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1  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2022 - TransWilts cancellations and amendments log on: May 28, 2022, 11:21:15 am
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08:08 Swindon to Weymouth due 10:24

08:08 Swindon to Weymouth due 10:24 will be delayed at Westbury.
This is due to a fault on this train.
Toilet facilities are not available.

Loo break at Westbury?  All rush for the station toilet?
Well despite leaving Westbury ten minutes late, arrival in Weymouth was on-time.

And no-one else will be inconvenienced by this faulty loo today, because that train spends all afternoon in the Jersey Sidings at Weymouth, prior to hitching a ride back to Bristol on the rear of the last GWR (Great Western Railway) departure of the day from Weymouth.
2  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Adventures - Melksham to Brighton - 23.5.2022 on: May 27, 2022, 05:41:23 pm
It would make sense if the 18:24 ex PMH routinely divided at WSB» (Westbury - next trains), with CDF» (Cardiff - next trains) and CMN portions ... 5 cars not needed that late at night - or does it become a key late evening service on return from CDF?

Well it was deemed worthy of having another two carriages attached at Bristol to make it back up to 4 cars; something to do with a certain Mr Sheeran performing in Cardiff I believe  Wink
3  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Adventures - Melksham to Brighton - 23.5.2022 on: May 27, 2022, 01:56:19 pm
I’m intrigued by your planned return journey; via Reading presumably to get the 20:45 from Swindon?

It’s unfortunate you weren’t doing the journey yesterday, when the 20:06 from Westbury to Cheltenham was a guaranteed connection off the 18:24 from Portsmouth Harbour, as the train to form the Cheltenham was split off the rear of the Portsmouth - Cardiff train due to a train failure earlier in the day. But then yesterday of course, the 16:30 from Brighton ran through to Southampton as booked!
4  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: 155R 1134 Llandrindod to Weymouth Jersey Siding 22/5/22 on: May 24, 2022, 08:42:39 am
The Jersey sidings were added in 1938/9and are the only ones now available.

A single Jubilee Siding remains available for use, but it’s a very far cry from what used to be there, as shown in the track diagram you posted.

The relatively recent addition of sleepers across the London ends of the two remaining Jersey Sidings prevents their use for run-round moves these days. I’m unsure whether Network Rail would make special arrangements for them to be removed if a train operator did require to use this facility.

As an aside, going back to the OP (Original Poster / topic starter), the headcode for this train was 1Z65, 155R being the obfuscated version displayed on RealTimeTrains, Traksy, etc.
5  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Rail line shut after train hits mini digger near Craven Arms on: May 24, 2022, 08:27:10 am
What I don’t understand about this is that if the blockage is at Craven Arms, why are no trains running north of Hereford so leaving Leominster and Ludlow not served

My educated guesswork would be that the unit workings wouldn’t match-up if they were to have run through to Ludlow from Hereford, making the southbound return workings late. You also have traincrew diagramming to consider, as I expect Shrewsbury would normally be a point where crew would changeover and take their breaks, which instead would perhaps be taken at Hereford during the layover between the northbound arrival and southbound departure.

Fortunately, the line has now reopened.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Peak Shoulders and Joining Short on: May 16, 2022, 08:54:53 pm
My understanding is that the “not valid on trains timed to depart before 0930” restriction is applied to the starting point shown on the ticket I.e. Swansea in your example, and that is irrespective of where you actually board the train. Hence the Off-peak Day Return from Swansea would not be valid on the 0923 from Swansea at any point of the train’s journey between Swansea and Cardiff, even if you were to board after 0930 at Neath.

I therefore surmise that the Anytime Day Return was the correct ticket for your journey.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: In a changing world, the longest distance trains from... Bath Spa on: May 13, 2022, 10:33:15 pm
Oooo I’ve just thought of another one. Let’s see if anyone gets it.

Oxford?
8  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2022 - TransWilts cancellations and amendments log on: May 11, 2022, 08:13:42 am
06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:09
06:11 Swindon to Southampton Central due 08:09 will be diverted between Chippenham and Trowbridge.
It will no longer call at Melksham.
It will be delayed due to the diversion and is expected to be 7 minutes late.
This is due to a points failure.

This one ended up leaving Swindon only a couple of minutes late after a commendably swift turnaround there, and ran via Melksham as scheduled.
9  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2022 - TransWilts cancellations and amendments log on: May 10, 2022, 09:58:28 am
The 08:45 from Swindon was five minutes late leaving to allow a late running service from Bristol to go in front. 

I believe it was a late train from London to Bristol that went in front of the TransWilts service.

That being the case, any passengers off that delayed London train wishing to connect onto the TransWilts train would have been able to successfully make their connection at Chippenham.

Once you have late-running, surely it’s inevitable that some (but not necessarily all) connections will end up being broken?
10  Journey by Journey / Heart of Wessex / Re: please tell me I have got this wrong on: April 18, 2022, 08:53:01 pm
Had it not been swapped for the 3-car 158 at Bristol on the southbound journey, the 17:30 from Weymouth would have been a 2-car 165 (165134, according to RTT» (Real Time Trains - website)).

That’s not to suggest that 3-cars was ideal, but it was looking likely to be much worse earlier in the day...
11  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: SWR May-December Timetables on: April 15, 2022, 09:39:33 am
Suggests to me that there must be some people at SWR» (South Western Railway - about) who are also still smarting from the decision to remove their services between Westbury and Bristol; and not just the passengers who used to use said services…. Sad
12  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2022 - TransWilts cancellations and amendments log on: April 02, 2022, 05:09:12 pm
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13:05 Swindon to Westbury due 13:48
15:05 Westbury to Swindon due 15:49
16:03 Swindon to Westbury due 16:44

16:03 Swindon to Westbury due 16:44 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.

For the record, an hour or so later the 15:05 and 16:03 trains were shown as reinstated.
13  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2022 - TransWilts cancellations and amendments log on: March 16, 2022, 05:16:56 pm
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17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:19 will be cancelled.
This is due to flood water making the railway potentially unsafe.

18:34 Westbury to Swindon due 19:21 will be cancelled.
This is due to flood water making the railway potentially unsafe.
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Alterations to services between Reading and Westbury
Due to flood water making the railway potentially unsafe between Reading and Westbury some lines are blocked.
Train services running to and from these stations may be delayed by up to 30 minutes or diverted between Reading and Taunton. Disruption is expected until 18:30 16/03.

Not been a good day on (and off) the TransWilts…
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Out and about - first week in March, 2022 on: March 08, 2022, 05:28:17 pm
11. Wurrul (or, if you prefer, Worle  Grin)
15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Out and about - first week in March, 2022 on: March 07, 2022, 07:57:47 pm
14. Parson Street
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