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Author Topic: Whiteball Tunnel blockade - January / February 2014  (Read 17140 times)
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« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2013, 04:04:06 PM »

No mention of the 18-03, The Golden Hind, in the above link.
May one therefore presume that the 18-03 is expected to run as normal during the work ?


I imagine it's replaced by the 18:33 London Paddington-Penzance, and also probably by a service to Taunton around the same time. There are also 17:03 and 19:03 services which are diverted via Yeovil.
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« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2013, 04:05:36 PM »

No mention of the 18-03, The Golden Hind, in the above link.
May one therefore presume that the 18-03 is expected to run as normal during the work ?



As an educated guess, the 10 trains shown each way plus the sleeper will probably constitute the full First Great Western train service from Exeter via Yeovil.   Trains taking an hour longer ... so perhaps the 17:03 will be "The Golden Hind" when it gets to Exeter and beyond?     I also wonder if there's going to be a 15x working of some sort to allow West fleet units to be swapped between Exeter an Bristol as necessary
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« Reply #17 on: October 31, 2013, 01:07:57 PM »

With the single reversal at Exeter St Davids (EXD), would it be safe to assume the HST’s will run in reverse formation west of EXD, i.e. first class at the west end  If so will there be a mass turning of all sets on the first day at (or first visit to) Laira?
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« Reply #18 on: October 31, 2013, 03:02:39 PM »

I can't imagine there will be any additional turning, with the exception of the sleeper train which will be in reverse leaving Paddington, so correct formation for the short platforms in Cornwall.
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« Reply #19 on: November 25, 2013, 09:46:34 PM »

Was told today that a rare species of newt has been found in the area and there's an outside chance it could delay the works.
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« Reply #20 on: December 07, 2013, 01:07:59 PM »

In answer to the question about Pullman Restaurant services during the closure - this from the FGW website

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Customers should note that for the duration of the line closure, Pullman services will only be provided on the following services
 
• 11:47 Plymouth-Paddington 16:26 (weekdays). Pullman lunchtime menu provided.
• 17:03 Paddington-Plymouth 21:22. (weekdays). Pullman dinner menu provided.

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« Reply #21 on: December 07, 2013, 01:39:03 PM »

Is the timetable booklet available yet? Has yet to appear on the FGW website.
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« Reply #22 on: December 07, 2013, 01:43:37 PM »

Prompted by my own post earlier, I have emailed to ask that very question.
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« Reply #23 on: December 07, 2013, 07:08:01 PM »

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Customers should note that for the duration of the line closure, Pullman services will only be provided on the following services
 
• 11:47 Plymouth-Paddington 16:26 (weekdays). Pullman lunchtime menu provided.
• 17:03 Paddington-Plymouth 21:22. (weekdays). Pullman dinner menu provided.


Operated by the same crew? I hope not... That is just a setup for a rather large fall the way I see it...!
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« Reply #24 on: December 07, 2013, 08:11:05 PM »

I think it is - but the good news is the plan is they keep the same set so don't have to unload everything at Paddington and put it on another set.
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« Reply #25 on: December 09, 2013, 09:34:46 AM »

Is the timetable booklet available yet? Has yet to appear on the FGW website.

The news is there will be three timetable booklets produced for the Whiteball closure - London to Bedwyn, London to the West of England and main line services in Devon and Cornwall.  Should be on the website next week and in the stations after that.
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« Reply #26 on: December 09, 2013, 04:01:15 PM »


The news is there will be three timetable booklets produced for the Whiteball closure - London to Bedwyn, London to the West of England and main line services in Devon and Cornwall.  Should be on the website next week and in the stations after that.
Great, thanks for finding out Bob.
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« Reply #27 on: December 17, 2013, 04:13:21 PM »

well plymouth managed to get this out of it !

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normally:      05:30 Plymouth -  09:21 London   
          during works: 05:00 Plymouth -  09:01 London   
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« Reply #28 on: December 17, 2013, 08:02:54 PM »

The more specific (and worse) comparitor is that the normal 0900 PAD arrival departs PLY at 0553. Methinks I will stay in London the previous night rather than a 0400 rise!
Anyway, a daylight trip up the Southern to Yeovil will be an interesting change.
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« Reply #29 on: December 17, 2013, 09:52:52 PM »

Timetable booklet now available to download:
http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/~/media/PDF/TicketsAndTrainTimes/TrainTimes/PlannedChanges/STP%20booklets/GW131125%20Whiteball%20Web.ashx
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