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1  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: HST Laira, Bristol, Crewkerne and Exeter to Stoke Gifford on: Today at 12:21:46 pm
"Were they worried it was going to slip down the hill?"

I am not sure, but I believe that there has, for many years, been a restriction on trains leaving Central until the platform at St Davids is empty. If I am right, then it is not a new fear.
I think I saw a comment somewhere that the worry was gauge clearance with respect to the platform ends at Exeter St David’s for trains to/from the curve.  Can’t remember where I saw it though. 

2  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Summer 19 Timetable on: Yesterday at 06:38:12 pm
AFAICS the new 1O72 runs Salisbury to Waterloo in a currently unused xx47 path, and then returns as an additional 2250 service to Salisbury,  2F71.

3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Orange Zones - Swindon on: January 19, 2019, 03:32:46 pm
Wasn't this used in the days of British rail. Then abandoned by TOC's. Now just never been removed at Swindon.
Red zones and white zones work well.  See opening credits of Airplane...

4  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Summer 19 Timetable on: January 19, 2019, 12:05:21 pm
There don't appear to be any significant changes on the Weymouth line and I haven't checked any others.  SWR did suggest that they would do the Westbury improvements asap.  They don't really affect any other services to any extent and there are no changes east of Salisbury
...apart from the Sunday morning and afternoon Salisbury to Reading service?  Here’s the up service listing:
And the down service list:

I’ve had confirmation that (apart from the Romsey rounders) there are no longer any 158s or 159s diagrammed in the Hampshire area, which allows for a number of WofE services to be strengthened at various times of the day.  All those oddities, such as Winchester to Totton, and some early and late trains between Basingstoke and Portsmouth will be operated by 450s. 

DMUs operating entirely over third rail have been a bit of an embarrassment IMHO, but to be fair they have been steadily reducing in the last 3 years or so, with Lymington ending last month as is generally known.

5  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: HS2 Downgrade on: January 15, 2019, 05:28:40 pm
Apparently, this report is based on the recent All Parliamentary Rail Group meeting last week in the Copmmons. Does Hansard record these Group meetings?
Modern Railways this month seems to have reported this story quoting a meeting of the same group in November.  I think I’m going with old news...

6  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Officially 5 cars? on: January 11, 2019, 10:49:03 am
My main experience over the years is on the Southampton to Portsmouth Harbour stretch of the route, and I’d estimate that sometimes about 25-30% of those on the train don’t pass through Southampton.  It will be interesting to see if the forthcoming SWR fast service between Portsmouth and Southampton, which will take a similar time but in a 450, will draw many passengers away from the GWR services. 

I guess much will depend on how it fits in with respect to changes to/from other services at Southampton?  Certainly with 5 services between Cosham or Fareham and Southampton (including the SWR all stations, and the 2 Southerns), there’s no obvious reason to choose the GWR over the 3 that will be one stop at Swanwick.  Being EMUs they should be as fast including the stop.

7  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Officially 5 cars? on: January 08, 2019, 08:36:49 pm
Warminster 1 o'clock this afternoon.

Two 16?s nailed together heading to Cardiff.  A two car 150 heading for Portsmouth Harbour.

Progress ??
Yes, but walking before running.  There are just supposed to be two sets of 165/166 diagrammed daily, but they haven’t enough to run them both at 5 car.

You’d have also seen a 3 car (166213) at about 1500.  Stated elsewhere they are supposed to be running daily at 0730, 0930, 1530, and 1730 from Cardiff, and 1123, 1323, 1923 and 2123 from Portsmouth Harbour.

8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: January 06, 2019, 01:00:55 pm
I've just read of a, hopefully very rare, OHLE failure – the line somehow broke and fell on to a train in Krakow central station. No injuries reported. Hopefully we won't see that happening here!
It happened in one of the St Pancras HS1 platforms in a few years ago, there’s a RAIB report about it.

9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: January 03, 2019, 12:01:21 pm
Five years late?  More like two years late isn’t it?
When it was announced, wasnt it completely out of the blue, and no advance planning or design work whatsoever had started because ‘the railway’ was expecting the MML to be wired? 

10  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: First bus Saturday services-shouldn't Saturday terms and conditions apply ? on: December 26, 2018, 12:37:09 pm
I haven't checked this year but last year not all rail operators relaxed restrictions between Christmas and New year
They never do, IIRC.  It’s only really the main intercity operators that routinely do this, most (if not all) London commuter operators don’t relax restrictions.   Can’t say for northern areas...

11  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Drones cause Gatwick chaos. 20/12/2018, ongoing. on: December 23, 2018, 03:47:56 pm
Telegraph online reporting they've been released without charge....were arrested on a tip off, rather than caught red-handed.

An anonymous tip-off phoned in by a local drone enthusiast, surely not?   Grin

12  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Bristol Temple Meads Station redevelopment on: December 19, 2018, 09:51:14 pm
Re “junction lighting” mentioned above - it is permanent low level lighting in the vicinity of S&C units to allow regular maintenance overnight without having to worry about taking portable lighting to the site.

IIRC the first major installations were at some junctions on the WCML.

13  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: XC Dawlish cancellations now beyond a joke! on: December 18, 2018, 05:26:55 pm
Wrong type of all year round drizzle...   Grin

14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Crossrail - The Elizabeth Line - ongoing discussion, merged topics on: December 15, 2018, 11:57:55 am
I have heard a rumour that the Reading / Padd locals could be operated by TfL 345 next year ahead of Crossrail opening, this would release a number 387 diagrams probably sufficient to meet the HEX requirement, also would increase the passenger carrying capacity, would not require addition platforms at Padd or Reading and also generate revenue for TfL...

It’s in the latest TfL business plan apparently, according to reports elsewhere, so slightly more than rumour.

15  All across the Great Western territory / Smoke and Mirrors / Re: Call / data centre response time on: December 15, 2018, 11:31:44 am
August 1989 I walked into the Royal Navy recruitment centre in Taunton. I had my aptitude tests, medical and final interview within 6 weeks.

RN didn't want me, but that's another story...
I was in 5 weeks after first enquiring.  Early December ‘71 advised by school that 6th form had been a mistake.  Roll Eyes  Arrived at Torpoint early January 1972.

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