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Author Topic: Newly named train to mark re-opening of Severn Tunnel - Y Cymro - 'The Welshman'  (Read 9992 times)
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« on: October 21, 2016, 10:15:53 pm »

From the Great Western Railway press release:

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Newly named 500 seat train to mark re-opening of Seven Tunnel - Y Cymro - The Welshman - to start this Monday
 
Great Western Railway is to launch The Welshman this Monday, one of 59 daily train services between Cardiff and London Paddington, to mark the re-opening of the Severn Tunnel.
 
Taking the number of direct daily services from Cardiff to London Paddington back to 29 a day, the 0728 service from Swansea will be named Y Cymro – The Welshman.
 
It joins three other named week day services between London Paddington and South Wales: The Red Dragon; St David and The Capitals United.
 
Helping to provide over 30,000 seats a day between south Wales and London Paddington, the service will take 2 hours and 07 minutes from Cardiff – just seven minutes more than the minimum check-in time advised by airports.

The service calls at Cardiff at 0825 before making its way towards London for arrival into Paddington at 1032.
 
The tunnel is to re-open on Saturday 22 October, after its six-week closure for Network Rail electrification works.
 
GWR Managing Director Mark Hopwood said: “With a large number of passengers travelling by train between Cardiff and London Paddington, it is clear that rail remains the most convenient way to travel. And this Saturday journeys will be quicker again, taking a little over two hours after the six-week closure of Severn Tunnel; and at the same lead in Advance Single Fare price of just £18.00.
 
“I appreciate how disruptive this work may have been for some and I would like to thank them for your patience during the last six weeks. The vital work will modernise the railway between South Wales and London which, once complete, will enable us to deliver more frequent services, more seats, and to reduce journey times."
 
During the work Network Rail installed overhead lines to power GWR’s new Intercity Express Trains (IETs).
 
The new IETs will begin to enter service on selected routes from next summer, with Network Rail expected to complete electrification of the line between London Paddington to Cardiff by 2019. Once complete South Wales customers will experience quicker journey times, up to 21 minutes between Swansea and London Paddington, and more seats – up to a 25% increase in seats per train compared to existing High Speed Trains.
 
Alongside Y Cymro, The Welshman, there are 58 trains a day operating between Cardiff and London Paddington, each providing over 500 seats.
 
Some 32 train services a day operated during the Severn Tunnel work
 
Advance single tickets are available from £18.00 from Cardiff Central to London Paddington, without the need to pay extra for reservations or for more than one bag.
 
Named trains to/from Wales
 
The Capital United
 
·         0558 Swansea to London Paddington (Monday to Friday)
·         1645 London Paddington to Swansea (Monday to Friday)
 
The Capitals United Operates between London Paddington, Cardiff Central and Swansea. The name was originally used between 1956 and 1963 by British Railways and has been reintroduced by GWR to highlight the continuing importance of the rail link between the capitals of England and Wales
 
The Red Dragon
 
·         0730 Carmarthen to London Paddington (Monday to Friday)
·         1715 London Paddington to Carmarthen (Monday to Friday)
 
The Red Dragon runs between London Paddington and Carmarthen, and is named after the mythical Red Dragon (known in Welsh as Y Ddraig Goch) that appears on the Welsh national flag. Although the flag was only granted official status in 1959, it is claimed to be the oldest national flag still in use, although the origins are now lost in history and myth.
 
The St David
 
·         0745 London Paddington to Swansea (Monday to Friday)
·         1128 Swansea to London Paddington (Monday to Friday)
 
The St David operates between Swansea and London Paddington and is named after the patron saint of Wales (in Welsh, Dewi Sant). St David was born sometime between 462 and 512 and was officially recognised as the patron saint of Wales in 1120.
 

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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2016, 11:24:25 pm »

Erm, so when did the 7.28 SWA-PAD ever stop long term?

I call marketing bullsh1t!
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2016, 11:52:00 pm »

GWR clearly on the offensive to the threat from the air route to/from London City.  Massive problems at the airport this evening though with an evacuation, 26 people needing emergency treatment and two people hospitalised.  GWR accepting paper and electronic boarding passes this evening.
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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2016, 05:39:35 pm »

Interesting that they were accepting airline boarding passes on the trains - this and the mention of the flight times in the above press release suggest to me that FGW are more concerned about the LCY flights than I and others on here had previously thought.
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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2016, 02:39:26 pm »

GWR clearly on the offensive to the threat from the air route to/from London City.  Massive problems at the airport this evening though with an evacuation, 26 people needing emergency treatment and two people hospitalised.  GWR accepting paper and electronic boarding passes this evening.

I have been very critical of GWR in the past, but surely you are not suggesting that GWR are spaying noxious substances at LCY!!





Edit note: Quote marks fixed, for clarity. CfN.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2016, 10:09:14 am »

A couple of pictures of 43187 on a wet Monday in Swindon



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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2016, 10:52:40 am »

Thanks for the photos.  The Welsh dragon can be stylised many ways, but I notice that the artwork on the side of the HST is essentially identical to the logo of the Welsh Government with a different curl of the tail added.

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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2016, 11:07:38 am »

Interesting that they were accepting airline boarding passes on the trains - this and the mention of the flight times in the above press release suggest to me that FGW are more concerned about the LCY flights than I and others on here had previously thought.

Possibly, though perhaps they're just doing the sensible thing of reasserting their market dominance as quickly as possible now that normal journey times have resumed, and beginning the build up towards the introduction of the new trains and reduced journey times in a couple of years.
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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2016, 10:05:17 pm »

the artwork on the side of the HST is essentially identical to the logo of the Welsh Government with a different curl of the tail added.
I was thinking it looked the same as the WAG logo, but I think the front leg pointing forward on the GWR one looks longer and the front leg with foot on the ground shorter. I also think they weren't planning ahead when they came up with the livery, adding the dragon has created a bit of a cluttered area at the front with the GWR logo and a big blank space behind. I suppose if they had placed the GWR logo differently to begin with it probably would have looked odd without the dragon.
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« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2016, 10:09:19 pm »

The thing I noticed was the state of the raised GWR lettering.  When it was launched great play was made of the fact they would be regularly polished to keep them pristine.  It doesn't really show in the photos but they could do with some brasso!
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« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2016, 10:18:26 pm »

Is it the intention that the Y Cymro power car(s) will always form the 0728 from Swansea? Doesn't that make it rather restrictive for GWR? They already have the challenge of keeping the green sets together. I'd have thought it must make the maintenance schedule something of a nightmare.
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« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2016, 10:27:37 pm »

I doubt it will be tomorrow as it is ending today at Laira depot in Plymouth having run down there on the infamous 19:03 from Paddington.
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« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2016, 10:35:40 pm »

Better get some masking tape quickly and change Cymro to Kernow  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2016, 02:59:57 pm »

Is it the intention that the Y Cymro power car(s) will always form the 0728 from Swansea? Doesn't that make it rather restrictive for GWR? They already have the challenge of keeping the green sets together. I'd have thought it must make the maintenance schedule something of a nightmare.

No.  It won't work it every day, it will cycle round like the rest.   The significance is in the name asnone of the other named ones work the trains every day.
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