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346  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: October 16, 2014, 12:15:34 pm

But the structures in place around Reading are not the same as those - not much lighter, but certainly different.

From memory and from a distance the posts I have seen between Cholsey and Moreton look very similar to the posts in those photographs. Unfortunately I don't have a picture to prove whether that is the case or not and they also hadn't added any of the horizontal elements of the structure.
347  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: September 24, 2014, 09:11:39 am
I suspect that it was a steel pile they are about 600 to 750mm in diameter come in 5m lengths often one is driven in and a second or even a third is attached to the top and then that driven in.  They have a number of bosses for bolting each other together of for attaching the OLE (Overhead Line Equipment, more often "OHLE") structure base plate to.
Yes that would be them and there were some other piles laying nearby so that would make complete sense.
348  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: September 23, 2014, 10:07:10 pm
Saw my first mast in the Didcot area today, just by the signalling centre.
Although it is more like a vertical pipe than a mast, does it get narrower as it gets taller?
349  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Filming at Didcot Parkway this morning? on: September 18, 2014, 09:08:46 am
Apparently filming a new Agatha Christie drama staring David Walliams for the BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page) at Didcot Railway Centre.
They have been there all week and given the amount of equipment and people (at the station  and at the football club) looks like they might be here for a while.
350  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: 'First Great Western are appalling neighbours' on: September 17, 2014, 09:21:08 am
It is the new houses behind the Said Business School, built on the site of the old LNWR (London North Western Railway) (?) station that is now at Quainton Road, I suppose they will start complaining about the noise of the trains next Wink
351  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic) on: July 24, 2014, 08:56:28 pm
Must say it looks impressive from the video. But it is always a case of jam tomorrow as it won't be completed for 4 years assuming it is finished on time.
I wont be holding my breath given how long it is has taken to complete just the car park/bus stops at Didcot Parkway.

A masterplan can be found here http://www.oxford.gov.uk/PageRender/decN/newsarticle.htm?newsarticle_itemid=54987
352  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic) on: July 24, 2014, 03:00:47 pm
Haven't seen the actual plans but details of the new Oxford station are apparently due to be announced today.
http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/top_news/11361473.City_gets___75m_bus_and_rail_gateway/?ref=mac
Although I hope that isn't correct but it seems to suggest there will only be 3 platforms.
Although presumably they will also be split into A and B and also bi-directional.
Will the start of the Oxford - Marylebone services be delayed as they are due to run from land that now appears to be targeted for development and no mention of where the car park will be.

it would also explain why there have been several groups of people using pile drivers to I assume take soil samples around the car park and station area for the last couple of days.

353  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Re: Season Ticket Holders Get 5 Void Days (10-14/2/2014) on: May 07, 2014, 09:39:06 am
It seems to depend which page you look at he FGW (First Great Western) website:
if you look at this page http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/About-Us/Our-business/Performance there are 5 void days.
if you search for void days one of the pages returned is http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/contents/travel-advice/Refund-process-for-customers-affected-by-the-South-West-storms which states there are no void days Sad 
And both were updated on the 1st May 2014.
I think I would trust the first page as it is about the overall performance of FGW and not just the winter storms.
354  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Onboard automated late running announcements on: February 19, 2014, 08:31:52 pm
Another update
Exactly the same on the 0808 today, it said 16 late leaving DID» (Didcot Parkway - next trains) and 11 late at Culham and Appleford despite the fact it left Didcot on time and arrived in Oxford on time.

Even worse on the 1707 from Oxford, was 8 minutes late at Radley and Culham onboard system said 30 minutes late and ended up being only 6 late at Didcot.

You have to wonder if the system has even been properly tested and I agree that FGW (First Great Western) are don't themselves any favours.

355  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Onboard automated late running announcements on: February 18, 2014, 04:21:41 pm
Unless I am mistaken FGW (First Great Western) appears to have added automated 'how late this train is running' to the onboard display and announcements to the 165 and 166.

It doesn't appear to work very well as every train I have got on has been incorrect, for example:
Yesterday and today the 0808 Didcot to Oxford left Didcot on time and as soon as it had travelled about 200 metres it claimed it was 16 minutes late and then 11 minutes late at Appleford and Culham, it arrived in Oxford on time.

Simlarly I caught the 17:07 from Oxford to Pad last night and within 2 minutes of leaving Oxford, on time, it claimed it was 4 minutes late!

I hope the driver can turn the system off because I can see it being very irritating if it makes an announcement every time the length of the delay increases.
356  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Weather disruption caused in 2014, and how to prevent it happening again - ongoing discussion on: February 11, 2014, 10:16:40 pm
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Plus, the flooding at Hinksey I think involve points, which may be another reason for the lower speed limit???  I don't know if they have been clipped and scotched though or wether that would even make a difference!


I haven't spotted any point clips but I have noticed that the point motors had been raised up onto several sleepers so that they didn't flood, so I assume that the points are disconnected. If that is the case then I guess they would have to be clipped out of use?
357  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Weather disruption caused in 2014, and how to prevent it happening again - ongoing discussion on: February 11, 2014, 04:41:58 pm
FGW (First Great Western) were also saying the first time shuttles ran OXF» (Oxford - next trains)-DID» (Didcot Parkway - next trains) that there are electrics around the axles, and waves created going faster than 5mph washed water into them...thus damaging the train requiring repair.

Hence they won't run all their stock through the water.

As I said - which is better - a couple of days-ish like this, or a whole load of units out for weeks?
Frankly I think this is a load of hogwash. If a train can't withstand running through a few mm of water at 5mph for a very short distance then it isn't fit for purpose. Do they not get wet when it rains, or damp when left in sidings for the weekend or when they go through the carriage wash?

Anyway I see that FGW/NR» (Network Rail - home page) have obviously taken the comments on board as they appear to have introduced a half-hourly shuttle between Oxford and Didcot.
I am glad they have kept the trains running but at a lost to understand why we have to go from 6 trains in hour each way to only 1 especially as the volume of freight doesn't appear to have been reduced (and are they not impacted by the water Wink)
358  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Flooding Disruption 8 January 2014 - on: January 09, 2014, 11:30:59 am
Looks like FGW (First Great Western)/Network rail expect the line to be closed for a few days:

@FGW: There are replacement bus services in place between Didcot and Oxford for today, tomorrow and Saturday

Mind you it could take a few days just to get home given all the road closures in Oxford and around Didcot  Smiley
359  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Flooding Disruption 8 January 2014 - on: January 09, 2014, 10:34:07 am
Services have now been suspended between Didcot and Oxford.

I am not surprised as the water was several inches above the railhead this morning.

Not sure how I will get home from work though Embarrassed
360  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Great Western Main Line electrification work experiencing delays (merged topic, ongoing discussion) on: December 18, 2013, 10:01:42 pm
This made me laugh, although I guess if I had been at the meeting I would have annoyed at the waste of time, assuming it was as described.
http://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/10883600.Residents_meet_rail_bosses_about_proposed_closure_of_A338/?ref=mr
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