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1  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: Channel 5 series - Paddington Station 24/7, starting 11 September 2017 on: Yesterday at 06:32:28 pm
The trailer for next week suggests the “lack of train crew” and consequent cancellations will feature
Does GWR not get a say as to what’s shown and what is not? Next week’s program might not look to good for them. Or maybe it gives them chance to explain why there’s been a shortage of crew.

Let's hope the true picture shines through. If GWR were allowed to censor it can you imagine what a dull , sycophantic programme it would be?
2  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Plymouth station stabbing: Murder investigation as man dies - 8 August 2017 on: Yesterday at 06:18:22 pm
My first question would be - why did it take 10 minutes for the BTP to arrive?

Perhaps they were 10 minutes away when they received the call?

I believe they're based at Plymouth station.
3  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Plymouth station stabbing: Murder investigation as man dies - 8 August 2017 on: Yesterday at 07:53:34 am

Well done that man.

My first question would be - why did it take 10 minutes for the BTP to arrive?
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: Yesterday at 06:31:38 am
HST on the 07.30 Paddington - Penzance & rtn today.

All services to and from the westcountry (beyond Exeter) that were IET last week are HST today. And possibly for the rest of the week too.

There's an issue with fuelling at Laira. Apparently the IETs don't like the taste of the liquid refreshment they're getting in Devon.

The computers are saying the fuel is contaminated.



Beyond parody.

Still, we've had the wrong kind of snow, rain, leaves, sunshine etc, so why not the wrong kind of fuel too? 
5  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Car Parking in Salisbury on: September 17, 2018, 06:23:58 am
It would be a shame if all those Russian tourists who are only coming to see the Cathedral were put off by inadequate parking.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: September 16, 2018, 07:47:53 pm

Yep, but they didn't press on with production producing a lame duck (so far with the IEP's) offering.

They probably thought spending £50 million was enough.
7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The West - but NOT the West's trains / Re: Voter ratio on: September 16, 2018, 10:14:04 am
As someone who has lived in both Devon and Cornwall, given that the latter voted to leave the EU which underwrites or at least underpins their entire economy, I'm surprised they're trusted with crayons and paper, never mind a voice in Parliament.

How can you possibly defend the interests of turkeys who vote for Christmas?
8  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: September 16, 2018, 10:06:20 am
In our Sunday paper there is a GWR “Famous Five” advert claiming “More seats, more trains, more adventures”.

I wonder how this would stand up to a complaint to and a subsequent investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority.  The third claim is probably true, but the first two?

If you call being stuck on one of their brand new trains that’s broken down for six hours an adventure then yes.

Beat me to it!!!  Grin (I wonder how much these adverts cost by the way?)
9  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Re: Rail industry review to be launched by the government next week [9.2018] on: September 16, 2018, 09:54:14 am
Carillion, rail franchises, G4S in prisons, Crapita - the entire neoliberal model is a house of cards. Some of it has collapsed - the rest will.

Neoliberalism (Blair and the Tories) has never been about value for money for the taxpayer. Its been about providing an unearned rental for private capital out of state assets. Its economic folly - but supported by shills in the media. PFI - estimated loss to the tax payer £223 billion. Private losses by banks - £550 billion private loss paid for by public austerity.

As long as the 'little people' can be brainwashed to blame benefit scroungers and immigrants they don't seem to notice. But alarmingly for the establishment they are starting to notice - and the policy of loading both main political parties with neoliberal shills has broken down.

Yep, can't wait till Corbyn takes over and sorts it all out, we'll all be so much better off............ Roll Eyes
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: September 16, 2018, 09:52:10 am
BR never had this problem......

APT?
11  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Re: SNCF - Driverless Trains by 2023? on: September 14, 2018, 06:37:05 am
It's not a new thing in the UK. GWR have scores of driverless trains, mostly on Sundays.
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Intercity Express Train (IET) failure, near Exeter, 13 September 2018 on: September 14, 2018, 06:34:59 am
Passengers have now arrived back at a Exeter St Davids around six hours after the train ground to a halt.

Six hours.  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Doesn’t fill you with confidence using these fancy ultra modern run by a computer trains. At least with an HST if one power car fails you still have the other in most situations.

Don't worry, I'm sure GWR have robust contingency plans in place to prevent passengers being stranded for hours in the event of a failure.......🤔
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Problems with the Night Riviera sleeper - December 2014 onwards on: September 12, 2018, 02:20:07 pm
Not related to last night.


Operational convenience ahead of customer service.


The most succinct and accurate description of GWR I have yet seen...……….BNM there is a good marketing man lost in you!!!
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Problems with the Night Riviera sleeper - December 2014 onwards on: September 12, 2018, 10:36:45 am
Hence why the up sleeper was terminated at Reading and passengers sent forward on a two car unit.

Now that's what I call a rude awakening!
15  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Christmas 2018 - Westbury Station Closure on: September 12, 2018, 09:58:33 am
Not sure I follow how do passengers from Westbury plus those who normally change there get to and from London and the West of England?

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