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1  All across the Great Western territory / Smoke and Mirrors / Re: Trains reversing beyond the station on: September 19, 2018, 08:22:43 pm
Happens at Hereford and at Oxford. Used to happen on platform 1 at Worcester Foregate St.
And while we're on the Cotswold Line, there's the Malvern Wells turnback, too, just beyond Great Malvern station.
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: Acronyms & Abbreviations page - suggestions for improvements on: September 17, 2018, 02:42:40 pm
My grandfather (who worked for BR in York) was fond of referring to "silly coots", back in the early '80s. Evidently he was ahead of his time.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Brizzle Arenal....where to mi babber ? on: September 06, 2018, 12:32:43 pm
According to the ONS, the Greater Thornbury town region had the second fastest population growth in the UK in the period mid-2011 to mid-2016. Curiously, and anachronistically, they refer to this region as you do, as 'Bristol'.

'Thornbury' is one of the finest hymn tunes ever written, whereas 'Bristol' is a bit drab and pedestrian, so I'm with you on this one.
4  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Charlbury platform extension on: September 05, 2018, 06:35:13 pm
Contract awarded for completion by December:
5  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Should there be more onboard staff on Thames Valley locals? on: September 05, 2018, 06:34:20 pm
Was he one of following uttering prayers? A Buddhist monk? Perhaps a Sikh Granthi? A Haredi Jew? Maybe it was The Right Reverend and Right Honourable The Lord Williams of Oystermouth, former Archbishop of Canterbury.

I 'ad that Rowan Williams in the back of my congregation once.

No, really, I did. It was Christmas Eve at our little parish church; he had a holiday home in Charlbury. Nothing focuses the mind more on playing the right notes for 'O come all ye faithful' than the Archbishop of Canterbury sitting in the front row.
6  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Class 802s on: September 03, 2018, 01:25:38 pm
Comfort is in the posterior of the beholder.

(Mind you, there are other aspects to it. I find the arm and leg space on IETs very generous. It would be a shame to confuse posterior comfort with elbow-room.)
7  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Re: Potential new services GWR could start? on: August 31, 2018, 09:50:37 am
Worcestershire County Council is keen on extending London-Worcester services to Droitwich and Kidderminster, and I believe GWR has been looking into it.

I've long thought that there could be a market to extend one or two London-Herefords to Ludlow, but the fact there's no turnback until you get to Craven Arms is a bit of a downer.
8  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: 165/166s on this route on: August 30, 2018, 11:01:05 am
All 175 coaches are powered, so in theory you might be able to re-form 2x 3-coach as one 4-coach and one 2-coach, though no doubt it would require some head-scratching engineering.

Long-distance regional lines like this are always a bit of a cinderella - destined to be getting cast-offs forever, unless a Fairy Godmother arrives (like the Welsh Assembly...). The glut of new-build orders over the past few years, coupled with the first signs of a ridership downturn in several parts of the network, means that there'll be a lot of fairly recent units going spare.

(The next CrossCountry franchise is going to be particularly interesting from a rolling stock POV!)
9  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: 165/166s on this route on: August 30, 2018, 10:09:36 am
Personally I would have rather had the Class 180s being moved over to the Cardiff - Portsmouth route, fixed 5 coach units and perfect for the job.

Is there much 125mph track between Cardiff and Portsmouth?

(The 175s are likely to become available in 2021/2022, of course, and half the 185 fleet is without a home...)
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: One from the wife on: August 28, 2018, 08:08:59 pm
My wife posted this to the Disused Stations Facebook page, and they have called it as Pittington station in Durham -
That looks like a mighty fine chocolate pudding!

(you'll have to be a member of the Disused Stations group to see what I mean...)
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: One from the wife on: August 28, 2018, 09:30:12 am
Thereís a Disused Stations group on Facebleurgh that would probably be able to locate it if the esteemed Mr Hummís followers canít!
12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Holiday! on: August 12, 2018, 07:38:39 am
The modern(er) railway seems to be characterised by long and stark ramps.

Holds hand up in admission.   Been on holiday to the Birmingham Canal Navigations - including canals up to the Walsall area.

We did the BCN Challenge a couple of years ago including the Perry Barr Flight. The Tame Valley is actually a surprisingly beautiful canal, but possibly the least boated on the BCN, and that's saying something!

(But basset44 has definitely got it - slightly annoyed I didn't spot that myself as I've passed through Ludlow a hundred times...)
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Holiday! on: August 11, 2018, 11:40:21 pm
I know it isn't (partly because there's a station sign in Arriva Trains Wales colours, and partly because who would go there on their holidays) but the ramp in 1 is ever so like Perry Barr in the West Midlands.
14  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: 'New' destinations for Cross Country services* on: August 08, 2018, 10:47:13 am
A pleasant surprise the other week when I had a meeting in Burton-on-Trent and could get direct trains there and back from Oxford. Especially so because the loadings were significantly less than usual for CrossCountry, so I could actually get a table and do some work, never mind a seat.
15  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Cotswold Line - 2018 cancellation and amendments log on: August 06, 2018, 09:59:16 am
I wonder what happened with the last train home yesterday? The Wilderness Festival organisers were tweeting that it was cancelled:

but RTT shows that it ran an hour late:

(Ironically an hour's delay would probably have made it more attractive to festival-goers!)
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