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Author Topic: Problems with the Night Riviera sleeper - December 2014 onwards  (Read 262170 times)
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« on: December 12, 2014, 09:04:04 pm »

Not been a good couple of nights for the sleepers.

On Thursday into Friday the Up sleeper needed fitters attention at Plymouth due to brake problems, having skipped stops in Cornwall.  It couldn't be fixed and was replaced an HST (High Speed Train) for the rest of the journey.  This meant one of the early services from Plymouth to London was cancelled.

The stock was worked on at Laira and left for London mid-afternoon but failed again shortly after leaving Plymouth and had to be hauled back to the depot.  Therefore tonight's service from London will be an HST. 

Meanwhile last night's down sleeper needed attention from the men with spanners in Devon due to brake problems but did make it to Cornwall with only a 10 minute delay.

I am using the sleepers twice in the next three weeks so that is bound to be a jinx!
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2014, 09:20:52 am »

Problems last night too - sounds like westbound ran with a normal HST (High Speed Train) set so no beds, and eastbound had mechanical problems and a pretty hefty delay.
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« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2014, 04:35:24 pm »

Problems last night too - sounds like westbound ran with a normal HST (High Speed Train) set so no beds, and eastbound had mechanical problems and a pretty hefty delay.

Not been a good couple of nights for the sleepers.

On Thursday into Friday the Up sleeper needed fitters attention at Plymouth due to brake problems, having skipped stops in Cornwall.  It couldn't be fixed and was replaced an HST for the rest of the journey.  This meant one of the early services from Plymouth to London was cancelled.

The stock was worked on at Laira and left for London mid-afternoon but failed again shortly after leaving Plymouth and had to be hauled back to the depot.  Therefore tonight's service from London will be an HST. 

Meanwhile last night's down sleeper needed attention from the men with spanners in Devon due to brake problems but did make it to Cornwall with only a 10 minute delay.

I am using the sleepers twice in the next three weeks so that is bound to be a jinx!

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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2014, 08:30:19 am »

Problems again for the westbound sleeper early Monday morning.  The service came to a stand at Exeter St Thomas and had to be taken back to St Davids where it terminated.
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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2014, 07:17:27 pm »

Problems again for the westbound sleeper early Monday morning.  The service came to a stand at Exeter St Thomas and had to be taken back to St Davids where it terminated.

The up is starting from Plymouth at 2355 tonight.
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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2014, 07:19:20 pm »

Hauled by 2 Power Cars, I believe.
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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2014, 08:05:34 pm »

They really do need to look at getting some new motive power for the sleeper service as this lack of realiabibity could do damage to the good reputation of the Night Riveria in the long term if not sorted soon.
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« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2014, 05:54:17 am »

They really do need to look at getting some new motive power for the sleeper service as this lack of realiabibity could do damage to the good reputation of the Night Riveria in the long term if not sorted soon.

Reliability seems to be a growing issue across all FGW (First Great Western) services at the moment, there seems to be more cancellations/short formations due to "train faults" than ever before.......I've seen some pictures on Twitter of the sleeper at Plymouth last night with the 2 power cars - seems to have been more trainspotters than passengers on the platform! Quite an unusual sight I guess.
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« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2014, 06:26:52 am »

Problems last night too - sounds like westbound ran with a normal HST (High Speed Train) set so no beds, and eastbound had mechanical problems and a pretty hefty delay.

On the brighter side... At least everyone on board could have had some form of lie in on a Monday Morning; D Cheesy Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2014, 05:03:12 pm »

More problems today. 57303 was declared a failiure at Long Rock upon arrival after working the down sleeper last night. Looking at fixing it in time for tonight's service.
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« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2014, 07:09:21 am »

Another issue last night.  The down sleeper experienced loco problems around Swindon.  However, perhaps anticipating difficulties, there was another loco on the back and that was run round to take the service forward.

It reached Taunton almost an hour late but recovered most of that time by Cornwall.

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« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2014, 04:30:40 pm »

Again, last night (Thursday) the Penzance - Paddington sleeper failed at Taunton. After some "swapsies" with a loco from the sleeper train going the other way it left Taunton 2 1/2 hours late, avoided Swindon (no comment - see another thread!!)  and arrived in London 1 1/2 hour late
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« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2014, 04:38:08 pm »

I know - I was on it!!

Actually to be truthful I didn't know.  I woke up just before six to find us on the Berks & Hants line rather than the expected Hullavington/Swindon route.

We left Plymouth with hired in 57303 and 57310 on the front and arrived at Paddington with 57303 replaced by 57603.
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« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2014, 07:28:58 pm »

Now had a chance to download my camera.

Here was the duo which brought the sleeper in on Friday morning.

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« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2014, 08:17:16 pm »

Just thought I would report that for what seems like the first time in a while both sleepers ran on Sunday night without fault and arrived at their destinations bang on time (a rare event for the down sleeper). Let's hope it continues through through to Chrsitmas.
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