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1  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Weekend Engineering Works on: October 22, 2018, 06:02:11 am
Ahem.  They are Main Lines and Relief Lines.  The ex-WR doesn't do Fast and Slow Grin
I knew that was coming. Apologies to all our WR purists for such blasphemy  Wink Smiley
2  Journey by Journey / London to Swindon and Bristol / Re: IET Train First Class Carriages on: October 22, 2018, 05:57:16 am
Not sure if it's a short form but I was at Reading earlier and noticed that the 1505 to Penzance (goes via Bristol I think?) was being advertised as "full and standing" from Paddington - could be a very long, uncomfortable journey for a lot of people.
Two trains into one because of engineering work. The 14.27 Pad-Bri and the 14.57 Pad-Pnz diverted via Bristol as the 14.30.
3  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Weekend Engineering Works on: October 21, 2018, 09:36:56 pm
There will always be engineering works long after electrification has finished and there will always be engineering works between Reading and Paddington. The fast lines are absolutely hammered between these two points thus need replacing more often. Weekends are the best time to do this.
4  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Track issues Southampton Central on: October 20, 2018, 08:58:10 am
From GWR Journeycheck:
https://www.journeycheck.com/greatwesternrailway/

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Alterations to services at Southampton Central
Due to urgent repairs to the track at Southampton Central some lines are closed.
Train services running through this station may be diverted via Eastleigh. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.

Customer Advice
Owing to one of the main lines through Southampton Central railway station being closed for urgent repairs it will be necessary to divert the Salisbury to Portsmouth Harbour and return services via an alternative route NOT calling at Southampton Central but calling additionally at Chandlers Ford and Eastleigh.
Any customers travelling to / from Southampton Central should change at Eastleigh or Romsey.

5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Isambird Kingdom Brunowl on: October 18, 2018, 07:46:00 am
The owl statue was sold for £2,200 at a charity auction in Bath last night.
It wasn't Bignosemac who bought it was it?  Wink
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 17, 2018, 01:10:29 pm
But this new fleet of high speed trains must be perfect ………………. they were spec'd by the DfT after all the DfT has the passengers interest at heart  Roll Eyes
And that is where the problem lies. A train no one wanted and few wanted to build.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 17, 2018, 11:49:11 am
Simon Calder has just been interviewed at Paddington and summed it up quite aptly - electrification - a project running years late, hundreds of millions of £ overspent - brand new (allegedly) high tech trains which simply don't seem to be up to it a year after their introduction, and the whole system collapsing for (probably) 24 hours and more due to one incident.

No evidence of any contingencies for customers, and even the suggestion of going via Waterloo this morning is scuppered by signal failures.

Overpriced, overcrowded, unreliable, uncaring, unfit for purpose.

The next time people ask themselves why people prefer travelling by car, or indeed virtually any alternative to the railways, remember last night and today.

That has come from decades of under investment. Very sad.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 17, 2018, 11:38:46 am
I’ve heard reports of people joining trains at Bicester to Oxford so they could get a seat when it went back!

yep, me too today. Worth an extra 30minutes to get a seat!
You might find you have a few more extra permanent customers using this line to London after last night/today.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 17, 2018, 10:45:57 am
Article by the Independent's travel writer Simon Calder:
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/london-paddington-travel-latest-train-station-closed-great-western-railway-heathrow-express-tfl-rail-a8587596.html

Which he linked to his latest tweet:

Paddington closure.
Confirmed: a Hitachi test train shredded 500m of overhead line.
Train maker says: "We are taking today very seriously, a full and thorough investigation is taking place to identify the cause.”
Standstill. Waterloo-Reading also disrupted
10  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: Channel 5 series - Paddington Station 24/7, starting 11 September 2017 on: October 17, 2018, 08:13:00 am
I would bet money that if they were not there already the TV crew would have dashed down there this morning (if not last night), they will have plenty of footage of chaos to show
They can easily make a story out of it using archive footage which is what they mainly do. Just show a packed then empty Paddington, control in Swindon, workers on the line etc and some angry passengers and there's your story from what happened last night/today. Easy. Makes you wonder if it was a good idea to let Channel 5 make a series of the woes of the GWML even though at times it has been educational to help people understand what happens when things go wrong.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: October 17, 2018, 08:07:59 am
The sad thing is all that has gone on these past few years on the GW mainline and now last night has given electrification a bad name yet it has been a huge success on the WCML and on mainland Europe. Not as successful on the ECML but that was because it was done on the cheap.

I still firmly believe electrification is still the right answer for all rail and not relying on diesel.
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 17, 2018, 08:05:17 am
An empty 802 moving from North Pole to Bristol brought the wires down at Hanwell around 1930 last evening. Yet to hear how any evacuations happened, they can't still be on board, can they?
So whooooozzz gonna pay for that one GWR or Hitachi as the 802s aren't Agility trains?
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 17, 2018, 07:45:34 am
So was it an OHLE failure or did an IET bring the wiring down?

Going to be a hefty bill for someone.

Looking at Social media from last night, taxis were doing a roaring trade with some very large bills heading GWR's way in the next few days.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 17, 2018, 07:43:00 am
Thanks to Grahame for the information below as there didn't seem to be much on the GWR website other than don't travel.
GWR have rectified this. Here's a pretty detailed summary of whats running and what isn't:
https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/live-network-updates/disruption-information

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Overhead wires damaged Wednesday 17 October
On Tuesday 16 October overhead wires were damaged in the London area. This severely disrupted train services between London Paddington and Reading as many trains became stranded owing to the resultant loss of a power supply. Owing to the extent of the damage no trains are expected to be able to operate between London Paddington and Hayes & Harlington in either direction for much of Wednesday 17th October. As a result, GWR, TfL Rail and Heathrow Express will not be operating a train service between London Paddington, Hayes & Harlington or Slough until such time as repairs have been completed.

Advice

Due to the disruption to Great Western, MTR and Heathrow Express services, we are advising customers not to seek to travel by train between London Paddington and Slough until at least mid-day today, Wednesday 17th October. From mid-day, two of the four lines are expected to reopen; this to be confirmed in due course.

We strongly advise not to travel on long distance routes or towards London due to a reduced train service on all routes and no train services operating to or from London Paddington. Train services will instead terminate and start at Reading.

If you are travelling from London beyond Reading please do not go to London Paddington but instead travel straight to either London Waterloo, London Marylebone or London Euston depending upon your ultimate destination.


A reduced timetable will be in place on Wednesday 17 October that will impact most mainline routes to and from London Paddington all day.

Between London Paddington and Didcot Parkway
Starting and terminating at Slough, a local stopping train service will operate between Slough, Reading and Didcot Parkway only in each direction.
South Western Railway is accepting GWR tickets between London Waterloo and Windsor/ Reading. Chiltern Railways is accepting GWR tickets between London Marylebone, Oxford and Banbury.
Between West Ealing and Greenford
The train service is suspended between West Ealing and Greenford, please travel on London Underground services and London Buses.
Between London Paddington and Bedwyn
Starting and terminating at Reading, the train service will operate between Reading and Bedwyn only.
South Western Railway is accepting GWR tickets between London Waterloo and Windsor/ Reading.
Between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads
Starting and terminating at Reading, an hourly train service will operate between Reading and Bristol Temple Meads in each direction.
Between London Paddington and Swansea
Starting and terminating at Reading, an hourly train service will operate between Reading and Swansea in each direction. Transport for Wales is accepting GWR tickets between Cheltenham Spa and Cardiff Central and between Newport (South Wales) and Swansea.
Between London Paddington, Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance (West of England)
Starting and terminating at Reading, an hourly train service will operate between Reading and the West of England in each direction. CrossCountry is accepting GWR tickets between Cheltenham Spa, Bristol Temple Meads, Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance.
South Western Railway is accepting GWR tickets between Exeter St David’s, Basingstoke and London Waterloo.
Between London Paddington and Cheltenham Spa
The through train service is suspended between London Paddington and Cheltenham Spa, please travel on alternative services to Swindon and change there for connections. A local stopping train service is operating between Swindon and Cheltenham Spa, but this will be busier than normal. CrossCountry is accepting GWR tickets between Bristol Temple Meads and Cheltenham Spa, if you are travelling to or from Cheltenham Spa you can change at Bristol Parkway for connecting train services.
Between London Paddington, Worcester, Great Malvern and Hereford
Starting and terminating at Reading or Oxford, a reduced train service will operate from Hereford, Great Malvern and Worcester to Oxford and Reading in the morning. A limited train service will operate from Oxford to Worcester in the afternoon.
Virgin Trains West Coast is accepting GWR tickets between London Euston and Birmingham New Street.
West Midlands Railway is accepting GWR tickets between Birmingham New Street, Worcester, Great Malvern and Hereford.
CrossCountry is accepting GWR tickets between Basingstoke and Birmingham New Street.
Night Riviera Sleeper Services Tuesday 16 October:

23:45 London Paddington to Penzance, will start at Reading. If you are booked to travel on this service from London Paddington, please travel to London Waterloo and use South Western Railway services to Reading.
21:45 Penzance to London Paddington, this service will terminate at Reading.
Ticket acceptance:
Your ticket(s) with GWR is valid on the following routes:

London Underground between London Paddington and London Marylebone, London Euston, London Waterloo and Greenford.
London Buses between London and Slough.
South Western Railway between London Waterloo and Reading until the end of the day.
Chiltern Railways between London Marylebone and Oxford/Banbury until the end of the day.
West Midlands Railway between Birmingham New Street and Great Malvern via Worcester.
Virgin Trains West Coast between London Euston and Birmingham New Street until the end of the day.
CrossCountry between Cheltenham Spa and Penzance and also between Basignstoke and Birmingham New Street.
Transport for Wales between Cheltenham Spa and Cardiff Central and between Newport (South Wales) and Cheltenham Spa.
Compensation:

If your train service was delayed or cancelled, you could be entitled to a refund or compensation, please check our Refunds and Compensation page for more information
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 17, 2018, 06:24:03 am
I had (clearly foolishly) decided to take a chance on GWR getting me to Plymouth this morning as I'm recovering from a broken ankle & am not able to drive for a couple more weeks. I should have known better. Now trying to find out if my 1st class Advance ticket will be valid tomorrow instead.
It should be TG.

Feel for everyone trying to travel to/from London on GWR. What a mess.
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