickets on the card at a time.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Loss of refreshment facilities at stations on: October 14, 2021, 02:26:09 pm
The Spar Shop at Didcot was open this morning.

The facilities at Oxford within the main concurse are also looking very sparse with only 2 refreshment shops open if you exclude M&S and WH Smith.

The employee in the cafe on platform 3 looked very bored at 9am, so I guess the number of customers they have isnt great.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: GWR Smartcard - purchase non-season tickets? on: October 14, 2021, 02:16:11 pm
I have managed to answer this question by getting a Smartcard from another TOC (Train Operating Company).
The SouthEastern Key allows you load daily tickets from the App to your SmartPhone and it works for my GWR (Great Western Railway) only journey.
12  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: GWR Smartcard - purchase non-season tickets? on: September 21, 2021, 07:27:39 pm
Thanks Stuving.
So looks like you can only buy single and return tickets on a smartcard at a ticket office.

But you have to question why does it show those tickets as smartcard compatible on the website? It maybe strictly true but of little use if I can't buy them online.

I wonder why you can buy season tickets on line for your smartcard but not daily tickets?

13  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / GWR Smartcard - purchase non-season tickets? on: September 21, 2021, 04:35:13 pm
I have a GWR (Great Western Railway) Smartcard which prior to the pandemic I used for my annual season ticket.
I am now looking to go back to the office, only occassionly at the moment, so I thought I would try and add an Off-Peak Day Return between DID» (Didcot Parkway - next trains) and OXF» (Oxford - next trains) to that card.

On the GWR site the ticket type shows the 'Smartcard' symbol and I am logged into my account but I can see no option to load to my Smartcard.
I have also tried on my GWR app and again no option to deliver via Smartcard.

So my question is, is it possible to load a GWR non-season ticket to a Smartcard? And if so how?
14  All across the Great Western territory / Smoke and Mirrors / Re: Loading & ticketing. Suppress travel by making it *** to book with confidence on: June 23, 2021, 08:58:03 am
The obvious question is why is there still social distancing on trains when no other mode of transport has it?

Buses - seems to be only seats that face one another that have any restrictions.
Tube - cant see any restrictions.
Taxi - no restrictions.
Planes - no restrictions and as far as I can tell have never had any restrictions.

Is this a case of we can do something so we will rather than there being a real need to have it?

I know that having to have reservations almost put the rest of my family off travelling by train; until I pointed out that they could just buy a ticket at the station and catch the first train that comes. How many others have been put off by the policy? When the railway needs all the money it can get this policy seems perverse and must be being driven by the government although I guess the fact that the tocs have no finanical risk may also be an issue.

15  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: London Euston high speed train run on: June 17, 2021, 02:43:03 pm
Apparently missed the record by 21 seconds.
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