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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Advent quiz 2019 on: Today at 08:40:26 pm

I could be that specific because I was there that day too. It was the day grahame and I won the pub quiz in Bonapartes.



2  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: 17th December 2018 - the start of toll free Severn Bridges on: Today at 07:04:38 pm
Plenty of derelict railway land at The Beach for car parking though.
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Advent quiz 2019 on: Today at 07:00:27 pm
15.2: April 27th 2012.

Around 6pm!
4  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Virgin Trains scraps Friday afternoon peak restrictions from Euston on: Today at 10:37:46 am
Announcements through the train before it left that "this is a peak train", and that only anytime tickets were valid all the way to Swansea, and not off peak or super off peak.   

Which is, of course, incorrect. Off Peak Day Returns from Didcot to certain stations outside Greater London, in Kent, Essex and Hertfordshire, would be valid on the 1814 Swansea train.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Smoke and Mirrors / Re: Call / data centre response time on: Today at 10:22:59 am
August 1989 I walked into the Royal Navy recruitment centre in Taunton. I had my aptitude tests, medical and final interview within 6 weeks.

RN didn't want me, but that's another story...
6  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Advent quiz 2019 on: Today at 09:16:19 am
15.2: April 27th 2012.
7  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Bristol Temple Meads Station redevelopment on: Yesterday at 07:32:08 pm
What's happened to the side entrance to Bonapartes? Is there a fenced entrance to the door, similar to that opposite for access to the staff facilities.

If not then said door would have to be locked lest walking through Bonapartes bypasses the gateline.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Closure of Old Oak Common (81A) December 2018 on: Yesterday at 07:14:13 pm
A musical tribute to 81A Old Oak Common with some excellent footage of the depot, staff and the final HST.


Credit: Richard Knight.
9  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Level Crossing Collision - Gunnislake Branch 13 December 2018 on: Yesterday at 01:53:18 pm
That's what official investigations should find out.

Uninformed speculation, such as suggesting the van driver was "driving like hell" and he/she "missed the crossing lights" that weren't even there isn't at all helpful and won't provide answers as to why the incident occurred.

It's highly unlikely that anyone on this forum can answer the "why did it happen?" question.
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Advent quiz 2019 on: Yesterday at 01:39:51 pm
I concur. Taunton in 14.1.

The Great Western Hotel (soon to reopen as a hotel) in the background on the other side of Station Road.
11  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: NR/RIBA Footbridge Design Ideas Competition on: Yesterday at 01:34:18 pm
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... social engine...

What on earth is one of them?
12  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Level Crossing Collision - Gunnislake Branch 13 December 2018 on: Yesterday at 01:26:02 pm
Maybe its time to fit all crossings with gates, you would have thought brussels would have insisted on that. Lastly never seen a crossing without lights,

There are dozens of open crossings without lights in the UK. And I suspect many hundreds, if not thousands, across the EU. Blaming Brussels for not insisting they are changed seems to me just a misguided dig at the EU.

Open crossings without lights are perfectly safe when used properly. Having or not having such crossings is not a political issue.
13  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: 30th Anniversary of Clapham Rail Crash on: December 12, 2018, 08:09:18 pm
The report into the disaster is freely available online.

http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/docsummary.php?docID=36
14  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Return going via different routes on: December 12, 2018, 08:03:31 pm
Iím looking at travelling out around 8.30/ 9.30, return the next day around 11.00.

In which case only the Anytime Return will suffice if you want to break your outward journey overnight at Stroud.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Return going via different routes on: December 12, 2018, 06:55:08 pm
Salisbury to Cheltenham Spa is valid via either Swindon/Stroud or Bath/Bristol.

You are free to travel out via one route and back via another. Journey Planners don't have the facility to show different routes for each leg.

Break of journey on either or both legs is permitted. If you are breaking your journey on the outward leg on an Off Peak Return then travel must be completed the same day (actually until 0429 the next morning). If you are breaking your outward  journey on an Anytime Return then the outward portion is valid for five days (actually until 0429 on day six). Both the Off Peak Return and Anytime Return return portions are valid for one calendar month. Break of journey on the return portion can be made any time during that validity, obeying any time restrictions applicable to the Off Peak Return.

There could be a small saving to be made with split tickets if your journey is a a day return. What are your specific travel times?
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