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Author Topic: Great Western Railway: on-board catering, buffets, Travelling Chef, Pullman - ongoing discussion  (Read 478790 times)
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« Reply #1515 on: August 21, 2019, 05:13:13 pm »

Wished I had a chance to buy a sandwich on the train. On a Saturday anyway. Newton Abbot buffet seems to be doing a roaring trade.
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« Reply #1516 on: August 31, 2019, 09:26:24 pm »

Once again on the football specials the 0750 Plymouth-Paddington and the 18.03 Paddington-Penzance, both 9 car 802s.
The morning service operated a static trolly between Exeter-Reading from a position between coaches c-d. No sandwiches.
This train also had the luggage police on moving passengers bags of seats even though the train was only half full.

The evening operated a static trolly between Reading-Taunton between coaches d-g. After Exeter it was announced no food or drink on this train today and that train had another 3 hours to go.
The regular football supporters know to bring on their cans but the irregular traveller is left to die of thirst. No idea what happened in first class.
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« Reply #1517 on: November 20, 2019, 10:39:39 am »

Today, 20th November 2019, is my first time on a GWR Pullman for at least two years. bobm and myself are taking the brunch Pullman, the 1045 from Paddington to South Wales.

We started the day at Swindon, headed up to Paddington and have, as I type, just boarded our dining train. It was nice to be recognised by the Pullman team leader despite it being some considerable time since I was last on a South Wales Pullman service.

For those that like to know such things, the 1045 is a 9 car set, 803001.

You can expect gratuitous pictures of food later in the thread!
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« Reply #1518 on: November 20, 2019, 12:08:38 pm »


For those that like to know such things, the 1045 is a 9 car set, 803001.


Wow! That is noteworthy!
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« Reply #1519 on: November 20, 2019, 12:15:37 pm »

Journey up to London was on GWR's 'Remembrance' train. 803006.


1B25, 1045 London Paddington to Swansea. Loading our brunch supplies.


bobm and I went for the same starter. Yoghurt and honey.


Full Welsh for me.


bobm opted for the smoked salmon.


Wistfully watching the world go by.
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« Reply #1520 on: November 20, 2019, 12:21:20 pm »

Phones at the table. Tut tut

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« Reply #1521 on: November 20, 2019, 12:21:50 pm »


For those that like to know such things, the 1045 is a 9 car set, 803001.


Wow! That is noteworthy!

Yes, apologies for that typo. I did of course mean 800301.
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« Reply #1522 on: November 20, 2019, 12:23:38 pm »

Phones at the table. Tut tut



Caught me correcting the set number error.

Cheeky git. You had to use your phone too to pap and post!
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« Reply #1523 on: November 20, 2019, 04:14:52 pm »

A few questions:

1)  Did it taste as nice as it looked?
2)  How many others were dining?
3)  How was the experience compared with Pullman dining on a HST?
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« Reply #1524 on: November 20, 2019, 04:27:56 pm »

1) Yes
2) 6 inc. bobm and I
3) The experience is always enhanced by the friendly staff. Some two years since my last westcountry Pullman, but South Wales is even longer. At least three years, but the staff still remembered me. No complaints from me about the service, ambience, seat comfort or ride. Equal to the HST.
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« Reply #1525 on: November 20, 2019, 05:00:44 pm »

Glad you enjoyed it.  Slightly disappointing numbers but I guess it's the inward trip from Swansea that makes running a Pullman worthwhile on the breakfast runs.
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« Reply #1526 on: May 07, 2020, 08:51:56 am »

Head For Points, an online news and reviews site for frequent air travellers which sometimes covers trains, has today published a lengthy review of GWR Pullman Dining from a trip made a little while ago:

https://www.headforpoints.com/2020/05/07/review-gwr-first-class-pullman-dining/
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« Reply #1527 on: May 07, 2020, 09:34:05 am »

Interesting discussion in the comments section about how much to tip restaurant staff.
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« Reply #1528 on: May 11, 2020, 04:59:09 pm »

An interesting and favourable review, thanks.
And so far as I could see, the review of the Pullman contained not one factual error, unlike some.

I hope that all the Pullmans will return when times are normal again but remain concerned about the long term future of restaurants and the sleeper. Nothing like a crisis to bring in temporary downgrades that then become permanent.

And yet again I observe that it is not just me who considers IETS to be a backward step.

As regards tipping, when I was a fairly regular Pullman customer I generally gave 10% of the bill plus another £5.
So on a bill of £80, about £13. More if I felt that the crew had gone above and beyond the normal high standards.
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A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #1529 on: May 11, 2020, 05:19:20 pm »

And yet again I observe that it is not just me who considers IETS to be a backward step.

I haven’t met anyone yet who would attempt to defend the First Class on IET’s against the superb final layout on the GWR HSTs. 

For me, the only improvements over a HST in First Class are USB charging points and a universal access toilet.  Otherwise they compare poorly.
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