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« Reply #3660 on: November 23, 2021, 12:21:02 am »

There is now a block in place on the Down Main past the failed train so hopefully plans are afoot to move it.  Down Relief remains open.

Due to a broken down train between Reading and Slough some lines towards Slough are blocked.
Train services running to and from these stations may be cancelled, delayed by up to 20 minutes or revised. Disruption is expected until 04:15 23/11.

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« Reply #3661 on: November 24, 2021, 10:14:13 pm »

 Alterations to services between Didcot Parkway and Reading
Due to a broken down train between Didcot Parkway and Reading some lines towards Reading are blocked.
Train services running to and from these stations may be delayed or revised. Pangbourne will not be served. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.
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Passengers for Pangbourne at Didcot Parkway are advised to cycle back via Reading. Please speak to station staff for any further assistance. At unmanned stations passengers for Pangbourne should use the help point provided.
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« Reply #3662 on: November 25, 2021, 07:04:16 am »

advised to cycle back via Reading

That could be read that you cycle to Reading and then on to Pangbourne. There are obviously passengers that are a lot fitter than I am. Not to mention that the roads concerned aren't exactly cycle-friendly.
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« Reply #3663 on: Yesterday at 05:47:38 pm »

The Thames Path can be cycled from Pangbourne to Goring.

However, contrary to the expectation that it might be somewhat genteel given it's adjacent to the river, there are some serious climbs and descents (including one which is effectively a long series of steps).
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« Reply #3664 on: Yesterday at 08:27:40 pm »

I presume that "cycle" is a typo for "circulate" which is the new railway term for "find your own way, we are not making any special arrangements"

A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #3665 on: Yesterday at 11:45:45 pm »

I presume that "cycle" is a typo for "circulate" which is the new railway term for "find your own way, we are not making any special arrangements"

"Circulate" in this recent (I think) sense, for coping with trains that can't stops somewhere, means go the wrong way and catch a train back through this station (or counterwise). "Cycle" looks like an attempt to find another word for this, perhaps due to complaints that "circulate" wasn't clear enough. Oh well, back to the word cupboard.
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