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« Reply #45 on: August 14, 2018, 03:25:20 pm »

Indeed - 66779 was the last of it's class to be built for the UK, and has been named "Evening Star" after the last steam locomotive to be built at Swindon in 1960. It is to be donated to the National Railway Museum at the end of its working life.

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« Reply #46 on: August 14, 2018, 04:59:06 pm »

Indeed - 66779 was the last of it's class to be built for the UK, and has been named "Evening Star" after the last steam locomotive to be built at Swindon in 1960. It is to be donated to the National Railway Museum at the end of its working life.

Caught it on the way back - between Upton Scudamore and Warminster.

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« Reply #47 on: August 17, 2018, 08:22:46 am »

The Imberbus is running TOMORROW and the team there has posted  final details at https://imberbus.wordpress.com/2018/08/17/imberbus-tomorrow/

What a parking palaver they're expecting!    Let the train take the strain.   Personally, travelling on the 09:02 from Melksham and changing at Westbury ... that's the 08:36 from Swindon and 08:53 from Chippenham.

Any Coffee Shop members - please say hello; one of the great things about trips like this is the change to meet old friends and make new ones.  I intend to stand out from the crowd (a.k.a. I will probably be wearing a bright yellow TransWilts T Shirt) ...
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« Reply #48 on: August 17, 2018, 10:42:53 am »

I'll be there. Three relatives travelling down today from Kendal, Cumbria and staying with relatives in Gloucester tonight and I'm joining the 5 of them on the 0910 from Yate, table for 6 booked for lunch at Churchill Arms, West Lavington. I'll be wearing my DUNEDIN RAILWAYS trainmans cap so lets see who spots who first. The 12 year old from Kendal is really excited to be coming after seeing photos of last years happenings. Hope the weather blesses this years event with the same fine weather as it did last year.
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« Reply #49 on: August 17, 2018, 03:17:08 pm »

What a parking palaver they're expecting!    Let the train take the strain.   Personally, travelling on the 09:02 from Melksham and changing at Westbury ... that's the 08:36 from Swindon and 08:53 from Chippenham.

You're travelling via Westbury on a weekend? Good luck with that based on previous attempts to reach a destination at the weekend via Westbury.


Insanity. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results - possibly Albert Einstein.  Grin
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« Reply #50 on: August 17, 2018, 06:36:01 pm »

You're travelling via Westbury on a weekend? Good luck with that based on previous attempts to reach a destination at the weekend via Westbury.

Thank you

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Insanity. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results - possibly Albert Einstein.  Grin

Development.  Doing similar things over and over, tuning to make them more reliable - certainly Graham E   Roll Eyes

Changes this weekend ....
- Saturday not Sunday
- Warminster not Weymouth
- Bright yellow Y shirt not one that hides in the crowd
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« Reply #51 on: August 17, 2018, 06:51:02 pm »

Bright yellow Y shirt not one that hides in the crowd

Like a T-shirt but worn when doing a Village People dance?  Grin
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« Reply #52 on: August 17, 2018, 08:52:49 pm »

I shall be there, with my partner and some friends. I've been meaning to visit Imber for many years, but have usually been away when the buses have run. We will probably spend the day there travelling around, armed with nothing more than plenty of butties!
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« Reply #53 on: August 17, 2018, 09:38:07 pm »

Usually an excellent day.  Unfortunately lock keeping duties prevent me from attending
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« Reply #54 on: August 18, 2018, 05:34:18 am »

Hoping to be there today. Although GWR have already made my journey difficult as the 0957 arrival at Westbury (0835 from Paddington, 0903 from Reading) has been cancelled due to a shortage of staff  Angry

And in the evening the same applies to the 1653 from Westbury towards Paddington.
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« Reply #55 on: August 18, 2018, 06:52:22 am »

Hoping to be there today. Although GWR have already made my journey difficult as the 0957 arrival at Westbury (0835 from Paddington, 0903 from Reading) has been cancelled due to a shortage of staff  Angry

And in the evening the same applies to the 1653 from Westbury towards Paddington.

Can I offer you a sliver lining ... 07:58 from Reading (if you're up in time) ... add a trip on the TransWilts calling Melksham at 09:02.  There's a return via the same route at around 4 O'Clock.   No longer listed in PSUL  Grin http://www.psul4all.free-online.co.uk/2018.htm but still an excellent side trip
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« Reply #56 on: August 18, 2018, 08:30:48 am »

Hoping to be there today. Although GWR have already made my journey difficult as the 0957 arrival at Westbury (0835 from Paddington, 0903 from Reading) has been cancelled due to a shortage of staff  Angry

And in the evening the same applies to the 1653 from Westbury towards Paddington.

Can I offer you a sliver lining ... 07:58 from Reading (if you're up in time) ... add a trip on the TransWilts calling Melksham at 09:02.  There's a return via the same route at around 4 O'Clock.   No longer listed in PSUL  Grin http://www.psul4all.free-online.co.uk/2018.htm but still an excellent side trip
Last night I was considering going that way on the return Cheesy hopefully if I've done everything by then then I'll go that way Smiley
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« Reply #57 on: August 18, 2018, 06:58:34 pm »

First visit and very enjoyable too. The buses were so well organised ..you wait at Gore Cross new Interchange for 5 minutes and 3 come along at once !. The drivers, conductors  and passengers all seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely, and it was very gratifying to see that most had splashed out on the day Rover in order to reach the far flung reaches of the network. All the venues offering refreshments seemed well geared up for dealing with large crowds, and it was most apt and appropriate to see the Battle bus on display. One of the conductors who owned two of the 19 Routemasters running around said that it had taken an intensive 2 weeks on the ground to plan and organise, and I'm sure that I speak for everyone who attended today, in offering my warmest congratulations on a job well done and thanks for a splendid day out.  Grin
I didn't catch sight of the yellow shirted Sir Ellis of Melksham...wondered if he was still stuck on the platform waiting for a train...... Huh
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« Reply #58 on: August 18, 2018, 07:48:29 pm »

First visit and very enjoyable too. The buses were so well organised

They do a marvellous job. Lots of things that they're doing for a hobby that should be done every day of the year and everywhere.  I will NOT say "amateurs" because they are not. They do it in a professional manner - and indeed quiet a few of them do it professionally for the rest of the year too. And they're a sheer joy as they bring pleasure to so many.

There is a lot that can be learned from how this day is organised ... or rather a lot that is actually already well learned by the people there that could and should be transferred into daily life.  But I know that so many factors in daily life fail to allow that.

You mention Gore's cross.

An areas of gravel parking, sprayed out in the middle to indicate a pedestrian area for bus interchanges.  Bus stops on three sides of that large middle square, with bus stops clearly marked for
- Imber and Warminster
- Tilshead and Chitterne
- Brazen Bottom and the Lavingtons
and with current timetables on display too!   And extra stop (and a sighting to to) for the bus to New Zealand Camp which passes the track end.

Buses arrive - seemingly from all directions - at :25.  Lots of passengers get off and walk across to joint a different bus, but a lot stay on as this is an intermediate point on the routes.  And the at about :30 all 7 or 8 buses head off to continue their journeys.

Forming a rest lounge and information point, there's a bus parked up within the central area staffed with happy, friendly, knowedglable people.

Just look at that and see what we have been bleating for elsewhere
- Public transport that connects
- Public transport that form a network even where multiple operators are involved
- Clear labelling and information at public transport stops
- Helpful and well informed staff and all but the very quietest of spots
- Regular (even interval, clock face service)
Why can't we have these things ... every day ... every place.  It makes sense

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I didn't catch sight of the yellow shirted Sir Ellis of Melksham...wondered if he was still stuck on the platform waiting for a train...... Huh

Hmm ... no such person.  You may be getting confused with me - plain "Mr" or - better - Graham.  I met about a dozen people I know in real life or from The Coffee Shop, and made new  contact too.   I suspect, chaffed, you might  have been at Imber when I took the only bus of the day to run direct from Warminster to Chitterne Church, and perhaps you were then in front of me passing the Lavingtons of New Zealand Camp when I was exploring through Brazen Bottom.
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« Reply #59 on: August 18, 2018, 10:04:34 pm »

I can confirm today's sighting of the lesser ponytail Grahame in full sight at Imber this afternoon, also there Sir Peter hendy of NR fame having a day of from all things Rail and playing with his very well presented Bus,and it's good to see our friend David Regwell out and about looking much improved, and I had the pleasure of the company of the long serving Mrs Western Pathfinder today who never thought that busses could be so interesting !.. also bumped into Geof & Vicky of all the stations, who were busy filming so YouTube beckons in the next day or so.
All in all a very well organised day out in the Wiltshire countryside.
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