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1  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Henley Royal Regatta extra services 2021 on: August 11, 2021, 07:21:49 am
Very much looking forward to Regatta this week and of course travelling to the riverbank festivities by train. Glad that there is still flex in the Turbo fleet to run the usual 7 car set on Saturday, with 4 cars doing the honours for the other 4 days (the most that can fit in the bay at Twyford). On Saturday the sevice has to use platform 4 at Twyford (the up relief) and skip Wargrave as the platform isn't long enough. There also appears to be a solitary through service to Paddington at 0100 on Sunday morning taking just 37 minutes:

https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/service/gb-nr:V80905/2021-08-15/detailed

One of the fastest ever timetabled through trains from the branch I would suggest and perhaps the first since the regular through running ended in late 2017.

Thinking ahead to when we get the 769s - will they be able to operate in multiple? Could an 8 car 769 run on the branch on Regatta Saturday in the future? (8 car 769 is a tad shorter than a 7 car 165/6 by my calculation).
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: Cholsey and Wallingford Railway - between Didcot Parkway and Reading on: August 11, 2021, 05:43:08 am
Yes thankfully we don't have to pay for the repairs required to the crossing. All sorts of hi-viz clad experts from various bodies have been crawling over it in the last few months - hopefully it won't be long until the actual work starts. The council must be paying out quite a lot of money for an operative to man the crossing everytime we run at the moment.
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: Cholsey and Wallingford Railway - between Didcot Parkway and Reading on: July 02, 2021, 12:17:30 pm
So proud of our little line last weekend. We officially opened the Maidenhead canopy at the new Wallingford Station on Friday 25th with 'Railway Royalty' including Sir Peter Hendy, Tim Dunn, Lady McAlpine, Mark Hopwood, Lord Bradshaw and of course many of our amazing volunteers! We've still got lots to do, but there is a great can do attitude around the place at the moment and some great people. Oh and we sold over 6000 tickets in the first week for Polar Express too!

There was a nice bit of coverage on BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page) South Today last night. Scroll to 09:41, but be quick as I think it only stay up until 6.30pm this evening www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000xjk1

There is also this article https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-57682265

4612 is with us until the end of the month so do come and have a ride!
4  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: Cholsey and Wallingford Railway - between Didcot Parkway and Reading on: February 25, 2021, 07:04:59 am
I've recently become involved again with the C&WR (I'm the new membership secretary) and, after a number of years treading water, I'm delighted with recent progress and Mark Hopwood becoming President. The canopy has been done beautifully and good progress is being made paving the platform, which will make a huge difference. Plans are at long last being made to build some permanent station buildings and move away from the portacabins. A strip of land was acquired when Lidl was built next door, which will allow the construction of a much needed runround loop in the next year or two.

The 'Coffee Stop' which was at Cholsey Station pre-Covid has moved to Wallingford and is very proving popular opening Tuesday - Saturday for takeaway. We are hoping to make this a more permanent arrangement in the future and provide outdoor seating when resrictions ease.

A grand opening of the canopy is being planned for the summer, hopefully with a suitable GW (Great Western) steam loco. Do pay us a visit if you can or why not join up to stay in touch and benefit from travel concessions? https://www.cholsey-wallingford-railway.com/membership
5  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Gunnislake Line - Summary of services from December 2020 on: November 23, 2020, 10:16:55 pm
That first round trip M-F seems very early - does it get much custom?
6  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Reading to Heathrow link on: September 24, 2020, 09:14:29 am
So what is all of the work going on the the field on the down side of the line between Langley and Iver? I was hoping it was related to this scheme, but if planning hasn't been approved then presumably not. This got the go ahead 5+ years ago - disappointing that planning hasn't even been gained yet for what is more or less a totally underground railway.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: GWR Fare changes September 2020 on: August 15, 2020, 07:10:23 pm
I saw this on the other forum as well, but struggling to find more details. Especially interested in the Twyford/Maidenhead/Slough restriction changes and the new super off-peak fares between Taunton and Reading.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Contactless Payment on GWR services to Reading on: June 22, 2020, 07:20:24 pm
Just seen that capping has now been activated (and backdated) for contactless fares out west. A table has been put up on the excellent Oyster (Smartcard system used by passengers on Transport for London services) Rail website:

https://www.oyster-rail.org.uk/2020/05/capping-to-reading-luton-airport-etc/

They don't seem particularly surprising and don't seem to offer any major savings over paper tickets - unless anyone can see anything I haven't (have to admit I have mainly looked at Twyford as that is where I will be commuting from soon).
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: West Somerset Railway - heritage line, Bishops Lydeard to Minehead - merged topic, ongoing discu on: June 20, 2020, 06:00:15 pm
The unease on the WSR continues with over 500 signing this open letter:

https://www.change.org/p/west-somerset-railway-plc-plc-open-letter-to-the-west-somerset-railway-plc-wsra-and-wssrt
10  Journey by Journey / North Downs Line / Re: Gatwick Express services suspended tuesday 09th july 2019 on: July 11, 2019, 08:13:41 am
I've certainly not blocked you Grahame, so I'm unsure why you couldn't see it (in fact I have just followed you).
11  Journey by Journey / North Downs Line / Re: Gatwick Express services suspended tuesday 09th july 2019 on: July 09, 2019, 05:03:44 pm
I passed this on my way to work this morning:

https://twitter.com/downrelief/status/1148495076932411397

One of my most popular ever tweets!
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: GWR IET diagrams. on: December 26, 2017, 11:39:35 am
Anyone know which services from Paddington will be an IET (Intercity Express Train) this Friday 29th December? I have the return portion of a Taunton - Paddington Super Off Peak return which I think is valid via Bristol as well, so might give one a try if the timings work.

Thanks in advance!
13  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Welcome - South Western Railways on: August 23, 2017, 12:38:18 pm
Just wondering what is happening with the 6 free weekend tickets a year for season ticket holders? From what I can see on the website it seems like they won't be doing it anymore, but can we use up the ones we have already?
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: July 06, 2017, 11:44:04 pm
I was supposed to get the 1835 to Taunton. Didn't fancy a cramped and sweaty Waterloo train so hung around for a couple of beers. Eventually got on the wedged 2045 to Bristol which was the first High Speed Train (HST (High Speed Train)) out of PAD» (Paddington (London) - next trains). I was on the bridge so beat the stampede  a and got a seat - thankfully in a coach with AC (several coaches were sweat boxes I hear). We lost loads of time on the way West, but connected with the 2306 to Exeter. Should get to Taunton just after midnight - not looking forward to the ride to Lydeard in the dark. Was hoping to do it in the light and have a pint in the Lethbridge. Ho hum!

Edit: VickiS - Clarifying Acronym
15  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: UEFA Champions League Final June 3rd on: May 12, 2017, 09:50:58 pm
I'd heard a rumor about the Weymouth train on 3rd June as well. Is it too much to hope for a 37?! I have the day off work and think I'll be making a trip to the seaside if this happens.
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