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Author Topic: Question 2 for Ben Rule - 19.12 - Buffet cars v Trolley service  (Read 26524 times)
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« Reply #45 on: October 09, 2017, 10:34:21 pm »


I reckon if the GWR statements are correct, the Pullman service will have a very short lifespan. After the reduction in 1st class capacity (any many questioning whether it should exist at all), I cannot see the general public or DfT would tolerate certain long distance services having no buffet/shop service to standard class whatsoever when there is a full restaurant (albeit paid for) available to 1st class customers.

However, I suspect that the GWR representative has made a mistake.

Why would the Pullman service have a short lifespan, the First Class section is roughly the same name as it is in the IET, greater infact in a 10 car set. And I was told 2 years ago by GWR that they even want to expand the service where possible. Why would they want to loose something that brings in money for them?

Same reason first class now has about half the capacity it used to - government and media pressure. Quite rightly, few would tolerate having a full restaurant service on a train with no other opportunity for food/drink in standard class. I thought I had made my point quite clearly in my original post?

As I correctly predicted, the GWR spokesperson who suggested there would be no trolley service on Pullman trains was incorrect, so this is and was a largely academic discussion.
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« Reply #46 on: April 30, 2018, 07:49:35 pm »

Ben Rule last night at the ACORP Awards....every IET *will* have a trolley (or two on a 10car & I think, 9cars) in Standard! The parking bays for these are unaffected by whether the train is a Pullman. There will also be a 1st class trolley (again, two on a 10car) but when I asked whether that includes Pullmans, he wasn't sure about 5car IETs or whether a member of the Pullman crew would serve the non-diners in the same 1st class area. There would be in the second 1st class section on 10car IETs. They will be higher spec trolleys as discussed previously.

Hopefully, this is now settled

Well the new units are now in use, and only one trolley in a 5+5 trains seems to be a regular feature. If indeed a trolley appears at all.
I presume that the hot food offer in standard class has become an aspiration.
And what about the higher spec trolleys, also dropped I assume.

So for all the high sounding promises and words, we have ended up with outer suburban DMUs, with no buffet, and SOMETIMES a basic trolley broadly similar to that offered on secondary routes and outer suburban services.
So much for so called inter city trains.
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« Reply #47 on: April 30, 2018, 09:18:13 pm »

I will admit Iíve only travelled on an IET a couple of dozen times but I cannot remember an occasion when a trolley didnít come through. 

More interesting is Iíve only bought something on around 25% of times.
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« Reply #48 on: April 30, 2018, 09:23:18 pm »

And whilst it proves nothing I've travelled 3 times on a double set IET and each time there was a trolley in the set I was in.

I've made the one purchase, so beat bobm with a 33.3% purchase to trolley appearance ratio. Wink
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« Reply #49 on: April 30, 2018, 09:33:46 pm »

And whilst it proves nothing I've travelled 3 times on a double set IET and each time there was a trolley in the set I was in.

I've made the one purchase, so beat bobm with a 33.3% purchase to trolley appearance ratio. Wink

I will admit Iíve only travelled on an IET a couple of dozen times but I cannot remember an occasion when a trolley didnít come through. 

More interesting is Iíve only bought something on around 25% of times.

Done a fair number of journeys - but mostly quite short so not always seen the trolley.   Did see it on one occasion coem through first, take one look, decide it couldn't get through and turn back.   Mind you, that was a service with just 5 cars available ...
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« Reply #50 on: April 30, 2018, 09:58:17 pm »

Yes Iíd forgotten that.  I was with you!
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« Reply #51 on: April 30, 2018, 11:40:06 pm »

It's sad to see that despite promises to the contrary by Mr Rule

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There are plenty of more sophisticated trolleys on the market that keep things hot, and keep things cool, and even serve a proper cup of coffee. A quick google will give you some idea.

The trolleys are not more sophisticated and the choice (especially in coffee terms) has been decreased. It will be interesting to see how hot food is done in standard and if they use the same trolleys for that.
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« Reply #52 on: April 30, 2018, 11:43:07 pm »

Iíll see if I can find out anything more about the hot food situation.  It was certainly very much on the agenda last I heard, but waiting for enough of the new trains to be in operation to make it worthwhile starting.
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