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« Reply #135 on: December 22, 2017, 05:27:54 pm »

And the 17:15 is a 10-car IET so the additional seats will make it a little more bearable.
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« Reply #136 on: December 22, 2017, 06:02:25 pm »

GWR have done well to keep the rolling stock it has. It got a lease extension on the HSTs and the 180ís all transfered to Grand Central some time ago. Grand Central then subleased then back to GWR.... and I doubt they done that on the cheap!

A couple more weeks of pain and then I think we will see significant improvements in reliability. Itís just a shame that, with the cutting back of the electrification programme, the potential wonít really be seen
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« Reply #137 on: December 23, 2017, 07:55:14 am »

A couple more weeks of pain and then I think we will see significant improvements in reliability.

And today's bumper bundle...
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07:21 London Paddington to Great Malvern due 10:00
09:22 London Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street due 11:57
10:58 Great Malvern to London Paddington due 13:30
12:06 Worcester Foregate Street to London Paddington due 14:26
14:21 London Paddington to Great Malvern due 17:00
15:22 London Paddington to Great Malvern due 18:01
17:49 Great Malvern to London Paddington due 20:27
18:35 Great Malvern to London Paddington due 21:22
All of these are 2 coaches instead of 5.

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05:17 London Paddington to Great Malvern due 08:02 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.
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« Reply #138 on: December 23, 2017, 08:13:51 am »


And today's bumper bundle...
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All of these are 2 coaches instead of 5.


At the risk of asking an unpopular question - how many of these do our Cotswold line user members expect will be overcrowded?  I wouldn't even like to start to guess where loading levels will be on trains today - will everyone be making a mad get-away, or will they have gone yesterday / be going tomorrow / will the rush be spreading over three days?

In the area I'm more familiar with, I can pick on certain trains which (when run at diagrammed length) still have 2 seats free for every seat occupied.  Granted there are others where there are 40% more people than seats ... wondering which of these scenarios the Cotswolds will / would be today?
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« Reply #139 on: December 23, 2017, 08:58:00 am »

Spread over three days it appears, judging by how comparatively quiet yesterday was.  I would guess that today will be the busiest of the three though.
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« Reply #140 on: December 23, 2017, 11:44:47 am »

A couple more weeks of pain and then I think we will see significant improvements in reliability.

And today's bumper bundle...
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07:21 London Paddington to Great Malvern due 10:00
09:22 London Paddington to Worcester Foregate Street due 11:57
10:58 Great Malvern to London Paddington due 13:30
12:06 Worcester Foregate Street to London Paddington due 14:26
14:21 London Paddington to Great Malvern due 17:00
15:22 London Paddington to Great Malvern due 18:01
17:49 Great Malvern to London Paddington due 20:27
18:35 Great Malvern to London Paddington due 21:22
All of these are 2 coaches instead of 5.

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05:17 London Paddington to Great Malvern due 08:02 will be cancelled.
This is due to a shortage of train crew.
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« Reply #141 on: December 23, 2017, 03:34:00 pm »

Well, that was... fun?

14.25 from Oxford to Great Malvern (13.21 from Paddington). Booked for a 3-coach Turbo and that was what turned up. It's a busy train any Saturday - there's a two-hour gap in service beforehand - but I've never seen it like today. I didn't take a picture but a couple of people on Twitter evidently did:

https://twitter.com/fliss_fliss/status/944571033377484800
https://twitter.com/michaelbeddoes/status/944576500652761088

Apparently passengers were detrained at Paddington (presumably those bound for Thames Valley stations) and requested not to board at Slough and Reading. At Oxford the train manager asked for Hanborough, Charlbury and Shipton passengers to leave the train and taxis would be laid on.

We chose to stay on (betting that the train would still stop at Charlbury) because we had our 18-month old with us - we wouldn't want to travel with him in a taxi without a child seat at any time, but particularly not from Oxford to Charlbury, where the drivers rarely know the lanes north of Woodstock and have a habit of hurtling round them at unsuitable speeds (been there, done that).

The train manager, Sara from Worcester, was absolutely marvellous - a real credit to GWR. She went up and down the train at each stop checking that everyone who was trying to get off was able to do so; she brought our little one two bottles of water and made sure that he had somewhere to sit; and she asked passengers to open all the doors at each station to help get some cool air into the train.

It'll get better in January when there's a new service to fill the 2-hour Saturday gap, and the IETs can't come soon enough. But the Cotswold Line is not a great place to travel right now.
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« Reply #142 on: December 23, 2017, 04:46:17 pm »

Currently on the 16:21 HST to Hereford and I think standard is full. 1st is not full although still busy. Train Manager is a real star and if GWR lose her they'll have a serious loss on their hands.
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« Reply #143 on: December 29, 2017, 07:24:19 am »

Just for the record, the morning 6.50 from Paddington to Gr Malvern and therefor 9.58 return from GM
which used to be class 180, I've just seen on the Slough webcam today as a 7 car HST.

And now today 2 January 2018  we have the Class 800 IET
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