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1  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Railway: on-board catering, buffets, Travelling Chef, Pullman - ongoing discussion on: October 22, 2020, 11:47:45 pm
Its also why you'll find exactly the same seats on Azumas, Paragons and Novas. GWR would have had no choice in the seats at all.
2  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Autumn 2020 Engineering work - Bourne End to Marlow on: May 31, 2020, 11:39:38 pm
Track renewals between Bourne End and Marlow for the duration with full branch line closures at weekends during those days.
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Reopening Cullompton and Wellington stations (merged topic) on: April 28, 2020, 09:37:38 am
Pedant alert: Tiverton Junction wasn't one of the stations closed in 1964. It closed 22 years later on 11 May 1986 with Tiverton Parkway opening the next day.
4  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Engineering closure - Castle Cary to Taunton, 14 to 27 March 2020 on: March 03, 2020, 09:28:20 am
The line is actually closed until Sunday 29 March.

There will also be diversions continuing into the following week due to severe speed restrictions as a result of the work.
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Okehampton-Tavistock. Discussion on reopening and potential use as a diversionary route on: February 11, 2020, 04:39:52 pm
You would also need to re-instate the second platform at Yeoford as well as extend Crediton's signalling capabilities out to Coleford.

All completely possible I'd imagine, but someone would need to foot the bill.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: February 04, 2020, 03:37:16 pm
Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the 0637 PAD-PNZ is planned as a 5-car throughout. It certainly doesn't warrant any additional capacity from the times I've been on it.
7  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Cornwall and Plymouth Usage Figures Apr 2018 - Mar 2019 on: January 15, 2020, 10:10:17 am
Hopefully main line figures will climb next year on the back of the increased services in May 2019.
8  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: Tatty XC Vomiters on: November 12, 2019, 09:30:14 am
In order to keep rebranding costs to a mimimum, I belive rebranding trains into GWR livery was only done to trains that met either of the two criteria:

- They were due to stay beyond 2020 and required modification to fall in line with disability regulations
- They were due a repaint as part of their maintenance cycle

I believe the only ones left in FGW colours are old HSTs which are due to go off-lease post 2019 and the odd Turbo/150 which had already been modified and had a fresh lick of FGW paint just before GWR started. They'll be GWRised once their repaint cycle comes up again.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: October 24, 2019, 12:10:48 pm
800001 entered revenue earning service for the first time today, completing GWR's fleet of 93 IETs. Its currently paired up with 800010
10  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Night Riviera Sleeper refurb on: October 17, 2019, 02:15:19 pm
So the 'nice refurbished, smooth, warm, comfortable Mk 3s' have been replaced by nice refurbished, smooth, warm, comfortable Mk 3s that will probably run more reliably!
11  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Height of carriages on: September 11, 2019, 01:10:09 pm
The height of some internal vestibules is an issue for those of us who are gifted with height. I'd much rather sit on the floor than have to stand up in a vestibule. The saloons are fine on most trains.

One thing I really struggle with on most trains is leg room. IETs have excellent provisions, even on the standard (non-priority) seats. However, it is very much the exception to the rule. I don't like occupying the priority seats but these are generally the only places I can sit comfortably.
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: December 2019 timetable recast on: August 22, 2019, 11:34:15 am
One more question.......I'm assuming that there will be a Pullman dining service, or at the very least a buffet fully stocked and with brandy & cigars on each of these trains?

Nothing quite that lavish I’m afraid.  Though the new trains have been fitted with plenty of longitudinal seats with the main reason that people will be able to admire Taplow’s inherent beauty without needing to turn their heads.

I think you need a word with the people of Titfield TG. Perhaps you can start up a volunteer-run Taplow Thunderbolt!
13  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: GWR December 2019 TT on: August 14, 2019, 01:16:16 pm

What I cannot understand is, why doesn't Network Rail install a portacabin type building on the platform at CJ Halt and electrify the point at CJ and whist the driver is running from end to end of the unit the guard/conductor/train manager can insert the SLT into an instrument in the portacabin which changes the point to the Looe or Liskeard direction and switches a  Coombe Junction signal to yellow with a directional feather and so ALL services on the branch can serve CJ in the time it takes currently to apply the brakes to stop the branch unit, clamber down, walk to the ground frame, unlock it, pull and push the levers of the ground frame to set the route required, lock up the ground frame, walk back to the unit, clamber back on board and reverse the unit to wherever.

The points have to be maintained in the Liskeard facing direction which means that any train to/from Looe has to stop south of the junction. As the guard has to get out anyway, it removes any advantage of moving the signalling equipment to the station itself.
14  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: GWR December 2019 TT on: July 22, 2019, 02:15:59 pm
Class 143s can't be used after 31 December, unless fitted with all the disability mod-comms (which none are receiving).
15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Pictures with lost original descriptions - can you help correct? on: June 25, 2019, 03:06:42 pm
Battersby. On the Middlesborough to Whitby line.
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