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« on: June 26, 2020, 12:17:35 pm »

I see from the FGW (First Great Western) website that the Night Rivera is starting to run again, albeit initially only with seated accommodation. I believe the plan is to gradually reintroduce  the sleeper accommodation once staff training is complete.
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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2021, 04:19:18 pm »

Is the number of sleeping cars returning to normal in April or are GWR (Great Western Railway) going to wait until May 17th ?
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2021, 06:46:04 am »

Absolutely shocking performance;

23:45 London Paddington to Penzance due 08:00

21/04/21 23:45 London Paddington to Penzance due 08:00 has been delayed at London Paddington and is now 1 minute late.
This is due to congestion.
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2021, 03:24:22 pm »

Absolutely shocking performance;

23:45 London Paddington to Penzance due 08:00

21/04/21 23:45 London Paddington to Penzance due 08:00 has been delayed at London Paddington and is now 1 minute late.
This is due to congestion.
Computers, don'ch'a just luv'em?
The train was 1 min late at Royal Oak Junction (pass 2347hrs), and 1 min late at Lostwithiel (dep 0641); therefore these facts must have the same cause.  Let's ignore the fact that the train was 11 mins early into Plymouth...
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2021, 01:14:47 pm »

So the Sleeper will have full formation again from 17th May. Of course the booking system hasn't been updated so it thinks trains are full on busy nights ! Try booking any accommodation May half term - virtually nothing left. Thought the railway needs every penny it can get ?
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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2021, 11:01:55 am »

 Smiley Update : Sleeper coach G  has now been opened for reservations so if any fully booked nights you need get in there quick !
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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2021, 12:09:12 am »

Sleeper lounges facilities at Penzance, Truro and Paddington are available to use again.
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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2021, 04:50:44 pm »

I travelled PAD» (Paddington (London) - next trains)- PNZ last week, and was most impressed with the  staff service, cleanliness and all precautions.
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2021, 10:32:51 pm »

Sleeper lounges facilities at Penzance, Truro and Paddington are available to use again.
Is the First Class lounge at Paddington open again?
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« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2021, 11:45:45 am »

Sleeper lounges facilities at Penzance, Truro and Paddington are available to use again.
Is the First Class lounge at Paddington open again?

It is open
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« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2021, 12:35:46 am »

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21:45 Penzance to London Paddington due 05:03 will be terminated at Reading.
It will no longer call at London Paddington.
This is due to a shortage of trains because of extra safety inspections.

? Class 57 issue / extra checks ?
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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2021, 03:47:57 am »

Closure by stealth ?
A connecting service via Reading is a good DISincentive to use.
Presumably passengers are expected to disembark promptly on arrival at Reading ? rather than remain in bed until a sensible hour at Paddington.
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A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2021, 03:53:47 am »

Now terminating at Swindon, even better than Reading.
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A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2021, 06:16:25 am »

Now terminating at Swindon, even better than Reading.


Arrived in Swindon at 03:18 versus a schedule of 02:58.  Left at 05:38 for Reading, currently passing Goring and Streatley. Passengers will have gone forward on the 05:28 to Paddington which is passing Hayes and Harlington as I write.
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« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2021, 01:53:38 pm »

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Now terminating at Swindon, even better than Reading.

As anyone who has been totally stranded by a train failure would agree, surely having the ability to provided a back up from either Reading or Swindon, and having an operator sufficiently awake at that time, is a good thing providing it does not happen too often?
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