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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: 3rd Feb 2019 - excursion Bristol to Looe on: January 12, 2019, 08:59:08 pm
BLS are asking NR if it is possible
“As many are aware, passenger use of the significant 'strategic connection' between the main line and the branch at Liskeard is not normally permitted and an approach has been made to Network Rail to clarify the current position” - from website
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: 3rd Feb 2019 - excursion Bristol to Looe on: January 12, 2019, 12:58:42 pm
Detail as quest of BLS, click on fixture and then click on tour title

https://www.branchline.uk/fixture.php
Both timings and routing are provisional and subject to confirmation but are validated by WCR and bid to Network Rail as follows:

Bristol Temple Meads P12 PU 08.10 - Taunton P2 PU 08.59 - Fairwater Yard Goods Reception - Tiverton Parkway P1 PU 09.37 - Exeter Riverside Yard Down Goods (on the Up side) - Exeter St Davids P6 PU 10.14 - Newton Abbot P3 - Totnes P1 PU/SD 10.51 - Plymouth P4 PU/SD 11.25 - Liskeard (rev) - Tarmac Moorswater (rev) - Looe (1 hour break/rev) - Coombe Jn (rev) - Liskeard (rev) - Plymouth P8 (photo stop) PU 17.07 - Totnes P2 PU 17.40 - South Devon Railway RM - Totnes RM - Newton Abbot P1 - Exeter St Davids P5 SD 20.04 - Tiverton Parkway P2 SD 20.25 - Taunton P5 SD 20.41 - Castle Cary - Westbury Avoider - Heywood Jn (rev) trailing crossover - Hawkeridge Curve - Bath Spa P1 SD 21.59 - Bristol Temple Meads P15 SD 22.16.
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The West - but NOT the West's trains / Re: What is there to do in Melksham? on: January 10, 2019, 10:21:51 pm
The GWR website, planned engineering section, suggests that the Melksham service most Sundays will be altered; some slightly others Sundays have complete bus replacement.
4  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Draft IEP Timetables Dec18/Jan19 on: January 10, 2019, 03:51:16 pm
1A88 PNZ PAD being diverted via Yeovil , due to obstruction neat Taunton.
This starts from North Pole IEP depot to form 0635 from PAD.
HST or IET?
5  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Draft IEP Timetables Dec18/Jan19 on: January 08, 2019, 09:41:27 am
Yes, I had forgotten that.
6  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Draft IEP Timetables Dec18/Jan19 on: January 08, 2019, 08:42:29 am
One previous test IEP ran over the diversionary route on Nov 29

http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=20483.0
7  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Westbury North Junction Renewal December 2018 - January 2019 on: January 07, 2019, 05:30:21 pm

Explanation of what happened at Westbury
Problem in the signalling system which needed a change to the design and retesting. It took several attempts to correct it. Video on Twitter

https://twitter.com/networkrailwest/status/1082273112031457281
8  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Westbury North Junction Renewal December 2018 - January 2019 on: January 06, 2019, 02:51:11 pm
May 1984 Westbury area stage 1
Signalling notice on this link
http://www.signallingnotices.org.uk/scans/96/1984%20-%201%20Westbury%20Stage%201.pdf
9  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Westbury North Junction Renewal December 2018 - January 2019 on: January 04, 2019, 10:17:49 pm
Old Maps website shows the 1924 layout.

https://www.old-maps.co.uk/#/Map/386503/150500/12/101156
10  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Westbury North Junction Renewal December 2018 - January 2019 on: January 04, 2019, 08:17:37 pm
GWR Twitter now reporting problem carrying over into Saturday

https://twitter.com/gwrhelp/status/1081274655976161280?s=21
11  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: 2V93 Weymouth to Bristol, Thursday Jan 3 on: January 04, 2019, 08:03:32 pm
Many thanks RA
12  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: 2V93 Weymouth to Bristol, Thursday Jan 3 on: January 04, 2019, 04:02:41 pm
It was booked to go on the Westbury avoiding line from Frome.  However it was running 4 late from Yeovil. The reversal would have to have happened at Blatchbridge Jct presumably. I followed on Traksy from Bruton to Castle Cary and back.
I should have taken a screen shot!
13  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Westbury North Junction Renewal December 2018 - January 2019 on: January 04, 2019, 08:29:37 am
Now not expected to be rectified before 1400, according to Journey Check
14  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / 2V93 Weymouth to Bristol, Thursday Jan 3 on: January 03, 2019, 08:21:15 pm
Can anyone explain why the above service ran to Bruton and towards Frome before returning to Castle Cary before going forward to Frome and Bristol? I was following it on Tracksy after seeing it mentioned on Journey Check that it was being delayed at Frome.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: December 31, 2018, 11:01:09 am
Network Rail have Tweeted that the first electric train from Parkway arrived 7 early at Swindon

https://twitter.com/networkrailwest/status/1079654361393958912?s=21
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