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    Great Western Livery

    The proposed 'Hydrive' conversion removes the need for the existing equipment boxes on the floor of the saloon which currently preclude changing the 3+2 seating for 2+2. Refurb details are currently being developed.
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    Great Western Livery

    Yes, they'll be done during the course of the current direct franchise award, along with interior upgrade of the Turbos. Covid-19 circumstance allowing of course.
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    Why lights of seated coach of sleepers are not dimmed?

    Certainly the HSTs - the trouble with the IETs is they have to meet a specific interior lux level as it's a new design. It's why the Caledonian Sleeper stock is somewhat brighter than the stock it has replaced. The 'TC' composite vehicles that GWR had converted used the same dynamic lighting...
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    Why lights of seated coach of sleepers are not dimmed?

    Thanks Ashley... the darkest setting is very nice indeed - just what's required at that time of night! There's plenty of subsidiary lighting such as above the windows and the bulkhead panelling to make everything visible enough.
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    Why lights of seated coach of sleepers are not dimmed?

    Totally with you there. And it sounds trivial, but I find the motion of a coach precludes the ability to sleep more than a train - probably because I'm a 'back seat driver' and like to know what's going on around me when I'm on the road.
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    Why lights of seated coach of sleepers are not dimmed?

    It was you who first mentioned seating. My point about the superior facilities offered by the sleeper, such as catering, toilets and general accessibility still stand - just because 'some' coaches might provide these things doesn't mean it's consistent like on the Sleeper services - I know this...
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    Reading to Paddington record

    Sub 22 minutes Paddington-Reading is relatively common with the IETs. I've also experienced several IET runs between Swindon and Bristol Parkway that are faster than the HST record of 21m 20s.
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    Why lights of seated coach of sleepers are not dimmed?

    I was under the impression that the GWR seated coaches did have dimmed lighting. The rules are stricter on new build stock - the new Caledonian Sleeper seated coaches have brighter lighting but I've been on several journeys where the crew have dimmed it during the middle of the night, so it is...
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    Is a uniform fleet cheaper to operate than a mixed fleet?

    It's a very good question and the answer isn't as straightforward as it might seem. Sure, there are efficiencies by having a uniform fleet as already mentioned - crew training, spares provision etc. But that assumes several things about that uniform fleet: It isn't itself an expensive fleet...
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    66731 NHS Livery

    Each to their own. Personally I feel a traditional cast nameplate would look a bit silly bolted to the sleek lines of an 800, not that I have anything against cast nameplates having designed a few in the past!
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    66731 NHS Livery

    tmThe GWR naming is a result of considerable pressure from the public and colleagues to do so. I'm sure you know as well as I do that Hitachi does not permit GWR to drill holes into its Aluminium bodyshells to fix steel nameplates to the side, so a nicely designed vinyl will have to do instead...
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    66731 NHS Livery

    This follows GWR who named 800025 in his honour yesterday: Captain Tom: Train named in honour of NHS fundraiser
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    Confirmation of rolling stock changes at Southeastern, including 707s

    With respect, that link isn't the basis on which I made my remark. Time will tell but my understanding specifically relates to 465 trailers rather than 365s - presumably because the yield of non-panto TSO vehicles would be higher per unit.
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    Confirmation of rolling stock changes at Southeastern, including 707s

    https://anonw.com/tag/class-165-hydrive/
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    Confirmation of rolling stock changes at Southeastern, including 707s

    I would expect some 465 trailer vehicles to be displaced - there is a home for a small number as will become clearer in due course. Whether this would result in additional 466s being created by the 465 driving cars that are unaccounted for remains to be seen.
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    GWR Class 319 / 769 information & discussion.

    The acceleration is broadly similar to a Class 150 which is what was envisaged and what the 769s will inter-work with at both Northern and TfW. At GWR they will be required to more or less match 'Turbo' timings which, at the line speeds of the routes concerned, shouldn't be an issue either.
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    GWR Class 319 / 769 information & discussion.

    Passengers love it though - both because it's more frequent and more reliable than the very tight turnarounds of the old 2tph operation.
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    GWR Class 319 / 769 information & discussion.

    The grab handles are covered by an orange protective material to avoid damage. EMUs have light grey roofs, diesel stock has black to hide the exhaust staining. The exception are the 80x which have roofs the same colour as the bodyshell as is standard with all Hitachi products in the UK.
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    Great Western Livery

    Agreed. No denying the Turbos need some love, but it does seem to be another subject that promotes a hysterical reaction. Anyway, it's being addressed. The units are being refurbished and the blue sets are to be painted green.
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    Great Western Livery

    While the Turbos are, let's say, tatty around the edges I think their state is generally far from 'appalling'. They need a refurbishment - which they're going to get - but they have had various pieces of work undertaken as an interim measure such as new carpets. They're certainly not the worst...

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