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1  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2019 - TransWilts cancellation and amendments log on: June 14, 2019, 10:04:57 pm
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12:20 Westbury to Swindon due 13:02
12:20 Westbury to Swindon due 13:02 has been cancelled.
This is due to a fault with the signalling system.
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13:29 Swindon to Westbury due 14:10
13:29 Swindon to Westbury due 14:10 will be cancelled.
This is due to a fault with the signalling system.
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I think the fault with the signalling system may have been the major axle counter system failure at Bristol TM which stopped the job for a good two hours.  When I looked at OTT maps during that failure a number of Porstsmouth-Cardiff trains were being held in the platforms at Westbury so perhaps there was no space for the TRANSWILTS service (or shortage of train crew due to the disruption).
2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Railway: on-board catering, buffets, Travelling Chef, Pullman - ongoing discussion on: June 13, 2019, 10:15:24 am
Interesting...the internal system I have access to said there was no chef available.

Thanks II.  Perhaps they didn't want to upset those sat in Coach L with glass of wine in hand and ready to eat.... Tongue

Once the trolley did arrive (and I was sat only half way down Coach K), it did manage to come through three or four times before reaching journeys end.  And, at least they were able to 'heat up' a few things in the microwave.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Railway: on-board catering, buffets, Travelling Chef, Pullman - ongoing discussion on: June 12, 2019, 11:14:52 pm
…………..heaven help GWR if Broadgage is travelling tonight!  Shocked


19:03 London Paddington to Plymouth due 22:22


Facilities on the 19:03 London Paddington to Plymouth due 22:22.
This is due to a problem currently under investigation.
Catering is reduced - There will be no Pullman Dining Service on this train today. .

Well, I was on it.  It was announced as no hot food available due to non-delivery.  The trolley also didn't come through FC until after Newbury.......
4  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: The state of our infrastructure - UK wide - and service reliability on: June 07, 2019, 04:03:10 pm
Silly question. If line telephone is also solid-state electronics connected to long lengths of wire, why don't they fail as often?

Because the electronics in a signalling system have to 'Fail Safe' and shut down in the event of interference, when in a telephone system it doesn't matter if there is the odd spike or rumble on the line.  Easier to protect the latter.
5  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: St.Erth Park and Ride on: June 07, 2019, 01:40:26 pm
Lesson No.1.  Never put any signalling equipment immediately behind a buffer stop....... Tongue
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: June 07, 2019, 01:36:06 pm
This is what you get when you don't have a full maintenance depot in the far Southwest, in consequence having to send empty units back to London or Bristol...... Roll Eyes
7  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: The Spectator view of Network Rail on: June 07, 2019, 01:29:56 pm
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We don’t hear enough about Network Rail these days. By that I mean that the entity recently described by the Sunday Times as ‘synonymous with incompetence and delays’ doesn’t receive anything like the abuse it deserves for failing to provide the infrastructure essential for a 21st-century railway. I refer you to the Crossrail project, in which the inability of new trains to connect with old Network Rail signalling systems is one reason for the delayed opening that has become a major national embarrassment. I invite you to observe LNER’s expensive new fleet of Azuma bullet trains that were due to launch in December but delayed by incompatibility with Network Rail signals.

Looks as though the Speccy needs to gen up on what NR does too....

Is NR at fault on Crossrail? I don't think they're the project manager, never mind employing the workers on the central section that still isn't ready...

Surely it is the Azuma manufactuirer that has the build the train so that it works on NR infrastructure, not NR's responsibility to change their infrastructure so that Hitachi can run its trains?!!

Really poor examples by the Speccy there!

I don't think your right there.  Crossrail is a very complex project and NR has committed to altering its signalling system to cope.  I believe the trains use standard ETCS so not the trains fault.  More likely NR unable to get its signalling to work with the trains then.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: The Spectator view of Network Rail on: June 07, 2019, 09:21:49 am
Well, having worked for the organisation mentioned (and its predecessors), I can tell you that its no so much incompetence at a technical level, although the skills level is dramatically reduced from a few years ago, but very much about the lack of management skills with a railway background.  You can't run what in effect is a utility company without knowledge of how that utility functions in the environment in which it operates.  Thats the problem, and it really started when privatisation came about in 1994.  Now then, I wonder which government was in power then.......

.....and here is a good example.  Day one of privatisation.  Oh, what are all those thousands of drawings stored away there.  We don't need those and cant afford to keep them.  Get rid of them.  So they did.  One year later, start on new scheme.  We need all the curent records, so can somebody go and get them please......
9  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: The state of our infrastructure - UK wide - and service reliability on: June 06, 2019, 12:41:46 pm
Have their been any thunderstorms in the area over the past few days?.........

There hadn't been to my knowledge ... and think it unlikey in some of the cases.

I think I've mentioned before that modern signalling equipment is very prone to effects of lightning.  Despite many attempts at a permanent cure, there is no such thing as total protection.  So, I'm afraid we will have 'live' with a certain amount of such disruption.
10  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: The state of our infrastructure - UK wide - and service reliability on: June 06, 2019, 11:28:55 am
Have their been any thunderstorms in the area over the past few days?.........
11  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: On This Day, 4 October 1976 - British Rail began its new 125mph High Speed Train (HST) service on: June 03, 2019, 11:08:57 am
Yes, those were the days.  Long hair, flared trousers, notebook in hand and no mobiles..... Grin
12  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Cutdown 125's to operate Penzance to Plymouth clockface service on: June 01, 2019, 08:55:42 pm
Is there a time table I am missing. The trains are not clockface and a few gaps of more than half hour

K lists them from Penzance as 5.05, 5.41, 6.00, 6.35, 6.47, 7.30, 7.41, 8.37, 9.00, 9.25, 10.00, 10.17, 10.51, 11.12, 1141, 12.04, 12.56, 13.25, 14.00, 14.49, 16.00, 16.11, 16.44, 17.10  etc

Already being discussed here: http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=21505.0
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: June 01, 2019, 07:11:28 pm
According to an Industry Insider on the WNXX Forum (no, not our one), the coupling problem is being caused by the electrical connector jamming half way in its housing when being deployed.  So, very much an HITACHI problem.
14  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: New Platform Markings at Reading on: May 31, 2019, 09:51:38 am
When I next go to Reading I'll be listening out for the Twilight Zone then...... Grin Cheesy
15  Journey by Journey / London to Kennet Valley / Re: IETs to Bedwyn initially delayed - now running from May 2019 on: May 30, 2019, 02:35:12 pm
Sorry for the five day delay II. I was referring to the directional signal beneath the main signal. My memories are they were angled to indicate the direction the train was authorised for which is not the case here.

That was a very old 1950/1960s standard.  All signals are installed at 90° to the track they apply to unless a curve is involved, in which case they will be angled so that they are focussed approximately (but not always) to the signals AWS (Automatic Warning System) magnet which is generally positioned 183m on the approach to the signal.

I suspect jdw.wor was referring to another angle - whether the upper light is to the left or right of the lower. I think in the past the two lights of some of these mini-signals (associated, position-light, or whatever) were thought of as miniature route indicators. But that too went out long ago, and now the direction of any points is indicted by a tiny arrow or (as in this case) be a "theatre-type" indicator. In this case its "S" is presumably for siding - there's only one so there is no need to say which side.

It's all in the current version of the official signals picture-book: RSSB Handbook 521 "Signals, Handsignals, Indicators
and Signs" Issue 5
(beware - several old issues are also Googlefindable).

Stuving, I think you need to try to explain that to me again as you have totally confused me...... Roll Eyes
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