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 on: Today at 12:32:18 am 
Started by basset44 - Last post by MVR S&T
That is on a train? even in Canada I would not think it could be that wide?
Also see there is a 'no pets' sign but with a dog in the photo, perhaos a guide dog..

 on: Today at 12:01:01 am 
Started by grahame - Last post by bignosemac
To be fair to GWR, the IET service that was mentioned does call at Keynsham. That particular call from an 'intercity' service toward Bristol has been in the timetable for some years I believe.

 on: Yesterday at 10:38:16 pm 
Started by bignosemac - Last post by paul7755
It wasn’t quite so much of a problem at Fareham when they painted “Drop Of Zone”.  The space was just big enough to squeeze in a pretty narrow F...

 on: Yesterday at 10:32:34 pm 
Started by grahame - Last post by grahame
What use is the IET service GWR mentioned in its apology?

It doesn't call at Oldfield Park.

I wondered that too.  I suspect there may be some "lateral transfer" with Bath to Bristol passengers electing to move off the (over)crowded stoppers onto the now-more-spacious expresses.   However, that's probably hard to measure, limited in the numbers who change, and darned hard to sell to the people at Oldfield Park and Keynsham who see the trains with extra seats whizzing past them to be followed by a stopper with standing room only.

I confess to also thinking that the spin in this was interesting.
The company added: “We do everything we can to run our services with the planned number of carriages, however, sometimes it is not always possible.

Totally agree that even with an adequate buffer of trains set aside to stand in when things go wrong, there will always be occasions when trains are short formed or cancelled.  I'm not convinced, though, that there is an appropriate buffer and short trains run on too many occasions.  Hot spares at Westbury, Gloucester and Plymouth wouldn't solve every issue but would certainly help to make things a lot better, be it the end of 2 cars on summer Saturdays to Weymouth, or half length peak trains along the Avon Valley from Bath.   No doubt readers will wonder just where GWR would get these trains from, as 150s and 158s are like gold dust;  I suspect there may be a couple of stored HSTs that could be used as "Castles" and release 3 x 2 cars from other diagrams.  And, sure, it's a business case / decision; I'm sure that the staff on the ground do everything they can to run the services - but the text "within the business case set" (by GWR or DfT?) should perhaps be added to complete the comment?

 on: Yesterday at 10:24:06 pm 
Started by grahame - Last post by stuving
The closure only runs until 30th, with the line reopening at 04:00 on 31st.

 on: Yesterday at 09:47:47 pm 
Started by grahame - Last post by bignosemac
What use is the IET service GWR mentioned in its apology?

It doesn't call at Oldfield Park.

 on: Yesterday at 09:31:48 pm 
Started by basset44 - Last post by grahame
It's a ploy to get broadgage to go to the buffet and ask to stand in front of one of the ovens.

Not a new train ... but I bought coffee and toast on the 10 O'Clock on Monday morning.  In this case, personal preference to a trolley in this case.   Easy hand luggage only, and plenty of seats once I had got my coffee and toast.  The layout of the passenger area in this case helped.

P.S. Blooming cold waiting - toast warm inside!

 on: Yesterday at 09:12:37 pm 
Started by bignosemac - Last post by bignosemac

Oh dear. Shocked

 on: Yesterday at 09:12:30 pm 
Started by basset44 - Last post by TonyK
Hi All,

Caught the 17.56 from Cardiff to London on Friday and felt cold.

Today caught the 14.12 from Reading to Cardiff and it was Freezing, everyone sitting wearing coats and hats.

Walked through all 2nd class carriages in the front 5 cars and everyone was cold.

Is this a ploy to buy hot drinks from trolley.


It's a ploy to get broadgage to go to the buffet and ask to stand in front of one of the ovens.

 on: Yesterday at 08:55:36 pm 
Started by grahame - Last post by grahame

I have started separate threads for each of the changes that mean there's a gap of 4 or more days in services ... Paddington to Slough, Bristol to South Wales, and Ash to Gatwick / Redhill.  No separate thread for the works at Salisbury on 27th December.  Not sure how much to put up on the forum for engineering ... tried to draw a sensible line, but open for member's thoughts.  Unless we have a volunteer  Grin Grin and members indicating they want it  Grin Grin I would suggest we don't clutter with the far more common weekend closures.

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