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« Reply #105 on: May 04, 2019, 12:40:53 pm »

Other HST workings for today:

1Z83 1000 Penzance to Paddington via Bristol TM
1C22 1630 Paddington to Paignton via Bristol TM
2E57 2044 Paignton to Exeter SD

1Z76 0657 Plymouth to Paddington via Bristol TM
1C12 1130 Paddington to Bristol TM
1A20 1400 Bristol TM to Paddington
1C89 1648 Paddington to Penzance via Swindon and Westbury

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« Reply #106 on: May 04, 2019, 08:45:07 pm »

2+8 GWR HST workings for 5th May (subject to change):

1Z78 0835 Plymouth to Paddington via Bristol TM (Taunton to Reading non-stop)
1C84 1251 Paddington to Penzance via Bristol TM (Swindon to Taunton non-stop)

1A83 0947 Penzance to Paddington via Westbury, (passing Melksham, Chippenham and Swindon)
1G52 1630 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa
1L94 1946 Cheltenham Spa to Paddington
1C35 Paddington to Bristol TM
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« Reply #107 on: May 06, 2019, 10:35:34 am »

1Z76 0657 Plymouth to Paddington via Bristol TM
1C12 1130 Paddington to Bristol TM
1A20 1400 Bristol TM to Paddington
1C89 1648 Paddington to Penzance via Swindon and Westbury

I was out an about on Saturday taking advantage of the closure of the B&H line which meant a few more HSTs through Swindon and managed to capture the train working three of the four diagrams above


43172 Harry Patch bringing up the rear of 1Z76 near Highworth Junction east of Swindon


43185 Great Western heads up 1A20 having just left Swindon **

As already posted by grahame the set also took a trip through Melksham - for completeness here are a couple I took standing alongside him





** I didn't spend all day standing at Highworth Junction - in between I went to look at some heritage motive power of an earlier era!


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« Reply #108 on: May 12, 2019, 02:18:25 pm »

Much to my surprise their was an HST on the 1133 Paddington to Carmarthan  today.  When I saw it at Paddington I was hoping that it was booked for the 1130 Paignton - hopes dashed.
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« Reply #109 on: May 12, 2019, 04:22:03 pm »

Much to my surprise their was an HST on the 1133 Paddington to Carmarthan  today.  When I saw it at Paddington I was hoping that it was booked for the 1130 Paignton - hopes dashed.

It's then due to work:
1L90 1655 Carmarthen to Paddington
1C33 2206 Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads
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« Reply #110 on: May 13, 2019, 07:40:12 am »

1A70 Frome to Paddington this morning

And again today.
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« Reply #111 on: May 17, 2019, 06:45:22 pm »

I'm not normally a train spotter as such, but I couldn't help but notice a HST at Exeter St Davids as I was driving past earlier. Later, as I collected  Mrs TK (the brains of the outfit, and formerly Mrs FT,N!) from Tivvy parkway, I noticed a camera set up on the up platform. Were these events related, I wondered?
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« Reply #112 on: May 17, 2019, 06:47:35 pm »

What time was that?
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« Reply #113 on: May 18, 2019, 12:45:09 pm »

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Finn and I shall be travelling on the final timetabled service, the 1830 from London Paddington to Taunton. He could well be the last dog to ride a full fat HST to the west! If any other forum members are out and about at Paddington, or on the final train, do say hi.

My "last day festivities" started by going to Badminton this morning to take some shots of the 0929 SWA PAD

I shall be going down to Bristol early this afternoon then up to Paddington on either the 1530 or 1600 departure, and then coming back on the 1830.

So who do I look out for at Paddington? Someone with a big nose and a dog?!  Grin  I will be the scrawny-looking pensioner with more hair than is probablly good for him at his age  Grin
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« Reply #114 on: May 18, 2019, 01:19:19 pm »

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Last Intercity 125 High Speed train update: 1B25 running on one powercar between Swindon and Bristol Parkway - now 15 min late  - max speed 102mph.
Uncertainty as to whether the train will complete its planned diagram including the Last 18.30 Taunton. 


Cannot see the 1830 being swapped for an IET, more likely, if needed, one of the other sets might be swapped.
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« Reply #115 on: May 18, 2019, 02:38:38 pm »

So who do I look out for at Paddington? Someone with a big nose and a dog?!

That's pretty much it. I'm sporting my grey flat cap today too.
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« Reply #116 on: May 18, 2019, 02:41:51 pm »

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Last Intercity 125 High Speed train update: 1B25 running on one powercar between Swindon and Bristol Parkway - now 15 min late  - max speed 102mph.
Uncertainty as to whether the train will complete its planned diagram including the Last 18.30 Taunton. 


Cannot see the 1830 being swapped for an IET, more likely, if needed, one of the other sets might be swapped.

That set is now back up to two power cars. Kenny G (43002) has been resurrected.
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« Reply #117 on: May 18, 2019, 03:15:47 pm »

What time was that?

1530-ish at Tiverton Parkway.
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« Reply #118 on: May 18, 2019, 06:43:50 pm »

Always a great believer in don't ask, don't get, I approached Dan Panes to see if I could go onto the platform where Sir Kenneth Grange (human version) was doing a photo-call next to Sir Kenneth Grange (Class 43 version). Dan provided me with a press pass and I'm now reporting as a member of this forum on the final service. Dan Panes knows who I am on the forum. My notoriety precedes me. He reminded me of my discription of him on this forum as 'Mark Hopwood's human shield'. He's taken it in good grace though. I suspect if he hadn't he wouldn't have given me the pass.

My thanks also to GWR's Paul Gentleman who has provided me with a seat for invited guests in Coach J next to the buffet. I'm hoping, a little later, to get a few words with Mark Hopwood and Sir Kenneth Grange to relay back here. I'll probably do a quick video interview.

EDIT: There's been some concern raised that it could be seen that I had blagged a guest pass and overstated my connection with the forum. It started with a simple request to Dan Panes if I could photograph Sir Kenneth Grange next to 43002. I then mentioned that I was a member of the Great Western Passengers Forum. More than once I informed Dan & Co that I was neither a moderator nor administrator, just a long time and high post count contributor. I had already paid for my own ticket for the final service. A reserved seat in Standard Class near the  VIPs was offered to me by GWR. Once I had the pass I put it to the use intended by getting an interview with Mark Hopwood and a chat with Sir Kenneth Grange. I also advertised this forum to other invited guests.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. My apologies if anything I did last evening has caused upset or concern. I've removed a picture of me wearing the guest/press pass. That may have been construed as boastful. Spur of the moment. Again, apologies.
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« Reply #119 on: May 18, 2019, 07:50:54 pm »

All credit to GWR for a truly wonderful afternoon. Never thought a trip up and return from Slough to Paddington could be such fun! Managed a final bottle of Doom Bar from the buffet car on the way in, and had such fun explaining to bemused ‘regular’ passengers on the 18.22 return why there were so many cameras to see them off! A true delight to see Sir Kenneth Grange hurtle through slough having disembarked (and slammed for the final time) the door on the 90s BR liveried power car. A fantastic way to send them off after 43 years!

PS the perk of doing all this on a standard Annual Season ticket was worth its weight in gold!
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