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1  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: bignosemac went on a train today! on: Yesterday at 09:56:27 pm
Timestamp shows I missed it by 1 second. bobm was on the ball with a screenshot though. Smiley

2  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: bignosemac went on a train today! on: Yesterday at 09:21:20 pm
One thread drift already. So here's another.

As I post this the time is 2121:21 on the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century.
3  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: bignosemac went on a train today! on: Yesterday at 08:21:43 pm
I never expected a chemistry lesson when I started this thread.  Grin
4  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: bignosemac went on a train today! on: Yesterday at 10:03:19 am
I don't know who the preserved blue ICI tank belongs to, but they need to correct "MAX WORKING PRESSURE 15LBS".  Pressure is Force /Area, so I presume they mean 15LBS/SQ. INCH. 

The ICI wagon is in the Yeovil Railway Centre opposite Yeovil Junction Station.
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Have members any suggestions for new names for GWR stations? on: January 20, 2021, 11:59:47 pm
Hasting of course was named after Hercule Poirot assistant Capt Arthur J M Hastings OBE

Iver named after the famous Welsh steam engine  Grin ............ but the English got the spelling wrong  Roll Eyes

Plymouth named in honour of the famous Gin

Plymouth Navy Strength would be a perfect station name!
6  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Have members any suggestions for new names for GWR stations? on: January 20, 2021, 09:03:00 pm
Camborne Berryman

I think that one should be Camborne Wednesdays.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: A cuppa on Blue Monday - what's your tipple? on: January 20, 2021, 08:59:39 pm
If I'm browsing after the sun is over the yardarm then there will likely be a tipple of some description nearby.

You'll never guess what I'm supping tonight...

8  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: bignosemac went on a train today! on: January 20, 2021, 06:42:22 pm
Finn.

I wisely left him home today. He can't hold a brolly!
9  Journey by Journey / South Western services / bignosemac went on a train today! on: January 20, 2021, 05:59:19 pm
After selling my car in Yeovil today (socially distanced of course) I had to take to public transport to get home. I took the bus out to Yeovil Junction to catch the train back to Templecombe.

I sold the car to realise some much needed funds. And to save on the tax and insurance costs of having it sat doing nothing during lockdown.

As expected, Yeovil Junction, the train and Templecombe were all very quiet. Only myself boarding at Yeovil, just one other person in my chosen carriage, and three of us alighting at Templecombe.

My return to the rails wasn't without hiccup though. SWR welcomed me back with a delay. Multiple axle counter failures between Templecombe and Sherborne. This lead to us being talked past signals and running at reduced speed. My journey time was 29 minutes instead of 14. So, my first rail journey in many months is eligible for Delay Repay. I've done that claim online and donated the payment due to charity. Despite some financial straits I can get by without the ?1.43, 25% of the cost of my ?5.70 single.

It was nice to have a ride on the rails, albeit just a short journey. Thankfully I wasn't going the other way. Flooding has now closed the line between Yeovil Junction and Axminster.

Some pictures.






10  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: G7 Summit - Cornwall - June 2021 on: January 18, 2021, 09:39:51 am
Can the runway at Newquay Airport cope with Air Force One?

I think it more likely that President Biden will arrive in Cornwall on Marine One.
11  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: SWR - crew shortage - West of England trains terminating at Salisbury (previously Basingstoke) on: January 18, 2021, 08:54:55 am
As expected, Salisbury <> Exeter St David's has become a bi-hourly service through most of the day. All trains though are booked for at least 6 carriages, except the odd service starting/terminating at Yeovil Junction.
12  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Issues with Merseyrail tickets from Trainline on: January 04, 2021, 10:08:44 pm
Yes. I know the message about the trainline comes too late for some, but my message has been consistent. Avoid.
13  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Farewell to the Class 483s on: January 04, 2021, 06:57:52 pm
A great report on the Class 483 on BBC South this evening. Luckily I could pick it up. My aerial points at Mendip, but I'm far enough south in Somerset to pick up BBC South from the Rowridge transmitter on the Isle of Wight.

Mark Hopwood CBE featured in the report. He's good at doing farewells to rolling stock. He's a proper enthusiast.

Most should be able to watch BBC South Today at some point over the next 24 hours on iPlayer.


Edited for typos.
14  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Farewell to the Class 483s on: January 03, 2021, 10:59:51 pm
A few more images from my trip to IoW in February 2019.



15  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Farewell to the Class 483s on: January 03, 2021, 01:46:05 pm
Finn will miss them too!

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