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« on: January 05, 2020, 01:24:37 am »

Devon Live - review of new trains on the Barnstaple line -

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The best (and worst) bits of travelling on the 'new improved' Tarka line trains

Joel Cooper went to see if the days of overcrowded, noisy, smelly trains were over - and here's what he found out...
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2020, 08:43:49 am »

Whilst a favourable report, they’ve illustrated it with an IET image!  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2020, 09:33:11 am »

I very much hope the good people who use the Barnstaple line are happy with their ‘new’ trains in the form of 158s. If not these great DMUs will always be welcome back on the Cardiff-Portsmouth line.
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2020, 12:23:35 pm »

I very much hope the good people who use the Barnstaple line are happy with their ‘new’ trains in the form of 158s. If not these great DMUs will always be welcome back on the Cardiff-Portsmouth line.

Sorry, you're not getting them back!  Great to see the review on Devon Live but, as you'll have noticed, the reporter travelled on a refurbished 150.  Pleased he liked that - and especially pleased he noticed the result of NR's track works - I wonder if he'll do an update when he has travelled on a 158.  Seriously though, excellent that Devon Live (website of the main local papers) has done this. 

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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2020, 02:24:02 pm »

I very much hope the good people who use the Barnstaple line are happy with their ‘new’ trains in the form of 158s. If not these great DMUs will always be welcome back on the Cardiff-Portsmouth line.

Sorry, you're not getting them back!  Great to see the review on Devon Live but, as you'll have noticed, the reporter travelled on a refurbished 150.  Pleased he liked that - and especially pleased he noticed the result of NR's track works - I wonder if he'll do an update when he has travelled on a 158.  Seriously though, excellent that Devon Live (website of the main local papers) has done this. 



Perhaps the Reporter has been taking lessons from Michael Portillo who boards a class of unit at one end and disembarks at the other end from another type.
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2020, 10:00:13 pm »

I very much hope the good people who use the Barnstaple line are happy with their ‘new’ trains in the form of 158s. If not these great DMUs will always be welcome back on the Cardiff-Portsmouth line.

Sorry, you're not getting them back!  Great to see the review on Devon Live but, as you'll have noticed, the reporter travelled on a refurbished 150.  Pleased he liked that - and especially pleased he noticed the result of NR's track works - I wonder if he'll do an update when he has travelled on a 158.  Seriously though, excellent that Devon Live (website of the main local papers) has done this. 



It’ll be 15000* he travelled on then, which has been a regular on the line since the change. It’s been two 158 and a 150/0 nearly every day.
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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2020, 09:13:17 pm »

Oh dear......what was that about a smooth ride?

Cancellations to services between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple
Due to a safety inspection of the track between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple all lines are blocked.
Train services running to and from these stations will be cancelled. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2020, 10:03:47 pm »


This is alledgedly due to a defective continuously welded rail south of Eggesford (the third or so in the last couple of months) possibly following a report of rough riding by a driver or if between Salmon Pool LC  and Cowley possibly highlighted by a track circuit failure.
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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2020, 02:51:13 pm »

Going back to the review, it seems he is comparing the refurbished 150 against the now hopefully withdrawn forever 143s. Whilst an improvement on the dreadful 142s, the 143s were tatty, noisy, draughty and gave a rough ride over jointed track. (I also travelled the line in a 158 last summer and there were further improvement over the 150s in terms of ride, noise, and of course air conditioning). So yes, a massive improvement and as someone who grew up along this line I’m delighted and can’t wait to revisit over Easter.
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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2020, 07:17:00 pm »

143's are still there but they are only run attached to a 150 with universal toilet on the Exmouth-Paignton line.  No good if you are in the 143 unit. We do get the odd 158 at Paignton.

Spoke to Kevin Foster MP for Torbay (really Torquay and central Paignton) at Newton Abbot on the Monday he was returning to parliament and he knows his trains. Like me he has learnt to park at Newton Abbot and not wait for a connection to Paignton.
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