Train GraphicClick on the map to explore geographics
I need help
About .
Travel & transport from BBC stories as at 18:55 11 Dec 2023
- Smile Direct Club customers 'gutted' and 'left in lurch'
- Rare solar storms could cause rail network chaos, scientists warn
* Alicia Keys' surprise performance for London commuters
- Train ticket websites warned over drip pricing
Read about the forum [here].
Register [here] - it's free.
What do I gain from registering? [here]
 14/12/23 - Estimates of station usage: Ap
24/12/23 - Paddington closed
25/12/23 - No GWR trains
26/12/23 - No GWR trains (why not?)

No 'On This Day' events reported for 11th Dec

Train RunningCancelled
15:28 Weymouth to Gloucester
17:38 Bristol Temple Meads to Worcester Foregate Street
17:59 Cheltenham Spa to London Paddington
18:10 Weston-Super-Mare to Severn Beach
18:37 Westbury to Swindon
18:54 Reading to Gatwick Airport
19:06 London Paddington to Bedwyn
19:30 London Paddington to Weston-Super-Mare
19:33 London Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill
19:50 Worcester Foregate Street to Bristol Temple Meads
20:01 Severn Beach to Bristol Temple Meads
20:13 Swindon to Westbury
20:28 Paignton to Exmouth
20:29 Gatwick Airport to Reading
20:42 Bedwyn to London Paddington
21:34 Reading to Gatwick Airport
21:56 Exmouth to Exeter St Davids
21:59 Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
22:26 Reading to Basingstoke
22:46 Bristol Temple Meads to Gloucester
22:58 Basingstoke to Reading
23:22 Gatwick Airport to Reading
23:34 Reading to Basingstoke
12/12/23 00:05 Basingstoke to Reading
12/12/23 18:50 Paignton to Exeter St Davids
Short Run
17:10 Gloucester to Weymouth
17:50 Gloucester to Salisbury
17:59 Cardiff Central to Penzance
18:29 Gatwick Airport to Reading
18:59 Cardiff Central to Penzance
18:59 Cheltenham Spa to London Paddington
19:15 Penzance to Bristol Temple Meads
20:06 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa
20:11 Salisbury to Bristol Temple Meads
20:24 Portsmouth Harbour to Cardiff Central
12/12/23 14:36 London Paddington to Paignton
12/12/23 14:57 Exmouth to Paignton
12/12/23 15:23 Exmouth to Paignton
12/12/23 15:55 Exmouth to Paignton
12/12/23 16:16 Paignton to Exmouth
12/12/23 16:23 Exmouth to Paignton
12/12/23 16:40 Paignton to Exmouth
12/12/23 16:57 Exmouth to Paignton
12/12/23 17:19 Paignton to Exmouth
12/12/23 17:40 Paignton to Exmouth
12/12/23 18:18 Paignton to Exmouth
12/12/23 19:04 Paignton to London Paddington
17:30 London Paddington to Taunton
An additional train service has been planned to operate as shown 18:38 Axminster to Exeter St Davids
Abbreviation pageAcronymns and abbreviations
Stn ComparatorStation Comparator
Rail newsNews Now - live rail news feed
Site Style 1 2 3 4
Next departures • Bristol Temple MeadsBath SpaChippenhamSwindonDidcot ParkwayReadingLondon PaddingtonMelksham
Exeter St DavidsTauntonWestburyTrowbridgeBristol ParkwayCardiff CentralOxfordCheltenham SpaBirmingham New Street
December 11, 2023, 07:12:00 pm *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Forgotten your username or password? - get a reminder
Most recently liked subjects
[85] 2023 - Train update and amendment log - Swindon <-> Westbury...
[84] Dean Forest vandal attack in March
[57] Differentiating whole route cancellations from trains with red...
[56] Landslip Crewkerne Tunnel
[47] Into the next decade - train service - what might the next ste...
[36] Network Rail is failing.
News: the Great Western Coffee Shop ... keeping you up to date with travel around the South West
   Home   Help Search Calendar Login Register  
Pages: [1]
Author Topic: Unadvertised stops  (Read 1547 times)
Robin Summerhill
Transport Scholar
Hero Member
Posts: 1145

View Profile Email
« on: September 16, 2022, 08:21:42 pm »

In all my years of being interested in and working for the railway, I have never understood the logic or reasons behind unadvertised stops. Now might be a good time to ask those insiders on the group about it because it seems relevant next week.

One of the overnight extras between Paddington and Bristol on Monday morning leaves at 0134. Its first stop is Didcot at 0209 (set down only), then carries on to Bristol with unadvertised stop at Swindon and Bath, arriving at Bristol at 0300. This stop is also unadvertised

I see it is running with headcode 1Z70 which might indicate something, rather than the usual 1Cxx

If it was supposed to be a fast just to Didcot only and then on ECS (Empty Coaching Stock) to Bristol I could understand that, but it presumably would run as a class 5 train beyond Didcot

Can anybody shed some light on the matter?
Hero Member
Posts: 40010

View Profile WWW Email
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2022, 10:06:46 pm »

In all my years of being interested in and working for the railway, I have never understood the logic or reasons behind unadvertised stops. Now might be a good time to ask those insiders on the group about it because it seems relevant next week.


Can anybody shed some light on the matter?

I've heard several reasons given.   One is that a station is unlit / unstaffed / locked / unsalted and so cannot be used for passengers, but it's useful for people  who work for the railways.   Another is for timetabled trains that don't always go the same way - useful for staff if the happen to go through "x" and call, but a nightmare is it's a public call the train can't make as it then needs rail replacement road transport which costs much more that the fares .

Coffee Shop Admin, Acting Chair of Melksham Rail User Group, Option 24/7 Melksham Rep
Hero Member
Posts: 9718

View Profile
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2022, 10:35:26 pm »

A regular example is the up sleeper which, when routed that way, calls at Swindon just after 3am for staff only.

I understand it’s part of a long standing staff agreement to transport crew to Reading for early morning services. 
Transport Scholar
Hero Member
Posts: 1981

View Profile
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2022, 12:12:51 pm »

Here's an interesting one....... 1C80  12:04 London Paddington to St Austell on 5th November is shown on journey planners as not stopping at Plymouth, yet RTT» (Real Time Trains - website) shows it stopping for 8 minutes 'for dividing purposes'.

Journey planners show Paddington to Plymouth as 'change at Taunton' !

« Last Edit: September 17, 2022, 12:18:38 pm by PhilWakely » Logged
Robin Summerhill
Transport Scholar
Hero Member
Posts: 1145

View Profile Email
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2022, 07:19:24 pm »

This conundrum gets more interesting the more I look into the clues available on RTT» (Real Time Trains - website).

Both Bath and Swindon have an overnight service in the small hours of Monday 19th, but all the others are going eastbound. This is the only westbound train that night outside of normal timetabled hours.  There is some logic in this, because I suspect that more people will be wanting to go to London on the day of the funeral rather than leaving it. But if both stations are open to the public it sees odd that this one is the only one with unadvertised stops. To my mind, if you are planning to stop a train then you may as well advertise it and possibly pick up some trade from it

Do you have something you would like to add to this thread, or would you like to raise a new question at the Coffee Shop? Please [register] (it is free) if you have not done so before, or login (at the top of this page) if you already have an account - we would love to read what you have to say!

You can find out more about how this forum works [here] - that will link you to a copy of the forum agreement that you can read before you join, and tell you very much more about how we operate. We are an independent forum, provided and run by customers of Great Western Railway, for customers of Great Western Railway and we welcome railway professionals as members too, in either a personal or official capacity. Views expressed in posts are not necessarily the views of the operators of the forum.

As well as posting messages onto existing threads, and starting new subjects, members can communicate with each other through personal messages if they wish. And once members have made a certain number of posts, they will automatically be admitted to the "frequent posters club", where subjects not-for-public-domain are discussed; anything from the occasional rant to meetups we may be having ...

Pages: [1]
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.2 | SMF © 2006-2007, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
This forum is provided by customers of Great Western Railway (formerly First Great Western), and the views expressed are those of the individual posters concerned. Visit for the official Great Western Railway website. Please contact the administrators of this site if you feel that the content provided by one of our posters contravenes our posting rules (email link to report). Forum hosted by Well House Consultants

Jump to top of pageJump to Forum Home Page