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Author Topic: Great Western Railway: on-board catering, buffets, Travelling Chef, Pullman - ongoing discussion  (Read 560531 times)
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« Reply #1665 on: December 15, 2021, 02:18:44 am »

Only a single Pullman now.

Err, there are six per day.
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« Reply #1666 on: December 15, 2021, 07:13:55 am »

Only a single Pullman now.

Err, there are six per day.

Broadgage is on every one!  Smiley
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« Reply #1667 on: December 15, 2021, 11:10:40 am »


Trains to Brighton used to have buffets, then a trolley, and now nothing.


Some trains to Brighton used to be the full Pullman thing.  The Brighton Belle was a joyous thing to behold and travel aboard.  Although, you did sometimes wonder how the rattly old darling used to hold together and stay on the road
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« Reply #1668 on: December 15, 2021, 11:31:11 am »

There has been talk among the staff that the 18:04 may return in May - but that was before the latest increase in virus cases.

I suspect what we won't see, certainly for a long time, is the Breakfast ones coming back.
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« Reply #1669 on: December 15, 2021, 01:01:41 pm »


Trains to Brighton used to have buffets, then a trolley, and now nothing.


Some trains to Brighton used to be the full Pullman thing.  The Brighton Belle was a joyous thing to behold and travel aboard.  Although, you did sometimes wonder how the rattly old darling used to hold together and stay on the road

The good old days indeed. Buffets on most Brighton services, a full restaurant on some, modernised over the years to the present position of nothing.
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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 (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #1670 on: December 15, 2021, 01:03:27 pm »

Only a single Pullman now.

Err, there are six per day.

Broadgage is on every one!  Smiley

I now travel much less by train than back in the good old days. Mainly due to the nasty new trains.
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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 (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #1671 on: December 15, 2021, 03:19:48 pm »

I now travel much less by train than back in the good old days.

Then I guess we can excuse you for getting muddled up in your post of late last night.
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« Reply #1672 on: December 15, 2021, 03:30:36 pm »

I now travel much less by train than back in the good old days.

Then I guess we can excuse you for getting muddled up in your post of late last night.

So how many Pullmans are running under the new timetable ?
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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 (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #1673 on: December 15, 2021, 03:43:59 pm »

Looks like the same six daily ones that have been running post-Covid restrictions as detailed earlier in the thread?  At least, that’s what the GWR (Great Western Railway) website says.  BobM is our man in the know…?
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« Reply #1674 on: December 15, 2021, 03:58:37 pm »

My waistline is probably more in the know!  Grin

It is the six - for the record from the GWR (Great Western Railway) website



I must admit, with everything else going on, getting a silver service meal on a train is not top of my list at the moment.  In any event the Pullmans will finish after the 22nd December and resume on the 5th January 2022.
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« Reply #1675 on: December 15, 2021, 05:15:50 pm »

Thanks for that update, not as bad as I thought.
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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 (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #1676 on: December 16, 2021, 06:57:47 am »

I now travel much less by train than back in the good old days.

Then I guess we can excuse you for getting muddled up in your post of late last night.

........that may also be due to a nostalgic festive over indulgence in Port?  Wink
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« Reply #1677 on: December 16, 2021, 11:04:15 am »

Does anyone recall: what was the catering provision on the Paddington to Bristol route around 1990? Not thinking pullman - just the everyday trains.

I can remember travelling in the morning peak but on the return half of a standard class ticket around then (if I remember correctly, peak restrictions on off-peak trains then only applied to the outward journey) - and I think the restaurant carriage served breakfast to standard class ticket holders if there was room - which there was - so, breakfast it was.

After I sat down in the bay of four, a couple joined me who were travelling from Essex to Bristol last minute, were unfamiliar with train travel, and had paid something that in those days sounded spectacular for a pair of  Essex - Bristol first class single tickets. They were pleased to get a meal out of it too though.

Then... speaking of first world problems, while the breakfast was lovely, the sausages were a bit basic, so I later wrote to BR (British Rail(ways)), who agreed, and responded that they'd already changed their supplier to up their quality.

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« Reply #1678 on: December 16, 2021, 12:20:01 pm »

There was certainly Pullman breakfast on the 07:30 from Paddington to Penzance via Bristol in the late 1980s/early 1990s. 
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« Reply #1679 on: December 16, 2021, 01:57:33 pm »

And standard class ticket holders could use the restaurant for breakfast, or other meals subject to availability of space. This is still the case.
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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 (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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