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1  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Taunton on: January 01, 2022, 01:19:38 pm
And for a bonus point, does anyone know what new regulation was introduced following the fairly recent tragic death of a young child in or near Taunton ? Not railway related.
Changes to the building regulations relating to hot water supply and systems, specifically a requirement that hot water storage systems must include a feature which  prevents the temperature of the stored water exceeding 100 degrees C and that any discharge safety devices must be to a location where it is visible but not cause danger to people in the building.

2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Named Trains on: September 23, 2021, 08:44:31 pm
Exactly, when did all the others get scrapped?
They are still shown in the May 2017 timetable and although I do not have a 2018 timetable in front of me, the change was almost certainly in December 2019 when the timetable was recast to give a regular stopping pattern for most services to Plymouth/Penzance.  I believe Virgin did the same with their named trains on both XC (Cross Country Trains (franchise)) and West Coast back in the 2000s.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Named Trains on: September 22, 2021, 06:07:42 pm
The only named train shown in the December 2019 D timetbale is the Night Riviera.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: December Timetables on: September 22, 2021, 03:04:01 pm
One change I note is that the the first direct service of the day from stations on the Berks & Hants to Plymouth 1C85 (1436 from Paddington) will run to Paignton instead (arriving at 1744).  It will then form 1A98 departing from Paignton at 1902 (instead of the 1857 from Plymouth) and calling at Torquay, Torre, Newton Abbot, Teignmouth, Dawlish and Dawlish Warren where it is overtaken by 2U32 Penzance to Cardiff Central (not sure I've ever seen an intercity service to London getting overtaken by a regional service at Dawlish Warren before).  After reaching Exeter it then runs as previously to Paddington.
5  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: Cross Country - provisional timetable for 2022 on: September 22, 2021, 01:17:46 pm
A core hourly route, Newcastle to Plymouth via Leeds.
It's only fully hourly as far as Bristol, there are some two hours gaps west of there.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / GWR Direct Award planned for up to six years on: August 20, 2021, 02:36:30 pm
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/great-western-prior-information-notice

The DfT» (Department for Transport - about) have published a prior information notice for a direct award which is anticipated to be for a duration of between three and six years.
7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Wet, wet, wet - where? on: July 27, 2021, 05:47:49 pm
6 is Penzance.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Question: Where did the locomotive hauled Network SouthEast services run to? on: July 27, 2021, 02:24:44 pm
So a further question sort of on this subject. I’m guessing that full daytime Bedwyn to London services arrived with the Turbos, as the London to Newbury loco hauled trains ran around at Newbury or continued beyond Bedwyn. Did this mean that Bedwyn was the terminus for the all stops service from Reading (General) until the turbos arrived?
The 1982 WTT (Working Time-Table) shows a DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) service from Reading to Bedwyn running roughly every 2 hours off peak and the 1989 Paddington Station Workings do not show any Paddington to Bedwyn services off peak so it would seem to be the case that the regular service from Paddington was not introduced until the arrival of the turbos.  I wonder if the turbo service from Paddington was initially all stations west of Reading or if the Reading to Newbury shuttle was introduced at the same time, giving Newbury 2 trains per hour from Reading off peak (quite an improvement from what was on offer in 1982)?
9  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: UK government's Transport decarbonisation plan on: July 17, 2021, 03:36:26 pm
Note that those light green "ancillary electrification" lines are identified as requiring electrification, but given lower priority as no suitable method has been defined (yet).
In the case of Exeter to Plymouth/Penzance, it may well be that the sea wall section would make any scheme prohibitively expensive but the one that really seems to stand out is Worcester to Hereford.  Is there anything on this route which would make electrification difficult?
10  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail / Great British Railways on: May 20, 2021, 04:51:25 pm
Also no TOC (Train Operating Company) timetable staff & no staff required to determine cause and attribution of every delay. No fares staff either. Slimmed down TOCs will result in cost reduction and potentially cheaper contracts to run trains.
It does say though that as numbers recover, long distance operators will have more autonomy and commercial freedom (page 31).  It expands on this on page 58 by saying:
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As passenger numbers recover, contracts will be fexible and include the possibility for operators to act more commercially on some services, when this is the most value for money option and it is fnancially sustainable for the operator to take on these responsibilities. As that happens, operators on those routes, predominantly the long-distance ones, will be able to make more decisions including setting more of their own fares and taking more revenue risk – though affordable 'turn up and go' fares and seasons will be protected,
11  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Which termini / how many have you visited? on: December 26, 2020, 05:28:05 pm
Only seven which are on the list but I have visited two which are now closed:  North Woolwich and Tilbury Riverside.
12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Re: Rare signalling error in the Netherlands (20 Dec 2020) on: December 21, 2020, 01:09:31 pm
Considering much of Europe uses speed-based rather than route-based signalling, would there even have been an explicit route indication shown to the driver in this case?
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: 7th December 2020 - advent quiz - where is this? on: December 07, 2020, 11:48:07 am
3 is Glasgow Central.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Problems with the Night Riviera sleeper - December 2014 onwards on: October 09, 2020, 12:00:40 pm
The October 1975 Paddington Station Workings book shows the 2345 as having one SLC (Service Level Commitment) is the formation which was detached at Exeter along with a GUV (Cars).  I expect this sleeping coach was for the use of Motorail passengers travelling to Exeter.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: 'Normal' Service Levels on: September 10, 2020, 04:45:16 pm
Sorry, wasn't thinking about the journey planner.  Hopefully they will update this soon now they have published the timetables.
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