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1  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Late change - extra service from 18th May 2020 on: May 16, 2020, 06:20:41 pm
The service, since reconfigured, has seen ecs from Westbury first thing and to Westbury last thing in the day. I am not sure if Weymouth have a GWR crew based there any more.

The late additions are services that were in the pre-virus WTT hence the use of the 2Oxx and the 2Vxx codes rather than the 2Zxx codes

The last I heard Weymouth had a very small number of GWR Guards.   The Westbury driver of the last one down at night stays down there, does any shunting required and works the first one back up in the morning.    Any others are taxied.
2  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Cotswold Line - 2020 cancellation and amendments log on: May 16, 2020, 06:14:47 pm
I thought GW is awash with IETs with the revised timetable.

Yes ... but I suspect a last minute problem - lots of them around but too many tucked up in bed for the weekend and no spare hanging around at Paddington.   By starting out at Reading, there was an extra 30 minutes to get a train ready and being Reading that happened to be a 3 car turbo.

I have an update (received yesterday) from GWR on IET maintenance - not had a chance to post it with appropriate visibility as the section "above the fold" is overfull today.

All the 800s had to be taken out of service for inspection due to a crack on a deflector plate found on several units.  They should, hopefully, be back in service by Monday following remedial work.
3  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: Transport for Wales - emergency timetable overview, South Wales on: May 01, 2020, 05:55:06 pm
Sticky topic overview - data from Transport for Wales summaries, as at 1st May 2020

I have covered services that overlap with lines that GWR [normally] operate - so this is South Wales south of Shrewsbury.

Cardiff Central - Shrewsbury - Chester,Holyhead / Crewe,Manchester
No direct services are in operation between Cardiff Central and Holyhead.
Customers are asked to use Manchester services between Cardiff Central and Shrewsbury

Maesteg – Cheltenham Spa
A reduced service will be in operation with an addition earlier morning service to enable key workers to get to work

Cardiff – Swansea -  Carmarthen
A reduced service will be in operation

Carmarthen - Milford Haven - Pembroke Dock - Fishguard
A much reduced service is in operation
Services will still link in with ferry operations.

Llanelli – Shrewsbury ( via Heart of Wales )
A reduced service will be in operation with one service per day in each direction

Local Cardiff and Valleys services
A reduced service will be in operation

Cardiff Bay service
A reduced service will be in operation with two services per hour

Coryton - Radyr via City line
A service will be in operation every 90 minutes in each direction.

It is basically the Sunday service with additional morning services for essential services
4  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: New life for mature train - where is she now? on: April 22, 2020, 08:45:16 pm
5  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: 4 carriages reduced to 2 - is this the end of GWR pacers? on: April 16, 2020, 10:13:16 pm
I think there is one being used between Plymouth (North Road) and Laira depot as well, but can't go and check as its more than two miles from home Tongue

A 150 has been used at Plymouth  although a 5 Car IET has been seen.   Plymouth can't drive 143s
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Steepest Gradient on GWR? on: April 10, 2020, 05:36:41 pm
The climb out of the Severn Tunnel
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: March 19, 2020, 05:39:34 pm
Over 60 short formed IETs today.
I presume that the coronavirus is a new excuse.

No reason is given on JourneyCheck.

There is likely to be a lot of presumption and riding rough over people's wants and needs in coming days as people and authorities struggle to cope with a new order and do there best - whether it be the best for the population's survival, the best for the planet and its resources, or the best for them and their people as we go through and come out of this. Conspiracy theories and real hardships will abound.    Discussion OPEN on this - but I'll move it to our "frequent posters" board if it takes off.

At a time at which the Government and all medical experts are imploring us to practice "social distancing", the list of services which GWR are shortforming today has reached 124 already.

…….make that 162 (with the generous assumption that GWR's Journeycheck is accurate)

A cynic may suggest that they are doing this for their own financial benefit, but I'm sure that's not the case, just a coincidence.

Possibly deliberate due to the low number of passengers.   Another example,  Cardiff to Portsmouths (curtailed Salisbury due landslide)  reduced from 5 to 3 Cars (166 only)
8  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Engineering closure - Castle Cary to Taunton, 14 to 27 March 2020 on: March 11, 2020, 09:51:21 am
Does anybody have information as to why the diversionary route via Yeovil is not being used on this occasion? I can't find any additional works on that route listed.

Because the trains would be unable to call at Taunton or Tiverton Parkway
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: March 08, 2020, 11:19:41 am
Seems that GWR are short of Twitter Crew today
10  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log on: February 20, 2020, 09:07:30 am
The 17:50 Gloucester to Westbury (instead of Southampton Central because of the landslip) service was cancelled throughout owing to disruption from the incident at Keynsham earlier.

Sadly, a lack of information at Melksham (I sound like a well worn record!).   On the Melksham Rail User Group Facebook page, I read

And cancel the 19.06 last night back to trowbridge so had to wait for the 21.09 train .as the bus x34 didnt come at 17.56 .from where I was waiting at melksham opposite the McDonald.

Little wonder that people drive, is it?
I suggest that every time there is a cancellation and no travel information on Journey Check,  GWR should be tweeted to ask for such information

edit: fixing quote box
11  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Landslip between Salisbury and Romsey on: February 18, 2020, 10:37:19 pm
March 31st is the estimate for complete re-opening according to NRE although one line can be opened for Single Line Working allowing one Cardiff to Portsmouth and vice versa per hour to run.    The Romsey circle will be bustituted.
Seems to be no logical reason why the SWR service can’t operate Romsey to Romsey?  If they don’t it’ll seem as if they’re giving up just a bit too easily...


Could be that the unit will be the wrong side being based at Salisburry
12  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Landslip between Salisbury and Romsey on: February 18, 2020, 10:06:44 pm
March 31st is the estimate for complete re-opening according to NRE although one line can be opened for Single Line Working allowing one Cardiff to Portsmouth and vice versa per hour to run.    The Romsey circle will be bustituted.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Storm Dennis - 15th/16th Feb 2020 on: February 16, 2020, 03:54:14 pm

From GWR Help......

⚠️A diversionary route via Yeovil is now flooded so the last service from Paddington to Taunton will be at 15.30.
Replacement buses will run from Bristol Temple Meads to Taunton, Tiverton Parkway and Exeter St Davids but these are expected to get busier as the day progresses.⚠️

Glad they are up to date.   The route was closed last night.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Problems with the Night Riviera sleeper - December 2014 onwards on: February 15, 2020, 01:34:09 pm
As my username suggests I do a round trip on the Night Riviera once every 2-3 weeks all year round, I found this thread while searching to see if its just me or does it really breakdown so often.

Many of the failures you discuss here I was on including the getting towed back to Plymouth by an engineering train last October (by the way the replacement IET definitely did have first class) and this Thursday's failure to leave Plymouth as the breaks were stuck on (this is what we were told).

I am a huge fan of the Riviera when it works and have nothing but praise for the fantastic staff many of whom now recognise me, but the unreliability is becoming worrying to the extent that I often go up to London a day early if I have a meeting I can't miss just in case, which kind of defeats the point of a sleeper train.

Don't even get me started on how quickly the refurbished cabins are wearing out!

Breakdowns are quite rare now and the instance quoted in the last post was not actually a failure.    It had actually struck a beer barrel on the track which could happen to any train anywhere.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Problems with the Night Riviera sleeper - December 2014 onwards on: February 13, 2020, 01:42:46 pm
1C50 Down Sleeper with 57603 failed and terminated at Plymouth this morning.      ECS ran to Penzance later
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