Seated sleeper coaches allocated to daytime service at Exeter St Davids, 23 May 2015

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  1. fairysdad

    fairysdad Member

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    Passing through Exeter yesterday, around half-five - sixish, the Riviera Sleeper was in Platform 1 with three coaches (assuming the seating ones) bound for Penzance.

    (I did take some pictures on my phone, but mislaid the cable in one of my luggage bags (:oops: D'oh!) - I'll try and get some uploaded later on.)

    Just wondering why the Sleeper seemed to be used for passenger stock last night, whether it was a stock move that coincided with a passenger run or anything like that.

    The train in question is this one, and in true Sleeper fashion seemed to be running about 40 minutes late on departure!
     
  2. Mag_seven

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    They use the sleeper seating stock for summer Saturday extras down that way - see FGW Class 57 (not sleeper) entry here:

    http://www.railforums.co.uk/showpost.php?p=1478553&postcount=7
     
  3. PHILIPE

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    Ran last year on Summer Saturdays and well discussed on the Forum.
     
  4. 455driver

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    And it is the same diagram as last year, complete with the same 'favourite' crews feathering their nest!
     
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    Ah - that would explain why there wasn't already a thread on the subject! I'd have thought that if it was an unusual diagram it'd be already discussed!
     
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    The lengthy discussions on the Forum were last year when it was first introduced, so just "carry on normal" this year.
     
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    Hopefully this year I will be able to get onto it.

    Are FGW hiring in any Chiltern 165s again to release the 150/0s to go on a holiday?
     
  8. 455driver

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    After all the shenanigans last year making sure the DRS hire in didn't appear on the daytime train it did seem a bit odd to see DRS hire in 57303 working the train.
     
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    Perhaps it was the only one available for the Down Sleeper Friday night
     
  10. 455driver

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    They had 2 available at Old Oak, its probably because its a long term hire in so hasnt got the same enthusiast following as the various ones had last year, its also quite reliable (for a DRS 57).

    Last year it was the fact that they would fail if the driver sneezed too loudly which had a bearing on them being kept off the daytime train rather than anything sinister.
     
  11. CC 72100

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    Surprised it was load 3 yesterday (I was on it), it was load 4 the times I did it last summer.

    Not sure whether it was an FGW crew on the way up
     
  12. 455driver

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    It is all FGW crews, it will be load 4 in the summer holidays, load 3 is enough for now.
     
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    Unless there is another loco at Long Rock, 57303 will once again be on this working today, as it is currently on the Cornwall-bound sleeper.
     
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    Isn't 57605 away for a repaint, leaving FGW with just 3 57s?
     
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