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1  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Amended timetable from 4 January 21 on: January 10, 2021, 07:53:28 am
The roads seem equally busier - not sure if that?s what others are experiencing too?

During the first lockdown the M5 at Weston was practically empty; now I would describe it as reasonably busy.  The A38 is similar.
The roads around West Cornwall are quieter but still busy.  Rush hour in our 'capital' is perhaps around a third as busy as peak, however, there are still many cars (not taxis) with 3 or 4 people, and a lot with 2 people.
Certainly not essential travel I feel.   
2  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Engineering work to close St Ives branch Jan to Feb 2021 on: January 02, 2021, 11:43:08 am
Is it me? 
The clear track adjacent to the track laying equipment (Stafford picture https://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/news/stafford-rail-development-sets-track-laying-record-as-it-enters-final-stages-1) looks very 'kinked'.
Guess there is a technical term for it.
3  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: 4 carriages reduced to 2 - is this the end of GWR pacers? on: January 01, 2021, 11:07:54 am
....... To me it is the Hill of Tara, in Co Meath which was the seat of the High Kings of Ireland. 

I feel there's a story to be told here  Wink
4  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: 2020 - TransWilts cancellation and amendment log on: December 30, 2020, 06:36:35 am
I do remember (yonks ago) a DMU crawling along a station, with the driver waiting for a 1 bell stop buzz from the guard.  Happened a few times.
Also happened in steam days with the driver waiting for a long whistle as to when to stop.

Apologies, off topic!
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: On train catering - light hearted options to the West Country on: December 29, 2020, 01:52:49 pm
Going back many (many) years.  Taking the train from Penzance to Wick via London.
Whilst on the Inverness to Wick section I bought a few miniature whisky bottles from the buffet.
Having consumed those quite quickly I went back for several more; and again a little later.
On my next visit to the buffet I was told they had sold me the last one on board but they would meet the down train halfway, and would get a supply from that train (and would bring to my seat).
Trains duly passed, and several more bottles were bought to me.

Those were the days..... Wink
6  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: On train catering - light hearted options to the West Country on: December 29, 2020, 09:45:32 am

Beat me to it - but I think people may quickly tire of a menu consisting of Fillet steak and Port?

 Wink

Perhaps a free Port with every steak!
7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: On train catering - light hearted options to the West Country on: December 29, 2020, 06:40:14 am
Trying to apply very solid clotted cream over runny jam is futile, as is solid jam over runny cream.
I withdraws my vote for member broadgage! (Been watching Worzel Gummidge, apologies)
Local Cornish produce would produce nothing runny; it would always be firm.
Jam first.  Grin Grin
8  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: On train catering - light hearted options to the West Country on: December 28, 2020, 08:09:02 am
May I suggest member broadgage takes charge of OUR catering section.
Guaranteed to be a great success, which in turn would remove all the other caterers.

Vote broadgage NOW  Wink
9  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Which termini / how many have you visited? on: December 26, 2020, 10:49:41 am
A vote for missing Kingswear please.
Also a vote for the missing Dartmouth which had a booking office but never a railway.
Went to school in steam/DMU days between Kingswear and Churston.
Quite often if the main line went missing, the Brixham DMU would be pressed into service to return is US (as in pupils) back to Kingswear 

Edit to change is to us - apologies
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Non-stop, North Pole to Pilning, 24.12.2020 on: December 22, 2020, 05:59:04 am
Maybe Graham wrote to Santa....

Well, he DOES have friends in high places...... Wink Wink
11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Problems with the Night Riviera sleeper - December 2014 onwards on: December 18, 2020, 07:03:16 am
Just wondering if the two threads ((this one and http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=24328.15)) on the sleeper service could be merged into one, perhaps under a "Sleeper Service" heading.
Problems, amendments or praise could be under the one thread.
12  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Will Cornwall be worse off after completion of Brexit? on: December 15, 2020, 02:12:56 pm

Clearly I won?t be doing that again Grin


Proper job!  Grin
13  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Will Cornwall be worse off after completion of Brexit? on: December 15, 2020, 05:45:47 am

Sadly the Brexiteers failed to recognise how much transformation of the Cornish economy occurred as a result of European investment.


Like the UK Brexit vote, this will split the forum vote as well.
I think Boris won the election vote by a simple theme of "Let's get it done"! The argument had gone on too long and everyone was sick and fed up with the stalemate.
Whilst the country was divided, what finally swung it the Boris way was the total indecision of Parliament over several years.
Yes, Cornwall voted leave; as said above, only time will tell if that was right or wrong. 
The country is STILL split with many being certain that the world will end for the UK very shortly.
Maybe Cornwall will soon end up bankrupt and closed for business; only time will tell  Smiley Smiley
14  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Will Cornwall be worse off after completion of Brexit? on: December 14, 2020, 03:39:21 pm
I shall try to be as non-incendiary as possible Grin

In another post on another thread I recently mentioned the dual carriageway that now runs all the way from Redruth to Exeter..

Er, not quite.
Dual carriageway from Camborne to Chiverton roundabout (turn right for Truro).
Single road from Chiverton to Carland Cross roundabout.
Thence dual to Exeter and on up.....
Planning stages going through for dualling between Chiverton and Carland - once completed it WILL be dualled between Exeter and Camborne, but that won't be until (maybe) December 2022.

https://assets.highwaysengland.co.uk/roads/road-projects/A30+Carland+Cross/A30+newsletter+-+Issue+7.pdf
 
https://highwaysengland.co.uk/our-work/south-west/a30-chiverton-to-carland-cross/
15  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Fares - London to Plymouth - 1902, 1967 and 2020. Compare to income. on: December 13, 2020, 10:52:15 am

Salaries / incomes from various sources - very hard to find like for like comparisons across the years - before/after tax, individual/household, etc ... also very hard to compare train fares - I don't know how many people paid full fare in 1902; these days it's a minority.

Would have thought most people pay the full fare these days? Apart from season tickets and some on discount railcards.
Even less are aware of split ticketing.
Possibly because it's easier just to pay the full amount than searching and working out discounts, etc.
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