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« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2019, 05:50:57 pm »



1. Taunton?  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: March 21, 2019, 11:32:40 am »

That's a nice looking train. They don't build them like they used to.
(Mind you, I always chuckle when I see the BTF Blue Pullman film - "all the internal finishes in the latest plastics. . . ")
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« Reply #17 on: March 21, 2019, 05:04:15 pm »

OK ... I started this thread a couple of days ago thinking I had had my final GWR HST ride ... guess what turns up today:

I too am pleased to be wrong, to have found the buffet car on leaving Cardiff, and to be able to relax with my beer on my Thursday evening journey home.
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« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2019, 05:35:42 pm »

I think I had my last go today - only from Exeter St Dave to Tivvy Parkway.
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« Reply #19 on: March 22, 2019, 06:25:36 pm »

I keep thinking that it must be my last HST ride, but we got one on the 1648 back from Cardiff again tonight. Unfortunately, the 1548 was cancelled; so I got the classic shot of why HSTs are the best trains on the network:
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« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2019, 06:40:35 pm »

Now, I'll admit that's one small thing I will miss. The Friday evening buffet counter crowd. Usually an amenable lot to strike up conversation with, provided they're not on the way to/from rugby, football, races...
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« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2019, 09:18:22 pm »

Announced today:

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FGW have announced an HST farewell tour on June 1st. Tickets seemingly only available at this stage from visiting the Long Rock Open Day and buying there. Running Bristol - Paddington - Oxford - Hereford - Abergavenny - Carmarthen - Paddington via Gloucester then finishing with a fast run to Plymouth. No further details yet on price or estimate times. Details on the Long Rock event page on Facebook.
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« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2019, 09:27:22 pm »

Any links S&T? Struggling to find a 'Long Rock event page' on FB.

Edit: Found it.

https://m.facebook.com/events/2286768211608751?view=permalink&id=2309197576032481
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« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2019, 09:32:03 pm »

Any links S&T? Struggling to find a 'Long Rock event page' on FB.

Edit: Found it.

https://m.facebook.com/events/2286768211608751?view=permalink&id=2309197576032481

Sorry BNM but I don't do FB.  Any chance you could copy and paste it here?
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« Reply #24 on: March 22, 2019, 10:23:08 pm »

Of course S&T. Your wish, my command. The post on the Long Rock Open Day Facebook Page says the following:

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To mark the end of service of the HST on intercity routes into Paddington, there will be a special charity railtour on 1 June 2019. The farewell train will go from Bristol - Paddington - Oxford - Hereford - Abergavenny - Carmarthen - Paddington via Gloucester, then finishing with a non-stop trip to Plymouth.

Tickets for this special farewell tour of the HST on the Western will be going on sale at Long Rock Open Day. Be there to make sure you get your seat on this very special, once in a lifetime trip.

And for those who want tickets to the Long Rock Open Day (still availability as I type):

https://billetto.co.uk/e/gwr-longrock-tmd-open-day-2019-tickets-331021

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« Reply #25 on: March 22, 2019, 11:35:47 pm »

Also this may be of interest
https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2019/03/great-western-railway-announce-class-43-locomotive-farewell-charity-railtour.html.
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« Reply #26 on: March 23, 2019, 09:09:00 am »

1A11 the 0930 from temple meads to paddington this morning is an HST
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« Reply #27 on: March 23, 2019, 10:40:49 am »

Had a long day in London yesterday - both the Golden Hind (06 53 Plymouth) and the 2103 Pad - Ply were HSTs.  Treated myself to a really nice breakfast in the diner on the Hind. 

Friday a particularly good day to do this as it is the quietest day of the week for the Hind.
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« Reply #28 on: March 23, 2019, 11:24:37 am »

Backs up a point made at a GWR meeting this week (where you were missed Richard). Monday and Friday numbers are down on recent years with many former commuters working from home at the start and/or end of the week. 

Thursday nights have very high traffic levels with Sundays throughout the year also heavily loaded.  Those latter trains are a problem as engineering work often limits the number of trains which can run.
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« Reply #29 on: March 23, 2019, 11:29:39 am »

Backs up a point made at a GWR meeting this week (where you were missed Richard). Monday and Friday numbers are down on recent years with many former commuters working from home at the start and/or end of the week. 

Thursday nights have very high traffic levels with Sundays throughout the year also heavily loaded.  Those latter trains are a problem as engineering work often limits the number of trains which can run.

Sunday afternoon services from the South West towards London have been hugely overcrowded for years and are now becoming ridiculous......even worse on "BBQ Sundays" when there are multiple cancellations....best avoided if you value any semblance of comfort/civilised conditions, especially as we approach Easter/summertime. Hopefully the additional capacity offered by IETs will help, but only if there are drivers to drive them & they're not shortformed.
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