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1  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: My final ride on a full length HST? on: Yesterday at 06:31:58 pm
Confirmed in the list I linked to its not an HST anymore.  Saw 5A08 go to North Pole depot this morning on RTT.
2  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: GWR Staff Association clubs on: Yesterday at 03:40:44 pm
It may surprise some, given the railway status of the place these days, that there was until fairly recently a BR(WR)SA branch at Honeybourne.  Last time I checked, it was still going as a social club, but no longer connected with railways

[Edit:  It's still functioning. The club's Facebook page claims a 60 year heritage]

Yes, Honeybourne used to be quite a 'railway town' for a village! The station was a junction with no less than four signalboxes.
It once had five boxes but North Loop closed in 1933.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2019 to 2045 / Re: Williams Rail Review on: Yesterday at 01:56:12 pm
I haven't read it yet and its a bit long to quote here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/keith-williams-at-accelerate-rail-2019
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: My final ride on a full length HST? on: Yesterday at 01:45:31 pm
Details of the rundown can be found here (Health Warning: Only good as todays news):
https://www.125group.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/HST-Diags-GWR.pdf
5  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: New Railway Switch Developed on: March 18, 2019, 03:12:34 pm
It reduces friction (obviously) during the switching travel but its a sure bet something will get wedged under the switch rail once its lifted...... Roll Eyes

After nearly 50 years in the S&T industry I can tell you the best way to stop such failures is to maintain the points properly in the first place! Grin

There's a video here showing it in operation:
https://youtu.be/kZASTbnkjgQ

Good to see some hi-tech rolling stock in that............


6  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Bristol Temple Meads Station redevelopment on: March 17, 2019, 03:42:02 pm
Thanks for posting that RS.  Looks as though it might be all gone by the next time I'm likely to pass by at the begining of May.
7  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Westbury Station Car Park extension on: March 16, 2019, 07:24:46 pm
Thats interesting because the APCOA parking rule at my local station is 24 hours from the time you pay.

Same here if you pay by phone, but not if you pay at the machine!

Ah.  I'll have a look at the sign next time I go down.
8  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Westbury Station Car Park extension on: March 16, 2019, 05:24:52 pm
Thats interesting because the APCOA parking rule at my local station is 24 hours from the time you pay.
9  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / End of an Era in North Devon - Appledore Shipyard Closure 15/03/2019 on: March 15, 2019, 07:39:51 pm
A very sad day (again) for British industry......

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/mar/08/appledore-shipyard-closure-a-loss-of-jobs-skills-and-way-of-life
10  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Bristol Temple Meads Station redevelopment on: March 15, 2019, 04:21:43 pm
How is the PO building demolition going?  Haven't been that way recently to be able to have a look.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: March 15, 2019, 12:46:46 pm
I see they are making that claim AGAIN about Bristol being the biggest resignalling scheme ever undertaken.... Roll Eyes

.....and if they were honest enough, they should state that train performance couldn't have got much worse without bringing the network to a complete standstill.  The only way out of that is of course to get better so no reason to bleat about it.
12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Re: Train travels 57 miles without driver on: March 13, 2019, 06:44:53 pm
Thanks for posting that STUVING.  Absolutely incredible incident.
13  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: HS2 - Government proposals, alternative routes and general discussion on: March 13, 2019, 03:20:09 pm
A bit more on the new OOC station: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28L5LO0LWNk
14  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Delay Repay 15 comes in on GWR on 1st April 2019 on: March 12, 2019, 10:12:14 am
Crikey, they are going to be paying out a lot of money then.  Lots of trains easily get delayed more than 15 minutes between Reading and Paddington purely down to sheer congestion (and thats going to get worse).
15  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: New train deliveries remain stalled as passengers wait on: March 12, 2019, 10:08:25 am
No mention for example of Hull Trains....so thet've 'borrowed' a GWR Castle class HST from the south west in the meantime.

Short set but are they using "Castles" - video I have seen shows (I think) 5 carriages, 1.5 first class, and doors with 'andles on the outside ... but then they may be swapping sets around.

No mention of 802 delays on the Bedwyns

As I understand the current situation (might change tomorrow of course Roll Eyes), is that some of the 'Castle' sets are initially going to be slam door so that they can get them into service earlier (i.e. by the December 2019 timetable change).
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