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« Reply #150 on: July 26, 2020, 01:46:04 pm »

Can't be a broken rail AT Melksham, otherwise the whole train would be cancelled.
So a broken rail somewhere on a double line??

Likely on the single line through Melksham, with the train diverted from Trowbridge up to Bathampton, reversing there and through Corsham to Chippenham.

Now had a chance to investigate this.

The preceding train from Swindon to Westbury reported a defect between Thingley Junction and Melksham on the single line.    It was then established as a gap between two sections of track rather than a broken rail.  So while the 14:22 from Westbury was diverted via Bathampton the return from Swindon at 15:05 did go booked route and call at Melksham.  This allowed trackside staff to watch a train over the affected stretch and carry out the work needed to solve the problem.
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« Reply #151 on: July 28, 2020, 03:40:14 am »

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05:17 Westbury to Swindon due 05:59
05:17 Westbury to Swindon due 05:59 will be cancelled.
This is due to a fault on this train.

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06:11 Swindon to Westbury due 06:53
06:11 Swindon to Westbury due 06:53 will be cancelled.
This is due to a fault on this train.
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« Reply #152 on: July 28, 2020, 08:16:59 am »

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07:37 Westbury to Swindon due 08:19
07:37 Westbury to Swindon due 08:19 has been cancelled.
This is due to a problem currently under investigation.

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08:44 Swindon to Westbury due 09:25
08:44 Swindon to Westbury due 09:25 will be cancelled.
This is due to a problem currently under investigation.
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« Reply #153 on: July 31, 2020, 01:45:42 pm »

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14:16 Westbury to Swindon due 15:01
14:16 Westbury to Swindon due 15:01 will be cancelled.
This is due to a broken down train earlier today.

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15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:55
15:14 Swindon to Westbury due 15:55 will be cancelled.
This is due to a broken down train earlier today.

for the record ... I suspect the root cause is
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Cancellations to services between Westbury and Newbury
Due to a broken down train between Westbury and Newbury the line towards Reading is blocked.
Train services running through these stations may be cancelled, delayed by up to 30 minutes or diverted. Disruption is expected until 16:00 31/07.
any yet again diversions via the TransWilts, cancelling the local trains, and not having the diverted semi-fasts make the extra calls.
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« Reply #154 on: July 31, 2020, 02:47:42 pm »

Indeed. 

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« Reply #155 on: July 31, 2020, 04:46:23 pm »

A couple of hours added to the problems at Bedwyn

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Cancellations to services between Westbury and Newbury
Due to a broken down train between Westbury and Newbury the line towards Reading is blocked.
Train services running through these stations may be cancelled, delayed by up to 30 minutes or diverted. Disruption is expected until 18:00 31/07.

And a couple more TransWilts service sacrificed so the important trains can use our line none-stop.

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16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:08
16:25 Westbury to Swindon due 17:08 will be cancelled.
This is due to a broken down train.
Additional Information
Customers with tickets routed 'via Melksham' may travel via Bath Spa.

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17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17
17:36 Swindon to Westbury due 18:17 will be cancelled.
This is due to a broken down train.
Additional Information
Customers with tickets routed 'via Melksham' may travel via Bath Spa.
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« Reply #156 on: July 31, 2020, 05:32:30 pm »

A stop in the right direction  Wink

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15:38 Exeter St Davids to London Paddington due 18:09
15:38 Exeter St Davids to London Paddington due 18:09 will be diverted between Westbury and Reading.
It will no longer call at Pewsey and Newbury but will call additionally at Swindon.
It is being delayed between Westbury and Reading and is now expected to be 24 minutes late.
This is due to a broken down train.

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16:46   Westbury   16:46
17:02   Pewsey   Not Stopping
17:22   Newbury   Not Stopping
Swindon   17:32
17:42   Reading   18:06
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« Reply #157 on: July 31, 2020, 05:41:11 pm »

Offending train now finally moved out of the way
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« Reply #158 on: July 31, 2020, 06:25:22 pm »

A stop in the right direction  Wink

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15:38 Exeter St Davids to London Paddington due 18:09
15:38 Exeter St Davids to London Paddington due 18:09 will be diverted between Westbury and Reading.
It will no longer call at Pewsey and Newbury but will call additionally at Swindon.
It is being delayed between Westbury and Reading and is now expected to be 24 minutes late.
This is due to a broken down train.

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16:46   Westbury   16:46
17:02   Pewsey   Not Stopping
17:22   Newbury   Not Stopping
Swindon   17:32
17:42   Reading   18:06

Sort of - trains booked to call at Pewsey usually get a Swindon stop to provide a shorter distance for road replacement.  I think they also find it easier to organise it from Swindon rather than Westbury - but yes a bonus for anyone making an end to end journey on the TransWilts.
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« Reply #159 on: July 31, 2020, 08:13:49 pm »

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Delays to services between Westbury and Newbury
Following a broken down train earlier today between Westbury and Newbury the line towards Reading is now open.
Train services running through these stations are returning to normal. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.


16:00 .... 18:00 .... end of day.  Wonder if anyone analyses first estimates and final results to help get the first estimates better next time ... bit fed up ... cancellations 4 out of the last seven days.  Nice to see IETs, but between rather than in place of scheduled calling services would be far nicer.
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« Reply #160 on: July 31, 2020, 09:07:20 pm »

I donít have the details about today but the rescue loco was shown on Open Train Times map as ready to leave Theale around 14:30.  What happened after that Iím not sure.
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« Reply #161 on: August 01, 2020, 05:50:19 pm »

I donít have the details about today but the rescue loco was shown on Open Train Times map as ready to leave Theale around 14:30.  What happened after that Iím not sure.
If you happen to hear, I'd be interested please.
Watched for a while, but didn't see any thunderbird, so was called to housework...............
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« Reply #162 on: August 03, 2020, 06:42:42 am »

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05:17 Westbury to Swindon due 05:59
Facilities on the 05:17 Westbury to Swindon due 05:59.
Will be formed of 3 coaches instead of 2.

6 out of 7 (12 services) today with an extra carriage. 2 journeys unreported in the middle of the day (I wonder if a different set is used?) and 3 individual journeys remain suspended due to Coronavirus reductions. 

Ironically perhaps, those suspended journeys are the ones that ran all through the dark days up to 2013 when we had two trains each way per day, "too early and too late" and whilst they form an important element of the ongoing service and their none-running leaves a hole, they are probably the easiest-lost services.   

Note, please, if you are reading this at GWR HQ or at the DfT, I write "easyEST lost" and not easily lost.
... the resultant gap from 17:36 to 20:45 in return trains at the end of a days' work from Swindon really needs to be plugged when you can.  The 18:44 is the most missed of the three
... the loss of the final train up from Westbury at 19:35 is disappointing; not a busy train but a socially necessary one.

Should some bright person take the current 16:25 trip off Westbury and then replicate it at 18:25 (replacing the 18:39) and 20:25, returning as current at 17:36, 19:36 (but 19:16 preferable) and 21:36 (but 21:16 OR 22:36 both preferable), I think we would be close to the best one-train solution.  No - that is is not a hint.  Yes - this is a hint.

Still reading?  The suggestion probably mucks up the Stroud Valley extras.  The long-running 07:01 Westbury to Swindon arrived in Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa for start-or-work and the return 18:44 off Swindon started as an excellent return -from-work train from those places to Stroud, Kemble and Swindon.  Up to 2013, as the only services off the TransWilts into Swindon these extras only had a very niche clientelle of people who wanted to spend 11 hours in Swindon. Post 2013, they have become useful trains for people who want to 9 or 10 hours in Swindon - up on an old train and back on a new, or vice versa.

Let's sort out the Stroud Valley commuters too.  Re-instate our 07:01 off Westbury.  Balance working back, the 18:44 off Swindon.   Push back that 19:16 or 19:36 return from Swindon (above) to 20:06, and run the final round trip at 21:01 from Westbury and 22:36 from Swindon.   All balances, neat job done.  A single extra journey over the TransWilts, gaps filled.  Mid evening curiosities cleared from Swindon to Gloucester / Cheltenham Spa.

With my crayon sharpened ... south of Westbury (where the original southbound services carried on to Southampton, but northbound only originated from Westbury!) there is ... clear scope for a further post. Yes - looking at linking the services through to the Southampton area,  and/or filling in to Dilton Marsh and Warminster, or to Frome.   And - yes - with an hourly TransWilts service you will on pre-covid logic double the number of passengers; a two-hourly (or slightly worse) commuter service with journey times of perhaps 25 minutes is not THAT attractive; we see locally how robust passenger numbers are to repeated disruption, and that's because the user base is still thin, and self selected from the much larger potential pool who would use it if it were more frequent and generally trusted to run.
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« Reply #163 on: August 11, 2020, 09:23:24 pm »

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20:45 Swindon to Westbury due 21:26 has been delayed at Swindon and is now 19 minutes late.
This is due to a broken down train.
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« Reply #164 on: August 12, 2020, 06:27:51 am »

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05:17 Westbury to Swindon due 05:59 has been delayed previously and is expected to be 21 minutes late from Chippenham.
This is due to a broken down train.
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