On the aove service which has left the cross 10 down due to crew rest requirements. Very strange consist on this service today 3xfc and 3xsc with no buffet. There is a tech fault with the buffet - I wonder what that could be
When I was at Kings Cross yesterday, late morning, there was a GC HST that had one FC coach deputising for an |SC coach; it had "this is for Standard Class ticket holders" in the door windows.
Why do they seem to have such trauma with their HST coaches? I thought they'd sorted all the problems?
Bradfords are solidly 180s, crew not fully trained to work HSTs north of Doncaster.
Both the FOs and TSOs were converted from loco hauled mark 3s.
Grand Central have an imbalance in carriages, with six first class vehicles and nine standard class ones to allow for two first class vehicles in each formation, but of course only one designated first class coach is used. This means that at least one HST will have at least one declassified first class coach acting as standard class accomodation at any time, often more.
Grand Central HST formations have always seemed fairly fluid to me, certainly more so than those of the franchised TOCs.
I didn't think that was the issue, but more that one part of the route (in west yorks) wasn't cleared. A HST set did the duty at least once, being terminated at somewhere like Kirkgate. Others will know more.
I'm surprised they didn't source another buffet while that one was away on exam. EC always have a spare one.
Sorry to take this slightly OT but do all EMT services have buffets?
Buffets have been replaced with trolleys on all services, though the buffets themselves are still fitted they are out of use unless the service is very busy in which case the trolley sets up there.
That is terrible, have they not learned from Cross Country's mistakes?
No doubt they use Rail Gourmet too........