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1  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Re: Last stop for Philadelphia train station's flipping departures board on: January 31, 2019, 04:15:08 pm
For those with a yen for such things, I built this a good few years ago: http://www.charlbury.info/departures/

It requires Flash so won't work on phones, and indeed most desktop browsers will be sniffy these days. Like the Philly one, it's due to be decommissioned in the next day or so. (I'm moving the Charlbury website to a new server.)

But there do appear to be a few open-source Javascript implementations - grahame, are you tempted to rig one up to your lovely new departure boards here?  Grin
2  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Best and worst train company. And how not to be the best report on: January 25, 2019, 12:08:18 pm
Amazed that Hull Trains are in joint third given the frequency with which their service has imploded in 180-related incidents.

I'm not entirely sure of the point of Which doing this, though. When they rate different vacuum cleaners then you can make a decision which one to buy. But I'm not convinced that I can choose to use Island Line to get from Charlbury to Oxford.
3  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Cotswold Line - 2019 cancellation and amendments log on: January 22, 2019, 11:00:10 am
Were there problems with the 17:52 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill service yesterday?

Realtime trains says it only got as far as Ladbroke Grove and then suggests it headed back towards Paddington (1 late at Ladbroke Grove, 41 late at Portobello Junction, 44 late at Royal Oak Junction etc).

Yes, exactly that - my sister was on it. Unspecified train fault of some sort...
4  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Bus and train tickets inter availability, 70 years ago on: January 21, 2019, 03:21:43 pm
There was a time when GWR Oxford-PAD tickets were valid overnight on the FirstGroup London-Oxford coach service....

Go-Ahead rather than First: they owned both Thames Trains and the X90 coach route (aka "Oxford Espress" [sic]). It persisted for a while when First got the franchise as FGW Link.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: January 17, 2019, 05:27:20 pm
The (down) Oxfordshire Halts train being upgraded from its traditional 2 carriages to 9 is taking some getting used to! I wonder if 9 carriages is the longest thatís ever called at Combe and Finstock...
6  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Re: Delay scarf on: January 14, 2019, 02:57:12 pm
And it would be full-width in the middle, but half-width at either end...
7  All across the Great Western territory / Other ways to travel: cycle routes, cycles, and how the railways deal with them / Re: Re-use of Welsh railway tunnels for cycling on: January 10, 2019, 10:16:59 am
Still some way to go with that though. They're saying two to three years to remove the old track, then they'll "be able to work up to" a second section which should eventually connect with a bridge over the Wye which hasn't been built yet!

I found the progress update a bit hard to parse, but on the basis that Dayhouse Quarry, the A48 bridge, and the National Diving & Activity Centre are pretty much the same place, I think they're saying that Sustrans/A-BCC will be removing the track north of the A48 bridge (through the tunnel) imminently. The FoDR will then be taking up the track south of the bridge in their own time - as you say, over the next few years.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Other ways to travel: cycle routes, cycles, and how the railways deal with them / Re: Re-use of Welsh railway tunnels for cycling on: January 09, 2019, 04:56:42 pm
Very slightly over the border, plans seem to be moving ahead to reuse the Wye Valley trackbed from Tidenham (near Chepstow) to Tintern as a cycle and walking route. This does include a short tunnel, although there's a landslip just north of it which currently blocks access. The track of the old Tidenham branch is apparently to be taken up and some of it will find a new home at the Forest of Dean Railway.
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: 2019 Predictions on: January 03, 2019, 04:37:08 pm
That was Prism Rail - a bunch of bus managers. They made a very nice return by selling out to National Express after a few years: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2000/jul/19/5

MTL (Merseyrail/RRNE) was the other company that sprang to mind on CyclingSid's comment!
10  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Fare basket to increase by 3% on: January 03, 2019, 03:41:10 pm
Do you not think it's a little ironic how the RMT froth at the mouth re:fare rises yet in the next breath demand above inflation pay rises for its members? 🙂

You could make a case that the RMT's job is to fight for its members; FirstGroup's job is to produce healthy returns for its shareholders; and the Government's job is to improve the lot of the travelling public - and the only one of those achieving its aims right now is the RMT...
11  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Charlbury platform extension on: January 02, 2019, 08:49:43 am
...though the IET platform length databases donít appear to have been updated, so you canít actually board/alight on the extended platforms yet - unless itís an HST service with a switched-on conductor!
12  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Charlbury platform extension on: January 01, 2019, 10:49:43 am
Up platform extension now in use; down not yet.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: December 29, 2018, 06:56:15 pm
IIRC the French use "circuler" where we'd use "travel" (as in "passengers must travel via...") but also "run" ("no trains will run..."). I wonder if "circulate" is an inadvertent Gallicism?
14  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Cotswold Line - 2018 cancellation and amendments log on: December 11, 2018, 01:17:38 pm
No surprise that the new station usage figures show further falls at Kingham, Charlbury and Hanborough, and a further sizeable increase at Oxford Parkway.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Devon/Oxford Evening Rangers withdrawn from January on: December 08, 2018, 07:28:02 pm
That's a great shame. Any justification offered?

The Oxford Evening Out would have been more of a success if it was ever promoted, or indeed if you could buy it from ticket machines. Oxford gateline staff did once refuse to sell one to me for an 'outbound' journey, saying it could only be bought from the country stations, which smelt like unadulterated horse dung (the claim, not the stations).
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