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« Reply #15 on: December 03, 2021, 08:57:19 pm »

Just done a return trip Manchester - Cholsey on a very reasonable (by comparison  Shocked) first class open return on a Senior Railcard. No host or or snacks in the rear half (unreserved) but this isn't my first rodeo. Survived quite comfortably with the help of Mr Tesco (proof of age required) before I hit Piccadilly.
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« Reply #16 on: December 03, 2021, 09:17:30 pm »

https://www.rmt.org.uk/news/members-updates/senior-conductorstrain-managers-duties--cross-country171121/

 I believe, not confirmed, that the above industrial action is also a contributing factor.

There is no RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers) action at the moment. But there is a ballot ongoing. Also plans to use some HST (High Speed Train)'s on Sundays
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« Reply #17 on: March 15, 2022, 02:12:31 pm »

HSTs (High Speed Train) "mothballed" which is probably code for "about to be withdrawn"

XC (Cross Country Trains (franchise)) have started to use their HST fleet again.  Specifically for this week there's at least two diagrams helping to provide additional capacity for Cheltenham Festival racegoers.
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