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Author Topic: Problems with the Night Riviera sleeper - December 2014 onwards  (Read 142161 times)
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« Reply #510 on: May 25, 2018, 09:24:22 am »

 
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23:45 London Paddington to Penzance due 07:55
24/05/18 23:45 London Paddington to Penzance due 07:55 has been delayed at Newton Abbot and is now 140 minutes late.
This is due to a fault on this train.
Last Updated:25/05/2018 07:03
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« Reply #511 on: May 25, 2018, 09:34:04 am »

Just arriving into Penzance now (09:34).


EDIT to add: Well the passengers did.  The sleeper stock itself is still blocking platform 3 at Newton Abbot.  Rescue loco is just approaching Totnes (09:55)
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« Reply #512 on: May 25, 2018, 12:24:43 pm »

Sleeper rescued by 2 back-to-back HST power cars as 5C99.

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With the down Riviera Sleeper failing at Newton Abbot and 57605 low on power, 43160 and soon to be off lease debranded 43141 were sent to rescue. Seen here powering past the South Devon Railway towards Totnes Station. 25th May 2018.
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« Reply #513 on: May 25, 2018, 12:38:44 pm »

I know it's not what happened ... by just for a moment I thought ...

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« Reply #514 on: May 25, 2018, 07:31:12 pm »

I can remember travelling on the up sleeper in 1968 with two warships on the front
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« Reply #515 on: May 25, 2018, 08:00:25 pm »

We did it with a single Western back in the dim dark past twtd.
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« Reply #516 on: May 25, 2018, 08:33:05 pm »

Give me Restormel Castle any day. 
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« Reply #517 on: May 25, 2018, 09:58:42 pm »

Give me Restormel Castle any day. 

The one that was forever breaking down? 😉
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« Reply #518 on: May 26, 2018, 06:20:27 pm »

Had more luck with that loco than Pride of Cumbria - which has been a jinx for me.
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« Reply #519 on: May 29, 2018, 12:25:08 pm »

We did it with a single Western back in the dim dark past twtd.

During my time signalling at Witham, the only problem that I can recall with The Sleepers (which used to travel our way, back then, in both directions) was when an unfortunate person jumped off a bridge in front of the D1000 hauled Up service one night, near Clink Road Jcn.  The front brake pipe was knocked off the loco and a full emergency brake application ensued.  The train was rescued by a loco from Westbury fairly swiftly and went on its way.

Of course, the biggest problem with The Sleepers was the Taunton fire.  That occurred after I'd left the big railway in favour of the then very little, but re-opening, West Somerset Railway.
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« Reply #520 on: July 28, 2018, 09:00:56 am »

Last night's down sleeper likely to be two hours late into Penzance this morning.

Delayed at Newton Abbot for nearly two and a half hours waiting for over-running engineering work to finish.
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« Reply #521 on: August 02, 2018, 01:22:59 pm »

I got the sleeper for the first time on Thurs 26th July, from Paddington to Camborne. It being one of the hottest days of the year, it wasn't a total surprise to get woken at 3am to be told the aircon had failed and they had to choose between kicking us all off or propping our doors open with paper cups to improve the air circulation. I felt rather sorry for the staff doing the waking and the door propping, as I imagine the hot weather meant opening cabins to find their occupants not wearing a great deal.
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« Reply #522 on: August 06, 2018, 09:50:17 pm »

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23:45 London Paddington to Penzance Sleeper Train

Due to a fault affecting the locomotive pulling the sleeper service from London Paddington to Penzance, and the necessity to replace it with another locomotive from Reading Train Care Depot, the 23:45 from London Paddington to Penzance will start at Reading at 00:46. Sleeper train customers will be able to make use of the First Class Lounge at Paddington, and should catch the 23:30 Cardiff train and alight at Reading to connect into their sleeper train.
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« Reply #523 on: August 06, 2018, 10:08:25 pm »

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23:45 London Paddington to Penzance Sleeper Train

Due to a fault affecting the locomotive pulling the sleeper service from London Paddington to Penzance, and the necessity to replace it with another locomotive from Reading Train Care Depot, the 23:45 from London Paddington to Penzance will start at Reading at 00:46. Sleeper train customers will be able to make use of the First Class Lounge at Paddington, and should catch the 23:30 Cardiff train and alight at Reading to connect into their sleeper train.

Pity the passenger(s) who arrives at Paddington at 23:31 or will the 23.30 to Cardiff be held till 23:45.
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« Reply #524 on: August 06, 2018, 10:13:02 pm »

Even worse if you subscribe to GWR travel alerts

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Disruption has been reported between London Paddington and Penzance.

The 23:45 will be cancelled due to a fault on this train.

Although to be fair if you booked a berth they will have taken a phone number to contact you on.
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