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1  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Crossrail - The Elizabeth Line - ongoing discussion, merged topics on: Today at 11:25:39 am
Class 345 testing/training between Maidenhead and Reading is set to start in earnest next week:

http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/G30024/2018/10/23/advanced
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/G31017/2018/10/23/advanced
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/G31025/2018/10/23/advanced
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/G31019/2018/10/23/advanced
2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: Yesterday at 11:34:26 pm
But it was going at way more than 20mph which would be the maximum speed to pan up at that location.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: Yesterday at 07:37:35 pm
Iíve seen the same CCTV and concur.  Just two possible reasons remaining...
4  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Getting Electrification Right on: Yesterday at 09:03:37 am
Very striking graph, that!
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 17, 2018, 10:00:55 pm
One comment I did see about being stuck on an electric 387 without power....that the door open button didn't work....whether that was usual for a door failure or as a result of having no power overhead, not sure.

But there were crossed legs for sure. Should the doors fail such that they aren't locked shut but have a manual lock lever?

Assuming we're talking toilet doors here?

If so, then if there's no power left (no juice and batteries depleted) the doors won't open - the last thing to go will be the emergency lighting.  They can be opened by hand using a certain amount of force (and then forced shut again) in an emergency, but if there's no power the toilet flush won't work either on a Class 387.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 17, 2018, 06:48:05 pm
I was on the 20 03 Pad - Ply last night.  We left on time(ish), got to just past Old Oak Common, then were taken back into Paddington.  This was 21 00 so I thought it best to cut my losses, get a hotel and try in the morning.  I know the hotels in the Ealing/Brentford area so went there by tube, stayed in the Ealing Travelodge and travelled back from Brentford via Feltham and Reading.   Smooth trip, booked time from Reading (obviously started there) and back here in Plymouth around 14 30.   Wires down an occasional (and hopefully, fingers crossed, very rare) hazard of overhead electrification.

Pleased to hear you managed to minimise the effects of the disruption, Richard.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 17, 2018, 04:58:16 pm
All four tracks now open (one restricted to diesel only), so there's a fighting chance of a reasonable evening peak service.  Trains and crew still badly displaced though, so it'll be far from perfect!
8  Journey by Journey / London to Swindon and Bristol / Re: Very Rough Ride London to Reading on: October 17, 2018, 03:51:06 pm
I agree.  Though it's currently rivalled by the North Cotswold Line.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: October 17, 2018, 02:03:57 pm
Which is why GWR were secretly pleased that timetable changes nationwide were deferred as it gave them another cause to blame.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 17, 2018, 12:22:29 pm
I expect passenger numbers will be considerably down compared with usual, so a 2-track timetable will just about cope with numbers, provided they donít start chucking out 5-car IET and 4-car trains instead of booked formations.
11  Journey by Journey / London to Swindon and Bristol / Re: Very Rough Ride London to Reading on: October 17, 2018, 10:59:55 am
Possibly deflated suspension bags on that bogie?  Did you try another carriage?  A train can proceed as such perfectly safely at line speed though the ride feels extremely rough.  The IET ride quality under normal circumstances compares with a HST in my experience.
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: October 17, 2018, 10:53:51 am
Iím hearing reports (unconfirmed) that the pantograph was raised at 105mph in an area where it is not tentioned enough for that to happen.  There are specific rules locations where you can raise on the move at speed.

So, driver error is a possibility.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 17, 2018, 10:50:24 am
Another example where having more diversionary routes would help when it comes to managing events like this.  E.g. via High Wycombe to Bourne End?

The new link to Marylebone has come in very useful for Oxford/Didcot/Cotswold Line passengers.  Not that punters from Bicester, Haddenham and High Wycombe joining already full trains will have thanked them for it.  Iíve heard reports of people joining trains at Bicester to Oxford so they could get a seat when it went back!
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 17, 2018, 10:01:43 am
Wrong again.

How do you suggest NR prevent IETs from ripping down their wires?? Hardly NRs fault, this.

Depends on whether the wires were in any way faulty and to blame or whether it was the Class 802s faulty equipment which brought them down.

Either way, itís in an area of electrification done in the 1990ís again using headspan wiring which we know is more prone to these sorts of problems.  NR have modified some of it, but much still remains as far as Airport Junction.
15  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: CrossCountry HST modifications. on: October 16, 2018, 02:59:40 pm
...other than the need for sunshades (which really address the different issue on sun getting peoples' eyes).

And most welcome they are too.
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