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1  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: What new technology / extra ways should be used to improve the fare system? on: August 07, 2018, 10:09:46 pm
I missed it... but for us on the Jurassic Mule we offer a discount to buy tickets online, or from one of our agents as it means less cash for our drivers to carry and less frequent bank trips.
We business bank with NatWest, whoís nearest branch is a 24 mile round trip away in Honiton!
2  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Easements ... some current interesting examples on: July 31, 2018, 10:51:58 pm
That last one does seem a bit odd...



I think they've forgotten one.

999999 - Customers travelling from St Erth to St Ives in possession of tickets routed "Any Permitted" may not travel via Wick. This easement applies in both directions.

So instead of wick I can go via Glasgow still I assume  Grin
3  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Name of the fastest line from London to Plymouth on: July 29, 2018, 12:03:58 am
Itís the B&H
4  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: South Western Railways fuel problem on: July 27, 2018, 10:51:34 pm
Donít they split at Salisbury anyway?
5  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Jurassic Mule runs again for 2018 on: July 27, 2018, 07:06:07 pm
I see the Jurassic Mule is linking West Bay, Bridport to the Sir John Colfox School tomorrow for the Bridport and District Model Railway Club exhibition.
With more space at the school than their usual venue this is expected to be the largest they have put on.

http://www.bridportnews.co.uk/news/16377669.bridport-and-district-model-railway-club-exhibition-on-track-to-be-biggest-yet/

An approximate timetable is attached.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Discrimination against night shift workers on: July 27, 2018, 12:33:21 pm
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Working out whether the ticket time is more or less than 24 hrs? Surely it's not that difficult, even for the Cornish? 😉

As a Cornishman, I take your comment as being offensive and unnecessary given the context.  I invite you to apologise to the forum.

As a Plymothian, who spent most of the first dozen years of his life living in West Cornwall, and to this day regularly engages in similar banter with friends on both sides of the Tamar I must politely decline your invitation, if only because you do not speak for the entire forum.

I regret I hurt your feelings, which are clearly a great deal more delicate than those of most Cornishmen that I know.

(and by the way - cream on first before jam!)





As a cornish man Iím glad I saw it as a bit of banter. Got to remember not veryone has a sense of humour in this day and age!
7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Delays make you happy? on: July 22, 2018, 07:37:24 am
Last Sunday I was glad of seeing a late runner at Exeter St Davidís. Turned my 45 minute connection into a 2 minute connection. The service I ended up on was timetabled a  22 minutes before my incoming service from Axminster was due to arrive.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Jurassic Mule runs again for 2018 on: July 19, 2018, 12:25:25 pm
Saturday is the relaunch day.
Here is our confirmed fleet. I cant confirm what will be running each day, although it is intended subject to mechanical availability that the RE will work weekends. It is too low capacity for nice days in the week, and no shelter for less nice days!

9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Stay at home Sunday on: July 17, 2018, 09:18:04 am
Itís not totally GWRs fault. The contract terminology dates from 1999. The powerful union are resisting change.
I was at a beer festival with a member of train crew on Saturday evening and the resource manager called and offered him a huge bonus to work his unavailable Sunday. He had to decline as there wasnít a chance of being under the alcohol limit by anytime on Sunday!
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Stay at home Sunday on: July 17, 2018, 12:34:01 am
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23:35 arrival 1C92 17:57 Paddington to Plymouth ran as two seperate trains. 17:57 Paddington to Plymouth and 21:37 Plymouth to Penzance. Connection maintained at Plymouth as it was the same set throughout.

I was on this one. Why would it show as run as two separate trains? Iím guesisng due to previously advertising as being cut at Plymouth?

The driver who took over at Exeter was known to my friend so we had a quick chat with him, and he took the set from Exeter to Penzance.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Stay at home Sunday on: July 16, 2018, 12:06:54 pm
Things must have improved. I caught the delayed (roughly) 2030 from Exeter and it was going through to Penzance.

The only time Iíve ever been glad of a late train. We caught the 2006 from Axminster aiming for the 2120 (ish) to Plymouth. We pulled in at platform 3 at Exeter at 2042 as the delayed Penzance train was approaching.

My car was in Plymouth for the weekend as I was out of Liskeard earlier than the first train from Cornwall on Saturday morning, which would have been a contingency with all the cancellations
I think they did, but because trains were removed from the system(s) Realtime Trains uses as it's source, usually a great help at times of disruption and cancellations, wasn't much use yesterday. So yes, I believe some further trains from London did make it to Penzance but we don't have a record of which ones did and which ones didn't in the end. It may have been that GWR were able to run more trains than expected at the start of the day. Hope for all those who were travelling that they were able to.

I believe the one I was on is the last scheduled Penzance service normlwly. It was full and standing.
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Stay at home Sunday on: July 16, 2018, 10:36:51 am
The last direct train from London to Penzance, the 1457, will now start at Exeter.  Sad

Things must have improved. I caught the delayed (roughly) 2030 from Exeter and it was going through to Penzance.

The only time Iíve ever been glad of a late train. We caught the 2006 from Axminster aiming for the 2120 (ish) to Plymouth. We pulled in at platform 3 at Exeter at 2042 as the delayed Penzance train was approaching.

My car was in Plymouth for the weekend as I was out of Liskeard earlier than the first train from Cornwall on Saturday morning, which would have been a contingency with all the cancellations
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Always two sides to a story on: July 16, 2018, 10:31:25 am
Noting a suggestion elsewhere that hinted that the train was really powered by 66106 ... and that 60009 was little more than a decorative figurehead.   Is that the case, and does it mean that the train was really pulled by a steam engine or not?

The diesel was doing all of the hard work except on the Kingswear branch
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Always two sides to a story on: July 15, 2018, 11:40:07 pm
Caught sight of it down Kingswear. We did a Round Robin to give us more time to sober up after going to the Kingsbeer festival last night!
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Stay at home Sunday on: July 15, 2018, 09:34:38 am
This sounds fun.

I need to get from Axminster to Plymouth at 7ish tonight.

I see my service is running from Exeter to Plymouth, but I expect a sardine can, as the two proceeding Exeter to Plymouth are cancelled!
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