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1  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: Today at 08:31:47 pm
More negative press comment :-

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/new-metrobus-route-take-longer-1916133

Not at least a bit surprised.
2  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: SLEEPER VIA MELKSHAM TONIGHT on: Yesterday at 08:17:23 pm
Is it usual for the Sunday night sleeper to be routed via MELKSHAM?
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/C41400/2018/08/19/advanced

.... and tonights is also routed via Yeovil too.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: Imber bus on: Yesterday at 01:38:33 pm
One of the family members I took yesterday has recently had promotion at work, the unit she was working in having been split and she has been appointed to manage the Worcester half in Worcester which previously had been managed from Gloucester where she was located. Her moans about GWR frequently cancelling the Great Malvern service to and from Gloucester were much in evident when we got back to Warminster from Imber an hour earlier than I had planned (more on this below) to see the second next train to Bristol cancelled, the one which we would have got if we has stuck to my timetable for the day.

In the morning on arrival at Warminster the six of us were in the rear coach of a 3 car 166 and thus our exit from the unit was just by the stairs to the station foot bridge and we were amongst the first to use the footbridge and there were buses still loading in the station forecourt. It transpired that the departure was delayed to allow a connection to be made off our train and to top it all I had 5 adult and 1 child tickets dispensed from the conductors ticket machine and later in the journey to Gore Cross the conductor handed us all this years souvenir Day Tickets which had mysteriously disappeared and then reappeared during the course of the journey. Previously the tickets were purchased on the forecourt at Warminster but the person assigned to this task this year was caught short and had to respond to a call of nature at the time of our arrival. Thus we were now running an hour ahead of our scheduled (fall back) itinerary.

Whilst on this thread I was told that last years event made over 12,000 in donations to the two charities that benefit from the event, The British Legion (Help for Heros) and the Friends of St. Giles Church, Imber.

Also a feature of this years event besides the new Gore Cross Bus Station an area beyond Imber village was commandeered to act as a Park and Ride which buses on their journey to Gore Cross entered from the road but exited over a Bailey Bridge to regain the main highway.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: Imber bus on: Yesterday at 11:25:05 am
Ah, that's another destination display which I didn't see, I saw the one "Imber 23A".
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: Yesterday at 11:04:12 am
What happens to pedestrians who want to cross when they are locked out of use?

They climb over the gate, listen, look both ways and if the lines clear cross, climb over the other gate, no problem.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: Imber bus on: Yesterday at 10:57:10 am


Grahame, good day also for First to promote their "D" Discovery routes and vehicles, pity you didn't photo that bus with "Imber" up front, now that would have been a "discovery".

I cannot add any more commendations to those already made by yourself and others on this thread. The other person you were talking to at Imber when I met you is an old acquaintance of mine from South Glos Council / Yate Station Group.

My 5 family members who were with me thoroughly enjoyed the day especially the 11 year old whose day was made when he was invited to sit in the police cars drivers seat.

As you may have noted, the bus we arrived on at the Imber, St Giles Church stop also conveyed DR and I volunteered my nephew, who is less than half my age, to give him a "booster push" up to the inclined path to and into the church in his wheelchair where we left him deep in conversation with others. He would have had "natural assistance, gravity" to return to the Imber St. Giles Church bus stop.

DR narrated to my nephew the role of the police in the first IMBERBUS. He told him that over a hundred officers were deployed from the MOD, BTP and the local constabulary as there were fears the public would ignore the warnings and no entry notices and go where they weren't supposed to. Yesterdays event had just six officers present.

It was also nice to see that the access path to the church had been greatly improved which seems to be a virtually new construction since I last visited the church area 2 years ago, I presume funded by the donations of previous IMBERBUS days particularly the handrails up the steepest part of the path leading to the church porch itself which was particularly helpful to the older visitors.


7  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: Imber bus on: August 17, 2018, 10:42:53 am
I'll be there. Three relatives travelling down today from Kendal, Cumbria and staying with relatives in Gloucester tonight and I'm joining the 5 of them on the 0910 from Yate, table for 6 booked for lunch at Churchill Arms, West Lavington. I'll be wearing my DUNEDIN RAILWAYS trainmans cap so lets see who spots who first. The 12 year old from Kendal is really excited to be coming after seeing photos of last years happenings. Hope the weather blesses this years event with the same fine weather as it did last year.
8  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Passengers are ballooning on: August 16, 2018, 07:11:48 am
3Kv DC.

See it's one of the indigenous EN57 EMUs from 1961 to 1993. They rattle and bang their waya round Poland. The last time I travelled on one, the doors started opening as we were running. Some units have been modernised but this an original.
I've never seen the doors opening while moving but I've often seen them fail to close. The warnings to keep away from the doors should be taken seriously!

When I was in Adelaide it was a regular sight to see the commuter trains operating with their sliding doors open. Have a photo somewhere which when I can get round to it I'll hook out, scan and post.
9  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: 1C04 on: August 16, 2018, 07:05:47 am
I can confirm the possibly of an IET on this service as my ticket reservation was for coach J which, of course, does not exist on HST services.  This was corroborated by GWR station staff at RDG (Reading for those of you who don't know (don't want another telling off by Bignosemac with his sarcastic undertones  Wink )) and GWR's social media services.

All things being well, 1C04 WILL be an IET (or rather 2x5-car) from Monday, 20th August


.... and then run as 5 coaches instead of 10 from Tuesday 21st, August.  Grin
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: August 15, 2018, 05:51:54 pm
5 cars for the 1700 to Bristol! Glad I'm only going Reading to Didcot.

Not on journey check. A cynic would suspect a plot.


5 cars in the 1715 to Carmarthen too, does this thicken the plot.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Fare basket to increase by 3% on: August 15, 2018, 11:16:05 am
Does the RPI include the cost of transportation ?

Don't know without googling RPI and CPI but a major difference in the two is RPI includes mortgage costs whereas CPI does not. This is a legacy of Mrs. Thatcher. When wages were steaming ahead during her tenure of No. 10 state pensions were uplifted by the average of wage inflation and so her administration changed the state pension uplift rate to be based on the RPI which was lower until some bright spark looking for promotion to her cabinet pointed out that the RPI included mortgage costs for which most state pensioners did not of course have and so was born the CPI which subsequently became the trigger point for state pension uplifts and was thus the ridicule of the infamous 50p state pension rise in Gordon Browns first budget. This was subsequently revised to the triple lock of the 2010 coalition government which was the higher of, 2 1/2 %, wage inflation or CPI and ever since wage inflation and CPI have remained below 2 1/2 % much to the chagrin of the present administration who have an ongoing exercise to define a fairer method of uprating the state pension, fairer to whom.
12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / New Railway. on: August 15, 2018, 05:35:05 am
Heard on BBC this morning that South Koreas President has said that at his meeting next month with his North Korean opposite number he hopes to sign an agreement to construct a rail link between the two states which will start before the end of the year. No GRIP stage 1, GRIP stage 2, .... GRIP stage n there then, they just get on and FDI.
13  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: How long should it take to clear a failed train off a running line? on: August 14, 2018, 05:44:06 am
The damaged class 52 D1023 "WESTERN FUSILIER"

https://www.rail-online.co.uk/p138684853/h3A143FA7#h2e3d1b29
14  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: How long should it take to clear a failed train off a running line? on: August 14, 2018, 04:43:42 am
That's the one that ran the day before ,the one that I was on from Pad to Bri, and looks like you have it right about it being the tour that hit trouble with cows, I left at Bristol because I'd bunked off school for the day !,and heard later from somewhere that a tour had run into trouble north of Bristol so putting two and two together I must of made five.

Makes a change, I am usually the one that puts three and three together to make five but I do confuse my 3 and 5 year old great nieces when I hold my hands up with my fingers and thumbs spread and ask them how many fingers have I got. When they say ten I say, no eleven, closing my left hand, one - two - three - four - five, then my right hand, ten - nine - eight - seven - six, thrusting my right hand forward, six and, thrusting my left hand forward, five makes eleven, confused looks both.
15  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: Heart of Wessex - not a clever Sunday or Monday start on: August 13, 2018, 10:41:34 pm
In the past there was a BR hostel in Redland, Bristol, not far from Redland Railway Station where rail crew on an out and back turn would stay overnight and would be provided with an evening meal and breakfast, I know, I delivered the bread on my Saturday Job.
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