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1  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Advance Tickets from TPE.......... on: Yesterday at 07:41:36 pm
CCTV is generally only released for solving crime - and usually only to a request from the Police. So I don't think it would be released to the public, even if it was still available.

It can be requested to prove a point.

People in Bristol have had penalty notices for driving in Bus Lanes when they have momentarily switched to a Bus Lane to allow a blue lighter to overtake them. Number Plate Recognition Technology to eager to swell the LA's coffers. A still from the footage was sent to motorists to prove from the councils viewpoint the offence was commited but the video shows the blue light vehicle seconds later, ahm.
2  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Bus and train tickets inter availability, 70 years ago on: January 21, 2019, 10:54:54 pm
I can remember the time when you could get Rail, Bus and Steamer inter available tickets.

Those were the days when the White Funnel fleet of paddle steamers ran from Hotwells but due to tide constraints couldn't return to Hotwells so you could return by the most convenient bus or train service from places like Weston, Clevedon, Penarth, Cardiff, and Barry Island.


3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: The Coffee Shop - planning ahead on: January 20, 2019, 04:32:37 pm
Cant commit myself to attend as I have a family function on an as yet unknown Saturday in February, will it be ok if I attend without giving notice until later, even up the day before ?
4  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Re: Compensation Advice? on: January 14, 2019, 09:33:19 am
BlondeAmbition ;-

READ the DOV.UK site for the small claims court procedure and as I assume you now have correspondence from GWR and send them a "LETTER BEFORE ACTION" which is in effect YOUR deadlock letter and if GWR reply that will be their deadlock letter.

If you are frightened at the thought of court action, don't be, a small claims court action is usually done by correspondence and would rarely end up in a court itself.

Have you tried using the route of approaching Transport Focus. I think that's what they call themselves, to take up your case, Google 'Transport Focus' or their former name 'Transport Focus' or I have heard that there is, or will be set up, a Rail Ombudsman to take up cases like yours.

Keep posting progress or rather lack of it and I am sure the Coffee Shop members will steer you to a resolution one way or another.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Re: Compensation Advice? on: January 13, 2019, 05:12:08 pm
BlondAmbition  :-

Look on GOV.UK for Small Claims Court and consider whether it would be to your advantage to make a claim which if successful will also reimburse you the court fees. In their defence GWR will have to make a full disclosure of the facts which caused the delay to the service you were on. If it was the case of a tree branch knocking a braking system bleed tap open then you could argue that this IS within the control or the rail industry as they failed to ensure that a foreign object hitting the bleed tap to the open position. Of course if it was a 20 ton boulder which had rolled down a nearby mountainside then that WOULD be beyond the control of the rail industry, Don't know facts about your case to make further comment.
6  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: 3rd Feb 2019 - excursion Bristol to Looe on: January 12, 2019, 11:50:00 pm
View

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Lc8zPBqZXE

on YouTube
7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: 3rd Feb 2019 - excursion Bristol to Looe on: January 12, 2019, 11:27:52 pm
I assume looking at the routing that it will traverse the crossover from the mainline to the branch at Liskeard with passengers possibly on board.  Has that happened before?


Yes, it was a few years ago now, a Top and Tailed Pathfinders Tours ramble included the Looe branch in its entirety but it was a case of most pax walking through most of the train to alight at Looe. 
8  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The West - but NOT the West's trains / Re: Tourist (bed) tax for Bath? on: January 12, 2019, 10:11:32 am
A tourist tax is applied on Mallorca. When I went last June it was certainly more than the equivalent of 1 per night although I can't remember the exact figure

Rome had one too when I visited there and it too was more than a a night.
9  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: January 11, 2019, 09:28:24 am
Yep, nearly spilt my coffee as we approached Queen's Square with her pronunciation - so Bristolian.

Really refreshing after all the antiseptic announcements on other buses and trains.

Today was the first time I have seen back to back M1 buses. Missed the first one by seconds (@Broadmead), got ready for a 10+ minute wait but then next bus appeared seconds later.


Lucky you, I was waiting at ASDA in East Street Bedminster 25 minutes for an ostensibly 10 minute interval service on Monday and when an m1 finally arrived the driver was apologetic but explained it was a White Van Man irresponsibly parking his White Van in the highway in West Street Bedminster whilst he made a delivery to two premises there.
10  Journey by Journey / Swindon to Gloucester / Cheltenham / Re: What happens if the alternate sprinter is up to hourly? on: January 09, 2019, 02:22:41 pm
I have also got my thinking cap on, I was wondering whether a service from Birmingham NS to London Paddington could also be added which would run from Birmingham down the line to Westerleigh junction then up to London via Swindon, It would require the curve at Westerleigh to need reinstating. It should at least provide Swindon with a service where people would not need to change, Could also go via Stroud but we would have a lot of trains on this route and would need to made much better, by track relaying and may also need the signals respaced.

There was a plan a few years ago for Virgin Cross Country to run cut down 5 coach HST's from Birmingham New Street to London Paddington via Cheltenham and Swindon and as part of this plan Swindon - Gloucester/Cheltenham services were transferred to Virgin XC but after the transfer it was discovered that there were insufficient paths into the London Terminus so the service was transferred back. I am sure there was a thread on this perhaps the moderators can post a link to that thread.

It would be a VERY remote possibility to re-instate the east curve at Westerleigh as all the land within what was the Westerleigh triangle is now owned by South Gloucestershire Council and a local community organisation and has partly been developed.
11  Journey by Journey / North Downs Line / Re: A new concept for third rail electrification. on: January 08, 2019, 07:41:17 pm
I think one problem would be that no one would know whether the rail was live or not. People might become accustomed to it not being live and take even more risks. 

More stupid those people then.
12  Journey by Journey / North Downs Line / A new concept for third rail electrification. on: January 08, 2019, 07:11:10 pm
Without wishing to invoke the 'self praise is no recommendation' I have been known to come up with some good ideas in the past but none with such brilliance as to earn me my knighthood but heres hoping this idea will break the famine.

Has it ever been suggested that future third rail electrification schemes be controlled by the signalling system ?

Taking the Reading to Gatwick route for example.

At Wokingham if the route towards Gatwick is electrified and the signalling system was used to energise the routes 'live' rail one signalling section ahead of the train service and de-energised behind the service in conjunction with the signalling aspects rear of the train would that work.

Come on all you experts, tell me why it cant be done and thus deny me that knighthood.

All said with tongue in cheek of course.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Withdrawal of Off Peak Day Branchline Rangers on: January 05, 2019, 12:40:21 am
It seems that GWR have, at the most recent revision, removed the following Ranger tickets from sale

Maritime Line Ranger (Falmouth)
Atlantic Coast Line Ranger (Newquay)
Looe Valley Line Ranger
and
Tamar Valley Line Ranger (Gunnislake)

the only remaining one in Cornwall being St Ives.

A retrograde step in my view.


Is  the ' Ride Cornwall ' day ticket still available
14  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Fare basket to increase by 3% on: January 02, 2019, 07:04:59 pm
I need help to get my head round this one.

All day today news bulletins have stated claims by the government that 98% of fares paid are reinvested in the railways.

Really, whos trying to kid who.

Lets look at the complimentary 2%.

Of my 15.50 Advance Single from Bristol To Paddington is only 0.31 needed to contribute towards GWR's costs of wages, fuel, stock leasing, NR track access, shareholder profit and those things I've not mentioned, not that there has been a First Group dividend for years.

I don't think so.

Perhaps the wallies at the DfT meant to say that 98% of the profits on the railways are reinvested in the industry which is what has been stated in the past I would believe it, not 98% of the farebox.
15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: 2019 Predictions on: January 02, 2019, 10:09:58 am
Further cost rises again push back the re-opening of the Portishead line.
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