Kind Regards, Mike Bojko. Many thanks Mike.
Thanks, Mark Lynam. Many thanks to you too Mark.
The early morning sunshine certainly provided excellent illumination for your superb shots. Your second picture has taken full advantage of the high tide and you've got the whole four coach train all reflected. Very well done.
Sunday 23rd June Par to Plymouth Friary S.S
Sunday 23rd June Plymouth Friary S.S. to Par
Regards, Karl (The Friends Of Penmere Station). Many thanks Karl.
We will update you on the DCO submission, all the recent good news and the likely timescales before we see trains running to Portishead.
Regards, Peter Maliphant. Membership Secretary. Many thanks Peter.
Diana and Andrew Jones
We arrived easily on time and transferred to platform 15 at Temple leads for our Hitachi new generation HST departing at 13.30.
I have been looking forward to my first journey in these replacements.
Now I have to say the following is my opinion and must not be taken as definitive review of these new trains, but I observed the following.
We decided to travel 1st class, which can be confusing, because 1st class is spread around the formation. We were booked in coach k which did not tie up with the station announcements. Our train was made up of 11 coaches, but are effectively two formations with no continuous through passage, so it's important to enter the correct section.
The station turn around time is much reduced by the use of automatic doors so there is not a lot of time, if you get it wrong.
We managed this but anyone with no railway interest might get caught out, so beware!
Coach K is 50% 2nd class and 50% 1st Class, with an opaque sliding door dividing the classes.
Reservations are electronically displayed above the seats and is an improvement over the old system.
Now comes the seating, there have been a lot of complaints about the firm nature and Diane and I were grateful that our journey from Bristol was only 90 mins.
The ride quality was lively to say the least and even in 1st class the engine noise was intrusive, although this improved under the wires from Swindon.
Diane and I both felt that the quality of service has been much reduced although staff were very pleasant.
Would Brunel turn in his grave, we both felt he would, which is such a shame, GWR must receive credit for investment, but did anyone test those seats or question using no through passage formations, no buffet and a trolley service which is a logistical nightmare. I am really sorry because I soo wanted to give this new train a good review.
Best wishes Andrew and Diane.
Many thanks for your comments Andrew. Andrew and Diane are seasoned rail travellers world wide. The fare would seem to be about £61 each.