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« Reply #240 on: November 26, 2021, 03:58:12 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.

Adopted cats haven't stayed put throughout lockdown and reopening. Mango from Tesco at Tiverton seems to have relocated before I was able to buy my own toilet paper again. I don't like to ask.
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« Reply #241 on: November 26, 2021, 07:57:44 pm »

I seem to have gained a cat during lockdown.  A friendly, if rather long haired, specimen.
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« Reply #242 on: December 01, 2021, 12:50:17 am »

An interesting old video from the late 60s.  The first ten minutes are especially relevant showing the old Okehampton service before withdrawal as well as probing, for the time at least, interviews suggesting a hidden agenda of closures/awkward connections etc. perhaps pertinent to the Salisbury situation.

https://youtu.be/ALspaRQFXts
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« Reply #243 on: December 01, 2021, 06:03:34 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.

Rolling stock issues today and I have grabbed a copy of the data feed so I can sort out and test the issue
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« Reply #244 on: December 22, 2021, 09:53:24 pm »

Its a rather good looking start for Okehampton according to latest figures with more than 10,000 passengers so far.

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/dartmoor-line-tops-10000-passengers-6358240

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« Reply #245 on: January 03, 2022, 06:14:53 pm »

Working to accelerate the development of the through route to Plymouth:

https://join-up.uk/

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« Reply #246 on: January 10, 2022, 07:28:47 pm »

165136 worked Okehampton Saturday and 166203 today.

150s could be gone depending on cascade as 769s come on stream at Reading by end of year
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« Reply #247 on: January 12, 2022, 08:31:44 pm »

Adopted cats haven't stayed put throughout lockdown and reopening. Mango from Tesco at Tiverton seems to have relocated before I was able to buy my own toilet paper again. I don't like to ask.

Mango has withdrawn from public life, and is enjoying a happy retirement.
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« Reply #248 on: January 13, 2022, 08:11:30 pm »

It may be of interest to some that UKRailtours are running a trip to Okehampton (and Paignton) on Saturday 26th March, picking up at Paddington, Slough, Reading and Swindon. Out via Bristol and return via Westbury and TransWilts Full details on their web site
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« Reply #249 on: January 13, 2022, 09:26:53 pm »

It may be of interest to some that UKRailtours are running a trip to Okehampton (and Paignton) on Saturday 26th March, picking up at Paddington, Slough, Reading and Swindon. Out via Bristol and return via Westbury and TransWilts Full details on their web site

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https://www.ukrailtours.com/product/springtime-hoovering-in-devon/
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« Reply #250 on: January 17, 2022, 03:57:50 pm »

I know it's been fixed for a couple of weeks now, but the booking engine now is operating correctly for Okehampton, all ranges of tickets are now available. Taken the plunge and am travelling to Okehampton tomorrow from Perranwell for a day out.

Should be a fun day.
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« Reply #251 on: January 17, 2022, 07:53:07 pm »

I know it's been fixed for a couple of weeks now, but the booking engine now is operating correctly for Okehampton, all ranges of tickets are now available. Taken the plunge and am travelling to Okehampton tomorrow from Perranwell for a day out.

Should be a fun day.

Just waiting for favourable auguries myself, then I shall make a tour of inspection myself. Hopefully accompanied by Mrs K, although if she is out of town I can move at a more leisurely pace. Just under £6 return with the card from my nearest station.
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« Reply #252 on: January 18, 2022, 08:16:00 pm »

Excellent trip albeit with a slight delay at Exeter on the return. Impressed with the ride quality on the Dartmoor Line which really couldn't be better. The bus down to Okehampton centre is a necessity, more so the return to the station, the walk would be quite a schlep. I was surprised to see that some work was done on Sampford Courtney platform even though the station is no longer served. It'll be interesting to monitor usage going forwards.
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« Reply #253 on: January 18, 2022, 09:02:43 pm »

The bus down to Okehampton centre is a necessity, more so the return to the station, the walk would be quite a schlep. ...

For those of us who have not yet been there, how does it compare to Liskeard to Coombe Junction?
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« Reply #254 on: January 18, 2022, 09:14:18 pm »

The bus down to Okehampton centre is a necessity, more so the return to the station, the walk would be quite a schlep. ...

For those of us who have not yet been there, how does it compare to Liskeard to Coombe Junction?

Funnily enough, I have walked up to Okehampton station from the town - three times in the last year, once in a downpour! - but I've not walked Coombe Jn - Liskeard.  Okehampton is a steep, fairly unrelenting walk but not all that long - I've done it in 12 mins.  The 118 is very welcome.  There's talk of a new very local operator providing an additional town bus too in the near future.
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