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« Reply #60 on: October 24, 2007, 09:36:02 pm »

Virgins Voyager stuck in west Cornwall failed this morning and FGW (First Great Western) came to the rescue using a spare 153 and crew and operating a Penzance - Bodmin - Penzance working vice VXC (Virgin Cross Country - former franchise). Better than yesterday when the first working out of Penzance, FGW's 04:26 departure, was cancelled due to no driver OR guard!! Then the first HST (High Speed Train) up was 30 late due to more rostering errors. Centralised rostering, u know it makes sense :S
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« Reply #61 on: October 24, 2007, 09:51:19 pm »

Virgins Voyager stuck in west Cornwall failed this morning and FGW (First Great Western) came to the rescue using a spare 153 and crew and operating a Penzance - Bodmin - Penzance working vice VXC (Virgin Cross Country - former franchise).

oh i bet those passengers had fun!
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« Reply #62 on: October 24, 2007, 10:01:31 pm »

Virgins Voyager stuck in west Cornwall failed this morning and FGW (First Great Western) came to the rescue using a spare 153 and crew and operating a Penzance - Bodmin - Penzance working vice VXC (Virgin Cross Country - former franchise). Better than yesterday when the first working out of Penzance, FGW's 04:26 departure, was cancelled due to no driver OR guard!! Then the first HST (High Speed Train) up was 30 late due to more rostering errors. Centralised rostering, u know it makes sense :S
Same happened on Sunday.
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« Reply #63 on: October 24, 2007, 10:03:45 pm »

Virgins Voyager stuck in west Cornwall failed this morning and FGW (First Great Western) came to the rescue using a spare 153 and crew and operating a Penzance - Bodmin - Penzance working vice VXC (Virgin Cross Country - former franchise).

oh i bet those passengers had fun!
As all trains are treated the same in timetable so you don't know whats gunna turn up, so they didn't miss it. Also the 153 was detatched from a 153+150 combo meaning over services ran short formed.
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« Reply #64 on: October 24, 2007, 10:11:22 pm »

Virgins Voyager stuck in west Cornwall failed this morning and FGW (First Great Western) came to the rescue using a spare 153 and crew and operating a Penzance - Bodmin - Penzance working vice VXC (Virgin Cross Country - former franchise).

oh i bet those passengers had fun!
At least it wasn't cancelled! a bit of sense prevailed.
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« Reply #65 on: October 25, 2007, 09:39:45 am »

You mean to say FGW (First Great Western) had spare stock?

Explain to me why a single 153 has been running on the Paignton* - Exmouth - Barnstaple route all half term Wink

*Buses replacing trains from Newton Abbot - Paignton

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« Reply #66 on: October 25, 2007, 10:44:40 am »

You mean to say FGW (First Great Western) had spare stock?

Explain to me why a single 153 has been running on the Paignton* - Exmouth - Barnstaple route all half term Wink

*Buses replacing trains from Newton Abbot - Paignton


You'll have some nice 2 CAR class 142's soon! the Falmouth was a 153 for most of the week due to the engineering blockade, just something we gotta live with during engineering blockades. Think FGW would have struggled big time if they hadn't hired in the 67's and stock!
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« Reply #67 on: October 25, 2007, 04:29:19 pm »

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Explain to me why a single 153 has been running on the Paignton* - Exmouth - Barnstaple route all half term Wink

It's been mostly 150s in Barnstaple this week - and despite this the 0841 and 1040 from Barnstaple have been full and standing every day so far: indeed, there were - allegedly - 94 standing on the 1040 from Barnstaple this morning.

Even the 1240 had a few standing passengers from Crediton today - entirely due to luggage on the seats, mind.

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*Buses replacing trains from Newton Abbot - Paignton

The Paignton branch is quieter at half term, which is why it's closed for engineering then. Wessex always said so, so it must be true Undecided
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« Reply #68 on: October 25, 2007, 06:47:44 pm »

Could have fooled me!
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« Reply #69 on: October 25, 2007, 09:56:10 pm »

You mean to say FGW (First Great Western) had spare stock?

Explain to me why a single 153 has been running on the Paignton* - Exmouth - Barnstaple route all half term Wink

*Buses replacing trains from Newton Abbot - Paignton


Yeh. In Cornwall they had tow HST (High Speed Train)'s three 150's a 153 a voyager and the class 67's. They all had 1hour and a half turnaround time at Penzance.
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« Reply #70 on: October 25, 2007, 10:37:51 pm »

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there were - allegedly - 94 standing on the 1040 from Barnstaple this morning.

I'm glad I put that "allegedly" in, as I've just seen a photo of the train in question, and unless 40 or 50 people got off at Umberleigh and Eggesford it wasn't even close to 94 standing...
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« Reply #71 on: October 25, 2007, 10:43:07 pm »

You mean to say FGW (First Great Western) had spare stock?

Explain to me why a single 153 has been running on the Paignton* - Exmouth - Barnstaple route all half term Wink

*Buses replacing trains from Newton Abbot - Paignton


Yeh. In Cornwall they had tow HST (High Speed Train)'s three 150's a 153 a voyager and the class 67's. They all had 1hour and a half turnaround time at Penzance.
the loco and stock only had about 20 mins turnaround at Penzance apart from on the Sunday!
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« Reply #72 on: October 26, 2007, 10:21:49 am »

Virgins Voyager stuck in west Cornwall failed this morning and FGW (First Great Western) came to the rescue using a spare 153 and crew and operating a Penzance - Bodmin - Penzance working vice VXC (Virgin Cross Country - former franchise). Better than yesterday when the first working out of Penzance, FGW's 04:26 departure, was cancelled due to no driver OR guard!! Then the first HST (High Speed Train) up was 30 late due to more rostering errors. Centralised rostering, u know it makes sense :S

FGW resources! Like talking to a brick wall??
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