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376  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Line Problem near Honeybourne on 31st January 2013. on: February 01, 2013, 11:31:54 am

What arrangements were made for the 400 or so passengers from Oxford who wished to travel on the cancelled 1649 and 1732 departures.

The passengers on the 16:49 from Oxford were squeezed onto the 17:06 XC (Cross Country Trains (franchise)) service to Birmingham.

There were a lot of people on platform 1 at Oxford and I can't be certain they all got on the XC service as it was only a 4 car (3- standard, 1-first) Voyager and is already quite busy at that time of day. I am glad I wasn't on it.

377  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Class 180s return to the Cotswolds on: January 17, 2013, 04:43:05 pm
Hi II how's the log going? Doesn't seem to be the problems there were.

I haven't been keeping a log but I can say that last week the 4 services that I caught that were supposed to be operated by 180's were and that is the fisrt time I have got 100% availability since they have been reintroduced. Obviously the christmas break did them some good Smiley

This week of the 3 services that I have caught that should have been operated by 180's (4th will be tonight) all have been operated by 165/166. Maybe its the cold or snow they don't like.

The 4th wasn't operated by a 180 either so 0% for this week for me.

Edit note: A minor correction to quote marks, for clarity. CfN.
378  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Named trains on: January 16, 2013, 12:49:44 pm
I am a bit confused about this, most mornings while awaiting the train from Didcot to Oxford I hear the announcement for the 08:29 Didcot to Paddington train (06:48 from Weston Super Mare) and it is always announced as the 'Bristolian', yet in the leaflet the Bristolian is supposed to be the 09:46 from Weston Super Mare.

Having said that I don't really see the point of named trains today. I can understand that in the past it would be used to denote the fastest/ most prestigious service of the day etc. but with today's services I fail to see any difference between the HST (High Speed Train) used on the Bristolian and any other service.
Is it even the fastest train between London and Bristol today, the 06:48 from Weston Super Mare certainly isn't ?
379  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / New railway series on BBC2 - Locomotion - Dan Snow's History of railways on: January 10, 2013, 04:38:53 pm
I see there is a new Railway series starting on BBC2 and BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page) HD next week.
Locomotion  - Dan Snow's History of railways.
Tuesday 15th January at 21:00
Further details can be found here
380  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Network Rail unveil plans on: January 08, 2013, 11:54:46 am
Though according to that construction of the south facing bay platform started last October.   Huh

Maybe it's when they started talking about it Smiley
or NR» (Network Rail - home page) don't know their North from their South and are confusing it with the bays for the Chiltern service to Oxford.  Wink (although they haven't physically started that either)

Edit note: Quote marks fixed. CfN.
381  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Major delays/cancellations, Paddington to Reading, 20 December 2012 and ongoing ... on: December 20, 2012, 08:49:23 pm
Delays now expected until Friday midday - oh joy Wink
382  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Oxford station gate to be shut to stop fare dodgers on: December 20, 2012, 10:16:17 am
Noticed tonight that the poster on Oxford platform 2  advising of the forthcoming closure of the gate is no longer there, nor the laminated paper sign on the gate itself. Is this still going ahead?

The gate was wide open with no checking of tickets tonight.

I agree the large signs were gone this morning but they still had some A4 size notices on the actual gate itself stating that it was going to be closed from 1st January.
383  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture - related rail and other transport issues / Re: Changes in compensation scheme (to train operators) proposed on: December 18, 2012, 09:49:46 am
I say scrap it, as isn't the compensation scheme a 'hidden' subsidy to TOC (Train Operating Company)'s from Network Rail?
ie the compensation paid is more than the cost to the TOC of any delay.

Or if not scarpped ensure that TOC's only get compensated for monies paid in compensation to customers, and that all other costs are just the cost of doing business.

384  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Class 180s return to the Cotswolds on: December 17, 2012, 08:54:18 pm
All four diagrams are covered today.  Crisis over?
Don't know about crisis over but I can state that at least 2 of the diagrams were still covered by class 180 tonight namely the diagrams including the 17:06 Oxford - London and 17:15 Didcot to Worcester.
Lets see how long it lasts:-)
385  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Class 180s return to the Cotswolds on: December 10, 2012, 08:45:50 pm
Thanks for the update, didn't get off too a good start today as the 17:06 was a 165 today and the 17:32 Oxford to Great Malvern (which I assume is the 17:15 off Didcot) was only a 2 car 165;-)

There has been an alteration to the diagrams at Oxford at that time. 2Y94, 1522 Great Malvern-Didcot Parkway forms 2E95, 1715 Didcot Parkway-Great Malvern. 1D43, 1450 London Paddington-Oxford after a layover in Oxford Carriage Sidings now forms 2P74, 1706 Oxford-London Paddington. The services have effectively swapped round with inbound services now forming different outbound services, but all are still booked 180s. The diagram for the 1706 Oxford-London Paddington is now one which has been a 180 much more reliably so far.
386  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Oxford station gate to be shut to stop fare dodgers on: December 10, 2012, 04:22:55 pm
I don^t think it^s a good idea to close this gate as the entrance/exit on platform 1 is not very well designed and is already very busy and when this gate is closed then more bicycles/people will  need to use it and cause more and longer queues. For those not familiar with Oxford there is a set of sliding doors directly in front of the ticket gates and this causes 2 issues:
1)   There is always a long queue of people either waiting to buy tickets or with bicycles/cases/pushchairs waiting to use the wide gate that causes the entrance doors to be blocked meaning that people have to use the exit doors OR
2)   As the doors are close to the gates, the gates in the middle don^t get used as people wait to use the gates nearest the doors and again cause the doors to be blocked. This is an obvious flow issue and could be resolved by removing the doors , widening the doors or moving the gates further away from the doors.

I can understand why they would want to close the gate but why can^t they just have someone stood on this gate checking tickets and/or more people selling tickets on platform 1 , if 20% of people don^t currently have tickets then it would soon pay for itself and more.
Mind you I don^t actually believe that train companies are serious about fare evasion given the amount of times that the ticket gates are unmanned (evenings and weekends) and the number of times I have had my ticket checked on a train. They seem a bit like HMRC and only interested in  tackling the easy cases to make it look like they are doing something.
387  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Class 180s return to the Cotswolds on: December 10, 2012, 04:03:40 pm
Has there been a change to the 180 diagrams with the new December timetable?
Just that I note that the 15:22 Great Malvern to Oxford that then formed the 17:06 Oxford ^ Paddington, after a layover at Oxford, now continues to Didcot.
So assuming that the 15:22 is still operated by an 180 then presumably the 17:06 will go back to a 165/166, which makes a lot of sense, not that 180^s have been seen very often on this service anyway
388  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Class 180s return to the Cotswolds on: November 28, 2012, 02:52:23 pm
Going for a new record this week.  Two sets out on Monday, one yesterday and none so far today!  That could be a deliberate plan based on maximising Train Manager availability (Turbos run DOO (Driver-Only Operation (that is, trains which operate without carrying a guard)) between Oxford and Paddington), or it could be that they are all just knackered!
And one of those running on Monday had a problem according to the train manager when I got on it due to it running late, and this was the 06:48 from Paddington to Great Malvern.

And I should add that the service I usually catch home from work is diagrammed for a 180 but over the last couple of months I think I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times that has happened. They have not exactly been a success:-)
389  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Mass disruption due to flooding - December 2012 on: November 27, 2012, 09:41:44 am
The flooding in the Hinksey Yard area between Radley and Oxford is now affecting the running lines. 5mph ESR (Emergency Speed Restriction ) on the up line but still line speed on the down at the moment.

Services to/from Oxford are starting to be cancelled....

I have just been though there and we certainly weren't at line speed on the down, although that may of course been because of congestion:-)
390  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: November 15, 2012, 08:47:24 pm
I saw this on Twitter earlier from Modern Railways:

"With 319s overcommitted, Southern is ordering more EMUs (Electric Multiple Unit) and now we hear DfT» (Department for Transport - about) to order 125mph EMUs for Oxford - double-price Desiros, anyone?"

Anyone know any more and given how long it is taking to sign the Thameslink train contract with Siemens there is a good chance that the infrastructure will be ready but we will have no electric trains available:-)
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