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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: Commuter services - minimum needs on: Yesterday at 03:36:45 pm
I'm currently staying north of TORONTO in Canada and the train service from my nearest station, BARRIE, is outbound only towards TORONTO approximately every 20 minutes from 0518 to 0718 and inbound only from TORONTO approximately every 30 minutes between 1540 and 1835.  The service is currently being expanded to be an all day service, but infrastructure restrictions (lots of single line sections) prevent that completely at present, so its only run half way along the route at present with buses filling in the remainder of the route.  Note that each service is formed of 10 double deck coaches (sorry, cars) and my limited experience of their use, are usually full and standing (yes, on both decks) when they arrive in TORONTO!  Journey time from BARRIE to TORONTO UNION is about one and three quarter hours (and there is no buffet on board Roll Eyes).
2  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: CrossCountry HST modifications. on: Yesterday at 03:29:19 pm
Saw GW01 in the 'flesh' for the first time last Friday (14/09/2018).  Takes some getting used to seeing two power cars on four coaches Grin
3  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: How to further improve the Cotswold Line on: September 16, 2018, 01:27:12 pm
Yes II, some good work there.  I'm away from home for the next few weeks, so will have a better look at your signalling proposals when I return.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: September 16, 2018, 01:23:31 pm

And the HST to some extent. I can recall the announcement 'the next train will be instead formed of locomotive-hauled coaches' being all too frequent right through the early 1980s, heralding the arrival of some tatty old mixed rake. Or maybe I was just unlucky ...

Yes, but at least some form of train turned up.....
5  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: What happened to the TUCCs / Where do I go these days?? on: September 16, 2018, 01:20:38 pm
Grahame, I thought the Great Western Coffee Shop was the place to go with ideas about forward planning? Wink
6  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Ryanair To Start Exeter Services on: September 16, 2018, 01:27:15 am
Well, us DEVONWALL pensioners do have to have our sun you know Roll Eyes
7  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Addtions to Acronyms/Abbreviations page? on: September 16, 2018, 01:25:42 am
Now I know that I'm old did not understand one word of that !😁

I'm with you on that one WP, but not with Grahame.... Grin
8  Journey by Journey / London to Kennet Valley / Re: Bedwyn Turnback extension for IET on: September 15, 2018, 10:34:39 am
Just unplug the PWay's kettle.  Grin

Bob, surely that should be the S&T kettle..... Tongue Roll Eyes
9  Journey by Journey / London to Kennet Valley / Re: Bedwyn Turnback extension for IET on: September 14, 2018, 05:57:32 pm
There is a large building between the end of the up platform and the bridge which looks to be a relay room, so suspect there is power within 300 yards.
Doh....forgot about the relay room (its an age thing you know).  That would be OK provided the DNO Supply point has the required spare capacity.
10  Journey by Journey / London to Kennet Valley / Re: Bedwyn Turnback extension for IET on: September 14, 2018, 05:39:21 pm
I guess that would be part of a separate renewal project of the S&C?  Or is it relatively straightforward to fit point heaters to existing equipment?

Modern electric heaters consist of strips that are clipped to the outside rail foot, so fairly easy to retrofit.  However, the biggest issue is usually getting a power supply to site (especially in a remote site).  They can't be fed from the signalling power supply (just in case anybody thought of asking ☺).
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Intercity Express Train (IET) failure, near Exeter, 13 September 2018 on: September 14, 2018, 08:21:50 am
Due credit to frontline GWR and XC staff.  They have managed to run a full service to/from the Southwest this morning (14/09/2018), albeit with some minor delays.
12  Journey by Journey / London to Kennet Valley / Re: Bedwyn Turnback extension for IET on: September 14, 2018, 08:14:56 am
Can anyone tell/does anyone know whether point heaters have been fitted to the points and turnback at Bedwyn. The lack of them was apparently the reason why all Bedwyns were cancelled when it was cold in March, due to worries over possibly blocking the main line. Hence canncellations in no snow. NR Sid they were going to.

Can't see any fitted in the photographs Bobm posted earlier in the topic.
13  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Class 802s on: September 13, 2018, 07:17:24 pm
Today's 14:00 ex Penzance formed of 2x5 car 802s has come to a stand with an air leak between Exeter St Davids and Tiverton Parkway.
Thanks Bob.  I had already put details in the IET thread Roll Eyes
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Intercity Express Train (IET) failure, near Exeter, 13 September 2018 on: September 13, 2018, 07:16:12 pm
Tit for tat.  I posted about the single line working before you did Grin
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Intercity Express Train (IET) failure, near Exeter, 13 September 2018 on: September 13, 2018, 07:04:54 pm
2x 5 car IET sat down at Hele & Bradninch between Exeter and Tiverton Parkway. 1A93 1400 Penzance - Paddington. Train stopped around 1710. Stationary nearly two hours.

Total air loss in front set. Single line working in place. Staff on site looking at feasibility of moving passengers into rear set and taking them back to Exeter. Hitachi fitter and BTP on site.

I think this is first major failure of an Class 80x train in passenger service.
...err.  Did you not read my post #943 on the previous page Roll Eyes
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