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1  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Sinkhole at Newton Abbot - main line closed 14/10/18 on: October 14, 2018, 09:02:36 pm
Code black in place... unable to source adequate road vehicles for replacement. A do not travel advise has been put in place.

.......what about people already in transit?

Iím not sure. My friend became aware of the Donít Travel instruction, whilst changing trains at Westbury on a Portsmouth to Torquay,
2  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Sinkhole at Newton Abbot - main line closed 14/10/18 on: October 14, 2018, 07:49:33 pm
Code black in place... unable to source adequate road vehicles for replacement. A do not travel advise has been put in place.
3  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Always seems to be the Bristol area! on: October 05, 2018, 10:22:57 pm
Bath vs Exeter in the rugby this evening (at Bath). I can find no other sporting matches this evening in the southwest.

4  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: Possible takeover offer - Firstgroup on: September 28, 2018, 05:13:55 am
or is it because he knows the end game is approaching and there will be a takeover offer that'll bump up the share price...

Trading on non public info is an offence isnít it?

Sounds more like a management buyout kind of scenario
5  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Re: Rise in car dependency - unintended consequence, or expected effect of policy? on: September 25, 2018, 05:12:23 pm
The problem is that there is little incentive....if passenger numbers seriously drop off then there might be, but otherwise franchises aren't set up any more to encourage the TOCs to (further) increase traveling numbers

This. I was discussing a poor experience with a cross country employee. His response interested me. ďManagement donít care as we are exceeding capacity so we could do with losing some passengersĒ
6  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Class 802s on: September 24, 2018, 03:07:36 pm
Today the 0730 pad to Penzance and 1400 Penzance to Paddington was 2 x 5

And the Royal Duchy (about noon off Penzance I think) was a 9 car. Possibly the first day of this one becoming a IET
7  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Re: Rise in car dependency - unintended consequence, or expected effect of policy? on: September 24, 2018, 02:02:03 pm
Iíd use Them if they coincide with my shifts. They currently donít! Maybe the cornwall frequency increase may change that!

8  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Class 802s on: September 24, 2018, 09:57:39 am
So the Existing pair of 0730 PAD-PNZ and 1400 PNZ-PAD is now embedded into the schedule. Any ideas as to what pairing to/from Cornwall will see the second IET working?

The 0635 off Paddington is an IET today, just passed it at Plymouth at 0945.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: For an important meeting - what would be the mode of your choice? on: September 24, 2018, 07:14:18 am
If it was important Iíd leave say an hour early and find somewhere for breakfast or coffee in close vicinity of the meeting.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Ferries? on: September 13, 2018, 12:07:11 am
A Wightlink season ticket is £1725 a year.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Problems with the Night Riviera sleeper - December 2014 onwards on: September 12, 2018, 05:24:58 pm
On the assumption the rescuing loco started the night on the front of the sleeper from Penzance I wonder if the same loco has ever brought the down sleeper back into Penzance the next morning.

I believe it was the one that started the night on the rear at Paddington and would have been needed from Paddington to depot. They terminated at Reading so the depot shunter can bring the stock in.
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: September 10, 2018, 10:30:07 am
I found all the unavailable staff today.... riding the (rumour has it) last ever HST to Newquay.


.......rather fortunate that they could find a driver for that one!  Roll Eyes


The driver is a well known driver in enthusiast circles.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: September 09, 2018, 09:30:38 pm
I found all the unavailable staff today.... riding the (rumour has it) last ever HST to Newquay.
14  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Re: Driving test level crossing crash, Poland on: September 05, 2018, 04:28:35 pm
Honest answer. I donít know the variations of level crossings. It is the crossing on Newquay branch near to St Columb Road station

Thanks for that. At least that one is a half barrier crossing. I wouldn't fancy doing the next one in a double-decker ! Shocked

all bus services go down Newquay Rd next to the Queen and Railway pub.
15  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Re: Driving test level crossing crash, Poland on: September 05, 2018, 06:15:53 am
... there is a level crossing on both registered test routes.

What kind of crossings are they, if I may ask?

Honest answer. I donít know the variations of level crossings. It is the crossing on Newquay branch near to St Columb Road station
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