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Gordon the Blue Engine
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« on: March 13, 2021, 12:25:58 pm »

Yesterday I went on the train from Pangbourne into Reading (for an eye examination, so a valid reason).

I headed back to Reading station for the 1126 to Pangbourne.  This ran in on time at 1115: it had a late platform change from 12 to 13, and I noticed a few yellow vests on the platform by the cab.  Later I realised why.

We all (about a dozen) hopped on.  The Driver then announced that the because of a train fault the train was going to be divided and only the front 4 coaches would be going forward to Didcot.  Those in the back 4 duly moved forward to the front 4.  The Driver then announced that the train was going to be cancelled.  One of the platform staff suggested that another train would be coming from the depot.  It didn’t.  So we had to wait until the next train, the 1223 departure.

There was one PA (Public Address) announcement that the 1126 to Didcot was cancelled.  That was it.  Despite the fact that we were within sight of Reading Depot with many spare 387’s stabled (the Padd – Didcot stoppers are currently running hourly instead of half-hourly) and presumably no shortage of Drivers, it was not apparently possible to provide a replacement set.

What I found frustrating and depressing that TVSC» (Thames Valley Signalling Centre - about) obviously knew there was problem with the train before it got to Reading which is why it was re-platformed from 12 to 13 (there’s no access to the east end entrance to Reading Depot from P12), so there was surely time for GWR (Great Western Railway) to arrange to get a fresh set into the station. 

Perhaps what GWR should be most concerned about is that most of the affected passengers seemed to accept this level of service as normal. 

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