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« Reply #1260 on: November 25, 2019, 01:48:15 pm »

A quick glance at that doesn’t really highlight that there is another company. There will be many travelling on fast trains thinking this applies. Cue a ludicrous amount of annoying announcements on General station to add to the transport for a city up the road travel update.
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« Reply #1261 on: November 25, 2019, 01:51:04 pm »

I recall a widely reported ticketing dispute, on a train from Brighton IIRC. Two different operators involved, Southern and Thameslink.
Customer had a ticket valid only on one of these two operators, and boarded a train liveried in accordance with the ticket type. Unfortunately the train in the livery of company A was being hired or leased to company B, and the ticket marked "only valid on trains run by A" was therefore invalid. I cant recall how it ended, but this sort of thing shows the railway in a very poor light.

Wonder if any TFL trains will be hired to FGW, or vice-versa. Could be interesting ! "sorry sir, your ticket is only valid on TFL services, and this is a GWR service, you must pay a penalty of £20"

But says TFL on the side of the train !

"I cant help that, sir, the train is leased from TFL to GWR and is therefore a GWR service."


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 #1262 on: November 26, 2019, 07:03:54 pm »

Here's Geoff Marshall's video report of the first morning of TfL services from Reading:
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« Reply #1263 on: November 27, 2019, 11:03:08 am »

From 15th December 2019 the GWR website claims that, for Hanwell and Acton Mainline, "Great Western Railway will continue to operate some services from here at weekends".  Neither sees a Sunday service now are after 15th December, and I see no GWR trains stopping there on Saturdays after 15th December.  This explains why both stations disappear from GWR's T10 timetable and timetable map from 15th December of course. 

So I think the GWR website needs correcting. 
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