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« Reply #180 on: July 17, 2018, 01:52:58 pm »

Is anyone in the know if the Beach Line is running again? Don't want to pootle down to Redland Station later if the signalling issues that scuppered yesterday's services have not been fixed yet.

Normal today so far

Just had an entertaining morning trip MTP - BRI - BPW - BRI - MTP, just for the fun of it. Everything seemed to be running just fine; lots of orange folk about doing this and that, and not a Lambeg drum in sight.
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« Reply #181 on: August 08, 2018, 09:19:20 pm »

I saw a two-car class 165 at Temple Meads this evening.

Would that have been a recent arrival? I don't think I've seen one in the Bristol area before.

Off-peak, they'd be more suitable for the Severn Beach line than the three-car 166s.
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« Reply #182 on: August 08, 2018, 09:20:45 pm »

I saw a two-car class 165 at Temple Meads this evening.

Would that have been a recent arrival? I don't think I've seen one in the Bristol area before.

Off-peak, they'd be more suitable for the Severn Beach line than the three-car 166s.

4 (?) recent arrivals.  Had one on TransWilts today

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« Reply #183 on: August 08, 2018, 11:26:36 pm »

My first trip on a 165 on the beach was three weeks ago.
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« Reply #184 on: August 09, 2018, 12:03:51 am »

My first trip on a 165 on the beach was three weeks ago.

Mine was earlier. It seemed a little unsettling, almost like a modern railway. I must have been lucky.
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« Reply #185 on: August 18, 2018, 10:11:21 pm »

Last couple of days seem to have been less than trouble free on the line. Our journey to Severn Beach yesterday was not delayed but the late running earlier service stopped and turned back at Clifton after letting the on time later service through. Then today more delays journeying in the opposite direction although this was in part due to a trespass incident.
It's been more than a year since this started with the introduction of the new Turbos on the line and it still feels like the service reliability is some considerable way short of the level it was at beforehand.
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« Reply #186 on: August 25, 2018, 07:37:25 am »

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06:33 Bristol Temple Meads to Avonmouth due 07:01
06:33 Bristol Temple Meads to Avonmouth due 07:01 will no longer call at Lawrence Hill, Stapleton Road, Montpelier, Redland, Clifton Down, Sea Mills and Shirehampton.
It has been delayed at Bristol Temple Meads and is now 31 minutes late.
This is due to this train being late from the depot.

The "Avonmouth Arrow".  Left Temple Meads at 07:04, 17 minutes to Avonmouth, arriving there 07:21. Schedule 25 minutes (working timetable) or 28 minutes (public timetable).

An interesting study of the time taken for a station stop - works out on "The Beach" as one minute per stop.
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« Reply #187 on: August 25, 2018, 06:56:19 pm »

"Avonmouth Arrow", like it a lot. Don't think the non stopping service will catch on though.
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« Reply #188 on: August 25, 2018, 07:39:21 pm »

A follower of mine was on it and tells me it was an interesting ride !
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« Reply #189 on: August 25, 2018, 08:12:14 pm »

A follower of mine was on it and tells me it was an interesting ride !

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« Reply #190 on: October 11, 2018, 12:00:02 pm »

GWR appear to be phasing in the upcoming three-week closure of the Severn Beach Line by using smaller trains and running them later. Perhaps it's a form of frogboiling; they hope we won't notice when the service stops altogether.

Here's this morning's scene at Clifton Down. You wouldn't think you could get that many people on to a 2-car 150, would you? Well to be honest it did require a certain amount of co-operation on the part of the passengers. I would have taken a photo inside the train, but I couldn't move my arms.

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« Reply #191 on: October 11, 2018, 12:06:23 pm »

Here's this morning's scene at Clifton Down. You wouldn't think you could get that many people on to a 2-car 150, would you?

I thinks we could gets that number on a 153 in Wiltshire. 153 is the capacity, right?

I travelled from Salisbury to Westbury on Tuesday - around 18:40 on a Portsmouth to Carifff train - 150126. Don't think it's just The Beach that's been downsized this week!
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« Reply #192 on: October 11, 2018, 02:45:43 pm »

GWR running a nostalgia service. Reminding folk what it used to be like on the Beach Line.

Just be thankful they didn't go further back into the nostalgia. You could have had a Class 143. I rode on one yesterday down Devon way. They're still bloody awful things.
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« Reply #193 on: October 13, 2018, 08:34:23 pm »

Here's this morning's scene at Clifton Down. You wouldn't think you could get that many people on to a 2-car 150, would you? Well to be honest it did require a certain amount of co-operation on the part of the passengers. I would have taken a photo inside the train, but I couldn't move my arms.

Or, to quote dear old Fred Wedlock, "I died just now, but I can't fall down!"
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