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1  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of rolling stock since September 2017 - ongoing problems, and subsequent discussion on: July 11, 2018, 03:53:18 pm
Bedminster & Parsons Street.

Ah, BMT and PSN then!
2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of rolling stock since September 2017 - ongoing problems, and subsequent discussion on: July 11, 2018, 10:13:39 am
Went to catch 2Y24 last night (1612 BPW - WSM) normally a three car set, but due to a shortage of rolling stock an HST was used as a replacement

The look of shock at FIT was brilliant, people not sure whether to board or not, then at BTM it was announced the service was no longer stopping at BED or PST

PST is Prestonpans, but you've got me with BED and BTM, and going via the Edinburgh suburbs seems like an eccentric diversion...

(Please - use real station names!)
3  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: Government changes on: July 09, 2018, 09:22:18 pm
Who would you have instead of Chris Grayling, and what difference would that person make?

From the Conservative party, as per earlier postings, Claire Perry.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: July 06, 2018, 11:17:31 am
Still undecided if the IETs are an improvement on the HSTs. Both have pros and cons. However I am certain they are better than the Voyagers - whether Virginís or Cross Countryís.
Absolutely. Though reliability aside, I'm not sure they're an improvement over the 180s. (Reliability remains to be seen...!)
5  All across the Great Western territory / Other ways to travel: cycle routes, cycles, and how the railways deal with them / Re: New Cycle racks on 165 on: July 05, 2018, 10:36:18 pm
A 2-coach train with 4 bike spaces, vs the new 5-coach trains with 2 bike spaces? Are GWR just making it up as they go along these days?
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: July 04, 2018, 03:44:24 pm
My feelings about downgrading from a buffet to a trolley are well known, but a study of customer reviews suggests that many people expect a buffet on an intercity service, not just me.

It's the worst of both worlds. The same trains are running on intercity services (like London-Penzance) without a full buffet, as well as on outer-commuter services (like London-Oxford) where they waste 20 seats worth of space on an unnecessary kitchen.
7  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Cotswold Line - 2018 cancellation and amendments log on: July 03, 2018, 09:52:27 am
That is against the principle that customers should be expected to pay no more because published timetabled trains don't run.    That principle was set in the context of engineering changes pushing trains from off peak to peak timing, but would seem to me to have been stated by my contact in such a way that it also applies in your case.

I'd (naturally!) agree. I suspect GWR would argue that though the 9.41 was cancelled, I could have caught the 10.08 instead, which as a sub-1 hour delay wouldn't be eligible for compensation. That would have pushed my 10.30 meeting in Reading later, so I'd have to return later... and therefore buy an Anytime Return to catch the evening peak. Pretty much damned either way!
8  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Cotswold Line - 2018 cancellation and amendments log on: July 02, 2018, 04:17:06 pm
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08:25 Worcester Foregate Street to London Paddington due 10:57 will be cancelled.
This is due to a problem currently under investigation.

Spotted this at 08.19 this morning. Just enough time to jump on the bike and get down to Charlbury station to catch the train the hour before. @GWRHelp informs me that no, I'm not eligible for a refund of the difference between the SVR I needed to buy, and the CDR I would have bought had the train been running...  Angry
9  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Re: Competing Channel tunnel trains? on: July 01, 2018, 08:58:24 pm
There's a report in the Journal de Dimanche today saying the channel tunnel company (currently called Getlink, for some reason)

GET for Groupe EuroTunnel, apparently...
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Two dozen days, 24 locations to identify on: June 26, 2018, 10:21:03 am
Our two-year old has identified no 6 as "Tom train!".

I'm not sure that was the answer you were looking for though.  Grin
11  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: Public Consultation on next Cross Country franchise on: June 25, 2018, 11:54:58 am
The former VXC services that called at Gatwick didn't use the North Downs Lines though. They ran via the GWML to Acton then onto Kensington Olympia and Brighton, calling at Gatwick.

There were both: some via London, some via the North Downs. All chronicled in remarkable detail at http://www.1s76.com/ .
12  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Class 800s to Cheltenham & Hereford wef 25/06/2018 on: June 21, 2018, 09:44:01 am
0825 from Worcester to Paddington today was a 9-car - first one Iíve encountered on the line.
13  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Cotswold Line - 2018 cancellation and amendments log on: June 20, 2018, 09:55:40 am
The following HST made an additional stop at Shipton (and was standing room only by Oxford).
14  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Same-day Advance fare trial on GWR on: June 19, 2018, 09:05:44 am
They will NOT have a specific seat reserved, but WILL be booked train only.

That, at least, is something. The horrid experience on CrossCountry where unreserved passengers can be turfed out of their seat mid-journey, or the "ggf freigeben" equivalent on DB, adds needless stress to a journey.

That said, GWR offering same-day advances just reinforces my impression that they are just not very good at doing yield management through walk-ups, as the Cotswold fare changes demonstrated.
15  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: TPE to run trains without wheelchair provision on: June 13, 2018, 11:13:53 am
https://www.tpexpress.co.uk/media-centre/mark-3-statement
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