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« Reply #225 on: November 23, 2021, 09:55:41 am »

That's more like it!

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« Reply #226 on: November 23, 2021, 10:01:26 am »

Indeed - and I can actually spot a friend in that picture!  Smiley

That's the 0924 though - anyone know how the numbers were looking on the 0724 travel to work "commuter" service which only carried 7 passengers yesterday?
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« Reply #227 on: November 23, 2021, 12:50:37 pm »

Today's 1032 EXC-OKE was recorded as having just over 100 people on board.
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« Reply #228 on: November 23, 2021, 03:29:16 pm »

Indeed - and I can actually spot a friend in that picture!  Smiley

That's the 0924 though - anyone know how the numbers were looking on the 0724 travel to work "commuter" service which only carried 7 passengers yesterday?

The service level isn't where it needs to be to support travel to work - return services are a smidge after 5pm and then the following one is well after 7pm so they'll do better when they're ramped up.
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« Reply #229 on: November 24, 2021, 12:46:35 pm »

Here is Roger French's take on the Okehampton service - https://busandtrainuser.com/2021/11/24/okehamptons-back-on-track/
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« Reply #230 on: November 24, 2021, 03:23:16 pm »

Took a trip to Okehampton on Monday.

The mid morning train from Exeter Central was well loaded and it was noticeable once we branched off from the parallel line to Barnstaple north of Yeoford how smooth the new continuous rail was compared to my last journey to Okehampton.  Also no more scraping of trains by passing trees.  Some have been felled and others cut back to cut down the number of scratches inflicted on passing rolling stock.

For the first few days of the service two class 150s have been providing a four car service on the line and have been given appropriate logos





The station is much as I remember it - although now with a mix of new and period signage.  At present there are no refreshment facilities but work is in hand to re-open the cafe which existed there previously.







The big plus for me is the new bus service which links the station with both the town of Okehampton and Tavistock.   If you have been there you will know the hike back to the station is a good 10 minutes uphill!

I took the bus into Okehampton and was dropped off by the Museum of Dartmoor life which is well worth a visit and currently has an exhibition dedicated to the history of the railway in the town.  Like a lot of stations Okehampton was a large employer going back with up to 70 people working there at one stage.

Also conveniently placed next to the museum is Wetherspoons, this one not only a pub but also one of their hotels.

The bus is timed to connect with the trains arriving and departing and around a dozen made use of it.

One thing you won't get on the journey are views of Dartmoor.  Almost all the route is surrounded by trees with only the briefest of glimpses of the landscape.

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« Reply #231 on: November 24, 2021, 05:16:18 pm »

Typeface nerds will have spotted that while the new signage has GWR (Great Western Railway) branding, it uses what appears to be Rail Alphabet font for the station name and other information. GWR have previously used the Glypha font on running-in boards, at Filton Abbey Wood for example.

I see this as an improvement!
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« Reply #232 on: November 24, 2021, 05:20:51 pm »

Typeface nerds will have spotted that while the new signage has GWR (Great Western Railway) branding, it uses what appears to be Rail Alphabet font for the station name and other information. GWR have previously used the Glypha font on running-in boards, at Filton Abbey Wood for example.

I see this as an improvement!

Well spotted.  It is indeed Rail Alphabet 2.  It was a late change.
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« Reply #233 on: November 24, 2021, 05:27:34 pm »

Typeface nerds will have spotted that while the new signage has GWR (Great Western Railway) branding, it uses what appears to be Rail Alphabet font for the station name and other information. GWR have previously used the Glypha font on running-in boards, at Filton Abbey Wood for example.

I see this as an improvement!

Well, Grant Shapps did promise you that, didn't he?
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« Reply #234 on: November 24, 2021, 08:21:07 pm »

Now that the trains are back and the cafe is due to reopen, does this also herald the return, I wonder, of Percy the station cat?


Edit to add that Percy left the station for new digs with the closure of the heritage operation some while back.
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« Reply #235 on: November 24, 2021, 09:45:51 pm »

From August 2018



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« Reply #236 on: November 25, 2021, 09:19:02 pm »

Geoff 'All the Stations' Marshall's visit to Okehampton:



Great to see so many people waiting to board the 0926 to Exeter.
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« Reply #237 on: November 26, 2021, 05:36:12 am »

And today sees the first service cancellations due to crew shortage.

Which by the way Okehampton has relocated somewhere in South America according to the live service map above.
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« Reply #238 on: November 26, 2021, 05:50:48 am »

And today sees the first service cancellations due to crew shortage.

Which by the way Okehampton has relocated somewhere in South America according to the live service map above.

The map update will have to wait to Sunday - I'm delayed away and without code / database update access. Same on adding the station stats to all the regular time sequences.
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« Reply #239 on: November 26, 2021, 07:04:22 am »

In the light of that, GWR (Great Western Railway) have reinstated the cancelled services.  Grin
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