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1  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Photography at Saltash on: Yesterday at 06:41:53 pm
Looks like the downslope from platform to line - not a public area is it?
2  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Trimode cl 769 to operate Reading to Oxford and Gatwick. on: Yesterday at 06:39:09 pm
I could easily see BAN-GTW services, utilising the underpass east of RDG to access the Guildford route.

Onward dreams towards extending from Banbury to Birmingham, and from Gatwick to Brighton? 

Yep, definitely a dream. Why the need to mirror XC on the former, and there line's full to Three Bridges at least, if not to Brighton. On an refreshed 319? That is likely to be the new 'pacer' in less than a decade.
3  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic) on: Yesterday at 06:35:39 pm
Ok, boy....widening the road when the bridge abutments are brick built & already several metres high from the road to bridge level. To take (at least) one side down to dig out the earth behind?

And which side - lose car park (or bus station already designed to fit, so that would be smaller_ or station area (actually the mega bike park). Your talking serious £millions just doing that, while closing the road for weeks in order to achieve it.....nah, won't happen easily
4  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Class 802s on: Yesterday at 05:35:59 pm
Is there really enough traffic on the Falmouth branch for a 5car 802? hmmmm
5  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Oxford Station - improvements, incidents and events (merged topic) on: Yesterday at 05:31:09 pm
Bear in mind that "widen" doesn't mean the usual here.....where most would think that the bridge supports are being pushed further apart, so as to widen the road underneath (or over the top)

IN this case, 'widen' means to stretch it sideways, across the road underneath. The road isn't being widened, the bridge is - such as to take more tracks across it. THis means more road being covered by a widened bridge.

Anyone that knows this current bridge knows that the road drops each side of it, and floods regularly in the dip underneath. Not only will the drainage need improving, but the slope of the road will need to start further out away from the bridge in order to get below earlier.

Reasonably easy on the country side, but on the city side, oh dear. There is a road junction - into the station on the north side & a road that leads to the car park on the south side, that is likely to become the bus station. To get down far enough soon enough coming from the city, the drop will need to start a lot closer to the city & Frideswide square (which has only just been redesigned, doh!.

So there will need to be slip roads created to access the station/car park, to the sides of the through road that drops to go under the bridge. There is space to do it, but the wide spaces/pavements that have just been created will all disappear under the slip roads. The design will be crucial to keep the area looking good, rather than a motorway junction imho
6  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Trimode cl 769 to operate Reading to Oxford and Gatwick. on: Yesterday at 05:19:27 pm
GWR have only mewntioned BAN-RDG, and RDG to GTW. so no PAD runs at all. I could easily see BAN-GTW services, utilising the underpass east of RDG to access the Guildford route.

It could also cover the Cotswold stopper too, releasing yet another turbo.

That would just leave the TV branches needing the odd turbo.
7  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Demand that improving Oxford to Didcot line 'should be priority' on: Yesterday at 05:08:06 pm
indeed, another typo....319s of course
8  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Demand that improving Oxford to Didcot line 'should be priority' on: Yesterday at 09:23:50 am
They are doing this with 19 312s (converted class 769) to provide for RDG-IXF trains. So a mixture of 769s and IETs for OXF-PAD
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: GWR Performance Figures on: April 18, 2018, 10:33:55 pm
Bear in mind that this period covers the snow events too
10  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Oxford engineering works July 2018 on: April 18, 2018, 04:01:57 pm
That's curious - I'd have expected it to be listed at the https://www.gwr.com/cotswolds2018 address which is currently being publicised.

There's a brief mention Under Oxford for July. No details yet - I'll try & get these added & listed under Cotswold Line as well at the meeting.
11  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Cotswold Line - 2018 cancellation and amendments log on: April 18, 2018, 09:18:35 am
If it's still last week's issue, it was that GWR are unable to turn HSTs around at Moreton-in-Marsh. That being the case, is a Turbo substitution possible?

It is. Drivers are refusing to change ends on HSTs. NR need to upgrade the path from the off-platform end to the platform before Drivers will change ends ends again. The current 'walkway has been condemned since NR moved a signalling cable.

As turbos fully fit on the platform, they are unaffected.
12  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Oxford engineering works July 2018 on: April 18, 2018, 09:13:39 am
I have a meeting about the PR on these works next Wednesday with GWR. I'll know all the details then, and can post here.

The three weeks will all be different. There is definitely at least one week where all lines are blocked through Oxford, and others where the down platform will become reversible, but whether through trains will be possible, or whether it will be a start/terminate on one platform, not yet known.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Meet the Manager / Re: Paddington Meet The Manager - 1st December 2016 on: April 16, 2018, 05:17:17 pm
Frankly, so what? It really doesn't matter, does it? GWR Managers met the public.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Meet the Manager / Re: Paddington Meet The Manager - 1st December 2016 on: April 16, 2018, 05:04:07 pm
The local MP, Robert Courts, organised it, and publicised it through Charlbury Town Council, the Charlbury Town website & various mailing lists. Very well attended, both by commuters, users & high-level GWR management, it was well received, and all points were heard & made.

And recent - within the last two months or so, certainly when the service was extremely poor. And the public were well involved, so I suspect not what you heard about on the grapevine 
15  All across the Great Western territory / Meet the Manager / Re: Paddington Meet The Manager - 1st December 2016 on: April 16, 2018, 04:22:59 pm
Well.........they've actually already held one, in Charlbury  Tongue Roll Eyes

And I'm sure they probably will hold others in excess too. One likely in Oxford for the summer blockade I'm hearing, and I believe there is one likely around the Bristol works at some stage?
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