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1  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Late service reductions - 29th to 31st December 2021 on: January 01, 2022, 09:55:12 am
TFW have been operating similarly adopting a Special Timetable but without any copy available.   Queries re train enquiries are directed to Journey Planner so this enabled TFW to change willy nilly.   One punter queried with TFW regarding removing trains frrom the system in this manner and that all cancellations should be listed in Journey Check with the reason.  This forced some change
2  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Long Rock Depot on: October 19, 2021, 10:19:00 am
Hi all,

Quick question, are all of the units that run branch line services in Cornwall maintained at the Long Rock depot or are some of the units maintained at the Laira depot?

Thanks
GWR 158

A 150 runs down light from Par to Penzance after finishing on the Newquay Branch and then spends time on the St. Ives and Falmouth Branches before working away to Plymouth to cover the Looe and Gunnislake Branches and returns from Plymouth to Exeter.    Servicing and fuelling and any light repairs may be carried out at Long Rock and Laira but main maintenance is carried out at Exeter.   These may not be in the correct order but is the principle on which they work.
3  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Plymouth-Penzance Rolling Stock on: October 06, 2021, 09:14:28 pm
You have asked the question already in the Plymouth and Cornwall Section and replied to
4  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: TFW class 158s on: September 27, 2021, 10:25:17 am

To put it in a nutshell you can count the 158s seen in Cardiff on one hand.   They are employed almost exclusively on the Cambrian (the only class on the route due to ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System.))  and which takes them to Birmingham and Holyhead in the course of the destinations involved in the Cambrian.    One works down to Cardiff on 0610 ex Shrewsbury and returns on 2017 Cardiff to Crewe but may hang around for a couple of days when they can be seen on Cardiff to Holyhead services and a couple visit Milford Haven at weekends.    At the moment due to spare ones thrown up by the Barmouth Bridge closure for 3 months,  2 are being used on the Pembroke Dock Branch going out from Cardiff at 0639, stabling at Carmarthen overnight and returning the following evening.   They can sometimes be seen ad hoc on the Marches standing in for a 175. 
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: September 25, 2021, 09:52:02 am
After the last few Saturdays where there have been dozens of cancellations due to crew shortage, it seems a better situation today with "only" around 10 - hopefully it won't deteriorate later today............or tomorrow.

Unless I'm missing something Journey Check is currently showing 25 with Cornwall badly hit again
6  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Riveria Line Rolling Stock on: September 12, 2021, 04:59:48 pm
Quick question

I'm taking a trip on the Riveria Line soon, what rolling stock runs on this route?

Riviera line  Wink

A glorious mixture, I suspect.  Class 150, turbos and IETs (Intercity Express Train) ... perhaps the some 158 and Voyagers as and when the Cross Country services run from there.  Exotic stuff on special trains passing through on their way to Kingswear.

If you count between Exeter and Newton Abbot via Dawlish as well as just the Branch GWR Short Castle HSTs (High Speed Train) and Cross Country HSTs also
7  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Okehampton on: September 06, 2021, 09:56:28 am
Just looked at RTT» (Real Time Trains - website) now and first arrival at Exeter (Central) is 0805.   Regarding Timetable dates, the September one is an additional one due to COVID changes so is not starting on a Sunday like the two proper ones in May and December for which systems are set up. 
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: August 27, 2021, 04:17:47 pm
I have noticed recently that GWR (Great Western Railway) have not been showing many cancellations on Journey Check in the morning giving, me at least, fresh hope but only to find about double the number for the evening appearing by the afternoon.    Exeter seem to be pretty hard hit in the evening.
9  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Rolling Stock on: August 09, 2021, 05:42:45 pm
What rolling stock is most common on the Heart of Wessex line?

166 Turbos mainly with some odd 165 appearances and also two 158 jobs.
10  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Plymouth -Penzance on a 158 on: July 30, 2021, 11:07:47 pm
2C04 0625 Exeter SD - Penzance and 2P19 1450 Penzance - Plymouth
2C07 0647 Bristol TM(resolve) - Penzance and 2P13 1150 Penzance - Plymouth
2C27 1422 Plymouth - Penzance and 2U32 1610 Penzance - Bristol TM
2C30 1555 Plymouth - Penzance and 2E26 1815 Penzance - Exeter SD
2C77 1358 Bristol TM - Penzance and 2M77 1915 Penzance - Bristol TM

are usually booked to be 158s (especially during Bristol East blockade) but can be subbed for a 255.

It started off as a Castle at the Timetable change but there have been STP alterations since which seem to be COVID related

The 2C07 is booked a Castle       Go to RTT» (Real Time Trains - website) and have a look which trains show a Timing Load of 100 mph and these are 158s. The Castles are shown as such at 110 mph are the IERs at 125 mph..  The Timing loads in these instances correspond with the type of traction.   

I regularly use or at least see 2C07 and it’s a 158 more often than not.
11  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Plymouth -Penzance on a 158 on: July 30, 2021, 10:12:31 am
2C04 0625 Exeter SD - Penzance and 2P19 1450 Penzance - Plymouth
2C07 0647 Bristol TM(resolve) - Penzance and 2P13 1150 Penzance - Plymouth
2C27 1422 Plymouth - Penzance and 2U32 1610 Penzance - Bristol TM
2C30 1555 Plymouth - Penzance and 2E26 1815 Penzance - Exeter SD
2C77 1358 Bristol TM - Penzance and 2M77 1915 Penzance - Bristol TM

are usually booked to be 158s (especially during Bristol East blockade) but can be subbed for a 255.

Amended Timetable due COVID traincrew shortages

The 2C07 is booked a Castle       Go to RTT» (Real Time Trains - website) and have a look which trains show a Timing Load of 100 mph and these are 158s. The Castles are shown as such at 110 mph are the IERs at 125 mph..  The Timing loads in these instances correspond with the type of traction.   

I snipped 2C07 at Dawlish on the 28th and it was 3 car 158
12  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Plymouth -Penzance on a 158 on: July 29, 2021, 05:19:20 pm
2C04 0625 Exeter SD - Penzance and 2P19 1450 Penzance - Plymouth
2C07 0647 Bristol TM(resolve) - Penzance and 2P13 1150 Penzance - Plymouth
2C27 1422 Plymouth - Penzance and 2U32 1610 Penzance - Bristol TM
2C30 1555 Plymouth - Penzance and 2E26 1815 Penzance - Exeter SD
2C77 1358 Bristol TM - Penzance and 2M77 1915 Penzance - Bristol TM

are usually booked to be 158s (especially during Bristol East blockade) but can be subbed for a 255.

The 2C07 is booked a Castle       Go to RTT» (Real Time Trains - website) and have a look which trains show a Timing Load of 100 mph and these are 158s. The Castles are shown as such at 110 mph are the IERs at 125 mph..  The Timing loads in these instances correspond with the type of traction.   
13  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Weymouth Services - 24 July on: July 26, 2021, 05:29:13 pm
Very sorry to learn of your unfortunate day and that you will will fare better in the future.    However,  if there is no driver available the last train can't run whether it's the last one or not.
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: July 17, 2021, 04:35:49 pm
All cancelled so far today due to crew shortage - weekend seems to be worse for isolation?

Shortages due to isolations are harder to soak up at weekends, especially Sundays.  In the case of Saturday's there is often the maximum number of staff allowed on leave at most depots, so the standby drivers aren't available in such great numbers as they are on weekdays to cover for any additional shortages such as staff who've been told to self isolate.  In the case of Sunday's there are, as we know, many drivers who can say they are unavailable with 5 days notice, which can exacerbate the Saturday situation further.

Over half a million people told to isolate last week alone, which is having ramifications across the country: https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/science-health/953517/inside-government-plan-to-track-and-trace-pinging-epidemic

Thanks for that, a good explanation.

It's regrettable that Hopwood and the Unions still haven't sorted out the Sunday situation, ongoing for years, which would at least have made the service more robust, COVID notwithstanding.

Suspect it's still sitting on the "too difficult" pile.

GWR (Great Western Railway) not alone.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: July 10, 2021, 08:34:45 pm
SWR» (South Western Railway - about) seem to have joined in.

 https://twitter.com/sw_help/status/1413875664948695043?s=21

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Due to high levels of Covid-related absences, services on Sunday may be subject to short-notice cancellation.

We are sorry if this impacts your journey and urge all customers to check before you travel at: southwesternrailway.com/plan-my-journey  

All TOCs (Train Operating Company) and NRE(resolve) are saying COVID or self isolating rather than telling the truth.  I think it will eventually emerge into the open regarding the match
Judging by the responses to this tweet people aren’t buying that the absences are covid related. Cynical lot rail users are.  Wink

Maybe if it had said due to covid and the football it might have been more believed.
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