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« Reply #255 on: January 18, 2022, 09:15:05 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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« Reply #256 on: January 21, 2022, 04:57:56 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 #257 on: February 10, 2022, 12:15:47 am »

Current planned timetables for the summer are now online - I have seen them on 2 separate sites and both agree on the information - and indicate an hourly service between Exeter Central and Okehampton 7 days per week which is good to see.

Mondays to Fridays: https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/search/detailed/gb-nr:OKE/2022-05-16/0000-2359?stp=WVS&show=all&order=wtt
Saturdays: https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/search/detailed/gb-nr:OKE/2022-05-21/0000-2359?stp=WVS&show=all&order=wtt
Sundays: https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/search/detailed/gb-nr:OKE/2022-05-22/0000-2359?stp=WVS&show=all&order=wtt

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« Reply #258 on: February 10, 2022, 01:18:07 pm »

https://www.gwr.com/~/media/gwr/pdfs/planned-engineering/2022/rail-improvement-work-crediton-february-2022.pdf?la=en

Crediton-Okehampton services replaced by buses 19-27/02/2022 & 25/04-09/05/2022 due to engineering work. 

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« Reply #259 on: February 10, 2022, 05:08:30 pm »

https://www.gwr.com/~/media/gwr/pdfs/planned-engineering/2022/rail-improvement-work-crediton-february-2022.pdf?la=en

Crediton-Okehampton services replaced by buses 19-27/02/2022 & 25/04-09/05/2022 due to engineering work. 



This work is essential to allow the hourly service to come in from (all being well) the May timetable change.
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« Reply #260 on: February 10, 2022, 10:06:51 pm »

https://www.gwr.com/~/media/gwr/pdfs/planned-engineering/2022/rail-improvement-work-crediton-february-2022.pdf?la=en

Crediton-Okehampton services replaced by buses 19-27/02/2022 & 25/04-09/05/2022 due to engineering work. 



This work is essential to allow the hourly service to come in from (all being well) the May timetable change.
The work is hardly decreasing journey times.  I believe there is an allowance for future stop at Okehampton Parkway.
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« Reply #261 on: February 11, 2022, 12:36:37 am »

https://www.gwr.com/~/media/gwr/pdfs/planned-engineering/2022/rail-improvement-work-crediton-february-2022.pdf?la=en

Crediton-Okehampton services replaced by buses 19-27/02/2022 & 25/04-09/05/2022 due to engineering work. 



This work is essential to allow the hourly service to come in from (all being well) the May timetable change.
The work is hardly decreasing journey times.  I believe there is an allowance for future stop at Okehampton Parkway.

The hourly service needs to work with the potential for an Okehampton Parkway stop and, yes, the work is essential to make it all stack up. 
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« Reply #262 on: February 11, 2022, 09:22:59 am »

The hourly service needs to work with the potential for an Okehampton Parkway stop and, yes, the work is essential to make it all stack up. 

I am delighted to see your service being stepped up to hourly in a few months.  It confirms that your decision makers are totally aware of the need for / benefit of an hourly service  on a line with a 45 minute end to end running time.

I am jealous - I must confess - as an hourly service would also be appropriate to my local line from Westbury to Swindon - just 2 trains each way per day ten years ago, up to a service every 2 to 2.5 hours by five years ago, but stuck in the doldrums of frequency improvement ever since (thought they had to give us longer trains)

I am encouraged by your success, and congratulate everyone involved. We will continue to encourage our CRP (Community Rail Partnership), LTA (Local Transport Authority), TOC (Train Operating Company) and MPs (Member of Parliament) to work together and follow your example.  The nature of this sort of improvement is that it takes years of seemingly-little, then has a giant leap forward.
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« Reply #263 on: March 26, 2022, 09:41:54 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

Not sure what happened on the way back.  Delayed at Exeter St David’s for 45 mins and 75 down by Chippenham.
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« Reply #264 on: March 26, 2022, 10:08:05 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

Not sure what happened on the way back.  Delayed at Exeter St David’s for 45 mins and 75 down by Chippenham.

It had been hauled by two locos at the front London to Paignton, then top and tail from there to Okehampton and back to Exeter.   Where both were to go back on the front.   Unfortunately there was a problem with ono the locos coupling electronics to link the two locos in tandem, so they had to take what should have been the train loco off, put what should have been the pilot on first, bring back the train loco and test it.

Then an engineer's train was ahead of us from Fairwater yard to Westbury, we had to wait for the single line through Melksham which should be redoubled and then we had to wait to get off the single line and sit behind a London express as it did its business at Chippenham.

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« Reply #265 on: March 26, 2022, 10:39:18 pm »

First pictures ...





Pretty impossible to get them person-free.  Here's Hercules Smith with Hercules Class50



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« Reply #266 on: March 26, 2022, 10:47:43 pm »

looks like both the special and the service train were there at the same time, thought it was worked as one train at a time?
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« Reply #267 on: March 26, 2022, 11:05:40 pm »

looks like both the special and the service train were there at the same time, thought it was worked as one train at a time?

We went to Paignton too (just over 2 hours there) where the picture was taken. We stopped for ten minutes at Okehampton - just time to get off the train before we had to get back on by the time we had walked through to the platform.
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« Reply #268 on: March 26, 2022, 11:11:25 pm »

looks like both the special and the service train were there at the same time, thought it was worked as one train at a time?

We went to Paignton too (just over 2 hours there) where the picture was taken. We stopped for ten minutes at Okehampton - just time to get off the train before we had to get back on by the time we had walked through to the platform.


Here is the picture I took at Okehampton - didn't get up to the loco


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« Reply #269 on: March 26, 2022, 11:19:53 pm »

looks like both the special and the service train were there at the same time, thought it was worked as one train at a time?

I think that photo is taken at Paignton. I believe the buildings behind are the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway
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