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Author Topic: Daytime Traffic on the TransWilts  (Read 108782 times)
Chris from Nailsea
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« Reply #300 on: October 01, 2017, 07:47:20 PM »

Lights working again at Melksham.

Electrification at Melksham?  Whatever next??   Wink Cheesy Grin



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« Reply #301 on: October 01, 2017, 07:54:08 PM »

Lights working again at Melksham.

Electrification at Melksham?  Whatever next??   Wink Cheesy Grin


Overengineered electrics?


Pictured - Melksham Substation, one of the main feeders to GWR electrification.
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« Reply #302 on: October 01, 2017, 09:36:16 PM »

That is just begging for a squirrel to get in there and short something.  Grin
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« Reply #303 on: October 01, 2017, 09:37:04 PM »

Not a red squirrel hopefully.
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« Reply #304 on: October 02, 2017, 06:33:37 AM »

No traffic on there this morning peak. Train knackered.
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« Reply #305 on: October 02, 2017, 06:46:31 AM »

No traffic on there this morning peak. Train knackered.

And - it would seem - not a single carriage to be dropped off anything that calls at or starts from Westbury  Sad

So sad after a weekend when everything ran and (personal experience) busy on Saturday evening.  Whether official numbers reflect that (no working ticket machine on board the 18:48 ex Melksham, and goodness knows how much that had been the case all day) remains to not be seen, or rather to be lost into the consolidation of data before it reaches anyone.    People wanted to pay, but  doubt they would wander off at Chippenham to find the ticket office;  look forward to seeing what the dateline there does to numbers - and that's to honest numbers who want to pay, but have no realistic opportunity without seeking one.
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« Reply #306 on: October 02, 2017, 08:13:25 AM »

No traffic on there this morning peak. Train knackered.


Was it knackered or was it nicked (to cover for units not coming through from Weymouth). Huh
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« Reply #307 on: October 02, 2017, 08:46:17 AM »

No traffic on there this morning peak. Train knackered.

Was it knackered or was it nicked (to cover for units not coming through from Weymouth). Huh

Goodness knows ... possibly either, but potentially neither.   The 153s are not the most reliable of trains at the moment - some are indeed knackered, others just suffering the occasional failure.

I'm seeing that the cancellation of the second round trip is no longer on JourneyCheck, so they may have found a replacement or fixed the problem.   Shame it was the busiest up service of the day, which has a gap of well over 2 hours after it, that got cancelled.
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« Reply #308 on: October 05, 2017, 06:30:22 AM »

Wednesday 4th October 2017

15:39 (at Melksham) to Trowbridge -16 +6 -> 35  51/22
16:27 (ex Trowbridge) at Melksham was -8 + 12 -> 42   54/20

Probably just about the most typical midweek day you could imagine ...
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« Reply #309 on: October 07, 2017, 04:10:10 PM »

Friday 6th October - 17:36 off Swindon ....


.... err ....

I was too busy talking to people and walking up and down with the Autumn 2017 timetable, featuring the Famous Five, to count the train last night.  Full and standing, plenty more on at Chippenham the seeme dot flow off forever at Melksham before more joined - still looked very busy (through the window) as it left.

07:48 at Melksham this (Saturday) morning = +9 -5 -> 23 (28/14)

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« Reply #310 on: October 23, 2017, 10:29:03 AM »

Looks like TRANSWILTS is not the only line suffering from Class 153 issues....... Roll Eyes
http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/you-suffer-claustrophobia-522pm-lincoln-654892
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« Reply #311 on: October 23, 2017, 11:14:49 AM »

Looks like TRANSWILTS is not the only line suffering from Class 153 issues....... Roll Eyes
http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/you-suffer-claustrophobia-522pm-lincoln-654892


Indeed ... when we went to the DfT / ACoRP event in Lincoln in (?) February, we started off on a 153 from Melksham and ended up on a 153 into Lincoln.

When you get crowded beyond a certain point, passengers who have other options (like a car) will choose not to use the train - less sustainable, less good for public transport development, very frustrating for both operator and rail partnerships, and for local government looking to grow provision for all including those who don't have a car.

On all of the 153 legs on that trip (2 in each direction), services were so crowded that I suspect they were putting off all but those who were robust or had little choice but use the train.  When all the infrastructure and staff are in place, what a pity we're turning business away for lack of a carriage!
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« Reply #312 on: October 23, 2017, 11:36:47 AM »

The 153s were converted from 2-car 155s at a time when there were plenty of services and routes that suited a single carriage train on rural routes.  A neat solution at the time, but the explosion of demand for rural travel in the last 15 years or so means there are far fewer trains they are suited to now, so they are either cobbled together with other trains or get full very quickly.
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« Reply #313 on: November 02, 2017, 08:01:16 PM »

This evening no unit for 1932 Westbury to Cheltenham due to More units than usual...........   So.     Terminated 1730 Weymouth to Bristol TM at Westbury to provide one.   Good show.
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« Reply #314 on: November 03, 2017, 05:45:44 PM »

That is just begging for a squirrel to get in there and short something.  Grin

Or a pigeon......
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