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RichardB
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« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2017, 03:04:22 PM »

The first pic is perhaps disproportionate. It is the Devonport High school for Boys 'school bus' from most stations between Liskeard and Devonport. It is normally rammed with school boys. DHS has a great reputation and attracts kids from as far away as liskeard.
The 0600 from Penzance calls at Devonport so is the train of choice.
The 1557 from Plymouth is the same coming back after school.
Two services I know to avoid! I've used the 1557 a few times and hundreds of kids board at Devonport. Gwr regularly use bus dupes for the 1557 from Plymouth calling at liskeard and Bodmin parkway only, to keep the train free for Devonport pick ups.

Not just the Devonport High School for Boys, lots travel to the Girls' one in Devonport too and the Plymouth High School for Girls which is about ten minutes' walk from Plymouth station.  Both of these trains were strengthened a couple of years' ago now and are usually three coaches.  The Pocket Rocket can't come soon enough!

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« Reply #16 on: September 02, 2017, 08:49:19 AM »

The first pic is perhaps disproportionate. It is the Devonport High school for Boys 'school bus' from most stations between Liskeard and Devonport. It is normally rammed with school boys. DHS has a great reputation and attracts kids from as far away as liskeard.
The 0600 from Penzance calls at Devonport so is the train of choice.
The 1557 from Plymouth is the same coming back after school.
Two services I know to avoid! I've used the 1557 a few times and hundreds of kids board at Devonport. Gwr regularly use bus dupes for the 1557 from Plymouth calling at liskeard and Bodmin parkway only, to keep the train free for Devonport pick ups.

DHS for Boys is indeed an excellent school with a deservedly great reputation and has produced many distinguished pupils who have gone on to excel all over the world...............and Taplow, like this particular DHS Old Boy!  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: September 02, 2017, 12:19:51 PM »

The first pic is perhaps disproportionate. It is the Devonport High school for Boys 'school bus' from most stations between Liskeard and Devonport. It is normally rammed with school boys. DHS has a great reputation and attracts kids from as far away as liskeard.
The 0600 from Penzance calls at Devonport so is the train of choice.
The 1557 from Plymouth is the same coming back after school.
Two services I know to avoid! I've used the 1557 a few times and hundreds of kids board at Devonport. Gwr regularly use bus dupes for the 1557 from Plymouth calling at liskeard and Bodmin parkway only, to keep the train free for Devonport pick ups.

Not just the Devonport High School for Boys, lots travel to the Girls' one in Devonport too and the Plymouth High School for Girls which is about ten minutes' walk from Plymouth station.  Both of these trains were strengthened a couple of years' ago now and are usually three coaches.  The Pocket Rocket can't come soon enough!


Having used that service several times by accident, 100s of boys but only ever 2-3 girls. There are coaches put on by the girls school operated by Target Travel
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« Reply #18 on: September 02, 2017, 03:05:49 PM »

The first pic is perhaps disproportionate. It is the Devonport High school for Boys 'school bus' from most stations between Liskeard and Devonport. It is normally rammed with school boys. DHS has a great reputation and attracts kids from as far away as liskeard.
The 0600 from Penzance calls at Devonport so is the train of choice.
The 1557 from Plymouth is the same coming back after school.
Two services I know to avoid! I've used the 1557 a few times and hundreds of kids board at Devonport. Gwr regularly use bus dupes for the 1557 from Plymouth calling at liskeard and Bodmin parkway only, to keep the train free for Devonport pick ups.

Not just the Devonport High School for Boys, lots travel to the Girls' one in Devonport too and the Plymouth High School for Girls which is about ten minutes' walk from Plymouth station.  Both of these trains were strengthened a couple of years' ago now and are usually three coaches.  The Pocket Rocket can't come soon enough!


Having used that service several times by accident, 100s of boys but only ever 2-3 girls. There are coaches put on by the girls school operated by Target Travel

Fair dos, Richard, I hadn't noticed.  Certainly lots of girls use the respective Tamar Valley Line trains but, then, of course, nowhere near so straightforward to put on buses instead.  Perhaps for the Plymouth High School for Girls, 15 57 is just a little too early and there is the just over hour gap to the next train to stations to Liskeard.  Will be interesting to see what happens when the much better main line service begins.
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« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2017, 08:21:39 PM »

During times of severe disruption to rail services in Cornwall rail tickets are sometimes valid for travel on local bus routes.

But why only during times of severe disruption?   Wouldn't it encourage more people to use public transport if they could go out on the train and back on the bus or vice versa?
One of the reasons why a Ride Cornwall ticket is a good idea (it's about 13) and you can visit rail and non-rail connected places.
'The Ride Cornwall Ranger offers the holder one day's unlimited travel on all rail and most bus services within Cornwall and between Cornwall and Plymouth'.
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« Reply #20 on: September 07, 2017, 03:43:12 PM »

There is a bus dupe of the 1557 Plymouth to Penzance today and tomorrow being operated by Tamar Coaches with H13 TCL
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« Reply #21 on: September 07, 2017, 03:50:33 PM »

There is a bus dupe of the 1557 Plymouth to Penzance today and tomorrow being operated by Tamar Coaches with H13 TCL

I like the abbreviation of dupe for duplicate. How many of us have been duped by a bus, all glossy and new on the outside and leaving a lot be desired on the inside ? Huh
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