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1  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Class 387 coming to Thames Valley - ongoing discussion on: Yesterday at 10:45:59 pm
I think the one or two Turbo diagrams a day, using (let's face it) trains which were a mainstay on the route for 18 years, for a temporary period for six months until December when TfL Rail will take them over, is a better idea than attempting to alter long established contracts changeover dates.  They managed it on the Eastern because they stuck to the plan of TfL Rail taking over from Greater Anglia in 2015, so there was no need to amend any contracts.
2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: Yesterday at 09:31:53 pm
CIS hasn't caught up either - not showing any details.

No, nor my internal system!  Had to resort to watching it pass Slough on Railcam! Nothing beats a bit of mid-evening virtual trainspotting! Wink
3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: Yesterday at 09:30:08 pm
All of those look to be either 9 or 10 cars now, with the exception of the 21:15 which currently hasn't got anything allocated as of yet.

21:15 was also boosted to a 9-car.  JourneyCheck utterly useless in listing trains that are full length as short, and not listing those that are shortformed!
4  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Photographic faux pas. on: Yesterday at 08:59:19 pm
Is that turntable at Mallaig still out of use?  Wink
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: Yesterday at 05:54:23 pm
Good to hear, though it looks like those on the 1722 are paying the price.

And the 17:52 and 18:37 - though they are less busy trains or busy for less of a distance, so some sensible swapping around going on.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: Yesterday at 05:35:43 pm
If it is to be believed, services to South Wales this evening could be unpleasant with the 1715, 1745, 1845, 2015 and 2115 all listed as 5 vice 9/10  Sad

All of those look to be either 9 or 10 cars now, with the exception of the 21:15 which currently hasn't got anything allocated as of yet.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: Yesterday at 03:14:12 pm
Ok, well I suppose we’ll find out if there’s any substance to it over the coming weeks.  I would certainly favour postponement over trying to deliver something that’s undeliverable, though a postponement would be a big disappointment.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: Yesterday at 02:24:19 pm
I have heard a rumour that the major timetable alteration that was planned for this December is being cancelled again, due to concerns about IET availability. (minor alterations are of course possible and could be "re-branded" as a major alteration)
Apart from rolling stock problems, there is rather a fear of major timetable alterations after well publicised fiascos elsewhere.
GWR are struggling to run the PRESENT timetable, how on earth would they hope with significant enhancements ?

Where did you hear that rumour?  I haven’t heard anything myself as yet.

The timetable ‘offer’ would have been received from NR in the last few days based on GWRs submission of a couple of months ago.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: June 24, 2019, 02:26:50 pm
I wonder if GWR have taken this up this with Hitachi?

I heard a couple of weeks ago that Hitachi had hired a specialist contractor to work on each unit at a time to bring the external elements back to an ‘as new’ condition following wash plant problems.  They are doing one unit a day and started at the end of May, so a third of the fleet should have been done by now and all finished by the end of August.
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 24, 2019, 09:01:13 am
  • The ride in the early days with the long swing link bogies on the Western's immaculate track was a revelation

And I think that is very true.  On good track the IET rides well, on poor track (of which there is a lot) it can make for a bumpy ride - different from the Mk3 but no worse IMHO.  I think I’ve mentioned a trip back in a HST from Cornwall where I genuinely had white knuckles through gripping the armrests as we lurched all over the place.

I certainly agree that the choice and quality of some of the internal fittings was poor.
11  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Cotswold Line - 2019 cancellation and amendments log on: June 24, 2019, 07:28:08 am
Not sure if the following ‘advice’ is still showing?

08:25 Worcester Foregate Street to London Paddington due 10:57 will be cancelled. This is due to a fault on this train. Additional Information: Passengers intending to travel to Oxford, Reading and London Paddington from Worcester Fgt St on the cancelled 08:25 service: are advised to travel on the 09:03 Westbury service from Worcester Fgt St to Bristol Parkway, then on the 10:33 London Paddington service from Bristol Parkway, changing at Didcot Parkway for Oxford.


So, you’re recommended to get to Oxford by changing twice and get in at 11:43  rather than just wait for the next direct train and get in at 11:29, which is bad enough anyway!  The regular hourly service we’re promised in December can’t come soon enough!
12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Network Rail staff flying rather than taking the train to save money on: June 23, 2019, 08:18:30 pm
Easily summed up:

Some longer distance journeys are best by air, some by car, some by rail and even the odd one by bus/coach.  That won’t materially change a great deal whatever happens.  I would rather NR employees maximise their productivity, rather than be that concerned about how they got there.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: June 23, 2019, 05:48:11 pm
I can't say I've noticed it particularly. 

Having experienced the Class 180 air-con which really did make your teeth chatter on occasions if you were in the wrong spot (on other occasions it was about 30 degrees in the carriage!) it seems to be working reasonably well with the temperature sensors generally reading between 20 and 23 degrees whenever I've looked.  There will always be the odd exception though.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: June 23, 2019, 05:44:42 pm
From what I hear it is management side that have been stalling a little on Sunday in the working week talks, rather than the Unions.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: June 23, 2019, 05:42:57 pm
Worth mentioning there were very few shortforms today anyway.  Indeed I noted at least one Cornish service running as 10 vice 5 throughout.

I certainly acknowledge that reliability (and therefore availability) needs to improve though.  The list of diesel only units had crept up to 20 yesterday - not much of a problem now, but will be in December!
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