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centralman
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« on: April 03, 2009, 07:22:55 PM »

Hi.

New time user and I have a question.

I am going up First Class on Thursday (9th) and I have got tickets in Coach H. Now normally at the other end (Coach A) is the Quiet Carriage. I know that Coach G is the First Quiet Carriage.

So I am asking is the quiet carriage next to the buffet car or at the front if traveling to London?

Hope I have made it clear  Wink

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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2009, 07:31:31 PM »

London End   Powercar - H - G(Quiet) - F(buffet) - E(Disabled) - D(family) - C(unreserved) - B - A(Quiet) - powercar 

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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2009, 07:35:34 PM »

If the CIS says "First Class at the Rear, Standard at the Front" then the reverse obviously applies and Coach A leads London end.
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2009, 07:41:59 PM »

If the CIS says "First Class at the Rear, Standard at the Front" then the reverse obviously applies and Coach A leads London end.

..................and just to confuse the majority of the traveling public the platform announcement is usually "this train is traveling in reverse formation".   The Red Arrows flying backwards ?
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2009, 08:13:25 PM »

Well, within minutes of your posing the question here, centralman, I'm delighted to see that you've been given a fairly detailed answer!

And welcome to the Coffee Shop forum, by the way!  Wink Cheesy Grin
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2009, 08:32:42 PM »

Thank you very much for your help. It seems crazy when the website says that the carriage is at the end to keep the peace, but when your in First Class you have to walk through the quiet carriage and that carriage is by the buffet car! Cheesy

While I am thinking of it. What is the First Class Lounge like at London Paddington?

Thanks once again

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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2009, 09:03:38 PM »

What is the First Class Lounge like at London Paddington?

I have been led to believe, centralman, that it looks rather like picture 6, at http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=4432.msg38161#msg38161

Either that, or it's Mark Hopwood's office!  Wink Cheesy Grin
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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2009, 09:05:19 PM »

What is the First Class Lounge like at London Paddington?

I have been led to believe, centralman, that it looks rather like picture 6, at http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=4432.msg38161#msg38161

Either that, or it's Mark Hopwood's office!  Wink Cheesy Grin

Very nice. Thanks for your help. Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2009, 09:29:57 PM »

While I am thinking of it. What is the First Class Lounge like at London Paddington?

The First Class Lounge at London Padd offers a modern style seating area as well as an older victorian style seating area (Shown in the link Chris posted Wink ). The Lounge offers a selection of drinks and plenty of snacks, when I last went they had complimentary sandwiches on offer Grin

Also the lounge benefits from Internet Access (via a laptop) and it's own toilets, so theres no need to pay 20p !

I would have thought you would enjoy the lounge myself Smiley I've been twice and have really enjoyed it Grin
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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2009, 09:36:53 PM »

While I am thinking of it. What is the First Class Lounge like at London Paddington?

The First Class Lounge at London Padd offers a modern style seating area as well as an older victorian style seating area (Shown in the link Chris posted Wink ). The Lounge offers a selection of drinks and plenty of snacks, when I last went they had complimentary sandwiches on offer Grin

Also the lounge benefits from Internet Access (via a laptop) and it's own toilets, so theres no need to pay 20p !

I would have thought you would enjoy the lounge myself Smiley I've been twice and have really enjoyed it Grin

Thanks for that. I may write a review when I have tried it myself. Is the service good? Mind me and my brother bought the first class tickets for 24.50 each way when booked in advance, plus it was a birthday pressie...so glad I am going in style!

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« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2009, 09:44:26 PM »

it's own toilets, so theres no need to pay 20p !


30p!!
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« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2009, 09:32:28 AM »

This is a photograph of the 1st Class Lounge at Paddington when it was the Royal Waiting Room. No date unfortunately.
The wall panels are still the same, the doors have been removed but the doorway shape is still the same.
Compare with photo #6 from link in post #6.

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« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2009, 01:48:41 PM »

If the CIS says "First Class at the Rear, Standard at the Front" then the reverse obviously applies and Coach A leads London end.

..................and just to confuse the majority of the traveling public the platform announcement is usually "this train is traveling in reverse formation".   The Red Arrows flying backwards ?

Announcements nowadays say "Please note this train is running in reverse formation, first class accommodation is situated at the rear of the train, standard accommodation is situated at the front of the train".

Still, the number of people who just don't listen and look confused when the train comes in always baffles me.
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« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2009, 06:35:31 PM »

Which reminds me ... I meant to post this at the time.  Roll Eyes

About a month ago, I boarded an HST at Nailsea, on my way into Bristol, having politely gestured two ladies to board in front of me.  They were clearly not frequent train travellers, as they promptly stood like frightened rabbits in the gangway, while one of them said to the other, "Quick, we'll have to move along the train - we've got on in First Class!"

I gently pointed out to them that they were in fact welcome to sit where they were - we were in Coach B.  What they'd have made of an actual First Class carriage, if they were so impressed by a refurbished FGW standard class, I can't imagine!  Roll Eyes Wink Cheesy Grin
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« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2009, 09:24:57 PM »

30p!!

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Announcements nowadays say "Please note this train is running in reverse formation, first class accommodation is situated at the rear of the train, standard accommodation is situated at the front of the train".

Still, the number of people who just don't listen and look confused when the train comes in always baffles me.

I witness that all too often... Roll Eyes If your sat on the train it can be quite irritating if a rush of people surge through the carriage letting in the cold air or clouting me with a rucksack! Makes me laugh though, but that could be because I have a strange sense of humor...! Roll Eyes

The service in the Paddington Lounge is very good CentralMan, I'm sure another one of our moderators (Phil) can tell you all about it as he commutes to Paddington First Class on a regular basis Grin
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