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1  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Portsmouth Harbour to Fratton - the new Brighton to Hove on: September 26, 2022, 08:39:00 am
Presumably Portsmouth Harbour to Portsmouth and Southsea would be even shorter Smiley
2  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Kennet and Avon at Crofton on: August 23, 2022, 11:57:32 am
When this happened previously they bought the steam pumping station back into use, presumably they could do the same today although I guess it takes quite a few hours to get the steam up to pressure.
3  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic) on: August 17, 2022, 01:23:29 pm
Good news, funding has been approved for the long required upgrades to Oxford Station.
https://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/news/green-light-for-oxford-station-and-railway-transformation-following-gbp-78-6m-funding-confirmation

Dft state this is worth £161m, not sure how they get to this total as press release only mentions £78.6m + £69m + £10.5 m which totals £158.1m.

4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: RMT strike action Summer 2022 on: June 15, 2022, 01:01:32 pm
Hmmm....that page does tell you that they haven't, and when they will be available!
So what I said was correct  Wink of course you are correct as well  Wink

Of course I could say it is poor design, and it probably is, but it was also user error (I didn't scroll down to bottom of the page).
A rhetorical question, but why provide a link to timetables if the timetables aren't available?
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: RMT strike action Summer 2022 on: June 15, 2022, 11:23:34 am
Maps now available of where trains will run on strike day and the day's in between
https://www.gwr.com/strike

I doesn't look to me like timetables, at least those linked to from that page, have been updated yet.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: New National Rail Contract for GWR - starting 26th June 2022 on: June 14, 2022, 11:06:14 am
This is a quote from Modern Railways annoucement of the contract:

"A review of the company’s diesel fleet is promised, while a ‘fleet strategy plan’ is intended to cut the costs of running a mixed fleet and replace diesel-only trains with what the DfT» (Department for Transport - about) calls ‘greener trains’, possibly including battery-only units."

As this is the DfT I would assume that 'greener trains' doesn't mean putting more wires up or laying more third rail. Cry
7  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: New National Rail Contract for GWR - starting 26th June 2022 on: June 14, 2022, 11:03:15 am
Wishing that article could have flagged a jump in ridership when the HSTs (High Speed Train) were replaced, now looking for a graph for GWR (Great Western Railway) 2015 - 2019 passenger figures. Has there been a 'Sparks effect'?

Mark
I think it would be difficult to measure a sparks effect with a bi-mode train, because it also runs on diesel, and doesn't the sparks effect also rely on faster and more frequent services and that hasn't really happened.

And because electrification was never completed then I think it is true to say that some services have got worse, for example those wanting to travel from:
West of Reading to Oxford have to change at Didcot.
Bedywn to Reading passengers have to change at Newbury
No through services to Paddington from the Thames Valley branches.
Didcot to Oxford has shorter trains and less services

Let's hope we get some sensible people in dft/Government (delete as appropriate) who authorise a rolling progamme of electrification starting with the completion of the GWR electrifiction project.
8  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.
9  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.


10  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
11  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.
12  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.
13  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/
14  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
15  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?
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