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1  All across the Great Western territory / Smoke and Mirrors / Re: Trains reversing beyond the station on: September 20, 2018, 04:08:41 pm
There are lots of places where a train could turn back due to operational reasons, which is different to where they regularly turn back. 
For instance, at Topsham trains terminating short run beyond the platform to switch sides, the same can happen at Exeter Central before St James Park.  At Highbridge and Burnham trains can shunt via the loop to return to Bristol.  During the Cowley blockage trains terminating at Tiverton Parkway reversed via Tiverton loops.
2  All across the Great Western territory / Smoke and Mirrors / Re: Trains reversing beyond the station on: September 19, 2018, 08:35:37 pm
St James Park.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Absence of Ticket Inspections on HSS on: September 18, 2018, 05:23:49 pm
The HSS services I used are Bath-London and occasionally Cardiff-London and these services are almost always unchecked.  West of Tauton, I have insufficient data to comment on high or low speed services. 
Is this in First or Standard? My experience is First is regularly checked, and rightly so, and Standard not as much especially with most IC stations having gatelines.

Which shows the fallacy of the attitude that many TMs have, given there are hundreds of ways to get on the train without passing through a gateline.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Intercity Express Train (IET) failure, near Exeter, 13 September 2018 on: September 13, 2018, 10:00:08 pm
The DML is closed because the evacuation is taking place in to the 6 foot as the cess is unsuitable.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Absence of Ticket Inspections on HSS on: September 11, 2018, 11:07:19 pm
The other problem with swapping between units is the FSL has to close down their catering provision for each change, then basically ends up twiddling their thumbs for whilst in the other unit.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Absence of Ticket Inspections on HSS on: September 09, 2018, 09:49:04 am
Politics I expect!
7  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Absence of Ticket Inspections on HSS on: September 09, 2018, 09:23:34 am
If the FSL (Front Set Lead) - ie the competent person in charge of the front 5 cars of a 5+5 IET - is a Customer Host, then they are not ticket trained so you won't be checked, but if the FSL is a TE (Ticket Examiner), then obviously they are and probably will.

GWR have not caught on yet (or just don't care), though the TMs have, that anyone who doesn't want to pay boards the front 5 trains - in some cases getting free 1st class upgrades.

And in regards to ticketing disputes, the company does not back any guard in any action that will delay the train over ticketing issues, so most guards now can't give a flying one.
8  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: How wide do you define "London"? on: August 21, 2018, 02:10:54 am
9  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: The sad truth is that rail fares should be far higher on: August 20, 2018, 12:08:34 am
It has ever been thus (well more so since the 70s), the view is the railway - and all public services - should be self-funding, hence privatisation.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Fare basket to increase by 3% on: August 15, 2018, 02:30:37 am
Will someone buy Mick Cash a Thesaurus; that man gets right on my Bristols!  (Or perhaps they have and he has now added "lame duck" to his vocabulary.

The UK has a real problem with public transport in that it does not see it as beneficial to the population and therefore must be self-sufficient, hence high bus and rail fares because the user must pay.

The railways have never been self-sufficient since they were built. 
11  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Diamond Geezer rides the Thames Branches on: August 06, 2018, 06:34:38 pm
You'll probably find, like with most rovers, NRE aren't forthcoming with updating their site to reflect any changes.

Anyway, I've been reading DG for years, usually on a day off when I'll catch up with the week's posts; one of my favourite blogs.
12  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Class 802s on: August 05, 2018, 09:51:32 pm
Bookings are being taken 'as if' an IET, so when an HST rocks up you're stuffed if you aren't in A-F or have a seat number above 80 as the reservations are being superimposed onto the HST layout; if you're lucky anything from F-J will be squeezed in to what remains of F.
13  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Bring a packed lunch on: July 29, 2018, 09:59:53 am
Are catering staff allowed to opt out of Sunday working too?

14  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Stock moves and changes this weekend - West of England main line on: July 28, 2018, 04:09:48 pm

It lost some time on the down journey, including 11 minutes at Dawlish Warren for reasons I haven't yet established.

SDO failure.
Only 2 doors could be released towards the rear of the platformed coaches.
15  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Name of the fastest line from London to Plymouth on: July 28, 2018, 04:07:32 pm
It would be the Great Western Main Line via the B&H [Berks & Hants] but in order to brand the line unfortunately, South Western have the South West Mainline and have branded it as the 'West of England line' meaning the 2 obvious choices are in use, so we're stuck with something like the "West Country Main Line".
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