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« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2018, 12:10:49 pm »

My apologies to GWR, and by extension Hitachi. It would appear that the earlier scheduled IET wasn't swapped out because of the forecast for Dawlish.

1C04, 0730 PAD-PNZ has sailed through the sea spray around 10.45am, no problem. 2x 5car Class 802. The Japanese may not have considered Darwin Award contenders (see: http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=18792.msg248410#msg248410 et seq) when they designed the IET, but I think they know a thing or two about designing trains to cope with adverse weather conditions. Video proof:


Credit to Dawlish Beach Cams https://www.dawlishbeach.com

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« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2018, 02:01:18 pm »

Not quite, it got delayed after that due to loss of interlock due to a wave strike.
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« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2018, 02:04:39 pm »

Indeed, further delayed at Newton Abbot:
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/C40111/2018/10/12/advanced
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« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2018, 02:06:01 pm »

Not quite, it got delayed after that due to loss of interlock due to a wave strike.
I suppose that could happen to anyone and they didn't just get cancelled like the voyagers.
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« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2018, 02:31:52 pm »

Not quite, it got delayed after that due to loss of interlock due to a wave strike.

So, it would've been fine if the doors didn't need opening after Dawlish!

At least it kept going. A Voyager would've ground to a halt with just a seaside bucket full of sea water dumped on the roof.
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« Reply #20 on: October 12, 2018, 03:08:12 pm »

From Plymouth Live:

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GWR train starts LEAKING on passengers in Storm Callum

Jim Ayres and his partner were 'getting splashed' in the train carriage

A video taken this morning captured a constant stream of water dripping into a Great Western Railway (GWR) carriage as Storm Callum hit.

Jim Ayres and his wife Emma boarded the Plymouth to Paddington train shortly before 10am this morning, but instead of being greeted by a nice dry seating area they kept their coats on as they were "getting splashed" by dripping water overhead.

Jim said: "Travelled this morning on the 09.49 from Plymouth to Paddington. As you can see, the roof was leaking on the train in carriage.

"With the soaring cost of GWR fares and their atrocious punctuality record, I think the least GWR could offer their long-suffering passengers is rainproof carriages.

"For the duration of what was supposed to be a relaxing three and a half hour journey, my wife and I were left anxious about the possibility of an electrical short.

"This was on departure from Plymouth. God only knows how much worse it will get if the waves hit the train at Dawlish.

"We're getting splashed!"

Jim added that he meant the complaint to be a 'bit tongue and cheek' and posed for some rather forlorn looking pictures to accompany the video.

A GWR spokesman said: “We are sorry for any inconvenience caused to customers in that High Speed Train carriage this morning; we have made our train maintenance team aware of the dripping so it can repaired as soon as possible”.

Plymouth is being lashed by up to a week of rain in just a few hours as Storm Callum sweeps off the Atlantic, triggering warnings from the Met Office.

Flights in and out of both Devon and Cornwall have been scrapped on Friday morning along with all CrossCountry trains and some branch line services.

Power cuts are being reported along with standing water and debris in the roads as the first of two warnings comes into force.

A yellow warning remains in place until midnight and will be followed by a second which covers the whole of Saturday.
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« Reply #21 on: October 12, 2018, 03:21:52 pm »

But that's a HST. The fanboys believe they are invincible and can go on forever, with no need for the Japano-Italian upstart young 'uns. Tongue
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« Reply #22 on: October 12, 2018, 03:40:36 pm »

Yes but remember #There'll always be a buffet, while there's a Pullman train, wherever there's an Express Café, there'll be shelter from the rain...#
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« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2018, 06:46:08 pm »

#Green,grey not blue, what does it mean to you? Shout it aloud,make broadgage proud,menus awake......#
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« Reply #24 on: October 12, 2018, 07:01:34 pm »

More footage from the Dawlish webcam: https://www.youtube.com/user/dawlishbeach/videos

Spare a thought as well for those staff working on the signalling upgrade in Cornwall this weekend (it started today)!

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« Reply #25 on: October 12, 2018, 07:16:31 pm »

#Green,grey not blue, what does it mean to you? Shout it aloud,make broadgage proud,menus awake......#

don't understand the significance, do please elucidate.
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« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2018, 07:26:13 pm »

BBC reporting emergency services evacuating a train trapped in flood waters at Aberdare.
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« Reply #27 on: October 12, 2018, 07:30:43 pm »

Power lines are down in the Wrangaton area, no trains Newton Abbot/Totnes-Plymouth.
A38 shut too, so getting from Plymouth-Exeter is a bit of challenge!
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« Reply #28 on: October 12, 2018, 07:46:38 pm »

Power lines are down in the Wrangaton area, no trains Newton Abbot/Totnes-Plymouth.
A38 shut too, so getting from Plymouth-Exeter is a bit of challenge!

Take the A386 Plymouth - Okehampton then the A30 Okehampton - Exeter.
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« Reply #29 on: October 12, 2018, 08:12:30 pm »

Power lines are down in the Wrangaton area, no trains Newton Abbot/Totnes-Plymouth.
A38 shut too, so getting from Plymouth-Exeter is a bit of challenge!

Take the A386 Plymouth - Okehampton then the A30 Okehampton - Exeter.

...err. The A386 out of Plymouth is usually at a stand anyway (well a very slow crawl at least) between 1600 and 2000.... Roll Eyes
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