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1  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Amended timetable from 4 January 21 on: January 03, 2021, 12:27:08 pm
Paddington Swansea is already hourly.   The ones that run only as far as Cardiff (leaving London at xx.18) in between have been removed - thus making trains to Cardiff hourly (on the way to Swansea).

A matter of how you interpret it.
2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Amended timetable from 4 January 21 on: January 03, 2021, 10:50:30 am
In response to the change in Covid19 tiers, an ammended timetable will come in to operation on GWR from 4 January.

Pad - Cardiff: hourly inc Saturdays

Pad - Hereford & Pad - Cheltenham: later start/early finish & some Pad - Cheltenham shortened to Swindon

Night Riviera cancelled until 10 January

Truro - Falmouth: reduced frequency Mon - Fri & 1 tph Sat

Greenford: 1 tph Mon - Sat

Windsor: 2 tph Mon - Sat

Pad - Newbury: reduced frequency Mon - Sun

Pad - Didcot semi-fast: 1 tph Mon - Sat

North Downs: 1 tph off peak Mon - Fri & 2 tph Sat

Reading - Basingstoke: 1 tph evenings Mon - Fri

Banbury - Pad: morning service cancelled Mon - Fri

Plymouth - Gunnislake: reduced frequency Sat

Pad - Bedwyn: cut to Reading - Bedwyn shuttle Sun

Pad - Oxford: 1 tph Sun

Exeter SD - Exmouth: 1 tph Sun

I assume Cardiff should read Swansea
3  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: 4 carriages reduced to 2 - is this the end of GWR pacers? on: January 01, 2021, 04:30:14 pm
Lots of short forms on Bristol based services today:

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12:48 Fareham to Cardiff Central due 15:54
12:48 Fareham to Cardiff Central due 15:54 will call additionally at Dilton Marsh.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.
Will be formed of 3 coaches instead of 5.

14:30 Cardiff Central to Fareham due 17:27
Facilities on the 14:30 Cardiff Central to Fareham due 17:27.
This is due to more trains than usual needing repairs at the same time.
Will be formed of 2 coaches instead of 4.

16:42 Gloucester to Weymouth due 20:10
Facilities on the 16:42 Gloucester to Weymouth due 20:10.
Will be formed of 2 coaches instead of 3.

14:00 Cardiff Central to Taunton due 15:55
Facilities on the 14:00 Cardiff Central to Taunton due 15:55.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.
Will be formed of 3 coaches instead of 4.

Does this co-incide with an appearance of more turbos (you know, the sort that run regional trains in Wessex) in Devon ? 
Are there enough people travelling for it to actually matter ?? 
Will it be fixed in time for any return to work next week ???

There could be a build up of repairs due to Maintenance staff availability being affected by COVID absences.   TFW put out a statement before Christmas that they had staff self isolating.       SPM could be similarly affected.
4  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: New rolling stock............... on: December 29, 2020, 08:42:22 pm
Apart from weekends when a couple of 158s have been operating, a couple of 158s have come back since the new Timetable  to release Turbos for the Devon Metro
5  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: 4 carriages reduced to 2 - is this the end of GWR pacers? on: December 29, 2020, 05:29:47 pm
143 working 2T20 just seen on Dawlish cams. They're getting there monies worth. Modern Railways say Exeter's are very reliable beating newer stock/



From Nation Cymru

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The Welsh Liberal Democrats have branded as a ?disgrace? a decision to keep pacer trains on in Wales for another year ? noting that they were scrapped in Tehran 15 years ago.

Wales is now the only place on earth where pacer trains, built by British Rail in the early 1980s with a planned lifespan of 15-20 years, are still in operation.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Rodney Berman said that Transport for Wales and Ken Skates should apologise to travellers for the failure to replace the trains with new stock

TFW started to make moves when they took over from ATW.    Before the Welsh Government became responsible,  the responsibility lies with the DFT

6  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: 4 carriages reduced to 2 - is this the end of GWR pacers? on: December 29, 2020, 05:26:49 pm

The class 158 unit for the 0708 Exeter St D to Barnstaple currently comes,
rather UNrobustly, at 0515 from St Phillips Marsh depot arriving at St D at 0656.
Obviously this is operationally undesirable and in cases of late running then local
Exeter management initiatives are instigated.

When does it go back?  This seems so costly an exercise.

It stays at Exeter for 3 days for the Barneys and then goes back ECS at the end of the third day.      How else do you think it should get there and back.   St Phillips Marsh is their Home Depot
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: December 10, 2020, 12:55:45 pm
All cancelled due to staff shortage today;

06:33 Plymouth to Gunnislake due 07:19
07:29 Gunnislake to Plymouth due 08:14
09:21 Par to Newquay due 10:13
10:23 Newquay to Par due 11:12
12:36 Liskeard to Looe due 13:04
13:06 Looe to Liskeard due 13:34
13:36 Liskeard to Looe due 14:05
14:08 Looe to Liskeard due 14:33
15:40 Liskeard to Looe due 16:13
16:00 Cardiff Central to Taunton due 18:01
16:16 Looe to Liskeard due 16:42
16:55 Exmouth to Paignton due 18:31
17:00 Cardiff Central to Taunton due 19:02
18:08 Taunton to Cardiff Central due 20:25
18:52 Paignton to Exeter St Davids due 19:43
19:20 Paignton to Exeter St Davids due 20:05
20:37 Exeter St Davids to Exmouth due 21:10
21:00 Cardiff Central to Exeter St Davids due 23:37
21:12 Paignton to Exeter St Davids due 22:09
21:17 Par to Plymouth due 22:10
21:24 Exmouth to Paignton due 22:59
21:30 Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads due 22:23
21:30 Plymouth to Gunnislake due 22:16
22:20 Gunnislake to Exeter St Davids due 00:20
22:20 Paignton to Exeter St Davids due 23:14
22:40 Exeter St Davids to Exmouth due 23:14
22:43 Taunton to Bristol Temple Meads due 23:47
23:19 Exmouth to Exeter St Davids due 23:50
23:20 Paignton to Exeter St Davids due 00:11
00:01 Paignton to Exeter St Davids due 00:47


And quite a few more short distancing
8  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Tall ships Falmouth 2021 on: December 09, 2020, 12:37:21 pm
Are 165/166s cleared to use the Falmouth branch?

Not beyond Plymouth
9  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Signalling problems in Cornwall 16th September 2020 on: September 16, 2020, 11:05:33 am
The fact that the problem was between Liskeard and Looe suggests that Liskeard itself would be affected thus preventing the unit getting on to the Branch itself.
10  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Additional calls at Temple Meads and Dilton Marsh on: September 13, 2020, 10:17:43 pm
Good to see some of the longer distance trains making extra calls at some of the smaller stations along the way to help fill gaps in the timetable

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Mon, 14 September 07:21 Portsmouth Harbour to Cardiff Central due 10:47
14/09/20 07:21 Portsmouth Harbour to Cardiff Central due 10:47 will call additionally at Bristol Temple Meads.
This is due to a problem currently under investigation.

Now, please, can we have some extra calls at DMH to restore the timetable to something like usable from the pathetic sub-franchise-spec that's running at the moment


Correcting an error in the schedule
11  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: BTM to Bristol Parkway delays on: September 11, 2020, 09:43:09 am
My son works there so assume safe
12  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests - August 2020 on: August 28, 2020, 06:12:58 pm
It'll be interesting to see how it's Policed, given the way events in Bristol at the recent BLM protest were (non) Policed.

The recent BLM protests in Bristol were policed. In point of fact, they were policed very well. 'Policing' is not synonymous with 'breaking heads'.

Allowed an act of vandalism of Colston's statue to take place while they stood by and watched and later had go hunting to identify the culprits.    Whatever one's opinions or the cause it was still a crime
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: General Stations - what and why on: August 18, 2020, 12:20:01 pm
I have had connections with Shrewsbury from Day 1 of my life and have never heard described as General before.   Chester, I think, lost the title when Chester (Northgate) ex GC closed.     Wrexham General would probably have origins when Exchange was there and still is.     Exchange was adjacent (GC) to General but the two became merged into one 

A Google search for "Shrewsbury General Station" comes up with just 203 matches ... most of which are very much historic in nature.  Stations at Shrewsbury Abbey and Shrewsbury West were very minor indeed, and closed early ... so unless you were very old indeed, it would have already been just "Shrewsbury".

I have dug out a link from Wiki regarding Shrewsbury General and which was before my time as you suggest.    :-

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shropshire_and_Montgomeryshire_Railway

The original intention was to construct a line beyond Shrewsbury to the Potteries but this never came to anything and as a result of this the line became known as "The Potts".    In my time it was used as a Military Line to and from Nesscliffe Camp with Exchange Sidings constructed at Hookagate to exchange military traffic between the S & M and the national network.   Hookagate is situated a few miles out of Shrewsbury in the direction of Welshpool.    Abbey Foregate Station as it was known by then later became an oil terminal with a connection constructed for access to the former Severn Valley Railway close to Sutton Bridge Junction.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: General Stations - what and why on: August 18, 2020, 09:38:59 am
The suffix "General" was used by the GWR and later the Western Region of British Railways to differentiate their main stations from others in the area, which belonged to other companies.

Some "General" stations such as Shrewsbury General and Chester General lost the suffix and were simply renamed "Shrewsbury" and "Chester" respectively, others, like Cardiff General, were re-dubbed as "Central" stations.

Wrexham General is now the only official "General" station on the National Rail Network - Because of the continued presence of two stations serving Wrexham, the other being titled Wrexham Central, the "General" suffix was retained.

I have had connections with Shrewsbury from Day 1 of my life and have never heard described as General before.   Chester, I think, lost the title when Chester (Northgate) ex GC closed.     Wrexham General would probably have origins when Exchange was there and still is.     Exchange was adjacent (GC) to General but the two became merged into one 
15  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Castle Services on: August 10, 2020, 10:45:26 am
Ok, thanks for the info.

There is a possibility a normal service could be resumed by then in which case there would be a couple of choices.
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