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1  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: former bus boss of first bus Bristol back driving bus's on: December 24, 2022, 04:59:41 pm
He’s always the first one on the driving roster for heritage events too. As you say Froome it’s his passion and hobby as well as his career.

There are many others just like him. Look at many of us in the heritage bus preservation world, we are lucky enough to have day jobs in our hobby and interest. Many of my preservation friends spend their working life driving the modern stuff in service and majority of their spare time working on heritage stuff whether that’s mechanical, cosmetic or driving at rally’s and running days.
Just attend a running day event like Penzance (3rd Sunday April every year) or Isle of Wight may and October events, and look at the huge numbers of volunteers and enthusiasts to realise that buses are a huge hobby in this country.
2  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: former bus boss of first bus Bristol back driving bus's on: December 22, 2022, 09:05:42 am
James Freeman? He’s been driving buses in the Winchester area pretty much since his retirement. Some people just can’t retire it seems and he’s come back to being just a driver
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: How many of these places have YOU visited? on: December 15, 2022, 09:40:02 pm
Just 10, but 2 more booked- barcelona and Corfu
4  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Bus Strikes on: October 11, 2022, 07:10:10 pm
May I ask what OTS stands for?
Oates Travel Service (based in St Ives).
https://oatestravel.co.uk/
Also run out of Falmouth for the those TfC services (Travel for Cornwall).


Two different unrelated  companies.

5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Wot - no more strikes in my diary? on: September 17, 2022, 09:27:20 pm
ASLEF» (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen - about) 1st and 5th October. Won’t be announced until after mourning period ends, but train bosses have been notified under 14 days rule on Friday.

LNER» (London North Eastern Railway - about) have pulled all of their services out of booking search engines for those dates returning “no fares available” as per screen shot attached
6  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Falmouth branch closed due to signalling issue (no RR Buses) 25 Sep 2021. on: September 06, 2022, 08:48:38 pm
From journeycheck
Cancellations to services between Truro and Falmouth Docks
Due to a fault with the signalling system between Truro and Falmouth Docks the line is closed. (Lightning strike yesterday)
Train services running to and from these stations will be cancelled. Disruption is expected until 09:00 06/09.
Customer Advice
We're sorry for the disruption to your journey this morning.

We have been unable to source any replacement transport to run in place of the train service as local operators have no taxis or coaches available. (First day back for most school/College pupils)

We have also been unable to arrange for your tickets to be accepted on the local buses between Truro and Falmouth, we are still trying to do this. Until then, if you wish to use local buses, please purchase a ticket on the bus, keep it and send it, together with your train ticket, to us to claim for a refund of the bus fare.

Lightning strikes damaged signalling equipment at Penryn yesterday. Network Rail are finishing their work to fix and test this this morning.

I don't understand why no bus acceptance of rail tickets.  This has always come in to force when the branch goes down. Radio shout from control to accept all tickets.
Truronian did have a contract with GWR (Great Western Railway) to be on standby 24x7, but that hasn't come into play it seems.
GoCornwall were wanting the standby contract, but that's another query.
Cornwall Council were trying to integrate rail and bus interchanges, etc.
Puzzled of Penwith

GWR will have phoned FTS to arrange transport or ticket acceptance. FTS will probably phone the Truro office number which won’t have been manned that early in the morning. For out of normal office hours (8-6 ish) they’d likely get a better response from Camborne or summercourt duty control?
7  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: This train will call additionally at Newbury, Pewsey, Westbury and Castle Cary on: September 04, 2022, 06:41:23 pm
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16:52 Paignton to London Paddington due 20:07

16:52 Paignton to London Paddington due 20:07 will be terminated at Exeter St Davids.
It will no longer call at Taunton, Castle Cary, Westbury, Pewsey, Hungerford, Newbury, Reading and London Paddington.
This is due to failure of the electricity supply.

Reason given a surprise? 

There was a power cut at Exeter St David’s this afternoon. Wiped out essential equipment
8  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: This train will call additionally at Newbury, Pewsey, Westbury and Castle Cary on: August 28, 2022, 03:32:18 pm
Where are the job adverts if there is such a shortage of train crews?
The currently vacancies don’t reflect such a shortage of staff.
9  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Boardmasters 2022 on: August 16, 2022, 08:20:22 pm
There was no problem with the rail. There was 10 53 seater coaches on Standby, I was one of them. Every 9 car IeT cleared the queue. 1000 or so people queuing with all their camping kit made the queue look huge.

Bodmin parkway is a no go for road transport in general. Of the 10 coaches on standby yesterday, only 1 of them would fit under the low bridge. PSVAR coaches are typically taller than their non PSVAR cousins. I had a Mk2 (Mark 2 coach) Scania Levante (ex national express) and it was marked 12’9. Par is not the best place due to lack of off Road space for coaches to park so we’d end up blocking the road.

Had we been used GWR (Great Western Railway) had suggested they’d send us to Tiverton or Exeter to spread the load and give the options of Paignton and Exeter originating trains

Nice to hear a report from someone actually 'on the ground'.

Cornwall live have posted loads of **** all week.
I’ve been on the ground in the bus operations the entire festival.
Queues for shuttle buses reported bad… we had a 85 or 105 seat double decker running every 60-90 seconds. We were loading and going. It would be impossible to go any more frequent. Most of the time we were loading two buses at a time. The main bus stop in use in town can only physically fit two buses at once. We had buses queued up 30 seconds away ready to pounce as soon as a space on the stop became available
10  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Boardmasters 2022 on: August 16, 2022, 06:04:11 pm
So what's the answer to this now annual problem? Using Par and/or Bodmin Parkway as a staging point for Boardmasters and using road transport for the rest of the journey to/from the Festival? It's clear now that the NQY (Newquay (Station)) line isn't robust enough to cope, at least until the Mid Cornwall Metro work is completed.

There was no problem with the rail. There was 10 53 seater coaches on Standby, I was one of them. Every 9 car IeT cleared the queue. 1000 or so people queuing with all their camping kit made the queue look huge.

Bodmin parkway is a no go for road transport in general. Of the 10 coaches on standby yesterday, only 1 of them would fit under the low bridge. PSVAR coaches are typically taller than their non PSVAR cousins. I had a Mk2 (Mark 2 coach) Scania Levante (ex national express) and it was marked 12’9. Par is not the best place due to lack of off Road space for coaches to park so we’d end up blocking the road.

Had we been used GWR (Great Western Railway) had suggested they’d send us to Tiverton or Exeter to spread the load and give the options of Paignton and Exeter originating trains
11  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Boardmasters 2022 on: August 14, 2022, 10:25:11 pm
Just 4 departures from Newquay today.

Tomorrow ...
Buses to Luxulyan at 07:12, 09:15, 13:10 and 17:19
Trains to Paddington at 07:40, 09:19, 11:18, 13:19, 14:55 and 18:04. 
Trains to Par at 19:45 and 21:34

We’ve at least 4 coaches on standby at Newquay rail station tomorrow too.
12  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Boardmasters 2022 on: August 11, 2022, 11:05:09 pm
1N78 and 1A94 discovered on Wednesday that two 9 cars IETs (Intercity Express Train) can’t fit past each other in one of the passing loops. Resulted in 1N78 reversing back off the branch and 45 min late arrivals
13  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Boardmasters 2022 on: August 08, 2022, 10:25:28 pm
Next Monday I’m on standby 0800-2000 with a coach at Newquay rail station, so appears some contingencies have been planned by GWR (Great Western Railway).
14  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: National Express wheelchair lift on: August 05, 2022, 07:01:03 pm
Grahame, the double deck coaches in use between Bristol and London on national express have a much better wheelchair loading system, the downstairs being almost pavement level helps!
When I’ve used a coach lift as a driver, it’s taken around 10-15 mins to load the wheelchair user.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: National Express wheelchair lift on: August 03, 2022, 09:40:27 pm
Any scheduled coach service is legally required to have the wheelchair space.
All national express services have the same style lift.
Falcon, megabus and Flixbus services likewise are all accessible with wheelchair lifts fitted
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