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1  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / 0553 Weymouth to Bristol Parkway on: Today at 09:39:18 am
Cancelled today, train fault; terminated at Bath yesterday and it was cancelled twice last week. Is this an unlucky service or being sacrificed for the later one?
Surely there should not be as many failures on one service.
2  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Sunday 15 July on: July 15, 2018, 09:09:18 pm
In connection with the Pommery Sea Food Festival at Weymouth, SWR ran a special. 2Z09 0816 Salisbury to Yeovil Junction, 2Z10 0915 Junction to Pen Mill, 2Z12 0935 back to Junction. Then 2Z20 1155 Junction to Weymouth and 2Z52 at 1700 back to Salisbury.
On top of that the Northern Belle ran down to Weymouth from Swindon, via Bristol, returning via Wareham. It was 49 late leaving Maiden Newton, most lost between Bruton and Pen Mill.
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: Images - an update on: July 10, 2018, 06:23:50 pm
A few months ago I used iCloud.com to host the image. This seems to work well.
4  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: July 10, 2018, 08:08:24 am
Unfortunately the images do not appear on my MacBook Pro or iPad but do so on an old iPhone!
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Two dozen days, 24 locations to identify on: July 03, 2018, 08:16:10 am
Class 5 empty stock working, no passengers on board, train crew only.

Class 2 local or stopping passenger service.
6  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Fire at Castle Cary 01/07/2018 on: July 01, 2018, 08:08:52 pm
The effect should be minimal. The Weymouth line runs about half a mile to the west, with the main line another few hundred yards further west.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Jurassic Mule runs again for 2018 on: June 28, 2018, 06:46:38 pm
Season Tramway opened its new station today.
Report on Spotlight at 18.45 tonight
8  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Transport Select Committee - Rail infrastructure investment inquiry report on: June 28, 2018, 04:48:49 pm
This was published today. It makes interesting reading and suggests that they were not impressed with the answers received from the DfT.

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmtrans/582/58202.htm

The proceedings from which the evidence was gathered were televised live and can be viewed by catch-up. They are well worth looking at, lasting around 2 hours. The manner of answering of those questioned was revealing. The rail professionals were just that. The politicians less direct, as the committee makes clear.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: June 24, 2018, 08:35:20 pm
I received this reply to an email I sent last week.

Thank you for your email regarding GWR Sunday service cancellations. I will ensure it is drawn to the attention of the Committee.
Deborah Courtney - Senior Committee Assistant - Transport Committee | House of Commons
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: June 18, 2018, 01:38:35 pm
Aluminium is a reactive metal and does ‘rust’ but by forming a layer of aluminium oxide over the surface. Unlike iron, this seals the surface from further oxidation. It is seen as a dull white layer over the metal.
11  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Class 153's off lease on: June 17, 2018, 08:18:33 pm
Plans for 5 x Cl153s to run in Scotland next year as cycle and baggage units attached to service trains

https://www.scotsman.com/news/transport/cycle-coaches-to-be-hitched-to-trains-to-ease-bike-crush-1-4755533
12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Windermere branch Sunday 17 June on: June 17, 2018, 05:49:47 pm
West Coast Railways ran a ‘charter service’ over this branch today, using a class 37 and class 57 top and tailing a rake of three carriages.

Suggestions of a service from Monday?

Started a lively discussion on Twitter
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was bignosemac today, 9th June 2018? on: June 14, 2018, 10:27:25 am
Planning to this level might have been better!

http://landscapeartnaturebirds.blogspot.com/2015/07/bridge-of-allan-to-dunblane-greenbelt.html

I did not realise just how many of these planters existed
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Unusual route on: June 13, 2018, 02:20:14 pm
Journey check states diversion due to a train hitting an obstruction. Possibly the 10.38 Whatley to Hayes, it lost time (26 mins) between Bedwyn and Newbury
15  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: June 12, 2018, 12:43:44 pm
Not sure if this is the right place for this. Please correct if not

This is from the RAIL website today

https://www.railmagazine.com/news/network/funds-provided-for-metrowest?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
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