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1  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: 2024 Delays and Cancellations - North Cotswold Line on: February 02, 2024, 16:30:02
And then the next three services:

1612 from Paddington (1645 Oxford) running 22 late and will apparently be omitting Hanborough, Charlbury, Kingham, Pershore, Honeybourne.

Halts train (1723 Oxford) is cancelled.

1658 from Paddington (1746 Oxford) is running... and is a 5-car.

Seriously??? A service is cancelled, the next one misses out two of the busiest stops between Oxford and Worcester, and the one after is cancelled! So passengers for these stations who were hoping to catch the 16:18 from Oxford will have to wait until 17:46!

Some taxis were laid on, which is better than nothing. I think (via a second-hand report) that there may have been a concern about the IET (Intercity Express Train) driver reaching their maximum allowed hours. Omitting the stops, plus the booked dwell at Evesham, meant that the 1612 was running to time by Worcester.

Slightly surprised that the busy West Oxfordshire stops were omitted rather than running late throughout and capeing it at Worcester, but I confess I've not looked at the single line utilisation to see if that would work.
2  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: 2024 Delays and Cancellations - North Cotswold Line on: February 01, 2024, 16:52:33
And then the next three services:

1612 from Paddington (1645 Oxford) running 22 late and will apparently be omitting Hanborough, Charlbury, Kingham, Pershore, Honeybourne.

Halts train (1723 Oxford) is cancelled.

1658 from Paddington (1746 Oxford) is running... and is a 5-car.
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Railway History and related topics / Re: Rob Coles on: January 26, 2024, 18:22:42
Oh, that's very sad. He was our "eyes on the ground" for the western Kennet & Avon when I was editing Waterways World. Really lovely man. Thank you for posting this, Mark.
4  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: "Government doesn't really care" says Simon Calder on: January 22, 2024, 10:33:25
He reputedly does use LNER» (London North Eastern Railway - about) quite often on the way to/from his Richmond constituency. I guess Prime Minister is one of the jobs which pays enough to afford the new LNER fares.
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles on: January 19, 2024, 09:29:51
Not a stock photo, but worth noting as a rather spectacular goof by a well-known writer.

Here's Giles Coren in the Times reviewing Charlbury's gastropub, the Bull. He spends quite a lot of time talking about Adlestrop:

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And now, when we finally did get there, it was cold and wet and grey with not a cloudlet or a haycock to be seen. But it was beautiful, just the same. Though the station is long gone, the branch line closed since before I was born, and all that remains is the station sign, mounted now on a bus stop as you drive into the village.

I know Cotswold Line punctuality hasn't been great recently, but "closed" is taking it a bit far.

(Later in the same article, he finally gets round to writing about the Bull. "Without restaurants in pubs, there would be no pubs at all in the countryside now. Just like there are no goddam railway stations." Charlbury, of course, has both a railway station and two pubs-which-aren't-restaurants. One of them, the Rose & Crown, is literally over the road from the Bull. Coren probably parked his Land Rover on the double yellows outside it.)
6  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Surface Foot Passenger routes to the European Mainland on: January 19, 2024, 09:17:53
Harwich–Hook of Holland is easy. At Harwich, the station and ferry terminal are the same building. At Hook of Holland, you walk down the ramp (which admittedly is very long) into the terminal building; the metro station is just over the road.
7  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: Last train to Cwmbargoed on: January 15, 2024, 16:03:58
A proposal has been kicking around (supported by the local councils) to extend the line a mile or two further north, to a new Park & Ride by Dowlais Top. But I'd be surprised if it happens.
8  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Estimates of station usage 22-23 on: January 11, 2024, 18:13:55
Anecdotally, lots of previously five-days-a-week Charlbury passengers are now working from home much, or indeed most, of the time. I suspect the demographics of the place are particularly susceptible to that.

The ongoing carnage that is Oxford traffic has probably done Hanborough custom a lot of good too!
9  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Sheffield-London train service plans revealed by FirstGroup on: January 08, 2024, 21:23:10
On a smaller scale, and no longer applicable since its transfer to the Overground: all the intermediate stations on the South London Line, with its early overhead electrification and latterly its 2-EPBs shuttling between London Bridge and Victoria.

If we're doing "no longer applicable"... Charlbury, Kingham, Moreton-in-Marsh, Evesham, Worcester Shrub Hill.

(There was a 1980s Saturday service that ran Paddington-Oxford-Worcester-Birmingham-Banbury-Oxford-Paddington, and another the other way round.)
10  Journey by Journey / To Oxford, Didcot and Reading from West / Re: New Oxford - Bristol Service Starting Sept 14th 2024 on: January 03, 2024, 16:57:40
I'm sure you're right that it's replacing a Turbo service - you wouldn't stop at Appleford otherwise! So the Didcot call supplies connections to/from the Thames Valley local stations.

Interested to see (in the Clarion's second tweet) that GWR (Great Western Railway) are citing "consistent country-end overcrowding experienced on Bristol–London Paddington services".
11  Journey by Journey / To Oxford, Didcot and Reading from West / Re: New Oxford - Bristol Service Starting Sept 14th 2024 on: January 03, 2024, 13:22:40
That's fantastic news. Let's hope it's the start of a fuller service.

Even as someone who used the old Thames/FGW (First Great Western) service when it ran, I have been genuinely surprised several times recently by the number of people you can see at Didcot making their way between Bristol trains and Oxford Turbos.
12  All across the Great Western territory / Active travel: Cyclists and walkers, including how the railways deal with them / Re: How is your bike navigation? on: December 31, 2023, 20:54:36
CycleStreets, Kamoot, OpenCycleMap, but possibly not Google.

Ahem.

Richard
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13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Southampton Central now on Myanmar time. on: December 21, 2023, 08:51:35
“The dMS service at Platform 3 is in upside down formation. First class is at the bottom”
14  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: Estimates of station usage: April 2022 to March 2023 on: December 14, 2023, 14:15:51
Very impressive showing for Worcestershire Parkway.
15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: OTD + AQ / Underground - 14th December (1896) - Glasgow and where? on: December 14, 2023, 09:17:59
4 is Verney Junction on the former Metropolitan Line and, now, East West Rail. (Though I suspect it doesn't look like that right now!)
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