Will the Caledonian sleeper be axed during the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis?

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The risk of spreading or contracting the virus must be much higher travelling in an open railway coach than in a sleeper compartment-obviously one must also keep to that compartment and not walk around. What you do after arriving in London is a different question.
BTW how did my original statement become altered to include underlining and emboldening? I did not write "a lot"
 
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The risk of spreading or contracting the virus must be much higher travelling in an open railway coach than in a sleeper compartment-obviously one must also keep to that compartment and not walk around. What you do after arriving in London is a different question.
BTW how did my original statement become altered to include underlining and emboldening? I did not write "a lot"
I altered it to emphasize that I was specifically replying to that part.
 

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https://www.sleeper.scot/caledonian-sleeper-reduces-services-during-covid-19-outbreak/

CS have suspended services to Aberdeen and Fort William so there will be a lot of disappointed people in the West Highlands. They are running a single train from Glasgow and from Inverness which join/split at Waverley.
Frankly the folk of the West Highlands should count themselves lucky to still have a sleeper service at all after numerous considerations in years gone by of canning it entirely.

Given the amount of subsidy it requires, I'm sure living without it for a few weeks isn't a big deal.
 

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CS have suspended services to Aberdeen and Fort William so there will be a lot of disappointed people in the West Highlands. They are running a single train from Glasgow and from Inverness which join/split at Waverley.
Not sure about a lot of disappointed people... there were 2 (TWO!) passengers on the last FTW service before it was pulled.
 

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I wonder if they could still run it, but closed to passengers, and attempt to iron out the various problems with the Mk5 coaching stock, so that when it returns, it returns smoothly.
But it will soon get to the point where there are not enough staff to do that.
 

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I wonder if they could still run it, but closed to passengers, and attempt to iron out the various problems with the Mk5 coaching stock, so that when it returns, it returns smoothly.
But it will soon get to the point where there are not enough staff to do that.
Excuse my ignorance but what problems are there that can be 'ironed out' by running ECS for 400+ miles per night?
Surely the problems require the stock to be in a depot so they can be fixed or am I missing something here?
 

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Excuse my ignorance but what problems are there that can be 'ironed out' by running ECS for 400+ miles per night?
Surely the problems require the stock to be in a depot so they can be fixed or am I missing something here?
I think he means that the trains would be run as if they had passengers but without passengers in an attempt to work out what things break.
So they can be fixed.
 

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Likewise Aberdeen.
Aberdeen has 8 daytime trains, so admittedly the Caledonian sleeper is a little unnecessary, Glasgow and Edinburgh have essentially hourly+ train services, but Fort William has no direct train to the south and Inverness one a day.

I think he means that the trains would be run as if they had passengers but without passengers in an attempt to work out what things break.
So they can be fixed.
But with no or minimal use of the kitchen, cabins, toilets, plumbing, wiring etc. Apart from major faults or problems with the carriage's mechanical side, there is little that can be done, as far is I'm aware
 

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But with no or minimal use of the kitchen, cabins, toilets, plumbing, wiring etc. Apart from major faults or problems with the carriage's mechanical side, there is little that can be done, as far is I'm aware
Well the other alternative is to quarantine a bunch of people on the train and just run them back and forth over and over.
 

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I see that West Coast Railways are adamant that the Jacobite/Harry Potter train will still make a daily return trip from Fort William to Mallaig. Its departure is timed to leave after the sleep is due to arrive in FTW.(1015 , sleeper due 0955). I assume many passengers use the sleeper then the Jacobite. I can not see the Jacobite running, esp with the governments social spacing policy.I did read somewhere that residents of Mallaig do not want more day trippers whilst this covid-19 is about. That applies to the Highlands in general .
 
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