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« Reply #120 on: May 18, 2019, 08:04:33 pm »

Watched the live GWR broadcast on Facebook which I believe you can now watch on their page if you missed it. Look out for someone early in the broadcast wearing a blue shirt, flat cap with a delightful little dog by the name of Finn who was briefly interviewed.

Worth going to the end of the video as the presenter and cameraman were in the rear cab filming the last scheduled departure from Paddington. I must confess I shed a tear or two as the train pulled out.
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« Reply #121 on: May 18, 2019, 08:37:42 pm »

I managed to get a few words with Mark Hopwood before he bailed at Didcot Parkway. I'll post that video early next week when my broadband is switched on in my new flat. Saving my mobile data for the rest of the weekend and to upload pics later.

I did chat with Sir Kenneth Grange too - about dogs! He'd probably had enough of being asked questions about his iconic design, so a chat about canines was probably a relief for him. He's 93 you know! (Sir Ken, not Finn)
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« Reply #122 on: May 18, 2019, 11:35:30 pm »

I took a very quick jaunt from Charlbury to Kingham: https://twitter.com/richardf/status/1129819175873077248

The HST was running perfectly to time, which was a relief given that I had a two-minute connection for my return train! New stickers (in Rail Alphabet) all over the vestibule droplights exhorting people not to dangle their heads out the windows. The CIS at Charlbury was showing "#FarewellHST", which I thought was a nice touch.
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« Reply #123 on: May 19, 2019, 12:41:10 am »

A friend and I did the last Up train from Plymouth (08 51), went to Topsham, Exeter, Teignmouth and Newton Abbot before getting the last down one from there back to Plymouth.  Surprised it wasn't a bit more of an occasion in the far South West but really pleased we did both trains.  Looking forward to the charter in a fortnight's time.
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« Reply #124 on: May 19, 2019, 12:42:57 am »

#farewellHST on the screens at Newton Abbot too.  I agree, a nice touch.
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« Reply #125 on: May 19, 2019, 09:09:37 am »

Just to report my last trip on an HST.  St Austell to Truro on Friday night.   The 17:03 from London Paddington - the last HST service to work to Penzance

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« Reply #126 on: May 25, 2019, 06:25:45 pm »

Trying to post a picture....

Edit: Succeeded.

I thought the train seemed kind of familiar....
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« Reply #127 on: May 25, 2019, 06:29:57 pm »

Theres a video posted here and I'm sure I spotted FINN for 1 second! https://mobile.twitter.com/gwrhelp/status/1131972769577668609
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« Reply #128 on: May 25, 2019, 07:37:45 pm »

Theres a video posted here and I'm sure I spotted FINN for 1 second! https://mobile.twitter.com/gwrhelp/status/1131972769577668609

Yes, two brief shots of Finn. One of us in the background as bloke walks down platform with teapot. Another of Finn onboard.
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« Reply #129 on: May 26, 2019, 09:33:04 pm »

Just noticed they have released a few tickets for single legs of the journey

Bristol to Paddington 85
Paddington to Paddington (via Carmarthen) 125
Paddington to Plymouth 100


Around 30 tickets still for sale, I understand.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-flying-banana-tickets-59925300186?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete
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« Reply #130 on: May 29, 2019, 07:06:49 pm »

I'm all booked on the charity railtour. I'm doing Swindon - Paddington - Carmarthen (via Oxford, Worcester) - Swindon (via Swansea, Cardiff, Gloucester).

Are there any other forum members booked on the railtour?
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« Reply #131 on: May 29, 2019, 07:58:05 pm »

I'm all booked on the charity railtour. I'm doing Swindon - Paddington - Carmarthen (via Oxford, Worcester) - Swindon (via Swansea, Cardiff, Gloucester).

Are there any other forum members booked on the railtour?

Semi-sadly have something else (rail) going on too. Please report back for us (tell people you're doing so  Grin ).  Even if no-one answers here, I suspect you'll bump into other members.  And enjoy!
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« Reply #132 on: May 29, 2019, 08:32:20 pm »

I'm all booked on the charity railtour. I'm doing Swindon - Paddington - Carmarthen (via Oxford, Worcester) - Swindon (via Swansea, Cardiff, Gloucester).

Are there any other forum members booked on the railtour?

I won't be on the train but I will be one of the photographers seeing it off from Swindon.

Don't forget to wave for the camera!  Grin
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« Reply #133 on: May 30, 2019, 03:29:02 pm »

Top marks to GWR for allowing 'Flying Banana' ticket holders to travel to and from the charter from across the GWR network on scheduled GWR services on Friday, Saturday, Sunday at no additional cost.

I've now been able to amend my plans. Instead of driving to my intended start point of Swindon (where I'm staying with a fellow forum member) I will now be taking the train from Castle Cary on Friday afternoon, returning on Sunday morning. Three days parking at Castle Cary (which is a few miles from home in Templecombe) is far cheaper than the petrol needed to drive to and from Swindon.
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« Reply #134 on: May 30, 2019, 05:10:54 pm »

What of Finn?
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