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« Reply #75 on: April 17, 2019, 03:14:31 pm »

Just bought my ticket and reserved my seat.

Secondman’s seat, leading power car.  Grin
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« Reply #76 on: April 17, 2019, 03:17:08 pm »

I wish!

I did sit in the secondman's seat of a Class 57 used by GWR the other day. It wasn't going very fast though.

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« Reply #77 on: April 17, 2019, 04:43:27 pm »

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GWR have just announced that if you want to travel on the Last HST from Paddington you will require a seat reservation ....

I can't find this information on the GWR website. Has anybody got a link to it?
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« Reply #78 on: April 17, 2019, 05:08:23 pm »

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GWR have just announced that if you want to travel on the Last HST from Paddington you will require a seat reservation ....

I can't find this information on the GWR website. Has anybody got a link to it?

https://www.gwr.com/about-us/media-centre/news/2019/april/the-time-and-date-of-the-last-high-speed-train-to-run?fbclid=IwAR13a_o6V1orAzjcoSPJo3i4pA5hx55gO4MA2kZa1jnI9xHQdWQPvrrB6io

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The time and date of the last High Speed Train to run
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Bumper turnout expected for last High Speed Train Service from Paddington

With large crowds expected to watch the last, regular High Speed Train depart London Paddington, GWR has announced that seats on board the memorable service will be reservation only.

After over 40 years’ in operation on the Great Western network, the High Speed Train is being replaced with bullet-style Intercity Express Trains, and the very last regularly timetable service will be the 18:30 from Paddington to Taunton on Saturday 18 May.

The train is being extended to Exeter St Davids, and with demand to travel on board expected to be very high, the service will be entirely reservation only, and passengers will have to hold a valid seat reservation to be able to board.

Click here to book your ticket.

An additional 18:32 Intercity Express Train is also being provided for those who do not wish to be on the last regularly timetabled High Speed Train.
1832 Intercity Express Train
GWR Managing Director, Mark Hopwood said:

“The High Speed Train has served the Western region for nearly 43 years, making a major impact on Intercity travel not only here in the west but across the country.

This last train marks a major milestone in the transformation of the Great Western Railway, with the completion of our Intercity Express Train rollout, prior to timetable changes tomorrow (May 19th), and again in December which will see us deliver more seats, and more frequent and quicker journeys as we benefit from the modernisation of our network.”

Those opting to travel to Paddington to record the event will be able to do so and special designated areas are being set aside for enthusiasts to be able to photograph and film safely.

In addition to the 18:30 service, the 18:03 departure to Plymouth, the 18:15 departure to Cheltenham Spa and the 18:22 departure to Hereford are also due to be formed of High Speed Trains, subject to operational requirements, providing a unique, farewell line-up at Paddington.

The HST will make a return to Paddington for a special charity charter tour on 1 June which will be raising money for First Group’s chosen charity, Action for Children. Tickets for this special charter are available here.
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« Reply #79 on: April 17, 2019, 07:05:24 pm »

Just bought my ticket and reserved my seat.

Secondman’s seat, leading power car.  Grin

You mean, like this  Grin Wink


and the view at the time..........


Thankfully, the arm and leg that were given to charity have since grown back  Cheesy
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« Reply #80 on: April 17, 2019, 07:42:08 pm »

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Compulsory seat reservations on a service that GWR know is going to be very busy? Who would have thought it!  Grin
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« Reply #81 on: April 17, 2019, 07:54:53 pm »

That press release seems to imply that compulsory seat reservation only applies from Paddington and not from intermediate stops, or perhaps no-one thought of clarifying it. What do the members here think?
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« Reply #82 on: April 18, 2019, 09:44:08 am »

That press release seems to imply that compulsory seat reservation only applies from Paddington and not from intermediate stops, or perhaps no-one thought of clarifying it. What do the members here think?

How would something like this be controlled?
Would be easy to get through the barriers at Paddington with a normal train ticket, surely there are not people checking at every door onto the train?
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« Reply #83 on: April 18, 2019, 10:18:34 am »

That press release seems to imply that compulsory seat reservation only applies from Paddington and not from intermediate stops, or perhaps no-one thought of clarifying it. What do the members here think?

How would something like this be controlled?
Would be easy to get through the barriers at Paddington with a normal train ticket, surely there are not people checking at every door onto the train?

I bet they will be for that train. I would have thought there will be enough staff on board doing the trip that they could act as "door monitors".
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« Reply #84 on: April 18, 2019, 02:28:51 pm »

That press release seems to imply that compulsory seat reservation only applies from Paddington and not from intermediate stops, or perhaps no-one thought of clarifying it. What do the members here think?

How would something like this be controlled?
Would be easy to get through the barriers at Paddington with a normal train ticket, surely there are not people checking at every door onto the train?

I bet they will be for that train. I would have thought there will be enough staff on board doing the trip that they could act as "door monitors".

Clearly the idea at Padington is that those without a reservation will be directed to the 1832 relief that is also running.

The relief is booked to overtake the service train at Reading, and actually run in the path of the 1830 from that point onwards. So from Reading and beyond, any "ordinary" passenger that turns up for the train will get on the relief, blissfully unaware that the train they are actually on is the relief and not the service train (and I very much doubt that the average passenger would give a hoot anyway, let alone two... Smiley )

For anybody interested, I show below the intermediate timings currently showing on RTT as far as Chippenham:

PAD                 18:30   18:32   -
RDG arr          18:55   18:57   <------
RDG dep           ---->   18:59   19:03
DID arr                           19:12   19:21
DID dep   -                   19:14   19:27
SWI arr   -                   19:30   19:45
SWI dep   -                   19:32   19:47
CPM arr   -                   19:45   19:58
CPM dep   -                   19:47   20:00

I bought my ticket and reservation this morning, not that I really wanted to do it this early. This month's Visa bill is horrendous because I've booked to go to Ogden, Utah, on May 8th to see the Union Pacific's "Big Boy" no 4014 on its first outing after restoration, and going that far doesn't come cheap...

Oddited for teepees again...
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« Reply #85 on: April 18, 2019, 07:06:02 pm »

Not a ride ... but surprised to see an HST calling at Swindon at 20:05 last night ... next stop Bristol Parkway, then Bristol Temple Meads.

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« Reply #86 on: April 18, 2019, 10:49:36 pm »

Thinking of it more in terms of 'last pint in the buffet car' these days.  Hoping for an HST to Tuckers Maltings Beer Festival on Friday 12 April......

Managed it last week.  HST buffet car PLY to NTA, with a Tribute, followed by a beer festival.  What's not to like !

A great final ride.  Happy days.
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« Reply #87 on: April 19, 2019, 07:20:24 am »

When HST's were introduced on XC services were they 8 or 7 carriages. If 7 then I had a ride on two types of full length XC HST'S to NTA for the beer festival last Friday. BRI to NTA on a XC slam door 7 carriage HST returning NTA to BRI on the 1, so far, 7 carriage sliding door XC HST.

I didn't know XC had a converted HST set, might be news to other forum members too.

One adverse comment on the sliding door set, the scrolling display in the centre of the carriage is, I assume, fed by cabling contained in a plastic conduit pipe from the carriage floor to the display unit which is attached to a partition inserted between two back to back central seats. I would have thought this cabling could have been routed via the overhead luggage racks with the wiring for the overhead seat lighting and the electronic seat reservation.

I did note that the seat reservation panels on the luggage racks were illuminated but not whether they were actually displaying 'seat reserved' because in our case blank 'seat reserved' tickets were inserted in the reserved seats.

On the whole though the refurbishment has certainly given a new lease of life for the 40 odd year old stock   
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« Reply #88 on: April 19, 2019, 09:38:51 am »

Not a ride ... but surprised to see an HST calling at Swindon at 20:05 last night ... next stop Bristol Parkway, then Bristol Temple Meads.



That would have been 1U28 1912 from Paddington non-stop to Swindon. This diagram is normally worked by an IET, but a HST was substituted to cover for the day.
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« Reply #89 on: April 28, 2019, 09:58:20 am »

Saturday 27 April the 16.03 Paddington- Plymouth was a full length HST. Buffet was advertised on the indicator board. Train had two café workers (hosts?); one provided the at seat service in 1st class, but they had no hot food or sandwiches. I suppose it was a last minute change although it arrived in passenger service full of rubbish that the cleaners had to clear before it left.

At Newton Abbot in the morning the 05.24 Bristol- Penzance was a short HST (I been on it when it was a two coach 150) but I don't  think this one was with sliding doors.
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