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post May 28 2016, 10:11 AM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ May 27 2016, 08:51 AM) *
Flying Scotsman through Newbury again tomorrow.
Not allowed to give you times though as it is a closely guarded secret due to trespassing!

By the way OTE Railtrack was defunct many years ago.
You now need to express your concerns to Network Rail.
Good luck with that!


I'm really surprised Biker! Good heavens, if Local Government ran the railways, Railtrack would certainly still exist, as a ceremonial body, which would then have meant the ceremonial would have seen off the train tongue.gif

I wandered down to the Racecourse Station this morning as it came in. Quite amazing, lots of people and kids about plus a fair few hi vis jacketed people politely keeping watch. Some jackets marked up Great Western. Dare I say they were doing a pretty good job and in the old parlance 'a credit to the service'. Of course, GW could have made a few bob charging a little for an old style platform ticket, if only to cover costs. They didn't; which was actually quite a nice touch by a big private company.


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post Jul 4 2016, 07:19 AM
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I have heard a rumour, bear in mind RUMOUR! that the new Hitachi train is to visit Newbury on Wednesday of this week.
If I hear more I will let you know.
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post Jul 4 2016, 03:00 PM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Jul 4 2016, 08:19 AM) *
I have heard a rumour, bear in mind RUMOUR! that the new Hitachi train is to visit Newbury on Wednesday of this week.
If I hear more I will let you know.


Do hope you are right; a little sanity in a mad World!


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post Jul 6 2016, 10:10 AM
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Nope, sorry, false alarm.
Better luck next time.
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post Jul 15 2016, 07:27 AM
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Steam today at around 11:45.
BR(S) Light Pacific 4-6-2 no 34046 Braunton
(running as 34052 Lord Dowding)

EDIT. Well that was a disappointment!
Must have been a last minute failure.
I think I'll stop posting forthcoming schedules on here. Not reliable enough! dry.gif








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post Jul 15 2016, 08:12 AM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Jul 15 2016, 08:27 AM) *
Steam today at around 11:45.
BR(S) Light Pacific 4-6-2 no 34046 Braunton
(running as 34052 Lord Dowding)


It's really good that these are still around to show the GWR affectionados what a truly superb steam locomotive is like.

.........quickly gets coat and leaves cool.gif


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post Jul 15 2017, 07:29 AM
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For any one who hasn't seen one yet or who may be remotely interested here is yer new train coming to these parts!
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post Jul 15 2017, 07:59 AM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Jul 15 2017, 08:29 AM) *
For any one who hasn't seen one yet or who may be remotely interested here is yer new train coming to these parts!


Impressive beast, but has the capacity increased, the punctuality improved and the ticket price reflective of operating costs as opposed to share holder's dividends ?

Dreaming is not a sin, least not yet. wink.gif


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post Jul 15 2017, 12:30 PM
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Let's just hope it's attractiveness to paying passengers is better than the recently completed 'upgraded' Reading Station.


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post Jul 15 2017, 04:19 PM
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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Jul 15 2017, 08:59 AM) *
Impressive beast, but has the capacity increased,

Yes.
QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Jul 15 2017, 08:59 AM) *
the punctuality improved

Probably not....we'll see!
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and the ticket price reflective of operating costs as opposed to share holder's dividends ?

Unlikely.
If ticket prices reflected the true operating costs they would be higher as the TOC's receive substantial subsidies from the government.
A good percentage of the operating costs of the railway is with the infrastructure which is Network Rail.
Effectively nationalised!
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post Jul 15 2017, 04:22 PM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Jul 15 2017, 01:30 PM) *
Let's just hope it's attractiveness to paying passengers is better than the recently completed 'upgraded' Reading Station.

Hmmmmm............
No buffet, smaller windows, a throbbing engine under each coach and many will run as 5 car sets coupled together.
Makes 10 I think!
Oh and they are no faster than the HST's but will have greater acceleration when under the wires which will go as far as Newbury.
This leaves a lot of diesel power onwards to Plymouth and Penzance!
Dirty diesels eh Andy? tongue.gif
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post Jul 16 2017, 09:32 AM
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Biker1, have you seen the disaster documentary about the Ladbroke Grove accident? There was segment discussing the idea that the diesel tank was ignited by the live overhead electricity cables?
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post Jul 16 2017, 11:09 AM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Jul 15 2017, 05:19 PM) *
Yes.

Probably not....we'll see!

Unlikely.
If ticket prices reflected the true operating costs they would be higher as the TOC's receive substantial subsidies from the government.
A good percentage of the operating costs of the railway is with the infrastructure which is Network Rail.
Effectively nationalised!


Well, essentially monopolised.

The state (or the people) don't make anything or get anything from 'Network Rail'. The only people who do are financiers and senior executives; much the easiest way of making money. Probably one of the most incompetent organisations the country has ever seen. We've had railways for some 200 years now, we 'invented' them and yet Network Rail can't even manage what is really quite a straightforward electrification job; on budget or to time!

The trouble is, competence costs, and with no one that matters complaining, why should Network Rail change?


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post Jul 17 2017, 11:04 AM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jul 16 2017, 10:32 AM) *
Biker1, have you seen the disaster documentary about the Ladbroke Grove accident? There was segment discussing the idea that the diesel tank was ignited by the live overhead electricity cables?

Oooeerr!
These things are an "accident waiting to happen" then? ohmy.gif
(God I hate that cliché.)
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post Jul 17 2017, 05:49 PM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Jul 17 2017, 12:04 PM) *
Oooeerr!
These things are an "accident waiting to happen" then? ohmy.gif
(God I hate that cliché.)

The tank was crushed and burst, atomising the diesel, then was ignited by the electricity lines. sad.gif
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post Jul 20 2017, 06:45 PM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jul 17 2017, 06:49 PM) *
The tank was crushed and burst, atomised the diesel, then was ignited by the electricity lines. sad.gif


Oh dear, today's announcements seem to suggest that this problem will remain with us. Still, every cloud and all that, can't be long before HS2 is simply just a bad dream.


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post Jul 21 2017, 08:16 AM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Jul 20 2017, 07:45 PM) *
Oh dear, today's announcements seem to suggest that this problem will remain with us. Still, every cloud and all that, can't be long before HS2 is simply just a bad dream.

A part of the problem is having 'dual fuel' trains.
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post Jul 21 2017, 08:26 AM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jul 21 2017, 09:16 AM) *
A part of the problem is having 'dual fuel' trains.

Caused by us not being able to fully electrify or not being able to do it quickly enough!
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post Jul 21 2017, 08:32 AM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Jul 21 2017, 09:26 AM) *
Caused by us not being able to fully electrify or not being able to do it quickly enough!


Yep; and a sad reflection on our national skills and capability! Post Brexit; what hope?


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post Jul 21 2017, 10:49 AM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Jul 21 2017, 09:32 AM) *
Yep; and a sad reflection on our national skills and capability! Post Brexit; what hope?


Post Brexit it is all hope. There is nothing else to base it on.
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