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« Reply #135 on: September 06, 2012, 08:47:25 am »

As I was just about to board my morning 0634 Gatwick bound service at Reading this morning I noticed a 180 pulling in on P7 to continue onto Worcester. Nothing unusual about that but the service itself looked pristine - so I don't know if this was the most recently refurbed units or it had just had a wash!

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« Reply #136 on: September 07, 2012, 08:04:44 pm »

There was a 180 Adelante sitting in the turbo sidings looking very forlorn this evening as a two car 165 drew into P3 to form the 1732 stopping service from Oxford
to Gt Malvern, we were informed that the 180 was broken leading to the last minute change of stock and platform. I have still only managed 2 trips on an Adelante since they 'replaced' the turbos as they keep getting replaced back!
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« Reply #137 on: September 13, 2012, 08:07:58 pm »

Tonight's 1732 Oxford to gt Malvern was a 180 tonight after a day or so with a 2 car turbo. Surprised to see a trolley attempting to make its way along the train when there is a shop (which was all shut up)
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« Reply #138 on: September 14, 2012, 09:00:16 am »

Surprised to see a trolley attempting to make its way along the train when there is a shop (which was all shut up)

The shop, or 'Refresca Caf^ Bar' as it was once rather stupidly called, is not currently in use on the Adelantes.  I don't think there are any plans for it to be in use either, and a trolley service will usually be provided instead, staffed by Rail Gourmet.
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« Reply #139 on: September 14, 2012, 05:38:15 pm »

On Friday 14th Sept saw an empty 180 running east non- stop through reading (I think the unit number ended 109) possibily a failed unit en route to OOC (Old Oak Common (depot)) by chance? This was about 1725i
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« Reply #140 on: September 14, 2012, 05:50:20 pm »

That was involved in fatality at Evesham, going back to OOC (Old Oak Common (depot)).

Means now 2 180's down because of fatalities.
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« Reply #141 on: September 28, 2012, 02:32:42 am »

Do the 180s come out at weekends - or is it still the old mixture of HSTs (High Speed Train) and Turbos?
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« Reply #142 on: September 28, 2012, 06:57:00 am »

Do the 180s come out at weekends - or is it still the old mixture of HSTs (High Speed Train) and Turbos?

When I was waiting for my.north downs service Thursday am this week there were two in reading at the same time. The normal 622 to Worcester on p7 and (I think) an Oxford service on p9.

The p9 service was definitely a 180 at p9 but can't be 100 sure of its destination. I know when I arrived at reading some of the services from London were a bit late so that may have been something to do with the appearance of the twins
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« Reply #143 on: September 28, 2012, 09:08:42 am »

When  Mark of FGW (First Great Western) first advised CLPG» (Cotswold Line Promotion Group - about) of the possible return of Adelantes some time ago he did say that they would operate in service on weekdays only, normally. At weekends they would receive the regular routine servicing and that Turbos would continue to be seen on off-peak weekend services.
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« Reply #144 on: September 28, 2012, 12:11:53 pm »

Which does seem sensible, especially as there are more bikes around on the Cotswold Line at weekends, and bike storage is not the 180s' strong point. Would be good to let one out for the Hereford service on Sunday that's currently operated by a Turbo, though!
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« Reply #145 on: September 28, 2012, 02:27:33 pm »

Reliability has taken a distinct turn for the better lately, still not perfect, but much better.  All 5 engines were working on one set I heard earlier in the week!
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« Reply #146 on: September 28, 2012, 05:38:35 pm »

Thanks for that.
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« Reply #147 on: September 30, 2012, 12:38:53 pm »

Alas, not a good weekend. I carefully organise to travel earlier on Sunday so as to catch the 12:42 - but the HST (High Speed Train) that's in the timetable is actually a Turbo. Nothing listed on 'journeycheck', so I assume that's what's supposed to happen. Correct?

Meanwhile, only two out of the six doors appear to be working.
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« Reply #148 on: September 30, 2012, 12:44:44 pm »

Alas, not a good weekend. I carefully organise to travel earlier on Sunday so as to catch the 12:42 - but the HST (High Speed Train) that's in the timetable is actually a Turbo. Nothing listed on 'journeycheck', so I assume that's what's supposed to happen. Correct?

It's booked for a HST, so something must have happened!  My money would be on the booked HST failing, or possibly the Paddington driver working it as far as Oxford doesn't 'sign' HSTs?  I hope they strengthen it at Oxford on the way back otherwise there will be no room to move - I expect it's pretty cozy on the way to Hereford as well!
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« Reply #149 on: September 30, 2012, 12:49:07 pm »

Pretty cosy at the moment.

And we've just had an apology that it's cosy because the HST (High Speed Train) broke down.
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