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    Merlodlliw/Bob Hargreaves RIP

    Always very dedicated, a sad loss. RIP Bob.
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    Three-year north-south 'Y Gerallt Cymro' train deal

    Good news for North - South Wales travellers.... Link is http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-31761949
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    Traws Link Cymru rail campaign to meet Stephen Crabb

    Link is http:////www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-30550788 Looks like an interesting campaign, basically to reinstate Carms - Aber and Pwllheli - Bangor. N.B. Stephen Crabb is the Welsh Secretary.
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    Arriva accused of 'massive rail fail' after 150 passengers unable to board packed tra

    From what's already been said, seems like the real culprit is Virgin trains! Travelling on Sundays and at Christmas is so often a nightmare!!
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    ATW to Rebrand Gerald Premier Service

    Maybe it would be better to move the servicing of Gerald to Holyhead (overnight).? This might free it up for a daytime run too? Seems to have a high failure rate out of Canton, and leave them with the 14x/150 trains.
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    ATW to Rebrand Gerald Premier Service

    Quote from the Daily Post: "But in an apparent U-turn Transport Minister Edwina Hart has announced the chefs are to be retained and the first class carriage rebranded as “business class”. Great news for Welsh railways.
  7. J

    Wrexham redouble

    Damned if they do, damned if they don't. Always the way with a certain poster from the Wrexham area!
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    ATW 'Gerald'

    Worth pointing out that Arriva have two sets, but could presumably hire more sets to cover a new service from North Wales - Manchester. I doubt there would be First Class on such a service, more likely to be 4 x standards.
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    ATW 'Gerald'

    Wow! Is this true - or anti-devolution fantasy?
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    Cambrian hourly service consultation

    Surely it would make more sense to use LHCS on Cardiff - Holyheads - this would fit in better with staff familiarity etc... This would free up 158s or 175s for other crowded services? I could see LHCS on services to Manchester, but surely this is going to be a major pain to organise if it...
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    Cambrian hourly service consultation

    I'd suggest that such a split would take place at the Junction!
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    Mersey-Dee the future of the curve formerly known as Halton

    A concerted push to get rid of track emptiers would be excellent. Surprised there's no EU directives on this.
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    Mersey-Dee the future of the curve formerly known as Halton

    Haven't the Chiltern Mk3's got tanks?
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    Mersey-Dee the future of the curve formerly known as Halton

    More LHCS on North - South would free up DMUs!!
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    Mersey-Dee the future of the curve formerly known as Halton

    Pure speculation. There is no way that WG will divert Gerald to Chester - Manchester commuter services!! What those poor souls will get is 4 / 5 Mk 2s with a 67 at each end, the lack of foresight in all this is unbelievable (disposing of the ex Gerald Mk 2s).
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    ‘Staying on Track: Maintaining Rail Connectivity for North Wales’

    Can we have a link? I've had a good look in the past and have failed to find anything of much use.
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    Cambrian hourly service consultation

    This would be good news. I suggest that Welsh Government / DfT should explore the possibility of a morning Aber - Shrewsbury - Euston Voyager and evening return as part of the West Coast franchise.
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    ‘Staying on Track: Maintaining Rail Connectivity for North Wales’

    Is there a source for the correct figures, or is it based on anecdotes? In any case, what's required is a decent mixed service to a variety of destinations.
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    Cambrian hourly service consultation

    This does leave one wondering where the extra stock for Cambrian hourly will come from. I suppose ATW will demand cash to hire in some Mk2's & 67s for Chester- Manchester. The ex-Gerald Mk2s were stabled at Crewe a couple of weeks ago....
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    Wrexham redouble

    It might be that the points were due for routine replacement unconnected to the redoubling?

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