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1  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: Future of RoSCos (Rolling Stock Companies) on: Yesterday at 10:49:52 am
The initial DfT» (Department for Transport - about) press release concerning the creation of GBR (Great British Railways) indicated that the ROSCO» (Rolling Stock Owning Company - about)'s would be retained. I have not seen any more recent announcements that this intention had changed.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/994603/gbr-williams-shapps-plan-for-rail.pdf     Page 50

I thought at the time 'they cannot be serious!'
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Advent quiz - day 3 - unlabelled maps on: December 03, 2021, 10:10:01 am
4. Dawlish Warren
3  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Tisbury, loop on: December 01, 2021, 03:06:05 pm
...As the land adjacent to the Down platform at Tisbury had already been sold off, they could not put the loop in the station itself. ...

The former site of the down platform is part of a hardstanding surrounding a large commercial building. I am sure if the will was there the current owners could be persuaded to sell back a few metres width to allow reinstatement of a platform (& footbridge if that is deemed necessary). Every time I use the SWR» (South Western Railway - about) route through Tisbury the commercial site seems bereft of any activity.
4  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Union Connectivity Review published on: November 26, 2021, 12:37:42 pm
Regardless of the fact that I always use the train rather than plane when travelling longer distances around the UK (United Kingdom) mainland, I find it instructive that this report omits both Newquay & Exeter airports from the list of UKNET strategic locations despite the fact that 'geographic isolation' is specified as a major issue. South West England still ends at Bristol!
5  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / The 'Reincarnation' Of Flybe on: November 26, 2021, 09:49:42 am
There was a media story a few weeks ago that the owners of the Flybe brand had announced commercial operations, centered on Birmingham Airport (BHX (Bank Holiday excepted (on timetables))), would recommence in 'early 2022'.

Yesterday (25/11/21) a Q400 aircraft (G-JECX) carrying the new Flybe livery appeared at Exeter Airport (EXT) and did a round-trip (test) flight to BHX. Previously the aircraft had been stored at Maastricht since 22/05/2020 and was ferried to EXT earlier (5th) this month. I assume this was to allow some work by the Exeter Aerospace team who must have a wealth of Q400 experience.

At present this appears to be the only machine under Flybe lease.

https://www.flybe.com has been resurrected but is very light on information.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Are the railways fit for their (future) purpose? on: November 24, 2021, 10:17:10 am
...A rail journey from Norwich to Southampton with suitcases is not going to be easy, and I doubt that there would ever be sufficient demand to provide a regular though through service. It would be possible to avoid central London by using the North London line Stratford to Clapham Jcn, but the easiest way to shift two people plus suitcases from Liverpool Street to Waterloo would be in the back of a taxi. ...

A few things occurred to me having read the OP (Original Poster / topic starter) and the above response; the level of demand for a through Norwich>Southampton service might be doubted by most people but I would be very interested to know if the DfT» (Department for Transport - about) or any of their agents has ever looked at the (ticket) data to form a quantitative view. Probably not?

Would it be beyond the capabilities of the relevant cruise ship company(ies) to provide taxi or, if customer numbers rendered it appropriate, minibus (with plenty of room for luggage, obviously) connections between the arrival station and London Waterloo as part of the package?

If it becomes apparent that demand does exist EWR (East-West Rail) could in the future be used to provide a more direct service but in the meantime, since it already covers the route from Southampton to Ely, albeit not continuously, XC could do the job.

Too much to hope for I guess.
7  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Okehampton on: November 14, 2021, 05:39:41 pm
Presumably though the 2Kxx & 2Exx trains are those in passenger service while the 2Zxx services are driver training runs.
8  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Two trains collide near Salisbury - 31 Oct 21 on: November 07, 2021, 09:33:56 am
...and a BTP (British Transport Police) officer was videoing recovery of at least one of the carriages because...? I would expect a BTP presence to deter 'trophy hunters' but I hardly think filming the recovery operation would be part of their remit. I am of course prepared to be corrected on this.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: On the Salisbury accident & the campaign to retain Bristol to Waterloo services on: November 02, 2021, 09:43:22 am
...Radio and TV interviews (regional and national) to explain things like the layout of the tracks, to explain rail accident investigation,...

It came as no surprise, to me at least, that 14 hours after the accident - plenty of fact checking time - a correspondent from the Salisbury Journal was still telling radio/TV listeners/viewers that the first train derailed and was then hit by the second one coming from the opposite direction. And numerous media outlets seemed not to be aware of the RAIB (Rail Accident Investigation Branch), saying that 'the police' - whether Wiltshire Constabulary or the BTP (British Transport Police) was not specified - were carrying out an investigation.
10  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: COP26 - Glasgow, Novemeber 2021 on: October 29, 2021, 09:28:09 am
This is allegedly about COP26 - or is it local news, worth a subject title about big toys for your Bath?

I would classify this as an extreme form of fly tipping.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: The passengers are BACK! on: October 23, 2021, 11:20:56 am
If people don't want to wear one (as opposed to having a legitimate medical reason not to), fine, but equally be prepared to respect and stay away from others, and make other arrangements re: travel, shopping, social life etc.

As long as the same conditions are applied to those who decline vaccination for non-medical reasons I wouldn't have a problem with that.
12  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Marsh Barton Station on: October 22, 2021, 01:57:48 pm
...have it where so many people work...

Although it is actually called the Marsh Barton Trading Estate I would hazard a guess that a significant majority of the businesses located therein provide 'face2face' goods & services direct to the general public and this might have been in the '+' column when construction was being considered. It obviously remains to be seen whether people can be tempted out of their cars; the awful daily traffic congestion in the area would do it for me-last time we had business on the estate we used the bus.
13  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Marsh Barton Station on: October 21, 2021, 01:26:40 pm
Marsh Barton Station site 19th October:

14  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: 648Y on: October 15, 2021, 10:26:34 am
Very impressive and got me thinking that some UK (United Kingdom) businesses could make much greater use than currently of rail in their supply chains; this seems to be particularly true of the supermarkets who as far as I am aware are, with the exception of Tesco, completely wedded to road transport, and also Royal Mail who presently run a significant overnight distribution network centred on EMA (East Midlands Airport).

Incidentally yesterday's early morning postal flight back to Exeter returned to EMA without touching terra firma due to our local airport being fogbound. A train would not have been affected.

Also just to the east of Exeter (Clyst Honiton) there is the massive Lidl regional distribution depot. This was actually built at the behest of Sainsburys and should have been rail connected - the WoE line is in their back garden - but I understand they gave it up partly because the local authority were insisting that the rail delivery proposal was implemented.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Patterns of returning passengers? on: October 15, 2021, 09:57:34 am
A DIG>EXC>DIG shopping / cinema trip yesterday; the 0942 inbound service was very busy - and picked up 20 pax at DIG - and the 1519 return only slightly less so. Very encouraging.
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