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Author Topic: Great Western Railway: on-board catering, buffets, Travelling Chef, Pullman - ongoing discussion  (Read 560515 times)
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« Reply #1680 on: December 16, 2021, 07:50:41 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.

I used to sit in the carriage right next to the restaurant, and enjoy free coffee, croissants, pastries etc.
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« Reply #1681 on: December 16, 2021, 08:43:47 pm »

You always were first class.
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« Reply #1682 on: January 03, 2022, 09:27:21 pm »

The Mail's take on the GWR Pullman service
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« Reply #1683 on: March 11, 2022, 08:55:20 am »

We've just booked a 1st class ticket from Penzance to Paddington for one of our 'children', a Friday in mid April.
Said 'child' opted to collect the ticket at Penzance ticket office - when might that be available please?
Could we collect it, or would we need to produce the card the ticket was booked on as proof?
Any ideas to what the current state of free drinks and nibbles might be?

Opted for 1st class in the hope it might be marginally less crowded than cattle class - of course, that depends on whether it's a 5 car throughout with 1st being declassified!
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« Reply #1684 on: March 11, 2022, 09:04:46 am »

We've just booked a 1st class ticket from Penzance to Paddington for one of our 'children', a Friday in mid April.
Said 'child' opted to collect the ticket at Penzance ticket office - when might that be available please?
Could we collect it, or would we need to produce the card the ticket was booked on as proof?
Any ideas to what the current state of free drinks and nibbles might be?

Opted for 1st class in the hope it might be marginally less crowded than cattle class - of course, that depends on whether it's a 5 car throughout with 1st being declassified!

A very generous gesture! (you of course appreciate that you are paying for the "free" drinks etc within the higher ticket price!)

I normally collect tickets from the machine at Taplow station and they are generally available pretty much straightaway after booking, and yes in those circumstances you need the card with which they were purchased and the reference number.

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« Reply #1685 on: March 11, 2022, 09:06:45 am »

Drifting away from catering a bit.  The GWR (Great Western Railway) app allows you to pay for tickets via PayPal - I am not sure what card the TVM (Ticket Vending Machine) expects in those circumstances.
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« Reply #1686 on: March 11, 2022, 10:13:55 am »

I remember seeing a thorough discussion on another forum a few years ago about exactly what card may be sufficient when collecting from a TVM (Ticket Vending Machine).  My imperfect recollection is that different networks TVMs vary in what they allow, and some are happy to accept pretty much any card - the reasoning being that the TVM just wants to have some sort of record of who collected the ticket.  Of course in every case you need the ticket reference.
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« Reply #1687 on: March 11, 2022, 10:14:53 am »

If my employer books a train ticket, it can be collected with any credit or debit card, so maybe PayPal is the same?
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« Reply #1688 on: April 09, 2022, 05:48:30 pm »

Elsewhere on these forums a respected member states that the "1748 to Carmarthen is going to have a Pullman shortly"

Sounds good, is this confirmed or only a possibility ?
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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 #1689 on: April 09, 2022, 08:29:40 pm »

From May according to posters over on RailForums.  Thought only instead of the 18:48 rather than an additional service.
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« Reply #1690 on: April 10, 2022, 07:05:15 pm »

So no actual improvement in Pullman provision, but at least no reduction.
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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 #1691 on: April 10, 2022, 07:35:10 pm »

I was told at a meeting last week that GWR (Great Western Railway) are in the closing stages of developing an app to provide at an seat buffet service in standard class on IET (Intercity Express Train) services.
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« Reply #1692 on: April 10, 2022, 07:45:59 pm »

I was told at a meeting last week that GWR (Great Western Railway) are in the closing stages of developing an app to provide at an seat buffet service in standard class on IET (Intercity Express Train) services.

About a year later than expected, but good news that it’s still in development.
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« Reply #1693 on: April 11, 2022, 04:20:50 pm »

I was told at a meeting last week that GWR (Great Western Railway) are in the closing stages of developing an app to provide at an seat buffet service in standard class on IET (Intercity Express Train) services.

Was not something similar trialed a while ago ? With the expected result that it was not worthwhile.

What goods will be available ? Same as from the trolley ? or will something more be offered such as hot food.
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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 #1694 on: April 11, 2022, 04:25:13 pm »

I don't know anymore.  It was only mentioned in passing in a presentation.
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