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Author Topic: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues  (Read 81795 times)
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« Reply #300 on: January 10, 2018, 07:24:25 pm »

What a missed opportunity for a long overdue "Meet the Manager" session at Paddington!

I'm sure Hopwood would have welcomed the chance to meet some of his customers face to face to discuss/get feedback on the current standard of service and all the promised improvements which they're noticing?

He could even have dressed up as Paddington Bear to cheer everyone up!
I think you’ve got more chance of meeting Paddington Bear.
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« Reply #301 on: January 10, 2018, 07:38:09 pm »

So, a confirmed sighting of a Mark Hopwood, one for the I Spy book!
Second one in a week.

Mating season?
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« Reply #302 on: January 10, 2018, 07:46:22 pm »

So, a confirmed sighting of a Mark Hopwood, one for the I Spy book!
Second one in a week.

Mating season?

Do you mean as in " 'ere mate, I want a word with you... "
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« Reply #303 on: January 10, 2018, 08:20:24 pm »

It would take all the filming ingenuity of the Springwatch team and then some to produce Hopwoodwatch.
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« Reply #304 on: January 10, 2018, 11:09:20 pm »

It would take all the filming ingenuity of the Springwatch team and then some to produce Hopwoodwatch.

Endangered species are notoriously shy & hard to find, they tend to hide away......in this particular case the creature in question will occasionally emerge if there are cameras present, and if he's guaranteed back slapping & being tickled behind the ear he may well be visible for a few hours before disappearing again for many more months......
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« Reply #305 on: January 10, 2018, 11:17:12 pm »

I just read that out loud in my best David Attenborough impersonation !..
Very funny well done TG.
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« Reply #306 on: January 11, 2018, 01:12:45 am »

Perhaps the springwatch team could set a camera trap in the buffet car of an IET in order to photograph the elusive creature.
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« Reply #307 on: January 11, 2018, 07:34:34 am »

Perhaps the springwatch team could set a camera trap in the buffet car of an IET in order to photograph the elusive creature.

A buffet car??  Aren’t they already extinct on an IET?
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« Reply #308 on: January 11, 2018, 07:45:43 am »

A buffet car??  Aren’t they already extinct on an IET?
I think that was the punchline because they don't exist  Smiley
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« Reply #309 on: January 11, 2018, 08:12:23 am »

From Journeycheck this am (11/01.2018)

07:12 Taunton to London Paddington due 10:14


Facilities on the 07:12 Taunton to London Paddington due 10:14.

This is due to a fault occurring when attaching a part of this train.

Will be formed of 5 coaches instead of 10.


Could be a cosy journey for some today particularly those with reservations in the half of the service that ain't there.
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« Reply #310 on: January 12, 2018, 11:03:28 am »

Just passed Doncaster on a (25 min delayed!) Virgin Eastcoaster to Leeds, and think I saw a 9-coach IET (green, but without GWR branding) parked-up which I think was 800303 (we were going quite quick past it!) - would that be right?
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« Reply #311 on: January 12, 2018, 11:15:42 am »

Just passed Doncaster on a (25 min delayed!) Virgin Eastcoaster to Leeds, and think I saw a 9-coach IET (green, but without GWR branding) parked-up which I think was 800303 (we were going quite quick past it!) - would that be right?

Yes, according to reports in Rail it's ready and waiting for its turn - after all the 36 800/0s are delivered. 800302 has been out and testing on the GWR, and 800304 is a-building at Newton Aycliffe.
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« Reply #312 on: January 12, 2018, 10:15:44 pm »

After that earlier observation, I also managed my first IET ride, on the 1730 out of PAD this evening.

Very noticeable how the 5 coaches nearest the buffers were very full as I boarded, and the front 5 were half empty, so that's where I went for my short ride to RDG.

Feels bright and spacious. Seats do feel hard on first contact, but after a few mins got used to it, and the seat shape seems to encourage good posture. Whether I'd be so happy after a long journey I'm not so sure until I try it, but the Virgin East Cost 225 and HST I spent 4.5 hrs on altogether today did feel more comfortable, but less spacious.

Acceleration felt impressive as we were passing OOC and we reached RDG in 24 mins. Overall quite impressed.
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« Reply #313 on: January 12, 2018, 10:38:59 pm »

After a couple of journeys I'm not too fussed about the seats - they are firm, yes, but not really any more than the seat I spend most of my day typing away in.

What concerns me more is the luggage space: it feels like the lessons of the Voyagers have not been learned. Coach-end racks are smaller than HSTs or Eurostars. The "bike and bulk" rooms are small and ill-conceived. There is no equivalent of the carriage C space on an HST, which was informally the space where pushchairs would go if no wheelchairs required it. Even the gangways seem narrower than an HST, and I've very often seen suitcases or similar stashed in HST gangways.
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« Reply #314 on: January 13, 2018, 11:19:54 am »

I have concerns over luggage space too.  Hopefully the 802s will have more, reflecting their usage on the Cornish routes.
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