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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: East - West Rail update (Oxford to Bedford) - ongoing discussion on: Today at 03:55:07 pm
Do you mean Market Harborough, Chris?
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Further Progress On Walsall-Wolverhampton on: Today at 01:35:43 pm
Yes, it was a useful link but the key to patronage is the two new stations as that should generate enough passengers to make the difference. If all of the rail and tram improvements planned come to fruition, Birmingham will have a transformed infrastructure from the situation just twenty years ago.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: Yesterday at 04:19:29 pm
As I understand it these trains have a design life of 27.5 years. Would it be far-fetched to imagine that they will probably have a mid-life refit? If so, perhaps we can hope that this will involve some removal of diesel kit, to coincide with the extension of electrification.

Yes to a mid-life refit.

Could all their routes be wired by 2030? ECML - yes (including Hull, Inverness, Middlesborough), Swansea - yes, Bristol - yes, Gloucester - yes, Cotswold - perhaps, Westbury - yes, beyond Westbury to Cornwall - wouldn't put money on it.

The government have 'guaranteed' their use for 27.5 years as part of the contract with Hitachi.  That's different to their design life though, and a new contract could and probably will be drawn up as the current one expires.  Modern trains have a rough minimum of 30 years for diesel and 40 years for electric, but can be made to provide good service long after that if market conditions and safety regulations are favourable.  HSTs, Class 150s, Class 313s are all good examples from various fleet types that will be running for a few years yet.

I can certainly see some 80x trains having engines removed at some point in their lives.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: GWR Performance Figures on: Yesterday at 11:08:39 am
The latest graphs are attached covering the period up to 2nd March.  The upward spike in punctuality, and to a lesser extent, reliability, continued.

HSS posted the best set of punctuality figures for three years at 91.9%, well above the target levels.  LTV posted the best results since September '17.  Wales to the South Coast and Bristol's were the best since April '17.  Many of the MAA's rose quite considerably as a result, though all penalties still apply from the previous period and the Devon figure slipped back to 89.1%, only 0.1% above the 5% season ticket trigger.
5  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 10:57:32 am
Sadly, the emergency services were dealing with a body which was found lineside near Uffington.
6  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: East - West Rail update (Oxford to Bedford) - ongoing discussion on: Yesterday at 10:55:37 am
Good to see Stephen Barker so involved in this part of the project, as he was for the Bicester to Oxford section.
7  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: GWR Staff Association clubs on: Yesterday at 10:53:16 am
It may surprise some, given the railway status of the place these days, that there was until fairly recently a BR(WR)SA branch at Honeybourne.  Last time I checked, it was still going as a social club, but no longer connected with railways

[Edit:  It's still functioning. The club's Facebook page claims a 60 year heritage]

Yes, Honeybourne used to be quite a 'railway town' for a village! The station was a junction with no less than four signalboxes.
8  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: Trains full into Cardiff this morning - wonder how it will be on way home on: March 17, 2019, 05:14:16 pm
Certainly there is a plan to utilise 12-car Class 387 trains as capacity busters for the big weekend events at the Millennium Stadium when they are not all needed in the Thames Valley - though of course that needs Cardiff to be wired up which won't be until the end of the year.  There will always be crowding when you are dealing with such a sudden influx of people at a station which is poorly designed to deal with such numbers.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: March 14, 2019, 04:00:21 pm
Today is the first time I’ve seen the list of 80x units on a ‘diesel only’ restriction read ‘Nil’.  Further evidence that they are settling down into service.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: March 14, 2019, 03:31:54 pm
I would suggest it’s the armpit of Lancashire, but there’s no shortage of competition!
11  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: 7.01 from Maidenhead to Paddington on: March 14, 2019, 03:30:11 pm
They won’t go beyond Oxford, and might not even go beyond Didcot or even Reading regularly.  As you say, the diagrams, and times of trains, will alter significantly come the end of the year.

I don’t believe there will be any Cotswold Line services formed by Turbos from then, except the morning ‘Halts’ train.  That was the original plan anyway.
12  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: 7.01 from Maidenhead to Paddington on: March 14, 2019, 01:08:43 pm
It could possibly be a candidate for an 8-car Class 769 when they arrive, along with the 17:18 equivalent Turbo return working from Paddington.
13  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Reservations on: March 13, 2019, 03:28:19 pm
If reserved for part of the journey, the IET system lists the current (or available until ‘x’) and next reservations alongside the three colour status.
14  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Reservations on: March 12, 2019, 03:01:24 pm
The same principle can apply to the electronic signs in the IETs.

Only if they are working!

Indeed, and if they aren't (generally only the 9-car services due to various issues which will hopefully be resolved shortly) then there is no excuse for not using the paper back-up method that's been used for decades.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Delay Repay 15 comes in on GWR on 1st April 2019 on: March 12, 2019, 02:18:35 pm
Performance will improve.  You do one of two things......
1.  Pad out the timetable of the worst performing services, or
2.  Remove the service. 

Neither of which are generally allowed under the terms of the SLC.
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