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1  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: Today at 08:17:24 am
Not enough for everybody, no.  You only need to tip the balance a little bit though as even on the worst Sunday’s there’s still usually over 90% coverage of shifts.

I suppose it could backfire in that drivers might be more inclined to work a Sunday instead of a Rest Day which they would otherwise have applied for, leaving us shorter in the week.

There will be no major movement on this, electrodes or otherwise, for a couple of years as more drivers are required, so it might be worth trying as a quick temporary fix.
2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: Yesterday at 11:58:30 pm
The only way I can see to resolve this in the short term is to chuck money at the drivers. They ‘only’ get time-and-a-quarter for working a Sunday.  Make that time-and-a-half, or even double time, until you’ve got on top of the problem, and you might persuade enough to tip the balance back to where it should be with more drivers making themselves available than exercising their contractual right to say no.
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: Cancellation map - what it's showing on: Yesterday at 02:26:56 pm
I believe that Didcot West End (and that map seems to confirm it) is the line(s?) adjacent to the multiple storey monstrosity (car park) that is currently being built on the Foxall Road car park site.

Yes that's correct - it's basically the location where trains reverse on either the Goods Loop or Relief Line at that location, behind SB924 or SB926 signals.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: GWR IET diagrams. on: Yesterday at 01:01:47 pm
It would indeed be unusual to withdraw one from service because one of the engines was out.  I have seen several running in service with one engine out before, and as Broadgage says power output increases in the remaining engines.  Perhaps there was more to it than that?
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: Cancellation map - what it's showing on: Yesterday at 12:58:58 pm
A fancy restaurant?  Not in Didcot.   Grin

Didcot West End is a legacy of the old Didcot West End Box:  https://www.s-r-s.org.uk/html/gwa/S166.htm
6  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Cotswold Line - 2018 cancellation and amendments log on: Yesterday at 11:35:24 am
Not an IET, no.  The reason was down to signal boxes not being opened in time between Hereford and Malvern - the ECS that forms it from St. Philips Marsh being diverted via Worcester this morning.  Though the ECS (3P12) was already 30 minutes late at Worcester, so it would probably have been late starting from Hereford anyway.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: GWR IET diagrams. on: Yesterday at 10:38:50 am
Absolutely, and they do look pretty impressive.  Thirty-five sets in total, if you include the 802s.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: GWR IET diagrams. on: Yesterday at 09:28:33 am
9 coach IET '800305' on 1G11 Paddington to Cheltenham service today.

800304 allocated to the other diagram, starting off with the 11:36 PAD-CNM.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: GWR IET diagrams. on: June 17, 2018, 05:59:53 pm
Don't know yet, but will try to remember to check.  Though recently on weekends it appears getting any train to go to Cheltenham is asking a bit much of GWR!
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: June 17, 2018, 05:12:33 pm
So three more years of this (to a greater or lesser degree) then?

Yes.  Though perhaps better that than rush arrangements in and not have the cover and end up with even more cancellations over the rest of the week?  They should of course have attempted to get on top of it years ago.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: GWR IET diagrams. on: June 17, 2018, 04:27:51 pm
I heard 800/3 to Cheltenham start tomorrow? Is this true or?

Should be the case for the following trains (worked with two diagrams):

1G11, 07:36 PAD-CNM
1G29, 11:36 PAD-CNM
1G38, 13:36 PAD-CNM
1G60, 17:42 PAD-CNM

1L50, 10:36 CNM-PAD
1L67, 14:36 CNM-PAD
1L80, 16:20 CNM-PAD
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: June 17, 2018, 04:17:10 pm
As well as getting the training finished another big help to running Sunday services will be an agreement between GWR and ASLEF over making Sunday part of the working week rather than voluntary.  Talks are ongoing apparently.

They are indeed talking about it.  Though implementation date is not expected to be before January 2021 as it is recognised that a significant recruitment drive will be needed to bring it in and cover shifts for the rest of the week, and a trainee driver, once they have passed all the initial tests, take a year to become fully qualified.

However, if a 'harmonisation' deal which is currently being voted on passes (and it is likely to) any driver who is employed after that date will not have the option of throwing their Sunday away unless it is able to be covered by someone else, regardless of which sector they work for (some currently don't have that option anyway).  I believe this is what Broadgage suggested should happen.  Personally I think it will take several years to make much of a meaningful difference, and of course there's nothing stopping a driver from 'throwing a sickie' other than the fact that they would get no sick pay for it.

If drivers have attended training on a rest day during the week are they even permitted to work a Sunday? Surely drivers working 7 days a week is not a good idea on safety grounds. 

A minimum of one day off after thirteen consecutive days worked is the regulation which is nationwide following the Hidden Enquiry after the Clapham disaster.
13  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Class 800s to Cheltenham & Hereford wef 25/06/2018 on: June 17, 2018, 03:58:26 pm
There is an issue at Hereford apparently with the train being a matter of inches too long for the signal section at one platform at the station.   

Network Rail have only recently discovered it and are working on a fix.  It is only an issue when another platform is occupied. 

Therefore the 17:22 from Paddington is likely to remain an HST for the moment with the IET transferred to the Great Malvern departure an hour later.

Yes, a 9-car IET would be too long for either of the arrival platforms at Hereford in that nothing else could be routed into the other platform until it had departed, and currently that train is due to sit there for an hour or so.  I had assumed the workings would somehow change so that it was only in the platform long enough to unload, but clearly not.

As for Network Rail only recently discovering it, I and others could have told them as soon as the trains were ordered!

At least Ledbury tunnel, whom many said the trains would not fit through, isn't causing any problems at all.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: June 16, 2018, 12:10:42 am
How easy and quick is it to couple and uncouple a pair of 802s as I have not seen any mention of this and how reliable is it? The coupling of two five car 444s at Bournemouth is very slick even with corridor connections somehow I don't expect GWR to equal this.

The coupling/uncoupling procedure is pretty quick and straightforward, and will get slicker once crews have gotten used to it.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Railway: on-board catering, buffets, Travelling Chef, Pullman - ongoing discussion on: June 15, 2018, 01:06:54 pm
I would certainly agree to being critical of some of your posts, forums like this would be largely redundant if people all held the same opinions after all, but that’s a long way from any serious ridicule. 

I wouldn’t even describe any ‘crystal ball’ posts as anything more than a bit of light teasing at worst, given it’s you that keeps referring to it, but I accept that is a subjective opinion.

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