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    Could Covid-19 affect the future of the GWR franchise?

    I would agree with this sentiment as there are just too many factors. For example, if road usage drops say 20% then it could well shift a significant number of people back into their cars with reduced congestion making road less unattractive. Personally, I think Covid is going to be with us for...
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    Trivia: Most impressing stretch of line on the network?

    The Looe branch is right up there for me with its impressive views, civil engineer and operational oddities. Starting off by dropping down from Liskeard to Combe Junction over 200 feet on a ruling gradient of 1 in 40, while turning through a 270° with the sharpest part having an 8 chains...
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    Grand Union Trains Plans to run from London to Cardiff

    I was replying to the previous post that stated GWR's super-fasts had killed off the argument. I should have written that it doesn't appear that Grand Union think their plan is dead as they appear to be still working to support their application. I would imagine that the ORR will make a...
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    Grand Union Trains Plans to run from London to Cardiff

    It doesn't appear so. A letter written by Grand Union Trains' MD uploaded to the ORR website states that work is ongoing. The letter is undated, but it's responding to a Network Rail letter dated December 2019. Apparently, of the 12 (out of 14) train slots that GUT have so far provided to NR...
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    First South West and Wales discussion

    Sounds like the cuts to the Excel network could be significant. Are there any rumors about which routes will be hit?
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    Petition to bring back the buffet on GWR

    Because the DfT wanted the 802s to have the same interiors as the 800s. GWR is operated under a Direct Award contract, they get to call the shots and would only permit the 802 order to proceed on that basis.
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    Caledonian Sleeper Mk5 Discussion

    Whoops! Sorry, didn't spot my phone's helpful auto-correct there! Post now edited.
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    Caledonian Sleeper Mk5 Discussion

    As reported in the main CS thread, the southbound Lowlander 1M11 was terminated at Acton Bridge this morning, getting in at 0647. At least ticket acceptance was arranged with London Midland and Virgin, with passengers continuing their journey via a change a Crewe. I believe this is the set that...
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    Grand Union Trains Plans to run from London to Cardiff

    I would suggest that the support from the Welsh Government minster is merely political showboating while Keolis Amey are merely trying to protect their business model and is closer to the business reality of running a train service. After all, what has the minster got to lose by publicly...
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    Grand Union Trains Plans to run from London to Cardiff

    Unsurprisingly, the DfT agree with the majority opinion on here that the proposed Grand Union service would abstract considerable revenue from GWR and create significant performance issues. Also Keolis Amey Operations have cited their concerns. It's also worth noting that the Economic...
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    Grand Union Trains Plans to run from London to Cardiff

    I wonder if those proposed Grand Union journey times include the 60(?)mph electric train restriction at Steventon? Also, I'm sure they could have done better with the name that forms the acronym GUT!
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    Remaining GWR HST Diagrams

    Confusion with the timetable as the timings will still be based upon the HST profile until a major recast planned for December?
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    Remaining GWR HST Diagrams

    The tweet states they are boarding from a holding area on plat 8/9. This is commonly what is done when large numbers are expected, e.g. Glastonbury, so would expect the actual departure would be plat 1.
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    Remaining GWR HST Diagrams

    Pretty sure I seen a fitter in the cab of 43002 on departure from Swindon. Was still dead though.
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    Remaining GWR HST Diagrams

    As mentioned above, 1B25 (1045 Paddington to Swansea) started 6 late due to failure of 43002 on the rear leaving 43189 running only on the front. Fitter expected to join us at Reading.
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    First South West and Wales discussion

    Not sure about trees, but the canopy at Temple Meads would preclude deckers on the 8/9 without changing the stop.
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    Video: Reading bus strikes pedestrian, pedestrian continues to the pub

    Looks like Reading Bus incident in June was down to good old fashion human error. From http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-42358803:
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    GWR Cornish Night Riviera Sleeper and GWR Class 57 updates from Long Rock

    When eastbound sleeper starts at Plymouth due to engineering work (as it does on Sun 12/2), does anyone know what time boarding starts at Plymouth? (Sorry to highjack the thread, but I though this may be the best place to ask and get a sensible response.)
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    Slippy rails delays today

    1C84 really struggling. RTT just reported it leaving Camborne 264 down.
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    Fire on Train Caerphilly

    According to the pictures appearing on Twitter, it was 142072 involved. The initial reports sound similar to a fire on a 143 in October 2004 that caught alight between Bristol and Nailsea & Backwell. The investigation into that fire found the likely cause was electrical arcing between the...

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