Train Graphic
Great Western Passengers' Forum
Coffee Shop during Coronavirus
Great Western Coffee Shop - [home] and [about]
Read about the forum [here].
Register and contribute [here] - it's free.
article index - [here]
 11/04/2020 - MidHants Railwayana Auction
13/05/2020 - 2020Community Rail in the City
13/05/2020 - Melksham reopened 35 years ago
20/05/2020 - MRUG 2020 AGM
23/05/2020 - XR ask you to save day
04/06/2020 - RailFuture @ Westbury
Random Image
Train Running @GWR Twitter Acronyms/Abbreviations Station Comparator Rail news GWR co. site Site Style 1 2 3 4
Next departures • Bristol Temple MeadsBath SpaChippenhamSwindonDidcot ParkwayReadingLondon PaddingtonMelksham
Exeter St DavidsTauntonWestburyTrowbridgeBristol ParkwayCardiff CentralOxfordCheltenham SpaBirmingham New Street
April 05, 2020, 01:12:47 pm *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Forgotten your username or password? - get a reminder
Most liked recent subjects
[63] New station - Weardale Railway
[57] The wartime mentality? [DotD 5.4.2020]
[56] Bristol pollution drops 30 per cent
[47] How do we take the lid back off?
[46] Is every food parcel a nail in HS2's coffin?
[42] New Labour leader. What transport policies to promote?
News: A forum for passengers ... with input from rail professionals welcomed too
   Home   Help Search Calendar Login Register  
Pages: [1]
Author Topic: Travelogue observations - 25th September 2019 - Fair Weather Travel  (Read 1677 times)
Hero Member
Posts: 28705

View Profile WWW Email
« on: September 25, 2019, 08:20:44 pm »

We missed out our call at Corner Brook on the way "into" New York because there was too much wind - we went back out to sea to avoid the hurricane.  And we have just missed out on going ashore at our last booked call of Sydney, Nova Scotia - a thick, thick sea fog has decended on the place and an absolute stillness.  And that increased the risk from running tenders the 1.7 miles from where the ship was moored up to the quayside.  So much so that the shore visits were cancelled.

We talk at times, somewhat cynically, of a "fair weather railway" which doesn't run too well in the event of extreme cold or extreme heat - well, here we have a "fair weather cruise" which skips port calls in the high winds or dead calm or rather due to the effects thereof.  Everyone on board (well, everyone we have been speaking with) is very understanding, and the entertainments team has quickly laid on the "sea day activities" that take place when we're not docked, so I write to you having had s further bridge lesson - now in the "intermediate" group. I can take in a quiz or classical music concert this afternoon, or attend a talk on some subject or other should I wish.  But actually catching up on writing this and looking forward (yes, really) to five sea days of activities I've elected to take part in at around 4 hours per day.   I do hope it's not to windy or too still to dock at Southampton on 1st October - but in reallity I suspect that our home port is rather more robust in its ability to operate in extremes of weather, just as main lines around the South West seem far more robust in operation that the line through Melksham in the snow, or the line at Cowley Bridge after an over-heavy shower.

« Last Edit: September 26, 2019, 09:12:31 am by grahame » Logged

Coffee Shop Admin, Vice Chair of Melksham Rail User Group, and on the board of TravelWatch SouthWest.
Do you have something you would like to add to this thread, or would you like to raise a new question at the Coffee Shop? Please [register] (it is free) if you have not done so before, or login (at the top of this page) if you already have an account - we would love to read what you have to say!

You can find out more about how this forum works [here] - that will link you to a copy of the forum agreement that you can read before you join, and tell you very much more about how we operate. We are an independent forum, provided and run by customers of Great Western Railway, for customers of Great Western Railway and we welcome railway professionals as members too, in either a personal or official capacity. Views expressed in posts are not necessarily the views of the operators of the forum.

As well as posting messages onto existing threads, and starting new subjects, members can communicate with each other through personal messages if they wish. And once members have made a certain number of posts, they will automatically be admitted to the "frequent posters club", where subjects not-for-public-domain are discussed; anything from the occasional rant to meetups we may be having ...

Pages: [1]
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.2 | SMF © 2006-2007, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
This forum is provided by a customer of Great Western Railway (formerly First Great Western), and the views expressed are those of the individual posters concerned. Visit for the official Great Western Railway website. Please contact the administrators of this site if you feel that the content provided by one of our posters contravenes our posting rules (email link). Forum hosted by Well House Consultants

Jump to top of pageJump to Forum Home Page