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1  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: OTDIH - 4th February 2014 on: February 05, 2022, 07:46:47 am
It might be glaringly obvious, but I cannot work out what OTDIH stands for  Huh
2  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Night Riviera to be reduced for eight weeks due to engineering work - Jan 2022 on: January 25, 2022, 08:31:51 am
Re: detaching at Plymouth.
There used to be a shunting loco kept at Plymouth Station for this purpose (also handling the postal, and other movements), with a shunting person. However this came at a cost to cover both morning and evening movements. Removing the sleeper portion for Plymouth saved this cost at the expense of customer convenience. The loco would remain attached to the sleeper carriage in Platform 8.
3  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Totnes terminators? on: January 17, 2022, 07:59:41 am
On the NRE(resolve) website:
“Engineering work is taking place between Plymouth and Newton Abbot, closing some lines on Monday to Thursday evenings [this week].
As a result, a reduced train service will run between Plymouth and Newton Abbot after 19:25 each night. Some trains will not run, and replacement buses will run between Plymouth and Newton Abbot. Trains that do run will be subject to extended journey times between these stations.”
I’m guessing there is single line working in operation hence reduced capacity.
4  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Plymouth Station - refurbishment, improvements, timetable changes, events and incidents (merged on: October 21, 2021, 08:08:03 am
More news about the improvements at Plymouth:

“Passengers heading in and out of Plymouth railway station are finding their route smoother and easier thanks to a gateline that’s doubled in size…….”

https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/newsroom/pressreleases/newgatelinejustticket
5  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Okehampton on: October 12, 2021, 11:12:42 am
Details, timetable & fares on the line’s website: https://dartmoorline.com/

6  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Plymouth Station - refurbishment, improvements, timetable changes, events and incidents (merged on: October 02, 2021, 09:48:01 am
A detailed planning application has been submitted for the new multi-storey car park: https://planning.plymouth.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=R075MCMMFG800

A press release from the City Council is here: https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/newsroom/pressreleases/anothermilestoneregenerationareaaroundplymouthstation

The new car park is six storeys, which will allow the old car park to be demolished and site re-purposed. A key element is the road layout will be substantially changed with two-way access from North Road East hence no traffic passing the station entrance.
7  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Okehampton on: September 07, 2021, 07:58:06 am
The first train arrival at Exeter at 10am isn’t going to attract commuters!
Or is this just a draft and there will be something earlier?
Perhaps RichardB would comment (thanks).

12 Dec is a Sunday this year, the usual day of the week for TT changes, click forward on RTT» (Real Time Trains - website) to Monday you'll see the full service then.
Apologies, I failed to look at the calendar ☹️
8  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Okehampton on: September 06, 2021, 07:36:07 am
The first train arrival at Exeter at 10am isn’t going to attract commuters!
Or is this just a draft and there will be something earlier?
Perhaps RichardB would comment (thanks).
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Bridge strike Plymouth 30 August on: September 04, 2021, 11:15:07 am
I’ve just been past the site, and the road remains closed with scaffolding and propping in place. No doubt the repair has to ‘set’. The parapet has yet to be rebuilt.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Bridge strike Plymouth 30 August on: September 04, 2021, 08:33:12 am
There is a detailed report of the single line operating method applied here on the CRS news page here: http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/latest-input--news--old-pictures-etc

It’s dated 3rd September so you will need to scroll down the September news stories to locate it.

11  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Bridge strike Plymouth 30 August on: September 02, 2021, 08:55:44 pm
There was a comprehensive report from the site on BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page) Spotlight this evening, about 10 minutes in. Available on iplayer until tomorrow.
An easy report for them to do as the BBC studios are only a few hundred yards away!
The NR» (Network Rail - home page) engineer interviewed was hopeful that repairs would be complete for a normal service from Saturday (with an appropriate caveat).
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Bridge strike Plymouth 30 August on: September 01, 2021, 12:06:30 pm
About the gradient…
The point I was trying to make was that the steep gradient might have prompted the driver to have been accelerating, hence entering the arch at pace and with momentum.
I walked past a short while ago, and workmen were busy erecting scaffolding.
Methinks this is not going to be quick!
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Bridge strike Plymouth 30 August on: September 01, 2021, 08:00:20 am
The road appears to be sloping upwards through the bridge…..snip

OTC

Yes, the road is VERY steep upwards under the bridge in the direction the truck was moving!  I guess the driver had ‘put his foot down’ having seen the gradient, hence making it worse.
14  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Devon and Cornwall resignalling on: June 29, 2021, 08:29:17 am
Where is the interface with Plymouth panel?

Plymouth controls west up to the Liskeard distant.
15  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Devon and Cornwall resignalling on: June 28, 2021, 04:24:06 pm
And the answer Simon has provided is this:

“ Yes and no, the Mechanical Semaphores at Lostwithiel, Par and Truro are all being replaced with LED Colour Lights, they will be controlled by a VDU Workstation at Exeter rather than the panel. However, the Mechanical Semaphore Signals at Liskeard, St. Blazey, Goonbarrow and St. Erth will remain and worked by their respective boxes.”
 
So a partial resignalling then!
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