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1  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: New timetable from December 15th on: September 04, 2019, 10:26:11 pm
Advance tickets are already available for your dates (GWR only)

For a while now, GWR has offered an extended booking horizon (weekdays only) on its high speed routes. Currently booking until 13th Feb (weekdays) but there are some exceptions.

More info here:
2  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Re: Not happy with Heathrow Express... on: July 02, 2019, 11:41:13 pm
Of course, you might still walk into a row at the Paddington end with another member of staff who doesn't understand or hasn't been told about the limitations on HEX restrictions when it comes to multi-TOC tickets.
Shouldn’t do as HEX trains arrive at non-gated platforms at Padd.

Platforms 6 and 7 are gated at Paddington.

Only platforms 1, 8 and 9 are non-gated.
3  Journey by Journey / London to Kennet Valley / Re: IETs to Bedwyn initially delayed - now running from May 2019 on: May 22, 2019, 11:49:29 pm
I understand that the last Bedwyn service of the day was capped at Reading, with additional station calls added into the final Cardiff train from Paddington which was diverted via the Berks and Hants

23:30 London Paddington to Cardiff Central due 02:26 will call additionally at Newbury, Kintbury, Hungerford and Bedwyn

I wonder what happened if you wanted to get to the intermediate stations to Newbury? - I suspect the answer was probably wait for the last Newbury stopper from Reading at 0020, which isn't ideal!

Only about 10 mins after the Cardiff would be due to leave Reading though. Admittedly still bit of a longer delay, but on balance (taking into account delay would cause to the 2330 and for those going longer distance) it's probably the better decision.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: March 28, 2019, 01:14:41 am
They certainly need a buffet on the 9 car 802's If the Azumas can have one then Hitachi can retro fit one.

One of the last HST's to go is IET is IC91 1733 Paddington - Paignton - Newton Abbot-empty Plymouth-Laira.

It is overtaken by IC92 at Exeter and IC91 becomes the local stopping service to Paignton then back to Newton Abbot with usually only the first coach being used.

When it goes IET I wonder if it will be a 5 car 802 although it might be crowded to Reading and Newbury or will it run only to Exeter and the delayed Devon Metro 150'2 do the local service.

The 17.33 to pgn is now a 9 car 802 from last monday.

[/url]Paddington 1700 27 March 2019 by Robert, on Flickr[/img]

If it is an IET and not a HST why is it sitting up on the Crossrail depot reception roads and not coming out of the Hitachi depot. For some reason the image is there but will not show.
5C91 is a shunt move from Paddington to Paddington via the reception line near Old Oak. Today (well, yesterday now) it was 802102. It's basically a move to get the set out of the way for a bit.
5  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Crossrail - The Elizabeth Line - ongoing discussion, merged topics on: January 13, 2019, 12:55:53 am
Having gone up to Paddington today and then read this, it crosses my mind as to what condition all those nice Elizabeth line trains at OOC will be in when the line is ready. Will they have rusted to the rails.

Hopefully not, although I couldn't tell you for sure, I'd hope that the various Crossrail trains that are out and about most days between Paddington and Reading will alternate as to what unit is used for testing purposes. Naturally it's certainly possible that that isn't actually happening, someone with more knowledge on that sort of thing may know Smiley
6  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Tonight at Reading (01-12-2018) - Useless Staff on: December 11, 2018, 12:37:38 am

Except that some GWR changes *did* almost happen today.  Locally to us, the earliest Sunday train to Swindon is move 8 minutes earlier and it starts back from Warminster ... hope no-one missed it, except that old chestnut "lack of a driver" caused it to be cancelled.

I have ... mixed feelings about superbly informed social media staff going off and driving trains ... there are some good folks around at the moment, but it's not like those fantastic pioneering days.  On the other hand, there is clearly still a driver shortage ...
I think sometimes, Sundays feels like the timetable changes every week what with the various engineering works. I only drive in LTV land at the mo, so unfortunately don't go west of Didcot/Bedwyn.
7  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Tonight at Reading (01-12-2018) - Useless Staff on: December 09, 2018, 11:12:34 pm
Anymore problems at Reading, might be tomorrow with new timetables.

Just singing to the giant crumpet show advert. Then spills Horlicks.
Just to clarify for those that may not be aware.

New timetable for SWR and Cross Country started today (9th December).
New timetable for GWR starts 1st Jan.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Problems with the Night Riviera sleeper - December 2014 onwards on: August 06, 2018, 11:48:00 pm

23:45 London Paddington to Penzance Sleeper Train

Due to a fault affecting the locomotive pulling the sleeper service from London Paddington to Penzance, and the necessity to replace it with another locomotive from Reading Train Care Depot, the 23:45 from London Paddington to Penzance will start at Reading at 00:46. Sleeper train customers will be able to make use of the First Class Lounge at Paddington, and should catch the 23:30 Cardiff train and alight at Reading to connect into their sleeper train.

Pity the passenger(s) who arrives at Paddington at 23:31 or will the 23.30 to Cardiff be held till 23:45.
It left at 2345.
9  Journey by Journey / London to South Wales / Re: No Direct London-South Wales services 1/7 on: July 05, 2018, 03:40:35 am
2, Is there some reason that London - Hereford trains can't extend to Newport and west from there?

Certainly been done in the past. Not sure why it's not an option this time however.

Remember taking this photo a fair few years back...
10  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: News from TfL re: Hayes & Harlington Redevelopment on: May 20, 2018, 11:57:40 pm
More shock horror from the TfL takeover.

It appears that the HConn stock is being used for the Hayes - Pad shuttles. No more wifi, no more tables, thread bare seats (from idiot tourists putting feet on them), toilets that don't work, etc. They are still the same sickly grey and orange, but with small TfL roundels for branding. The mind boggles. 

Also today there were the usual daily Heathrow Term. 4 cancellations. i.e. no or few HConn services regardless of stock.

All par for the course.
I believe it will be normal Crossrail stock (345) for Hayes-Pad and existing 360s (Connect trains) for Heathrow to Pad.

Worth noting that won't have the issue of toilets not working when the 345s fully take they don't have any.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: Paddington 24/7, channel 5, 21:00 tonight on: April 10, 2018, 09:40:13 pm
So, to the layman, what's a "neutral section" and an "MPATS"?

It's a section of overhead line without any power as the overhead line either side of it isn't fed by the same substation.
12  Journey by Journey / Transport for London / Re: Heathrow Express to transfer to GWR (management contract) on: March 28, 2018, 01:02:31 pm
So what are these dedicated fleet of trains going to be? And where will they be maintained?

Keeping current stock for now, but some 387s will be modified for HEX use in 2019.

(‘GWR’) subsidiary will run the operational aspects of the Heathrow Express service

Including drivers? Good luck!

I guess more detail would come over time, but my guess would be that the existing Heathrow Express drivers will transfer over.
13  Journey by Journey / Transport for London / Heathrow Express to transfer to GWR (management contract) on: March 28, 2018, 12:31:34 pm

Interesting development, not one I saw coming.

Heathrow Express (‘HEx’) rail service has been preserved to at least 2028 under a new agreement announced today. This agreement, which confirms fast, non-stop rail connections for Heathrow passengers over the next decade, has been approved by the Department for Transport and will see Heathrow Airport retaining the commercial aspects including marketing, ticket pricing and revenue, while FirstGroup’s Great Western Railway (‘GWR’) subsidiary will run the operational aspects of the Heathrow Express service under a management contract from later this year.

As a result of this agreement, a new Heathrow Express Langley depot will no longer be needed. The depot would have been required to service trains because the HS2 building schedule requires HEx to vacate the Old Oak Common depot by the end of 2019.

Heathrow Airport will continue to own the HEx service, and will be responsible for managing rail stations at the airport.  Passengers will also benefit from new ticket readers at Heathrow and Paddington, which will allow users of Heathrow Express and TfL Rail (soon to be Elizabeth line) to use pay as you go Oyster or a contactless device.

GWR will manage the introduction of a new, dedicated fleet of trains for the Heathrow Express service, which will be specially converted by December 2019 to provide first class carriages, high speed Wi-Fi, additional luggage racks and on-board entertainment. Until that time the HEx service will continue to be provided by the existing fleet of trains.

Building an integrated transport hub and ensuring at least 50% of Heathrow’s air passengers travel by public transport by 2030 is a priority for Heathrow.

Full release here:
14  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: GWR's Twitter 'service' on: March 04, 2018, 01:06:56 am
Due to my past with the Twitter account I'll refrain from commenting on its current service

That's a telling comment nonetheless.

In the words of Alison Krauss (or Ronan Keating if you prefer),  "You say it best, when you say nothing at all."  Tongue

No, it's more that I've not really looked at it much so couldn't give an opinion as to whether the service it gives has changed since I left it back in December 2016.

Did I read somewhere Ollie has a new role as a driver? Is it for GWR?

Yes and yes, done a lot of training and I qualified last Tuesday.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: GWR's Twitter 'service' on: March 03, 2018, 10:36:50 pm
Personally (and its probably because I've reached a certain age) I really resent having to sign up to a third party to get more accurate and recent information. I don't want to hand over all my data to Twitter but it does seem the that GWR prioritises it over the website.

Personally I think there should be some sort of public information legislation/guidelines for certain types of companies (Travel, Power, Water etc) that means you don't have to hand over personal data to get information.

GWR could provide a Twitter feed on or via the from page of their website - or indeed via any other page on their site.  It wouldn't be interactive - read only and the same for all visitors to the page - but it would avoid the need for customers (and other interested parties) to be able to read the public feed without signing up. 

I fear I have been doing too much redesign of the GWR website over the last 12 hours and they have limited window space ... all too easy to add so much you drown out many elements.

Due to my past with the Twitter account I'll refrain from commenting on its current service [as] I've tried to avoid looking at Twitter these days.

In regard to feed on the website though, I think this is closest to what you're thinking of

Edited to add the [as] so it reads a bit better.. Smiley
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