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1  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: Cross Country - new through journeys from Bristol - Jan 2022 on: January 23, 2022, 03:51:23 pm
The early morning Bristol to Cardiff used to be a Voyager which then ran up to Manchester via Bristol as it’s back workings. It moved from an empty stock run to a passenger one a few years back. It’s now a 170 with a back working to Nottingham. I think the empty stock for that used to run direct from Barton Hill without touching Temple Meads.

The Cambridge run used to come down on the back of the first Birmingham - Cardiff and split off at Gloucester with Birmingham crew to start from there. At present it’s crewed by Bristol and someone used common sense and thought it may as well run in passenger service.
2  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: XC short notice alterations due to driver unavailability. on: November 26, 2021, 05:45:27 pm
The problem I believe is heightened by a lack of HST (High Speed Train) trained drivers, as many new starts have been taken on over the last couple of years but Covid has meant there have been limits to training opportunities. This lack of HST trained drivers had been mitigated by RDW of those with the skills but with that coming to and end a decision was made to mothball the fleet. This means that services which currently run doubled are being short formed to compensate.
3  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: XC short notice alterations due to driver unavailability. on: November 26, 2021, 03:58:35 pm
major overcrowding is expected side to cancellations and short formations of services sold as double units or HSTs (High Speed Train).

Whatever happened to having a reliable product and customer service?

Don’t shoot the messenger!
4  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / XC short notice alterations due to driver unavailability. on: November 26, 2021, 03:36:41 pm
XC (Cross Country Trains (franchise)) are starting to mothball the HST (High Speed Train) fleet, split some double unit allocations and cancel other services entirely, due to driver unavailability. This is due to the expiration of drivers test day working agreements with ASLEF» (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen - about). major overcrowding is expected side to cancellations and short formations of services sold as double units or HSTs.

Monday 29th November to Friday 3rd December Impact (Note: may be subject to minor amendment)

The following services are cancelled and will not run:
• 0714 Reading to Manchester
• 0812 Bristol to Paignton
• 1712 Bristol to Paignton
• 1014 Paignton to Bristol
• 2020 Paignton to Bristol
• 0658 Cardiff to Bristol
• 0515 Cambridge to Birmingham
• 2022 Birmingham to Cambridge
• 1427 Stansted Airport to Birmingham
• 1527 Stansted Airport to Birmingham
• 0922 Birmingham to Stansted
• 1022 Birmingham to Stansted
• 0652 Birmingham to Leicester
• 0752 Birmingham to Leicester
• 1752 Birmingham to Leicester
• 0818 Leicester to Birmingham
• 0915 Leicester to Birmingham
• 1918 Leicester to Birmingham
• 0907 Nottingham to Cardiff
• 1107 Nottingham to Cardiff
• 1245 Cardiff to Nottingham
• 1445 Cardiff to Nottingham
• 1950 Cardiff to Nottingham
• 0719 Birmingham to Nottingham
• 0912 Birmingham to Nottingham
• 1819 Birmingham to Nottingham
• 0737 Nottingham to Birmingham
• 1641 Nottingham to Birmingham
• 1845 Nottingham to Birmingham
 The following services are subject to alterations
• 1427 Manchester to Bournemouth terminates Southampton
• 1945 Bournemouth to Manchester starts Reading
• 1927 Manchester to Southampton starts Birmingham
• 1845 Bournemouth to Manchester terminates Birmingham
• 1327 Stansted Airport to Birmingham start at Cambridge
• 1411 Birmingham to Stansted terminates at Cambridge
• 1730 Nottingham to Cardiff terminate at Birmingham

HST utilisation will result in the services below running as a 4 car voyager
• 1V44 0611 Leeds to Plymouth
• 1S51 1227 Plymouth to Edinburgh
• 1V50 0606 Edinburgh to Plymouth
• 1E63 1527 Plymouth to Leeds
• 1V54 0808 Edinburgh to Bristol Temple Meads
• 1S53 1535 Bristol Temple Meads to Edinburgh

As a result the following services will be running as single Voyager sets
• 1S29 05.43 Leeds to Edinburgh 5 car voyager
• 1V52 07.01 Edinburgh to Plymouth 4 car voyager
• 1E67 16.27 Plymouth to Leeds 4 car voyager
• 1S35 06.34 Bristol Temple Meads to Edinburgh 4 car voyager
• 1O26 16:27 Manchester to Birmingham
• 1O30 18:27 Manchester to Birmingham
• 1O04 05:11 Manchester to Bournemouth
• 1O14 10:27 Manchester to Reading
• 1M46 11:45 Bournemouth to Manchester
• 1M50 14:15 Reading to Manchester
• 1M78 19:45 Bournemouth to Birmingham
• 1V60 08:20 Aberdeen to Bristol

Saturday December 4th Impact (Note: may be subject to minor amendment)
The following services are cancelled and will not run:
• 1V41 0810 Bristol to Paignton
• 1M41 1010 Paignton to Bristol
• 1V13 1607 Nottingham to Cardiff
• 1M85 2000 Cardiff to Nottingham
• 1N40 0515 Cambridge to Birmingham
• 1L30 0722 Birmingham to Stansted
• 2K58 2027 Stansted to Cambridge
• 2K98 2327 Stansted to Cambridge
• 1B61 2135 Aberdeen to Edinburgh
• 1C80 1900 Glasgow to Edinburgh
• 2A01 0642 Dundee to Aberdeen
• 1H09 0557 Birmingham to Manchester
• 1O02 0604 Birmingham to Reading
• 1M26 0815 Reading to Manchester
• 1O18 1227 Manchester to Reading
• 1M58 1615 Reading to Manchester
• 1G81 2027 Manchester to Birmingham
• 1E38 0630 Birmingham to Newcastle
• 1V87 1035 Newcastle to Birmingham
• 1E44 1428 Birmingham to Newcastle
• 1M72 1835 Newcastle to Birmingham
• 1S43 1035 Bristol Temple Meads to Glasgow
• 1M00 1808 Edinburgh to Birmingham
• 1P30 2018 Leicester to Birmingham
• 1D74 1812 Birmingham to Nottingham
• 1K25 1752 Birmingham to Leicester
• 1P28 1918 Leicester to Birmingham
• 1L44 1422 Birmingham to Stansted
• 1N67 1827 Stansted to Birmingham
• 1L40 1222 Birmingham to Stansted
• 1N63 1627 Stansted to Birmingham
• 1K09 0952 Birmingham to Leicester
• 1P12 1118 Leicester to Birmingham
• 1K29 1952 Birmingham to Leicester
• 1P32 2118 Leicester to Birmingham
• 1L28 0622 Birmingham to Stansted
• 1M99 1245 Cardiff to Nottingham

Part cancellation:
• 1D65 1412 Birmingham to Nottingham terminates Derby
• 1L00 0705 Gloucester to Stansted terminates Cambridge
• 1N53 1127 Stansted to Birmingham starts Cambridge
• 1L48 1622 Birmingham to Stansted terminates Cambridge
• 1L54 1922 Birmingham to Stansted terminates Cambridge
• 1N69 1927 Stansted to Birmingham starts Cambridge
• 1L46 1522 Birmingham to Stansted terminates Cambridge
• 1L50 1722 Birmingham to Stansted terminates Cambridge
• 1O06 0642 Nottingham to Reading terminates Birmingham
• 1O08 0727 Manchester to Bournemouth starts Birmingham
• 1S45 0927 Plymouth to Aberdeen terminates Edinburgh
• 1V60 Aberdeen to Penzance starts Edinburgh
• 1M80 1709 Edinburgh to Birmingham starts Newcastle
• 1S53 15.35 Bristol to Edinburgh terminates Newcastle
• 1V06 0907 Nottingham to Cardiff terminates Birmingham
• 1V46 0611 York to Plymouth starts Derby
• 1S55 1427 Plymouth to Edinburgh terminates Newcastle
• 1N51 1027 Stansted to Birmingham starts Leicester
• 1N53 1127 Stansted to Birmingham starts Cambridge

HST utilisation will result in the services below running as a 4 car voyager
• 1S33 0703 Birmingham to Newcastle
• 1V50 0606 Edinburgh to Plymouth
• 1V52 0701 Edinburgh to Plymouth
• 1E67 1627 Plymouth to Leeds
• 1S29 0738 Newcastle to Edinburgh 4 car voyager
5  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: Minimum delay for delay repay (XC) on: January 10, 2017, 01:03:24 am
XC (Cross Country Trains (franchise)) had a new supply of Zifas a few years back, replacing letters in headcodes with an extra numerical dial. I believe the addition of former CT services added too many letter to fit on a dial. An old Zifa for example would be 1S51 whereas the new ones would be 11951 (S being the nineteenth letter in the alphabet)!
That'd be a Zifa ticket punch.

CrossCountry are very good at supplying their staff with these.

FGW (First Great Western) (as was), were supposed to supply all their conductors and train managers with Zifa punches as a franchise commitment some years back. Like so many things FGW were supposed to do that would cost them money, they found away to ignore this commitment.
6  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: XC December 2017 timetable consultation on: November 12, 2016, 01:48:58 pm
The Bath starter has only been in the timetable since 2010. Introduced solely as an ORCATS (Operational Research Computerised Allocation of Tickets to Services) raid and not to provide improved journey oportunities. I guess the finances of this have been marginal.

It was introduced shortly after XC (Cross Country Trains (franchise)) appointed a new production director, who lived in.... Bath! Nice through journey to Birmingham and the office! Has been for the chop for a few timetable changes now being a once a day in one direction only service.
7  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: All Line Rover: must-see destinations? on: May 19, 2016, 12:48:42 pm
.....would be interesting to know the details of the longest distance season ticket issued! I seem to recall a few from Exeter St Davids to London Zone 1.

You can get seasons from Berwick-upon-Tweed to London, quite pricey at ^2092 for a monthly!
8  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Bumper Picture Quiz May 2016 on: May 11, 2016, 05:37:59 am
3: Stoke on Trent (though the Sunday opening times for the lounge don't match those on the Virgin website!)
9  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: Where are unreserved seats on XC HST? on: May 05, 2016, 05:32:58 pm
Not sure why reservations can't be made, just tried to make a dummy booking and it's letting me select a seat.
At present coach C only has one reserved seat in it, keep in mind that this is the coach where reservations can be made while the train is in service. Coach D is almost fully reserved with coaches E&G 2/3 reserved. Coach F is only showing around 1/3 reserved and reservations can't be made for that carriage once traditional reservations close at midnight.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: Paul Merton's Secret Stations on: April 30, 2016, 04:24:01 pm
Breich in the Scottish central belt used to be a request stop, now the one train a day booked to call in each direction always stops (unless the driver forgets!).
11  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: Haverfordwest Bridge Bash 29 March 2016 on: March 31, 2016, 07:52:13 am
I'm amazed that a provincial newspaper has managed to produce a railway related article that is well written, sticks to the point and uses the correct photographs!
12  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: 1C04 - First class full 25 days before departure on: March 30, 2016, 07:13:04 am
That's never happened to me before, even after the reduction to 1.5 coaches - so I tried on-line only to get 'Service FGW (First Great Western) 1120 is closed' (11.20 being arrival at PLY» (Plymouth - next trains)).

GW1120 is the train's retail code, the 1120 arrival into Plymouth is purely coincidental.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Off Peak Day Returns more expensive than Devon Day Ranger/Ride Cornwall on: March 22, 2016, 04:35:30 pm
When I was living in the Midlands, the booking office at Stourbridge town would always sell me a one day Centrocard when I asked for a return to Solihull.
14  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Rail worker with terminal cancer has train dedicated to him on: March 20, 2016, 04:32:13 pm
Facebook group here if anyone wants to contribute a selfie. Many celebrity contributions, from Richard Branson to one of the Chuckle brothers!
15  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: A one of a kind working? on: March 12, 2016, 04:42:52 pm
1M21 was worked BHM-MAN by the 2x170s earlier on, original Voyager was swapped onto a disrupted Leeds-Southampton.
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