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    Train delayed due to a late departure whilst the train was cleaned specially

    I hope they pay for the damage and to CrossCountry for the inconvenience. 16 minutes late to me would be like wiping a bit of water off the table (as in 'Ah that's nothing :-) ) but still that's I guess wasted time for the cleaners when they could be going about their daily cleaning routine.
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    Train delayed due to a late departure whilst the train was cleaned specially

    Hello all. Well you get various reasons for trains being delayed but on XC's JourneyCheck, I found the 15:35 from Bristol Temple Meads to Edinburgh has been delayed at Birmingham New Street and is now 16 minutes late due to a late departure whilst the train was cleaned especially. Today this...
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    Great Western Livery

    On the Modern Railways magazine website, you'll see a picture of a GWR Turbo train and it says about the refurbishment. Sorry to be lazy but it's a lot of words for me to put what it says on that article. I'm really pleased at this - I'll also say that the interiors will be better suited to...
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    Reading to Paddington record

    I think it was when my brother, Michael, and I were waiting for the 13:42 from Reading back to Didcot Parkway on July 5th last year that I'm sure I saw it come into Platform 9B at 13:34. In which case it would have done the journey from Paddington in 19-20 minutes. In August 2015 I was going to...
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    Dominic Cummings alleged breach of lockdown rules discussion

    I wonder what Boris is thinking now - either way, he'll need to answer an awful lot of questions!
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    Dominic Cummings alleged breach of lockdown rules discussion

    Thank you. Oh and this gets better - apparently Boris knew about Dominic's movements for the last month and a half. Oh dear! Just when I was beginning to trust Boris and agree with his statements or most of them.
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    Dominic Cummings alleged breach of lockdown rules discussion

    I'm watching his statement now. The fact Dominic doesn't regret driving to and from London and Durham just says it - sorry if people disagree with me but he's up there in one of the most selfish people I've ever come across. He's not sorry at all! Is it me or is he slowly cracking under...
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    Is "Recovery Time" an unfair waste of a passenger's lifetime?

    If I've understood it correctly, the xx:45 departures from Wolverhampton to London Euston call at Sandwell & Dudley before Birmingham New Street which is another handy reason for the longer wait at Wolverhampton. Plus with the Euston-bound Avanti West Coast trains being mostly 9, 10 and 11...
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    XC acquire two exLNER HST power cars

    Right, thanks for clearing that up - meaning putting me straight :-)!
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    XC acquire two exLNER HST power cars

    This article was from 2010, sorry. If this is the reason for the can acquisitions then why would it take 10 years to get hold of power car cabs?
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    XC acquire two exLNER HST power cars

    ⁿ What would the cabs be for? I don't know what goes on behind the scenes of acquiring bits from trains but I can't see them being acquired for spares as it would take a lot of work to swap HST cabs if there's a fault one - you'd delay a train for hours if not days. Sorry, I know that sounds...
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    GWR operating short 'HSTGTi' sets (see diagrams section for workings)

    180??? They had problems with them in their first careers from 2000/2001 - 2009 ;-) !
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    Driving while keep door open - is this illegal?

    Interesting question this - when the Wantage town services in Oxfordshire were operated by Whites Coaches (therefore Optare Solo's plus the occasional 07-reg grey Versa) the same driver 2 or 3 times I noticed had the door open when the bus was moving. I was on it with the door open once. Long...
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    WMR Class 196 Build and Implementation

    Not being dim at all don't worry :-). There's no online seating layout but you can see about seven different shots - at the bottom right corner of the 196, there's dots and arrows which give you access to the inside of the new train basically. Sorry I can't be of more help.
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    Great Western Electrification Progress

    I forget the exact words I was told on my Swansea trip by a member of GWR staff on the 09/03/20 (last train trip it was) but it was something to do with the confined space in the Severn Tunnel that was the reason why IET's can't run in electric mode I believe.
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    What would you like to hear from Boris Johnson's announcement on Sunday evening?

    Church would be definitely a great place to unwind for what 15 minutes.
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    What would you like to hear from Boris Johnson's announcement on Sunday evening?

    I'd love him to say when we can start making leisure trips on public transport again.
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    WMR Class 196 Build and Implementation

    No problem, here it is :-)... https://www.caf.net/en/productos-servicios/proyectos/proyecto-detalle.php?p=298 Where the dots are in the picture there's an arrow - keep clicking on the arrow to see interior shots.
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    COVID-19 and the lockdown effects on mental health.

    You don't have to apologise - you've not offended me one bit. I'm feeling the pain too :-).
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    COVID-19 and the lockdown effects on mental health.

    "Grin and bear it"??? I'm sorry to hear about your friend and for him or her to be told that really does show a reminder why we feel there's a lack of help out there. If I've not worded this very well then delete this - just trying to offer my sympathy where I can :-) .

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