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1  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: 11th July 2019 - Great Western Rail Forum on: Yesterday at 09:00:57 pm
Registered my interest just to get more details
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: Papers prepared for the Coffee Shop / Planning and Constitution meeting 9.2.19 on: February 13, 2019, 04:38:58 pm
I have agreed to provide some feed back on the afternoon session.

The background papers prepared by Grahame are linked in the first post above and it is not my intention to repeat their content, merely to reflect on some the issues raised and the discussions that took place.  I have probably missed some points so please feel free to add any views you feel I may have missed.

The key issue for discussion is where coffeeshop goes form here.  At present the forum is hosted on a Grahame’s served at no cost.  This in not a long term solution and in future server space will need to be obtained elsewhere at a cost if the forum is to be maintained into the future.

In view of this the forum will require its own bank account.  In order to move that forward the forum would need to be set up as an organisation with a constitution and officers.  It was agreed that research could be carried out to identify whether suitable draft constitutions were available on line which could be adapted.  BNM also agree to approach a contact connected with the RailUK forum to ascertain how they were set up to manage their finances.

Means of raising finance were discussed and a number of suggestions were made.  One source of income could be for the forum to carry adverts -through Google ads – and the suggestion was made that they could be a membership fee which would allow the viewing of the forum without adverts.  To encourage people to pay the fee the numbers of posts for non-members cold be limited.  Money could also be raised through sponsorship although the forum should not be put in a position which would prejudice its independence.  More than one source of income is essential.  Another suggestions were the marketing of souvenirs (mugs, tee shirts etc) through a third party company although it would need to be checked whether the returns would justify the effort that would need to be put in.  Would we actually sell sufficient numbers to make it worthwhile?
Grahame also touched on other matters arising from the possibility of becoming a virtual CRP although no decisions were made on this (see the VCRP paper)

My overall impression was that members wish the Coffee Shop to continue and are happy to support measures to achieve that into the future when the measure of support that Grahame currently gives is not available.

Thanks were given to Grahame for the time and effort he puts into Coffee Shop.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: LON to SWT Fare Question on: February 08, 2019, 11:01:21 am
Bearing in mind that the "any permitted" is cheaper than the "via Manchester" fare it would be worthwhile checking this against the routing guide as I suspect it does not include travelling via Manchester.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: Imber bus on: February 05, 2019, 09:42:21 am
GBRf class 73s front and back are probable.  No push-pull working.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: Imber bus on: February 04, 2019, 09:15:09 pm
This year's event is on 17 August.  Put it in your diary.  Also the LT 4TC unit will be visiting Warminster on a UK Railtours special.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: Clueless, 3rd Feb 2019 - BBC Wiltshire on: February 03, 2019, 03:09:43 pm
Very good. I  was surprised how long it took to get it.  I got it straight away and wish I'd listened to it. May have shortened your cold wait a bit  Cool
7  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Problem at Westbury 1st Feb 2019 on: February 01, 2019, 12:37:14 pm
Although Westbury problems now ended, the line is blocked between Bedwyn and Hungerford by a fallen tree. 1A81 diverted via Melksham

Update 1325: Line now reopened
8  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Which winter animal are you? on: February 01, 2019, 12:30:24 pm
I'm a pine marten
9  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Problem at Westbury 1st Feb 2019 on: February 01, 2019, 11:00:16 am
Situation slowly returning to normal(ish).  1A71 still sat on platform 2.  It appears it was pushed into Westbury by 1A72.  1A73 now running 2˝ hours late. 1A72 having shunted around the bad boy is now running 3 hours late. 2D03 cancelled at Westbury with 2D05 running 129 mins late and terminating at Bristol TM. 1010 westbury to Warminster cancelled.
10  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Problem at Westbury 1st Feb 2019 on: February 01, 2019, 09:13:16 am
Also appears to be a track circuit failure on the up main east of Westbury which will cause further delays when everything gets moving.
11  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Best and worst train company. And how not to be the best report on: January 27, 2019, 10:31:33 am
 Huh Huh
12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Phil some 45 years ago, in 1974? on: January 26, 2019, 05:34:46 pm
Even the bus has now gone
13  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: Valley lines - a journey report from recent days on: January 26, 2019, 05:31:52 pm
Honiton is also the same
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Phil some 45 years ago, in 1974? on: January 26, 2019, 12:15:09 pm
I grew up in Bridport, leaving in 1967 to go to university.  My parents lived there until their deaths so that I was a regular visitor until 1995.  I remember Bradpole crossing from the days when it was manned and spent many hours there.  I spent even more hours at Bridport station and knew all the staff there, having regular dies on the footplate, including 3 trips to West Bay on the daily goods.  I never managed a footplate trip the length of the branch though, the one time it was offered on the penultimate day of steam working I had to go out to tea :-(.
Nice to see that other forum members know the area
15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Radstock to Frome (and Westbury?) Railway news on: January 24, 2019, 04:18:51 pm
But you have longer to live (hopefully) than I have probably
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