Newton Abbeywood on FGW 153 destination blinds

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  1. plymothian

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    This is bugging me, but why do FGW's 153s have a destination of Newton Abbeywood on the blind?

    Where is, or indeed what is, Newton Abbeywood? As far as I can see there's no such place.

    It's not even a misprint of Filton Abbey Wood, as it comes after Manchester Piccadilly and before Newton Abbot, and FIT is show as just Filton.
     
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    It's the sMe as Abbottswood; after Abbottswood junction
     
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    Possibly a case of miscommunication when the blinds were produced, with Filton Abbey Wood being mis-spelt as Newton Abbeywood, or possibly some confusion between Filton Abbey Wood and Newton Abbot.
     
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    Wouldn't mind seeing a picture of this blind if anyone has one/can get one? :)
     
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    I'll try when I next see one.
     
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    Every time I wind past it I wonder why on earth it's on there!
     
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    But there isn't a station there... they've been talking about it for years, but nothing has actually happened yet... Which is a good thing, IMO. They claim it will "improve services to Worcester" which it obviously won't since it isn't actually in Worcester, but several miles outside it; AFAIK nearly all TOCs wouldn't want to stop there anyway; and as far as I can make out if it does go ahead the effect on services which do go to Worcester itself will be either zero or negative.
     
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    Some 143s' blinds are so equipped too.
     

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    Slightly off topic but something that has always puzzled me is that the destination blinds on sprinters and pacers list stations alphabetically. I almost felt sorry for crews who worked Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth given how far apart A and S are. To me it would have made more sense for the order to be Aberystwyth, Shrewsbury, New Street, Chester which is similar to how we had then on the buses
     
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