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« Reply #180 on: December 11, 2019, 11:59:51 am »

Apologies if this has been asked/answered before, although I don't recall seeing it...

In the new timetable racks at PAD, timetable B6 is shown on the accompanying poster as 'London to Swindon', but there are never any B6 printed timetables there.

On the GWR website, B6 is 'Bristol Temple Meads to Bristol Parkway'
https://www.gwr.com/plan-journey/train-times

I'm confused. Can anyone clarify? Is there an individual 'London to Swindon' printed timetable?
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« Reply #181 on: December 11, 2019, 12:28:47 pm »

Try TS
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« Reply #182 on: December 11, 2019, 12:56:48 pm »

Thanks - I have seen TS but wondered if, as the Paddington poster suggests, there was also intended to be a Swindon-only version?
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« Reply #183 on: December 19, 2019, 08:47:39 pm »

Not sure if this has already been mentioned, but the Night Riviera Sleeper is now Pick up Only from Penzance to Plymouth & Set Down ONLY from Plymouth to Penzance, which means the first Calling point (to alight) from Penzance is Totnes,  The first Down service from Plymouth to Penzance (which follows the Sleeper)  arrives St Erth just as the St Ives train GOES. 
And in the St Ives Branch timetable the Second train from St Ives has a connection arriving on Mondays at 08:49 which is the down Sleeper so is the sleeper set down only at St Erth or NOT  Huh
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« Reply #184 on: December 29, 2019, 08:51:49 am »

Posting mainly for the record, as it is woefully late, but here are some observations from the first working day of the new timetable.

I started my journey by travelling on the 06:27 from Chippenham which runs non stop to London.



Plenty of manual announcements on the platform and aboard the train warning people the next stop would be Paddington.

The 10 car service certainly wasn't crowded and very soon we were passing through Swindon on the middle road.  However as we approached Didcot Parkway we slowed and eventually came to a stand at Foxhall Junction.  The preceding stopping service from Bristol was still in the platform in Didcot waiting for a late running service from the North Cotswolds to cross in front of it from the avoiding lines.   An early illustration of how little room for error there is in the new timetable.   We then followed the pair along the Thames Valley before overtaking the train from Bristol as it called at Reading.

We were then switched to the relief lines due to the axle counter failures at Slough West and we were quickly in a queue to get past.



It was pretty much stop start for the rest of the journey before we arrived at 07:46 - 17 minutes late.

We came in on platform 6 - one of the first since it was released by changes to the Heathrow Express services which now use only platform 7.

There were a couple of announcements to avoid the "larger than usual gap" at the platform edge.   At first glance it does look a little bigger but I can think of places where the divide is bigger.  (Bristol Parkway on the down springs to mind.)





Once off the train it quickly became apparent that the problems at Slough were having an effect on departing services with many delayed or cancelled



My original plan was to get the 09:15 super fast service to Bristol Parkway but I quickly surmised this was unlikely to run so got the preceding stopping one which left some 15 minutes late after being quickly turned round from an incoming service.    With working electronic reservations it showed one of the advantages of the IETs over the HSTs - which would have been forced to dispense with seat labels.

On an uneventful journey we clawed back a little of the delay by Bristol Parkway and was in plenty of time to catch one of the super fast trains back.  There is the potential for confusion at Parkway between these trains and the ones which call at Swindon, Didcot and Reading.  They leave only eight minutes apart and due to delays the super fast came in just ahead of the stopper with the platform CIS only updating as the train was running in.  Again there were numerous announcements but there is always someone who misses them for one reason or another.

The problems at Slough were almost fixed as we reached the area and we arrived in Paddington only four minutes late.   The service, which started at Weston-Super-Mare, was formed of five coaches and was well filled but I wasn't aware of anyone standing.  Not sure if it was planned to be five but certainly it was able to cope.

A bit of a novelty passing through stations where previously trains had called but how much they will draw commuters from either Chippenham or Bristol to use them specifically I am not sure given the frequency of the overall timetable.  If it happens to be the next one due in when you arrive fair enough but people are unlikely to wait for it specifically if there is a slightly slower one just in front of it.
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« Reply #185 on: January 06, 2020, 10:23:59 am »

A very good morning peak.  PPM over the GWR network at 92% currently.
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« Reply #186 on: January 12, 2020, 05:04:56 pm »

Driving along at 0815 this morning, I was listening to Magic Radio (having tried a few others readily available on my car radio) when there was a commercial announcing the new rail timetable on December 15 ...

Four weeks too late, I thought, but I don't suppose there's any harm in reminding the occasional rail traveller who might not have realised.

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« Reply #187 on: January 14, 2020, 03:35:44 pm »

I've heard the Radio Ad about the December Time Table change this week on Classic FM, you would think they (gWr)  would have updated the ad, just makes gWr look like a poor bunch.
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