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« Reply #30 on: June 02, 2017, 12:47:55 PM »

July 3rd was the last I heard, (how accurate this is I don't know) which should also be the date a handful more turbos become available as a result of an increase in electric services to Maidenhead.
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« Reply #31 on: June 02, 2017, 12:56:53 PM »

Blimey, we may yet see Dtrain on the Severn Beach then! 😀
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« Reply #32 on: June 02, 2017, 01:04:21 PM »

Why does GWR have to release stock to other railway companies, when the stock allocated to it has not arrived on time?

I appreciate that other companies have major issues as well, but why should GWR and its customers suffer alone?

There are many local journeys that could do with longer or more frequent services, sooner rather than later.
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« Reply #33 on: June 02, 2017, 01:10:32 PM »

Good question Simon.
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« Reply #34 on: June 02, 2017, 01:18:16 PM »

Why does GWR have to release stock to other railway companies, when the stock allocated to it has not arrived on time?

I appreciate that other companies have major issues as well, but why should GWR and its customers suffer alone?

There are many local journeys that could do with longer or more frequent services, sooner rather than later.

Good question Simon.

I rather suspect that those others suffer due to their "major issues" too, Simonw and Johnneyw

Much of it depends on terms of contracts too, and what the DfT and RoSCOs will sanction.  But I can well imagine that a contact for (say) a 150/1 might be "until December 2017", with their new home specifying "Delivery for December 2017 timetable, daily penalty of £x,xxxx if they're late!".  Under such a situation, the current operator has a choice of holding on to them "illegally" or returning them, and holding on isn't going to do much good with the leasing companies next time they want to borrow a train for a few years, or with the DfT when awarding the next franchise.

Things like the "Pocket Rockets", and retention of some 153s and 143s, mean that delays to enhancements are said to be more in months that years, but the alternative isn't instant and indeed the need for the alternative wasn't fully appreciated until their fitting out / conversion was on the critical path.  There's been an awful lot going on!
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« Reply #35 on: June 02, 2017, 01:34:05 PM »

So, Dtrain still a contender then? ☺
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« Reply #36 on: June 15, 2017, 10:51:37 PM »

A regular Severn Riviera Express user friend of mine said she was on one of the new swanky stock today. Can this be true?
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« Reply #37 on: June 16, 2017, 01:59:50 PM »

A regular Severn Riviera Express user friend of mine said she was on one of the new swanky stock today. Can this be true?

I didn't think the turbos were running on it yet, but not impossible, probably just green refurbished stock. GWR have done a nice job..
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« Reply #38 on: June 16, 2017, 09:21:42 PM »

 From GWR website

More seats arriving shortly
You might have noticed some of our trains running with fewer carriages than normal recently. This is because we’re carrying out a big upgrade programme.

So, from Monday 3 July, we’ll start running extra ‘Turbo’ trains on the Severn Beach line; helping us to add more carriages to the busiest trains on other routes.

Later in the year, we’ll do the same in the wider Bristol area.

In the meantime, we’ll continue to do our best to provide extra seats where they are needed most.

Thanks for your patience.
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« Reply #39 on: June 16, 2017, 09:45:24 PM »

July 3rd was the last I heard, (how accurate this is I don't know) which should also be the date a handful more turbos become available as a result of an increase in electric services to Maidenhead.

It is very accurate: Mark Hopwood (Managing Director, Great Western Railway) confirmed that to us at the GWR Community Rail conference in Barnstaple this morning.  Wink

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« Reply #40 on: June 19, 2017, 01:05:41 PM »

Excellent 4 page article by Andrew Mourant in RAIL magazine (issue 829) with the title 'Metrowest meets a costly stumbling block'. Tried to find an online link to it , but failed.
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« Reply #41 on: June 19, 2017, 01:41:26 PM »

Tried to find an online link to it , but failed.

I suspect they want us to buy the magazine and thus pay their journalists. Wink
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« Reply #42 on: June 19, 2017, 03:06:58 PM »

The edition that it is in is not published until wednesday although subscriptions copies arrived today.  They do an on line version but this is subscription only.  I suspect that archives are available at a later date.
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« Reply #43 on: June 19, 2017, 06:11:21 PM »

Sorry to interrupt the serious discussion, but when I see this heading I can't help thinking "Metrow, metrower, ... "  Grin
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« Reply #44 on: June 29, 2017, 11:12:15 PM »

Looks like Portway Park and ride has the nod. Strengthens the Metrowest case.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-40433015
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