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Author Topic: Great Western Railway: on-board catering, buffets, Travelling Chef, Pullman - ongoing discussion  (Read 484710 times)
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« Reply #1560 on: October 23, 2020, 04:49:41 pm »

Just hope that no vandal has left any pins in the seat that you choose . . .
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« Reply #1561 on: October 23, 2020, 04:52:42 pm »

Yes, for me first class compares very unfavourably.  Standard class is similar with the slightly harder seats being compensated for by extra legroom, more tables, better folding tables, and sun blinds.

So I checked the standard seat padding on my last trip and I have the results here. The seat at the least padded can be seen here.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/190751564@N06/50513865763/in/dateposted-public/

Now that picture needs to be quantified because the pins might be enormous. Well as you can see in this next picture they're not.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/190751564@N06/50513844298/in/dateposted-public/


As you can see the pin is only 3.2/3cm long (to the ball. So take off the 2cm above the seat and at the thinnest point there's only 1.2cm to 1.3cm of padding. It's a metal bar that is sits underneath this area of seat padding. If you're not sitting bolt upright then your arse is sitting over that ridge. No wonder people find it uncomfortable. GWR chose these seats which beggars belief.



GWR didn't, it's all down to the DFT. If GWR had their way most of the seating for First Class would have been similar to the outgoing HSTs.

Your reply is at odds with a Mr Dan Panes of GWR who said
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He dismissed any suggestion that DfT imposed a seat design on GWR, saying the operator had tested the seats with IEP?s other imminent user, East Coast. ?The idea that we?d accept seats considerably worse does us a disservice,? he argued. Panes noted that those passengers who didn?t like the IEP seats had been very vocal about it.

Quote taken from here: https://www.railmagazine.com/news/network/from-the-files-are-you-sitting-comfortably
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« Reply #1562 on: October 23, 2020, 04:56:09 pm »

Just hope that no vandal has left any pins in the seat that you choose . . .

There's no chance I left the pins behind as

1) they're part of my sewing kit and vital.
2) I took them out to photograph them.

But thank you for your concern.
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« Reply #1563 on: October 23, 2020, 05:00:39 pm »

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They encourage good posture.

If they can provide good posture for a passenger of any age/size then they qualify as a miracle.

Actually, I found them surprisingly comfortable (after the initial sit-down impact) ... but then I found the original bus-style seats on Pacers suited me better than many a sculpted seat back.

I preferred the 1st class seats on a Thames Turbo to any of the IET seating.
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« Reply #1564 on: October 23, 2020, 05:12:03 pm »

Your reply is at odds with a Mr Dan Panes of GWR who said

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He dismissed any suggestion that DfT imposed a seat design on GWR, saying the operator had tested the seats with IEP?s other imminent user, East Coast. ?The idea that we?d accept seats considerably worse does us a disservice,? he argued. Panes noted that those passengers who didn?t like the IEP seats had been very vocal about it.

I would suggest that was a politically worded statement from Dan, who probably didn't want to risk upsetting the DfT when a direct award extension to the franchise was imminent, as well as admit that the seats on the new trains could have been better*.

* My own opinion is that they are an excellent shape, and I very much appreciate the extra legroom that comes with them, and the moveable arm rests by the window...but a bit more padding on the bum and back would be preferable.
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« Reply #1565 on: October 23, 2020, 07:30:01 pm »

You may remember from last year that, according to the RSSB's S240 and T1140 research projects, it all comes down to (or onto) your ischial tuberosities. The detailed results of T1140 included test methods, and these include minimum standards of performance.

For seat pads, the minimum thickness is 50 mm. Where thickness varies they say measure it 130 mm out from the back - implying that's where your tuberosities ought to be (don't slouch!). However, I suspect their method may not pick every possible nit, e.g. where the solid base has raised sharp edges. I would also guess what a revised version would say about such shapes: "don't".

On hardness (compressibility), what you need to do is to take a 200 mm diameter circular indenter onto the train, put it centred at 130 mm from the seat back, and apply 1100N downforce to it. The pad should not compress by more than 70% of its thickness. Presumably this should apply everywhere if the thickness varies; again a bit more detail is needed here.
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« Reply #1566 on: October 24, 2020, 08:38:24 pm »

You may remember from last year that, according to the RSSB's S240 and T1140 research projects, it all comes down to (or onto) your ischial tuberosities. The detailed results of T1140 included test methods, and these include minimum standards of performance.

For seat pads, the minimum thickness is 50 mm. Where thickness varies they say measure it 130 mm out from the back - implying that's where your tuberosities ought to be (don't slouch!). However, I suspect their method may not pick every possible nit, e.g. where the solid base has raised sharp edges. I would also guess what a revised version would say about such shapes: "don't".

On hardness (compressibility), what you need to do is to take a 200 mm diameter circular indenter onto the train, put it centred at 130 mm from the seat back, and apply 1100N downforce to it. The pad should not compress by more than 70% of its thickness. Presumably this should apply everywhere if the thickness varies; again a bit more detail is needed here.

Yeah well the fact there's so little padding 13mm is a joke. I think I'll just take a cushion in future - which might allow me to get some sleep.

These are great trains that are sadly let down by their interiors.
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« Reply #1567 on: October 24, 2020, 09:03:43 pm »

Your reply is at odds with a Mr Dan Panes of GWR who said

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He dismissed any suggestion that DfT imposed a seat design on GWR, saying the operator had tested the seats with IEP?s other imminent user, East Coast. ?The idea that we?d accept seats considerably worse does us a disservice,? he argued. Panes noted that those passengers who didn?t like the IEP seats had been very vocal about it.

I would suggest that was a politically worded statement from Dan, who probably didn't want to risk upsetting the DfT when a direct award extension to the franchise was imminent, as well as admit that the seats on the new trains could have been better*.

* My own opinion is that they are an excellent shape, and I very much appreciate the extra legroom that comes with them, and the moveable arm rests by the window...but a bit more padding on the bum and back would be preferable.


I would suggest that he put the blame for those seats squarely with GWR. There's no smoke without fire and he's added fuel to that fire.
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« Reply #1568 on: October 25, 2020, 04:32:11 pm »

Perhaps it is time to stop discussing seats, which will indeed be with us for some time to come - WITHIN THE CATERING SECTION!
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« Reply #1569 on: October 25, 2020, 05:29:55 pm »

Yes, but there is not much catering to discuss !
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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 #1570 on: October 25, 2020, 07:46:45 pm »

Perhaps it is time to stop discussing seats, which will indeed be with us for some time to come - WITHIN THE CATERING SECTION!
Thank you for reminding me what I also meant to include in my original post. On the journey I was given a questionnaire to fill out. One section of the questions was on catering and onboard catering in particular.

They asked was there any catering on my journey?

No

Did I think that the removal of at seat catering (is there any other type on GWR?) was appropriate in the current climate?

Yes.

Would I have purchased from the onboard catering if it had been available.

Yes.

Did I use the station shops etc.

No.

Now actually I was running late for the train and yes I would have bought food onboard. Had there been hot food it would have been a no brainer as I was very hungry. I didn't take a picture of the pages but those from memory were the relevant questions. I'm unsure if the questions were designed to facilitate the removal of catering permanently. It did highlight to me that there wasn't any food or drink and I was famished.
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« Reply #1571 on: October 25, 2020, 08:11:46 pm »

I presume that the purpose of the survey is to further downgrade the catering on "some" services.
It would not be to bring back buffets, as GWR have already said no way to that.
It would not be to introduce hot food, a brief trial of that produced the expected result that it was not worthwhile.

Prior to the pandemic GWR showed a distinct lack of interest in the trolley service, with no trolley service "at present", trolley in other portion, trolley hiding in first class, trolley static, or no trolley on board at all being frequent.
The logical next step is to remove it entirely from "some" services.
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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 #1572 on: November 16, 2020, 12:56:49 pm »

I'm hearing of a GWR "Eat at your seat" initiative where passengers can order food at their seats.  I do not know any more, other than it is still in its early days of testing, but presumably works via an app of some sort?
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« Reply #1573 on: November 16, 2020, 04:02:24 pm »

I'm hearing of a GWR "Eat at your seat" initiative where passengers can order food at their seats.  I do not know any more, other than it is still in its early days of testing, but presumably works via an app of some sort?
There was an announcement about this on the train I caught to Plymouth on 3 November.  It was a verbal announcement and I did not catch all the details, but I got the impression that it does require the use of the GWR app
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« Reply #1574 on: November 16, 2020, 08:51:02 pm »

I'm hearing of a GWR "Eat at your seat" initiative where passengers can order food at their seats.  I do not know any more, other than it is still in its early days of testing, but presumably works via an app of some sort?

A quick search brings details of an LNER offering.
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In a first for the UK rail industry, LNER will begin trials of an ?at-seat? catering offer onboard trains this August.

The service will enable customers to order and pay for food and drinks from their phone in the comfort of their own seat, without having to visit the onboard cafe bar.

The digital in-seat app ?Let?s Eat ? At Your Seat? will be available to customers in both Standard and First Class.

The service will also provide a layer of confidence and reassurance to customers who are looking to stay seated for the duration of their journey.

Let?s Eat ? At Your Seat will offer customers on LNER trains a more enhanced, personalised customer service, with the added benefit of being more convenient for those who do not wish to leave their seat and possessions unattended. The ?at-seat? service also addresses the 40 per cent* of UK consumers who want to access digital ordering and payment technology to minimise physical contact and support social distancing measures.

Richard Judge, Head of Catering at LNER said: ?We are always looking for new ways to provide excellence in our customer experience onboard and this new ?at-seat? service will allow us to extend our food and drink offer to customers from the comfort of their own seat

?Customers in both standard and first class will be able to browse the menu in their own time and order at their own convenience, enhancing their onboard experience and improving their journey with us. At Seat Ordering will be in addition to and complement our existing onboard food and beverage services. It will become available, to include our Chef prepared menus, for our First Class customers on completion of successful trials?
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