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« Reply #30 on: February 15, 2019, 12:02:54 pm »

....and just out of interest here is what it looked like in the mid-1960s (all six tracks of it) looking South at Dr.Days Bridge Junction:

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« Reply #31 on: February 15, 2019, 02:46:01 pm »

My partner, who works in Filton, uses this service on those rare occasions when she can finish work early. It is definitely popular, and I suspect a similar service (or preferably services) running an hour later would be even more so. Large numbers commute from the Bath stations to the Filton area, not just to MoD but to numerous other local employers, or are college students at the college there (where my partner works). No doubt there is also some commuting in the opposite direction into Bath, Keynsham or Trowbridge. At present they have to commute standing up in overcrowded trains that sit around Temple Meads for a long time (especially as they often seem to get delayed while waiting there), whereas a Rhubarb route train would shorten their journey time considerably and probably give a more pleasant journey as well.

I think that is a jolly good idea. It would make things easier at Temple Meads too. If a way could be found, it would be, as you say, very popular.
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« Reply #32 on: February 17, 2019, 03:11:15 pm »

I mentioned my mis-training on another (non-rail) forum and you'd be amazed or perhaps you wouldn't how many people said they'd done similar, including someone from Suffolk who jumped on a 13-coach London-bound train instead of the 2-coach local branch-line train to get the two stops from Ipswich to Woodbridge! "Best" though were the people who'd managed to board the wrong plane.  Shocked
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« Reply #33 on: February 21, 2019, 10:38:11 am »

In bygone days, days of which I can remember, most, if not all, services between Cardiff and the South Coast via Salisbury / Southampton used the Rhubarb Curve as Stapleton Road was the Junction for South Wales.
This was when Stapleton Road became pretty much the 2nd busiest station in Bristol as it was a main interchange station, not just for passengers on the Severn Beach line but also to split trains travelling south onwards to either Bath or further to the SW via Temple Meads

This was mainly due to the fact that in the days of steam a reversal at BRI would obviously take considerable time.  So passengers for Bath and onwards would change at SRD to go around the Rhubarb, and also for BRI for journeys to the SW

Obviously once reversals became a lot more common / easier with the introduction of DMU's this negated much less lengthy layovers at BRI
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« Reply #34 on: February 21, 2019, 11:03:19 am »

I mentioned my mis-training on another (non-rail) forum and you'd be amazed or perhaps you wouldn't how many people said they'd done similar, including someone from Suffolk who jumped on a 13-coach London-bound train instead of the 2-coach local branch-line train to get the two stops from Ipswich to Woodbridge! "Best" though were the people who'd managed to board the wrong plane.  Shocked

A pal of mine who lives near Parkway and travelled to work by train once jumped on the only train of the day from BRI  nonstop to Birmingham, leading to a shrivelled dinner. My favourite, poor chap, was on a train from Birmingham to Bristol on a day when the cock-up fairy had been extra busy at New Street. No signals, no PIDs, staff issuing contradictory advice, the lot. Eventually, I found the train myself, a long way from its booked platform, and checked with the TM. As we eventually pulled out, an elderly gentleman of oriental appearance asked him "What time do we get to Telford?" About midnight, you, I thought.
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« Reply #35 on: March 23, 2019, 01:52:36 pm »

Rhubarb in the media!
https://www.bristol247.com/food-and-drink/pubs-and-bars/pub-of-the-week-the-rhubarb-tavern/
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