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WillPS
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Sun 20 May, 2018 01.37

Critique wrote:
Sat 19 May, 2018 18.19
Yes, sliding doors are going on (they're needed for compliance soon aren't they). Along with the exterior work, the toilets are getting tanks, and both standard and first class are getting updated to some extent. Standard sees the biggest change with new seating and all, whilst they're keeping the new first class stuff GWR put in, apart from some cosmetic tweaks.

https://www.railmagazine.com/news/netwo ... mage=26333
Seating looks the same to me: https://traveluxblog.files.wordpress.co ... ting-6.jpg

Interestingly the FGW refurb was the only one to take the central supports out of the carriage.
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thegeek
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Sun 20 May, 2018 06.26

the RAIL article says new seats, a greater seat pitch, and more tables. GWR's high-density Mk3s really do suck a lot of the joy out of those trains, so it's good to see those mistakes being reversed.
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Sun 20 May, 2018 10.51

WillPS wrote:
Sun 20 May, 2018 01.37
Interestingly the FGW refurb was the only one to take the central supports out of the carriage.
the what now?
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Alexia
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Sun 20 May, 2018 13.35

See about half way down, the "dividers" with a glass panel in the middle?
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Not present on GWR stock
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thegeek
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Sun 20 May, 2018 18.14

So the first day of Thameslink 2000 went well then .

Other news locally: Heathrow Connect is no more; the stopping services are now operated by TfL Rail. And the Overground station nearest my work got a fancy new building today. I think they had some weekend blockades last year to facilitate its construction, but as far as I know, it was still open last night with temporary scaffolding ramps leading to the platforms, and the new building opened earlier than usual for a Sunday today for extra traffic for a local half marathon.
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MarkAshley
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Sun 20 May, 2018 19.10

thegeek wrote:
Sun 20 May, 2018 18.14
So the first day of Thameslink 2000 went well then .
I particularly liked the company's response which pretty much amounted to "meh - shit happens, what you gonna do? Walk to work? Bitches."
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Martin Phillp
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Sun 20 May, 2018 22.30

thegeek wrote:
Sun 20 May, 2018 18.14
So the first day of Thameslink 2000 went well then .

Other news locally: Heathrow Connect is no more; the stopping services are now operated by TfL Rail. And the Overground station nearest my work got a fancy new building today. I think they had some weekend blockades last year to facilitate its construction, but as far as I know, it was still open last night with temporary scaffolding ramps leading to the platforms, and the new building opened earlier than usual for a Sunday today for extra traffic for a local half marathon.
We've got nothing like that at Forest Hill, also on the London Overground network. Same old 70s pre-fab nastiness, but we do have a nice waiting room on Platform 1 which is at the far end of the platform where none of the trains stop at, except some Southern 10 car trains which also share the line.
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thegeek
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Mon 21 May, 2018 06.53

I think there are some S106 payments involved - there's a *lot* of housing going up in the area. Which is good, because London does need more houses, though I'll miss the 'industrial hinterland inhabited by artists' feel that Hackney Wick used to have.
thegeek
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Tue 24 Jul, 2018 13.05

ScotRail's got the first of its 385s in service.

Meanwhile, in North & East London...

the Gospel Oak to Barking Line (aka the GOBLIN) has now finally been electrified, about a year late. But the new Class 710s still aren't ready, because NR still haven't signed off the train management software. All of Bombardier's software people are busy with getting the Class 345s to play nicely with the Heathrow tunnel: the Elizabeth Line's launch in December is something of an immovable object.

This wouldn't be a problem, except the GOBLIN's Class 172s are required for the West Midlands Railway in November, and the leasor has already taken back one unit. This means there's only enough trains to operate the core timetable (and none of the extra services that used to run to provide extra capacity), and none spare for when they break down in hot weather. Turns out Turbostars aren't built for this kind of heat.
thegeek
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Wed 25 Jul, 2018 23.54

I wonder if the trainspotting local MP who got to test drive of a 710 today asked any questions about the delay?
cwathen
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Sat 13 Oct, 2018 11.07

No longer living in Devon (and no longer using the railway that much any more either), I'm a bit out of the loop with the cascade plan down there.

Was surprised to see that GWR have GWR'd up their pacers even though they're going soon (sometimes between December and March apparently). They do actually look quite smart with a repaint, even though they're the same tired old trains underneath. Still have the old Wales & West safety announcement on them too (I was hoping they'd press the wrong button and I'd get to hear the 'steward will be shortly be passing through with a trolley service of drinks & light refreshments' announcement which seems to happen once in a while, but no such luck).

I was even more surprised to hear that they're cascading out the 153's to TFW. They are a useful way of extending a service by an extra carriage and there is nothing else like them around. I thought their final fate would be to be permanently coupled up to a 150 to create 3 carriage trains rather than withdrawing them.

Although I'd heard the 150/1s were going, I didn't realise their withdrawal was almost complete and they only had 1 unit left in service (which I saw, and didn't bother taking a picture of as didn't realise until later that it was the only one left). Not heard anything about 150001 & 002 (the original 3 carriage prototypes) - are they staying with GWR?

Also, where are the 158's that were supposed to move west once the Turbos started taking over the Bristol area services? The turbo cascade seems pretty much complete, yet I didn't see any 158's at all running around Devon.
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