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Author Topic: Class 387 coming to Thames Valley - ongoing discussion  (Read 107355 times)
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« Reply #555 on: July 10, 2017, 04:07:14 PM »

Looks like nearly all the 387s are short formed tonight (only 4 carriages) as many were this morning. Should be cosy. Hope this doesn't mean they're all breaking down already?
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« Reply #556 on: July 10, 2017, 05:34:04 PM »

Of the 8 pairs that should be in operation, 4 are running as single units, so half of the services will be affected.  Not sure exactly why but I suspect as it's a Monday there was a problem with getting sets from maintenance from Reading depot over the weekend as they still need to be changed over with diesel locomotives causing a few headaches operationally.
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« Reply #557 on: July 10, 2017, 06:01:56 PM »

Another unit or two to be transferred from Reading tomorrow
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« Reply #558 on: July 10, 2017, 07:20:36 PM »

The air conditioning appears to be a bit hit and miss on these new trains. The other day the journey into work was a consistent 26 degrees in the carriage even though it was a lot cooler outside.. this morning it reached over 25 before the air con kicked in for about 5 minutes.. Having said that I've also had lots of cooler trains so I imagine the temperature setting is down to someone's discretion
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« Reply #559 on: July 11, 2017, 11:27:40 AM »

Travelled to Taplow on 17:57 ex Padd last night. Reasonably full. Coach 7 of 8 air con OK. Interseting left

Perhaps should have waited for 18:10 which only stops Slough and Taplow.
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« Reply #560 on: July 12, 2017, 08:57:56 PM »

I really cannot understand the aircon problem with the GWR 387 on the Southern and Thameslink routes it works extremely well in fact often too well ............ chuffin freeeeeeeezin at times  Grin  The aircon only really functions at passenger comfort when the driver has the controller active, the GWR sets currently are sitting a lot of the time idle so the aircon cooling will not be on as much.

Still recon the 387's are a vast improvement over 165/6 ................. but then I am an electrification Engineer  Grin Grin 
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« Reply #561 on: July 13, 2017, 07:34:07 PM »

I agree. The whole experience of travelling on these trains (including the air con) is 100 times better than what we had before.. And I did think the two warmer than expected trains I experienced could have been down to human control rather than an issue with the air con itself.. Generally it is quite cool as you say :-)

The whole commuting from Maidenhead (for those people who have found the electric trains) has been such a drastic change from the overcrowded, overheated trains we had before that it's still quite surreal and very very welcome  Grin
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« Reply #562 on: July 17, 2017, 12:11:14 AM »

Jo has now started her new, extortionately overpaid, job as a public relations spokesperson for Great Western Railway.



That is Tongue by the way.  Grin

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« Reply #563 on: July 17, 2017, 07:05:01 AM »

Jo has now started her new, extortionately overpaid, job as a public relations spokesperson for Great Western Railway.



That is Tongue by the way.  Grin



Sincere best wishes to someone who is undoubtedly a very courageous woman..............I believe the training includes DVDs of Comical Ali!  Smiley
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« Reply #564 on: July 17, 2017, 09:29:42 AM »

Nice to hear somebody is enjoying the new trains.  NR infrastructure might be awfully unreliable at the moment and GWR unable to deal with the fallout from that, but the new electric trains appear to be going down very well with most people and of course their sphere of operation will be increasing dramatically over the coming months.

I hope the new Hitachi IET's create a similar wow-factor, but I think they will struggle in that regard despite being very capable trains, mostly due to the fondness many people have of the HST and 180 trains they are replacing.
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« Reply #565 on: July 17, 2017, 12:22:16 PM »


I hope the new Hitachi IET's create a similar wow-factor, but I think they will struggle in that regard despite being very capable trains, mostly due to the fondness many people have of the HST and 180 trains they are replacing.

Should also add appalling seating and internal layout as negative factors.
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« Reply #566 on: July 17, 2017, 02:51:51 PM »

Jo has now started her new, extortionately overpaid, job as a public relations spokesperson for Great Western Railway.



That is Tongue by the way.  Grin



Sincere best wishes to someone who is undoubtedly a very courageous woman..............I believe the training includes DVDs of Comical Ali!  Smiley

Ha Ha why thank you  Grin Wink
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« Reply #567 on: July 17, 2017, 03:01:08 PM »


I hope the new Hitachi IET's create a similar wow-factor, but I think they will struggle in that regard despite being very capable trains, mostly due to the fondness many people have of the HST and 180 trains they are replacing.

Should also add appalling seating and internal layout as negative factors.

along with underfloor engine noise and vibration, no buffet cars, and longer than promised journey times. 
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« Reply #568 on: July 17, 2017, 03:24:47 PM »

At least you wont have to change trains 20 times just because Transport for London have no concept of where London actually is  Angry Grin
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« Reply #569 on: July 21, 2017, 09:36:49 AM »

7.32 EMU - Maidenhead to Paddington this morning developed some sort of fault which meant it couldn't travel at full speed so we got relegated to the relief line and had rather a slow journey even though it's non stop to Paddington..
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