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1  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: East Midlands, South Eastern & West Coast Franchise Updates April 2019 on: April 12, 2019, 08:10:37 pm
Being the ever sceptical, have the DfT looked with a fine tooth comb for a non compliance as an excuse to boot Stagecoach following the East Coast Fiasco?
2  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Cut-down HSTs on Cardiff - Taunton? on: April 05, 2019, 07:21:04 am
2C79 broke down at Nailsea & Backwell this afternoon.  Caused a fair bit of disruption to other westbound services.

Was an understatement, we had to wait for the service to come back into Temple Meads (arrived back 1630) as it was returning up the down line
Was unit 43155

Same again today.  This time 2C71 broke down at Yatton.  And again a 2-car 150/2 substituted for the evening peak. 

On both days, two consecutive Taunton to Weston services have been lost - the return working of the train that broke down, and the following delayed service that skipped stations after Highbridge & Burnham to Bristol to make up time.

That would explain why a 3 car set was back on the service this morning

150001 was on a 2+4 yesterday, sadly Involved in a fatality yesterday evening.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Problems with the Night Riviera sleeper - December 2014 onwards on: April 04, 2019, 01:54:57 pm
The 57s are fairly reliable, we just hear about them every time they fail because of the service theyíre hauling!

Whereís the discussion and calling for the replacement of the 150 that failed at Bodmin on Sunday, or the one that failed last week on the Looe branch. Thatís more 150 failures in Cornwall alone in the last week than 57 failures across the network!
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Problems with the Night Riviera sleeper - December 2014 onwards on: April 03, 2019, 08:29:38 pm
Flybe now fly NQY-LHR daily. A 1 hr 20 min flight landing at 0830.....the convenience & speed of this option will hoover up a lot of Cornish customers who previously may have used the sleeper. Problems like this one will drive even more people away from the train & onto the plane

So presumably requiring being at NQY by 0630. No public transport will get you to the airport anywhere close to that early. The first bus to the airport from Newquay is just before 0900 departing Newquay bus station, and thatís if you can get to Newquay in time for it.

Public transport links to Newquay airport is poor, but as a regular driver of 1/6 of the daily bus services from Newquay to airport I rarely drop or pick up at the airport so can see why the links are poor.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: FlyBE taken over on: April 03, 2019, 11:31:57 am
Larger than usual annual leave now being quoted. So crew using up annual leave prior to the end of the business year?
6  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: "sabotage rail lines" - devices bearing pro-Brexit slogans planted on tracks on: April 03, 2019, 08:24:18 am
This occurrence just demonstrates the level of intelligence of some individuals. Putting a device to disrupt a circuit on a line with axle counters. Ironically werenít axle counters an EU thing?
7  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: FlyBE taken over on: April 03, 2019, 07:57:57 am
Lots of cancellations this morning for operational reasons.

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/flybe-cancels-dozens-flights-operational-2714841
8  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Man dies at Stoke Canon level crossing and related incidents - 28 Mar 2019 on: March 29, 2019, 06:53:24 am
The deceased also appears to have had internal knowledge.

The person who died was indeed a member of railway staff.

A very sad day: may I offer our condolences from this forum to his family and friends.



Sadly since I made that post i discovered it to be someone I knew of. Iíd met him on occasion through friends.
9  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Man dies at Stoke Canon level crossing and related incidents - 28 Mar 2019 on: March 28, 2019, 05:34:36 pm
Not wishing to speculate but Stoke Cannon is a full barrier level crossing controlled by CCTV from Exeter Panel. So if a car is involved then it must have been a very deliberate action or a very unfortunate set of circumstances just outside the barriers, and that would explain the long line closure.  The train involved was one of the GTi sets.

The photographs emerging show no damage to the level crossing equipment.  I therefore suspect (and its just my own opinion) that the car was driven off the level crossing when the barriers were up, onto the tracks outside of the range of the level crossing CCTV system.  Time will tell.  I think we were very lucky the train didn't derail as it appears to have pushed the car nearly half a mile along the track before coming to rest.

Your theory is identical to mine!

The deceased also appears to have had  internal knowledge.
10  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Man dies at Stoke Canon level crossing and related incidents - 28 Mar 2019 on: March 28, 2019, 02:16:08 pm
Looks like itís being  linked to various other incidents in Devon involving the railway this morning.

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/man-20s-killed-live-exeter-2695637

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Police have confirmed a man in his early 20s died after a car was hit by a train in Devon on Thursday morning.

British Transport Police say a 23-year-old man from Exeter was pronounced dead at the scene at a level crossing in Stoke Canon on Thursday morning.

His family have been informed, and the death is not currently being treated as suspicious, however officers continue to make inquiries to establish the full circumstances leading to the vehicle and man being struck by a train.

Police say that following this incident, three further incidents were brought to the attention of officers within the proximity of Stoke Canon.

This includes a train striking objects at Newton St Cyres and at Crannaford, as well as a line-side fire at Eggesford.

All four incidents are being treated as linked, although at this time officers are not tracing anyone else in connection.
11  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Man dies at Stoke Canon level crossing and related incidents - 28 Mar 2019 on: March 28, 2019, 10:14:59 am
Simply means theyíve removed toc specific restrictions
12  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Man dies at Stoke Canon level crossing and related incidents - 28 Mar 2019 on: March 28, 2019, 09:37:45 am
Set La26 involved 0600 Exeter st Davidís to Bristol Parkway.
13  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Man dies at Stoke Canon level crossing and related incidents - 28 Mar 2019 on: March 28, 2019, 07:03:32 am
2D02 involved. Various reports, person hit or car hit
14  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Bus revolution to put power in passengers' hands on: March 26, 2019, 11:49:45 am
Thereís a third party website with tracking for many of the big groups with more operators being tracked each week here:

https://bustimes.org/vehicles
15  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Cutdown 125's to operate Penzance to Plymouth clockface service on: March 25, 2019, 07:43:26 pm
The 2+4 sliding doors as we know are designated class 255
Iíve just read the 2+4 slam door sets operated today have been allocated as class 257. I havenít seen reference to this until a few minutes ago!
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