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1  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: Today at 11:47:47 am
Not going to happen but perhaps they need an 'under orders from Dft' code.
2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: Today at 09:20:15 am
Now 3pm. Not good.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: New CEO of Network Rail announced, May 2018. on: Yesterday at 09:29:31 pm
Really pleased to see Andrew Haines return to the railways.

Got a tough job on his hands but if anyone can heís the one. After all he sorted out the mess at FGW all those years ago.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Smoke and Mirrors / Re: Effect on passengers of cancelling and the re-instating on: Yesterday at 12:13:44 pm
So in the context of cancellation, the effect it's had is that GWR are at least one passenger down. I certainly wouldn't rely on services being reinstated on that route.
And the sad thing is I don't think they care or the certainly give that impression rightly or wrongly. But I think we can say that about the rail industry as a whole not just single out GWR. It's become like providing a service for people to use is one big massive inconvenience for them to do so.

5  All across the Great Western territory / Smoke and Mirrors / Re: Effect on passengers of cancelling and the re-instating on: Yesterday at 09:41:39 am
I think most people now know that you must check to see if your train is running before you set off. Essential, especially at weekends.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: May 20, 2018, 12:00:58 pm
Confirmation if travelling to/from Cheltenham to use XC, GWR tickets accepted.

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Cancellations to services between Swindon and Cheltenham Spa
Due to a shortage of train crew between Swindon and Cheltenham Spa fewer trains are able to run.
Train services running through these stations may be cancelled. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.
Customer Advice
Replacement transport has been arranged to run in place of cancelled train services. Please check your journey before travel and allow extra time. Please check station signage for the pick-up location of the rail replacement coaches.
CrossCountry are conveying passengers between Swindon and Cheltenham Spa in both directions until further notice. Arrangements have been made for Great Western Railway rail tickets to be accepted for these journeys.
7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: Two million page views. A hundred thousand users. The Coffee Shop on: May 20, 2018, 11:54:28 am
My observation is few use awful IE and Firefox anymore.
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: May 20, 2018, 11:47:07 am
My trip to Swindon  then will be on a voyager. Amazing.
Yup, XC services diverted via Swindon today so extra trains between Cheltenham and Swindon will make up for the cancelled GWR ones. These might be quite busy though.
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: May 20, 2018, 08:32:50 am
The list has been updated since last post was posted but suffice to say that the main headline is both North and South Cotswold lines taking a hit today. After such a great performance by GWR yesterday on the Windsor line, normal weekend service resumed today.

UPDATE add South Wales line to the list.
10  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: East Coast rail franchise - ongoing discussion on: May 17, 2018, 06:29:35 am
The Times reporting this morning that four other franchises could be in trouble, the same four that have been mentioned before:

SWR
Transpennine
Northern
Greater Anglia
11  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: Paddington 24/7, channel 5, 21:00 tonight on: May 16, 2018, 08:01:36 pm
There must be times when GWR and Network Rail wish there wasnít a camera crew waiting for something to kick off.
12  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Bank holiday Bath to Weymouth on: May 16, 2018, 07:58:05 pm
Being full and standing from Yeovil on a sunny day has been an issue for years which is the main reason for running an extra Bristol-Weymouth train on Summer Saturdays. BR also used to run an extra service on Bank Holidays as well, something you canít really expect a private operator to do in the hope the weather bucks the traditional bank holiday trend of being average or poor.

The good news for this line is once again SWR are running services between Yeovil and Weymouth on Summer Saturdayís providing much needed extra capacity. They didnít operate last year because of the work taking place at Waterloo.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: Paddington 24/7, channel 5, 21:00 tonight on: May 16, 2018, 05:45:32 pm
Well they decided on 20 programs so were obviously confident of enough things taking place though I have to say they really ham things up at times for the smallest of incidents. I just remind myself that this is a general entertainment program aimed at appealing to the casual veiewr so donít take it too seriously.
14  Journey by Journey / London to South Wales / Re: Dangerous overcrowding 16/8 London-Swansea on: May 16, 2018, 05:41:32 pm
Donít need to, just add an ĎSí
15  Journey by Journey / London to South Wales / Re: Dangerous overcrowding 16/8 London-Swansea on: May 16, 2018, 05:22:58 pm
Was this a five vice 10?

Looking down the feed, someone has come up with an interesting name for Hitachi which I wonít repeat.
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