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1  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: 13.4.2019 - Longrock depot open day on: February 12, 2019, 12:54:05 pm

GWR's Long Rock depot in Penzance will be open to the public on Saturday 13th April 2019. Gates open 10am.

Tickets are now on sale. Adult £15, accompanied child £5. With a £0.93 fee per ticket.

All proceeds go the RNLI and Penlee Lifeboat Station.

Ticket purchasing:
2  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: Transport secretary - on subjects beyond transport on: February 11, 2019, 05:41:23 pm
The bookies.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Three new Rover tickets in GWR/SWR area. Great West Way Discoverer. on: February 11, 2019, 11:31:40 am
Is that right Huh? surely the second should be WEST.

Fixed that. Second one EAST, third one is WEST.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Three new Rover tickets in GWR/SWR area. Great West Way Discoverer. on: February 11, 2019, 11:04:49 am
Seemingly quietly slipped onto the market in January 2019 are three new Rover tickets that cover London Paddington/Waterloo to Bristol by GWR and SWR, as well as participating bus services along those routes.

The three new Rover tickets are:

Great West Way Discoverer Global 7 Day Offering unlimited off peak rail travel (after 0930 Mon-Fri, anytime at weekends/bank holidays) between London Paddington/Waterloo and Bristol Temple Meads for 7 consecutive days. On the routes via Didcot, Newbury and Salisbury. grahame will be pleased to hear its also valid through Melksham! Validity also extends to Frome. Also valid on selected bus routes along those rail lines including all First West of England bus services.

Cost is £239.00 with an approximately 10% discount for Railcard holders. Railcard discount is less than the usual 1/3 off due to validity on buses. Usual half fare for children.

Great West Way Discoverer East 1 day or 7 day Offering unlimited off peak travel (as above) between London Paddington and Swindon via Didcot, London Paddington and Westbury via Newbury, and between London Waterloo and Westbury via Salisbury. Again there is validity of selected bus services in the area covered by those rail lines.

Cost is £69.00 for the 1 day flavour, and £159.00 for the 7 consecutive day flavour. Railcard and child discounts as above.

Great West Way Discoverer West 1 day or 7 day Offering unlimited off peak rail travel (as above) between Hungerford/Swindon/Salisbury/Frome and Bristol Temple Meads. Again, Melksham is included. Validity on selected bus routes in the area covered, including all First West of England services.

Cost is £24.00 for the one day flavour and £69.00 for the 7 consecutive day flavour. Discounts as above.

Much more information, including maps, lists of valid bus services, station lists etc, can be found at the following links:


There is also an associated 'Great West Way' website full of ideas and information on what can be seen and done along the routes.

5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Problems with the Night Riviera sleeper - December 2014 onwards on: February 11, 2019, 12:41:18 am
Tonight's (10th/11th February 2019) up Sleeper from Plymouth to Paddington (no service from Cornwall due to engineering work) has been replaced by a HST due to Class 57 loco failure.

Gotta feel sorry for those who'd booked a berth.
6  Journey by Journey / London to Kennet Valley / Re: New reason for cancellations on: February 11, 2019, 12:24:35 am
This thread has been saddled with too many puns. Time to rein them in.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: The move from driving a car to using the bus on: February 10, 2019, 10:14:35 pm
Most modern fully electric cars can comfortably manage at least 150 miles on a full charge. Range isn't greatly affected by lighting and other car electrics such as audio/visual.

Heating and air conditioning are bigger power draws, and cold weather can affect the power draw from the batteries, but I think most latest model fully electric cars would easily manage a 70 mile round trip, fully charged, on a winter evening.

If your meeting locations have nearby charging points then even less range concern.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: SWR strikes on: February 10, 2019, 06:07:16 pm
88% of how many members that voted?

Number of individuals who were entitled to vote in the ballot: 753
Number of votes cast in the ballot: 483
Number of individuals answering “Yes” to the question: 425
Number of individuals answering “No” to the question: 56
Number of spoiled or otherwise invalid voting papers returned: 2

I make that a turnout of 64%. Comfortably above the 50% required to have a valid mandate. 64% turnout is also the average of the last five General Elections.
9  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Bristol TM to Stansted Airport direct from May 2019 on: February 10, 2019, 04:27:02 pm
From the May timetable change there will be a new early morning CrossCountry service from Bristol Temple Meads to Stansted Airport.

Departing Bristol TM at 0613 and arriving Stansted at 1141. Whilst the end to end journey isn't very practical it does provide an earlier morning service from Bristol to Gloucester. The 0630 to Glasgow Central will still be the earliest service for Bristol to Cheltenham Spa as this passes the Stansted service while it is at Gloucester.

Later in 2019 this service will also be calling at Worcestershire Parkway when that new station opens.

This new service has come about because CrossCountry are now stabling a Class 170 DMU overnight at Bristol Barton Hill depot. Rather than run ECS to Gloucester it's been decided to start the passenger service from Bristol TM. Clearance work for Class 170s into the Bristol area is (or has) been done. Currently the service to Stansted Airport starts at Gloucester and the unit for it is, I believe, detached from a Birmingham New St to Cardiff Central service.

There is no late evening XC Class 170 passenger service back into Bristol TM. A new service runs 2018 Leicester - Gloucester 2235 (an extension of a current service from Leicester to Birmingham NS), which then runs ECS to Bristol Barton Hill to stable overnight.
10  Journey by Journey / London to Kennet Valley / Re: New reason for cancellations on: February 09, 2019, 08:16:43 pm
An understandable reason for the cancellations. At least they weren't made on the hoof.
11  Journey by Journey / London to Kennet Valley / Re: New reason for cancellations on: February 09, 2019, 06:37:52 pm

12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: Papers prepared for the Coffee Shop / Planning and Constitution meeting 9.2.19 on: February 09, 2019, 06:02:24 pm
Echoing Adelante_CCT. Great to put faces to names (forum and real) and to meet up again with previous acquaintances.

I felt it was a very productive meeting with plenty of ideas and inputs to provide a sense of where the forum needs to head in the future. Organic and measured change, consulting the wider forum membership as we go, rather than a big bang, is the feeling I got from the group discussion.

Very interesting to hear from the representative from GWR. Nice to hear that despite the occasional critical tone toward GWR on this forum they see us as a useful and necessary group, who they are comfortable working with going ahead.

I have my own bit of research to do that follows from today's discussion, and I'll do that over the next day or two. I'll be copying the Admin team in on that research and feeding back here when I've had responses to my queries.

Thanks to grahame and bobm for their work behind the scenes gathering input from industry bodies, and for organising today's meeting.

Like grahame I was up early too, so I will be putting my feet up this evening. It's been a while since I've done a medium-ish distance drive (120 mile round trip)* and I'm a bit cream crackered. A glass of cider and Finn on my lap. I'll probably doze off too. Cheers! 🍻

*Yes, I know. Driving to a rail forum meeting at a venue right next to a major rail interchange is somewhat sacrilegious, but sadly it was the most convenient way for me to do the trip. Particularly with Finn in tow.
13  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Incident at Redland, 6 Feb 2019 on: February 07, 2019, 11:24:13 am
"Passengers causing a disturbance" according to internal staff communication.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Get your voice heard in Parliament: debate on GWR performance on: February 07, 2019, 09:39:18 am
Is there a link to the Hansard record of the event.

There is indeed. Posted earlier in this thread.

Stephen Doughty MP thanked this forum for its input in his introduction to the debate.

This forum is now immortalised in Hansard!
15  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: BBC Points West Tues 5th Feb 2019, Lead article on GWR customer satisfaction on: February 06, 2019, 02:16:07 pm
the Pacers have gone

Tell that to passengers on services between Exmouth and Paignton/Barnstaple.
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