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1  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: 13.4.2019 - Longrock depot open day on: January 14, 2019, 10:02:08 am
Iíve seen on a bus preservation group about it, because there is plans for a heritage bus shuttle. Itís the same weekend as Penzance bus running day
2  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Railway bridges struck by road vehicles - merged topic, ongoing discussion on: January 10, 2019, 12:13:51 pm
Aha, that's what I was hoping for - thank you, LiskeardRich.

Can we all agree that it would be helpful if these signs had to also gave the height in metres? Which units are used on the in-cab signs other posters have mentioned?


Having driven both LGVs and buses, I believe the cab signs have been in both metric and imperial in everything Iíve driven. Although I can recall the feet and inches sizes of vehicles I drove 12 months ago I canít remember the metric! The last vehicle I drove yesterday was 14í6 for example.
3  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Railway bridges struck by road vehicles - merged topic, ongoing discussion on: January 10, 2019, 05:14:21 am

He came past a 12ft triangle height sign. only in imperial.

Well did she, thought? I can see the 12 shilling sign at the bridge - prominently displayed behind the branch of a tree - but I couldn't see any others when I googled up and down the lane...

The sign is at the start of the lane, in the village next to the pub. Itís a couple of miles from the bridge, but the lane is continuous with no other roads joining. Thatís where any advanced warning would be, itís too late half way down a narrow lane.
4  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Railway bridges struck by road vehicles - merged topic, ongoing discussion on: January 08, 2019, 10:15:28 pm
BNM's given us a Cure fan's view. Here's the view of an approaching vehicle: https://goo.gl/maps/3CH1H2FNvgA2

Once again the height plate gives the headroom in some sort of mediaeval unit with which I am unfamiliar, but at a guess it's around 4m. Googling up and down the road, I can't find any advance warning beyond a 7.5t weight limit which doesn't suggest a height restriction; maybe someone more familiar with the area can set me straight on that. The overhanging vegetation puts the tin hat on it - I think the driver may have been bowled a googly here!

He came past a 12ft triangle height sign. only in imperial.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Withdrawal of Off Peak Day Branchline Rangers on: January 04, 2019, 11:09:42 pm
The Devon evening ranger has been withdrawn in the same process.
6  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Station Usage figures from the ORR on: December 12, 2018, 10:43:35 am
Coombe junction dropped from 212 to 156, but that it is a real life increase, as the 16/17 crowd getter event generated 108 on the event.
7  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: Passengers trapped on train for over 6 hours on: December 05, 2018, 12:00:07 pm
https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/delays-train-gloucester-bristol-stuck-2287235

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While CrossCountry trains did offer compensation those travelling on Great Western Trains wouldn't be.

@GWRHelp
I'm so sorry about this delay, which was due to animals on the line. I'm afraid we don't offer compensation when the delay was outside of our control, and I appreciate that will be disappointing to hear - Jo

I suspect that GWR might be on somewhat dodgy ground there

Something Crosscountry have always done well in my experience is compensation.
When Iíve been on their delayed services, onboard staff have always gone round proactively encouraging delay repay claims and handing out cards with how to claim details.
As deers donít fly, presumably it entered through a damaged fence?
8  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: So what is the fare? on: December 02, 2018, 10:43:49 pm


I was glad to not that the supposedly very Bristolian* habit of thanking the driver when you get off is still alive and well.

*But definitely observed elsewhere too.

Here in Cornwall it is definitely the majority that thank us,
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Problems with the Night Riviera sleeper - December 2014 onwards on: November 29, 2018, 07:46:41 pm
With all these starts and finishes at Reading - something to do with the lack of a 2nd main line locomotive at Reading.  No longer the option of using a class 08 to get the empty train into / out of Paddington?

The loco scheduled to drag to and fro Paddington was the one sent light engined to Penzance, leaving nothing to do the Paddington dead pull.
10  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: When did the last slammers leave? on: November 20, 2018, 09:28:41 am
Anywhere with HST services of course are still ongoing.

Arenít there more Waterloo diversions coming up?
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Problems with the Night Riviera sleeper - December 2014 onwards on: November 12, 2018, 07:09:46 am
23:50 London Paddington to Penzance due 08:59
11/11/18 23:50 London Paddington to Penzance due 08:59 has been delayed at London Paddington and is now 180 minutes late.
This is due to a broken down train.
Last Updated:12/11/2018 03:05

Left Paddington 191 minute late.

Scheduled arrival at Penzance 08:59 (public timetable), 08:55 Working Timetable.
Journey Check suggest arrival will be at 11:59
Real Time Trains suggests arrival will be at 08:54

A failing with journey check is it doesnít update to reflect recovery time. Once someone tells it, the train is 3 hours late it treats it as 3 hours late throughout.
I notice it lost a further 15 mins between Plymouth and saltash, and appears to have gone a different route to programmed on real-time. It disappeared between reading and Taunton!
12  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: GWR replacement bus services - absolutely DREADFUL!!! on: November 11, 2018, 06:42:00 am
Very few of the drivers are local, they probably were trained, but you canít expect them to pick up a whole new area!

But not only were some of the drivers going the wrong way, one of them(at least anyway) when a person was waiting at the correct rail replacement bus stop and put their hand out to stop the bus - just shook his head at them and failed to stop!  Absolutely appalling and unacceptable. This should NOT be happening!  I'm still awaiting my reply from GWR in reply to my complain about that particular lousy driver!

All the drivers should have been trained more intensively in my opinion.  The correct routes to take AND the correct bus stops to stop at.


But that driver May have been instructed to run fast to x stop. This is a common practice, bus 1 run fast to y, bus 2 run semi fast calling only x and y, and bus 3 calling all stations.

No, the driver of that service should have definitely stopped at that Redland rail replacement bus stop at that time.  That day, the 0900 service(calling at all stations) to Temple Meads didn't turn up.  Then after that there was supposed to be another service at 0945(calling at all stations), and the next service after that not till 1045(again an all stations service).  The 0945 service came round the corner from Redland Grove into South Road at about 0948.  I put my hand out, and the driver just shook his head and failed to stop!  And continued on down to Montpelier.   For the services, that run non-stop between Clifton Down and Bristol Temple Meads, they wouldn't run via(but not stopping at) Redland and Montpelier.  Anyway, I complained about that particular driver 10 days now.  I'm expecting to get a reply from GWR within the next 4 days.  Let's see what they have to say about it....

On a positive note. My experience of using the services on Friday was positive.  The 0800 from Redland to Bristol Temple Meads turned up just a minute or so late, which is nothing to complain about.  And the 1729 from Stapleton Road to Clifton Down turned up only about 7 minutes late, which isn't too bad. 

I assume youíve a copy of that drivers running card? If not youíve no evidence he was due to stop. He may have been non stop and lost!
13  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: GWR replacement bus services - absolutely DREADFUL!!! on: November 10, 2018, 07:43:06 pm
Very few of the drivers are local, they probably were trained, but you canít expect them to pick up a whole new area!

But not only were some of the drivers going the wrong way, one of them(at least anyway) when a person was waiting at the correct rail replacement bus stop and put their hand out to stop the bus - just shook his head at them and failed to stop!  Absolutely appalling and unacceptable. This should NOT be happening!  I'm still awaiting my reply from GWR in reply to my complain about that particular lousy driver!

All the drivers should have been trained more intensively in my opinion.  The correct routes to take AND the correct bus stops to stop at.


But that driver May have been instructed to run fast to x stop. This is a common practice, bus 1 run fast to y, bus 2 run semi fast calling only x and y, and bus 3 calling all stations.
14  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Cut-down HSTs on Cardiff - Taunton? on: November 09, 2018, 09:36:55 pm
I suppose the date they are all converted is dependent on when the last few HSTs are displaced by IETs?  Have Scotrail got all their ex-GWR HSTs now?

Something I was wondering about these cut-down sets - do they have the engines in both power cars operational?  4500 hp for a 2+4 train seems rather generous, but there's not enough weight in a power car to give decent acceleration if only one is producing power.

The one thatís in Cornwall and Devon has both engines running, and goes like **** off a shovel. Locking up to the GTi nickname!
15  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Cut-down HSTs on Cardiff - Taunton? on: November 08, 2018, 08:57:08 pm
Today I noticed "HST 2+4" stop boards at Severn Tunnel Junction and Patchway stations.  Perhaps they have been there some time and I have just been unobservant.  I remember back in April being told that cut-down HSTs would be used on selected Cardiff - Taunton services but, having heard nothing more of this plan since, wondered if it had been quietly dropped.  After all, if only 3 are being built, surely they will be fully utilised between Plymouth and Penzance?

Does anyone have any more information about this?  It would be great to have some extra capacity on the usually crush-loaded 0800 ex Cardiff and 1607 return from Taunton.

There are going to be eleven as I recall.  First one in service, second one arrives this month and will be on staff training runs up as far as Cardiff, others arriving by (?) May next year.

The second one came south last week I believe?
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