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 on: Today at 09:46:09 am 
Started by bobm - Last post by Thatcham Crossing
Summary of my observations from the Newbury Railcam of this morning's operations.....

2K27 0753 NBY-RDG was a 5-car IET! (suspect Midgham and Aldermaston didn't expect that)
1K02 0707 PAD-BDW was a 5-car IET (noted that it arrived 3E at RDG)
2K29 0755 BDW-RDG was a 3-car 16x
2K34 0811 RDG-NBY was a 4-car 387
2K36 0834 RDG-BDW was a 5-car IET
1K09 0841 BDW-PAD was a 5-car IET
1K04 0806 PAD-NBY was a 9-car IET (becomes 1K11 NBY-PAD)

So all the 1Kxx's that I saw above were IET's, and a few others besides (including a Newbury-Reading stopper!)

 on: Today at 09:06:03 am 
Started by grahame - Last post by paul7755
Again on SWR, someone in another forum reckoned that splitting the Guildford - Ascot into two, (it now runs as separate Guildford - Farnham and Aldershot to Ascot legs), produces about 70 additional services per day on its own. Do you count each way separately, I think they usually do?

So SWR obviously weren’t including that change in their headline figure, as the rest of their “real” additions were already up to the 50 or 60 required each weekday...


 on: Today at 08:37:30 am 
Started by grahame - Last post by grahame
At RailFuture on Saturday, the members present were asked to vote for one (extended in discussion to two) topics that the organisation should concentrate looking at for the future.  Please forgive the bright colours here - done to make it as readable as possible from the rough picture on my phone.

I'm afraid I asked for a "write in" extra topic - encouraging people to make best use of existing services, and I could have added another - being something of a transport campaigner trainer organisation.

With just a couple of votes each (electorate of about 60 people) nothing came in really high - most votes were "new stations and routes" and "climate change".  Several topics with zero or one vote ... three for my "write-in" which as it was called at the end, not on the screen and people had to hold their votes back was a couple more than I expected.

 on: Today at 08:12:43 am 
Started by Richard Fairhurst - Last post by charles_uk
So it looks like an end of April target to get all the platform extensions open on the Cotswold Line, rather than the original end of March target.  Let’s hope it doesn’t slip any further than that.

Well, it didn’t happen in April, but a date of Monday 20th May has now been announced, so not long to wait, and in time for the busy summer season thankfully.

Well, the full platform was certainly in operation at Hanborough this morning. Presumably I was the only Coffee Shop member catching the 0710 MIM:PAD this morning as I felt a little bit of a lemon being the only person standing on the platform extension whilst everyone else was bunched down the other end!

 on: Today at 08:11:22 am 
Started by bignosemac - Last post by Adelante_CCT
My little amateur montage of the final four:

 on: Today at 07:47:12 am 
Started by grahame - Last post by froome
Intention achieved. Last minute check on Met, E wind, meant that I did it in "reverse formation" so to speak, Havant to Fareham. Weather fine and dry, managed to dodge the showers. Going firm to hard. Tide high. Showed Langstone Harbour almost at its best, despite growing up on Hayling and appreciating the finer points of mud

Only one other person on the Hayling Ferry, so they could do with a bit of support, both Havant and Portsmouth are on PlusBus although no bus goes to the ferry either end. Try and walk (or cycle) the Hayling Billy line. Portsmouth preparing for the 75th anniversary of D-Day, early June when there is a big visitor might not be the best time to go.

On the Gosport side went down to Stokes Bay, and then followed the line of the old branch to to Stokes Bay. Anglesey Terrace looked stunning in the sunshine No progress has been made on extending the Fareham - Gosport busway.

I have done that ride myself, though it was about 15 years ago, and remember there being a particularly good mobile coffee van at Stokes Bay, parked in the car park. Is it still there?

I don't think Hayling Island has ever been linked by ferry on its eastern side, which I find odd, though I assume the tides and distances there have never allowed for an easy crossing.

Have you used the West Itchenor to Bosham ferry? Sadly it wasn't running when I cycled down that way, but I believe it goes under the wonderful name of Itchy Bosom!

 on: Today at 07:40:02 am 
Started by PhilWakely - Last post by ellendune
But this situation isn't just about surfers, the way this new 'rule' has been seemingly secretly rolled out without planning or consultation, despite the fact that there is a clear demand for surfboard accommodation, should be a warning to us all.

A clear demand on how many services in a year? If money had to be spent to make this provision how much would it subsidise each surf board user? Or would the charge to pay for it, remove the demand?

It may be surfers affected today but tomorrow will it be, for example:


those wishing to purchase food/drink

those requiring an accessible toilet

the list could go on.

Now this is just getting silly.  The accessible toilet is required by law (provided toilets are provided at all).    

 on: Today at 07:08:32 am 
Started by grahame - Last post by CyclingSid
Thanks for the background Stuving.

Another aspect of this incident that always sticks is that the train driver was charged with manslaughter, and acquitted. If a bus or coach driver had caused similar fatalities they would have only been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, and a potentially lighter sentence.

 on: Today at 07:04:58 am 
Started by Rhydgaled - Last post by CyclingSid
As far as local government is concerned, with my usual cynical hat on, they will prefer to "buy" something they can have their photo taken in front of and get some local media coverage. Improving the drains (not a Spoonerism) rarely cuts it.

 on: Today at 06:31:31 am 
Started by LawrenceHillbilly - Last post by grahame

Nearly right. Air Suspension Isolating Cock

It differentiates it from ASIC - Air Supply Isolating Cock

Thanks! We'll ask grahame to update the Acronyms list.

Or I could tell you - as a moderator - how to update the list  Grin Grin . Logic is to plan ahead from the AGM though, so I'll add it this time.   Much else needs updating on that list - a review of current entries, some of which reflect things as they were some time ago.

For the moment, I have added the entries in question.

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