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Author Topic: Okehampton services - Summer 2017  (Read 12048 times)
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« on: June 02, 2017, 12:35:47 pm »

Unfortunately all services to/from Okehampton have been cancelled for this Sunday (4 June 2017).

There is a problem with certification of the Dartmoor Railway section of line between Colbrook Junction and Okehampton which severely limits the line speed along this section. The expectation is that services will be up and running again the week after.
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2017, 08:15:41 pm »

With very grateful thanks for your alerting us to this sad situation, Rob T, I have also taken the opportunity of adding it to our Coffee Shop forum's calendar, to further heighten the profile of this breaking news.

Hope this helps - and best wishes for future Okehampton excursions!  Wink Cheesy Grin

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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2017, 04:55:52 pm »

The service resumes this Sunday 11 June 2017 to a revised timetable: http://www.dartmoor-railway-sa.org/sundayrover

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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2017, 08:00:09 pm »

Mods: Topic Title probably needs amending Wink

Sometimes, I wonder whether certain members of the Coffee Shop forum are just trying to wind me up ... Shocked

Now done.  Roll Eyes

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William Huskisson MP was the first person to be killed by a train while crossing the tracks, in 1830.  Many more have died in the same way since then.  Don't take a chance: stop, look, listen.

"Level crossings are safe, unless they are used in an unsafe manner."  Discuss.
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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2017, 09:25:01 pm »

Thanks CfN.  At least you got to it early enough so only three posts had to be altered...... Roll Eyes Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2017, 09:40:42 pm »

Sometimes, I wonder whether certain members of the Coffee Shop forum are just trying to wind me up ... Shocked

I wouldn't dare! (except when it comes to mixers in alcoholic drinks)  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2017, 08:18:02 am »

The service resumes this Sunday 11 June 2017 to a revised timetable: http://www.dartmoor-railway-sa.org/sundayrover

And "revised" this morning.   Here's one of three similar reports on the service

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11:22 Exeter St Davids to Okehampton due 12:19
11:22 Exeter St Davids to Okehampton due 12:19 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train drivers.

Seems to be a systemic issue ... we had a nine hour gap on TransWilts on spring bank holiday Sunday due to GWR staff shortages ... six trains lost, which meant that in a day we exceeded our threshold of reasonableness for the month.


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« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2017, 08:22:55 am »

For a similar reason the first westbound service from Plymouth into Cornwall started from Liskeard this morning.

While Sunday working remains voluntary I don't see a solution to this problem in the summer.
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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2017, 09:46:11 am »

For a similar reason the first westbound service from Plymouth into Cornwall started from Liskeard this morning.

While Sunday working remains voluntary I don't see a solution to this problem in the summer.

There's a worrying trend of staff shortages becoming an issue & causing cancellations during the working week too - at least in LTV.
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« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2017, 12:01:41 pm »

There's a worrying trend of staff shortages becoming an issue & causing cancellations during the working week too - at least in LTV.

Could that be partly due to staff learning new traction?
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« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2017, 12:16:14 pm »

Yes it is partly that.  Drivers are spread more thinly over the ground.  I think I said a year or so back that it's a good job in some way that electrification was delayed, and therefore the new trains, were entering service later and at a slower rate than planned.  I don't think GWR had any chance of being organised enough to take on all the training that would have been required in time.  As it is, we're struggling a little with just 387s, let alone the IET's and 365s that should also have been in use by now.
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« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2017, 08:05:36 pm »

The 'All The Stations' team visited today
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« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2017, 08:21:15 pm »

For a similar reason the first westbound service from Plymouth into Cornwall started from Liskeard this morning.

While Sunday working remains voluntary I don't see a solution to this problem in the summer.
Who drove it to Liskeard? Presumably towed by the Looe train, but then again I can't imagine a driver starting a shift at Liskeard.
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« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2017, 02:27:23 am »

For a similar reason the first westbound service from Plymouth into Cornwall started from Liskeard this morning.

While Sunday working remains voluntary I don't see a solution to this problem in the summer.
Who drove it to Liskeard? Presumably towed by the Looe train, but then again I can't imagine a driver starting a shift at Liskeard.

I believe it came from Par, with the Looe unit attached. (Stored at Par chapel siding on Saturday nights).
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« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2017, 09:15:23 am »

For a similar reason the first westbound service from Plymouth into Cornwall started from Liskeard this morning.

While Sunday working remains voluntary I don't see a solution to this problem in the summer.
Who drove it to Liskeard? Presumably towed by the Looe train, but then again I can't imagine a driver starting a shift at Liskeard.

I believe it came from Par, with the Looe unit attached. (Stored at Par chapel siding on Saturday nights).

Probably Par crew who should have worked the first Newquay which was cancelled.
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