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Question: What train do you think is most suitable for this route?  (Voting closed: February 25, 2021, 01:10:20 pm)
Class 165 - 0 (0%)
Class 166 - 1 (8.3%)
Class 158 - 11 (91.7%)
Total Voters: 12

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« on: February 11, 2021, 01:10:20 pm »

What train do you think is most suitable for this route out of Class 165, Class 166 or Class 158?
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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2021, 09:06:16 pm »

What train do you think is most suitable for this route out of Class 165, Class 166 or Class 158?

I'm going to be slightly awkward ... "it depends".   And that dependency is on stopping patterns and other trains on part of the route. 

With a good local service all the way (twice an hour from Cardiff all the way to Westbury, and once an hour from there onwards) and an express-ish service on top,  the logical mix is the local trains with local stock (165, 166) and the regional expresses are better in a perfect world with 158 (or 159).   So with that service pattern, the answer is a mix.

If you have one local per hour Cardiff all the way to Westbury, sporadic onward locals to Salisbury, then hourly local onwards the question is much more complex and it's very much a compromise.  And knowing the stock that GWR has and its service, I can understand it mostly being 16x.

Ironically, the 158s from Salisbury to Southampton on local services might do better with doors in the centre of the carriages and the move through 11 intermediate stops with lots of ons and offs at a number of the intermediate ones.

Long answer - not sure that the poll really offers me an option I want.  "None of the above".
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2021, 03:43:44 pm »

What train do you think is most suitable for this route out of Class 165, Class 166 or Class 158?

Poll closed yesterday ... can you summarise the results for us, GWR 158? What does it tell us? is it what you expected?
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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2021, 03:48:14 pm »

I wasn't to sure what to expect to be honest, but it seems like a good result for the class 158. I would have thought more people would vote for the class 166 because it's more spacious, but an interesting result overall.
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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2021, 08:01:01 pm »

Not at all surprised at the result. 158s have always been popular and well suited to this line.
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