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    SWR Cancels Saturday Salisbury-Waterloo & Bristol service

    Yes - it is better, but by no means fixed. On top of that, GWR has announced the internal refurbishment of their Turbos this autumn and winter, presumably meaning at least one unit out of service at any one time. 1634727566 No, going backwards.
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    GWR Class 319 / 769 information & discussion.

    As I said, I find it hard to be too pessimistic about the 769s' progress! I imagine, too, that they would be introduced en bloc rather than one at a time so a new timetable wouldn't consist of a mixture of Turbos and 769s.
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    GWR Class 319 / 769 information & discussion.

    I took it to mean that their Dec 2021 introduction would go back 12 months to Dec 2022. I don't think it's possible to be too pessimistic about the progress of these units!
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    GWR Class 319 / 769 information & discussion.

    I don't think it makes any difference - 'bedding in' during summer doesn't change a train's leaf fall performance, etc. In any case, as I said, they would have come in after leaf fall this year but now it looks like it'll be at the same time the following year.
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    GWR Class 319 / 769 information & discussion.

    On that basis, will they be withdrawn each autumn? The issues won't go away. In any case, they had been planned for introduction in December, pretty much after the leaf fall season.
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    Do Information Designers Ever Use The Railway?

    It occurs to me, as someone who learned his most basic railway knowledge in the 1960s/70s as a boy, that the then SR system of headcodes and finger-boards had enough permutations to allow for most journeys and their variants when disrupted. Now, I know the railway is a lot more complex these...
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    GWR Class 319 / 769 information & discussion.

    No surprise to hear of yet another major delay, but the supposed refurbishment of Turbos from this autumn/winter may thus lead to some cancellations. What a saga. One wouldn't think a very successful electro-diesel design was introduced in the 1960s!
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    Platform Stop Boards Policy

    Whatever the policy is, it doesn't always favour passengers when all other considerations would otherwise allow it. Redhill p0 (northbound direction) has 4/5 car markers (for Southern), and GWR 2 and 3 car units also have to pull right up to this marker. This means that GWR passengers are then...
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    GWR Class 319 / 769 information & discussion.

    May I put it like this - every other Redhill-bound platform on the route has Zone 1 at the front (eastern) end, and Zone 4 at the back. Dorking West has this regime reversed, so I can only surmise that it is wrong, yes. However, given that the zone system is unlikely to be of any use whatsover...
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    Autumn refresh for GWR Class 166 Turbos

    I imagine you won't be staying on this rail forum for long then? 1634395651 The Turbos on the NDL are dire and have been for many years. They are very tatty, their internal and external information systems are almost as often wrong as right and they can't be relied upon to provide anything...
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    Do Information Designers Ever Use The Railway?

    I have only ever seen "Due" on SWR - never on other TOCs - so if most TOCs use that system, they have somehow managed to fix the issue and SWR haven't bothered. Privatisation didn't monetise good information provision so the TOCs are not incentivised to address it properly. Platform train...
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    What train did I see? (Class 66 + tanker wagons)

    Dark green and Reading suggest GWR - a class 769 movement perhaps?
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    Competition for new location of GBR Headquarters

    Today's railway is adept at pointless re-invention, so I imagine the vast waste associated with changing the railway's HQ will be no exception.
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    The extent to which slippery rails can cause trains to be unable to stop?

    I don't think the Shepperton incident has been mentioned yet, so by way of light(er) relief - see the Wiki entry: Accidents and incidents[edit] On the 21st of April 1982, a British Railways Class 508 train running the 06:34 service from London Waterloo to Shepperton crashed, demolishing...
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    What train did I see? (Class 66 + tanker wagons)

    They spray water onto the rail heads at high pressure to remove crushed leaves' residue. It doesn't take long for a pristine loco to look like this:

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