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FGW lay on 60 extra services for Glastonbury - 2589/5705
Written by courgettelawn on Sunday, 17th June 2007
Castle Cary, Swindon and Taunton rail users won't know themselves this Wednesday and next Monday. Enjoy the 60 extra services promised by FGW for the Glastonbury festival goers...
This is clearly a money-spinning and publicity-drawing opportunity. Shame they can't see the benefits of running extra services on a regular basis - evidently the 'capacity' _is_ there!
Re: FGW lay on 60 extra services for Glastonbury - 2589/5711
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 18th June 2007
Quote from Andrew Griffiths at the Melksham Railway Development Group AGM on Friday, 8th June, when we asked for the 09:00 [Sunday] from Westbury to Weymouth to be started back at Melksham (or Chippenham or Swidnon) for one day of his choice in the high summer.
Re: FGW lay on 60 extra services for Glastonbury - 2589/5733
Written by courgettelawn on Monday, 18th June 2007
As I said, money and easy feel-good publicity. This is worth quoting back at them, I think.
Re: FGW lay on 60 extra services for Glastonbury - 2589/5742
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 19th June 2007
[quote author=courgettelawn link=topic=2589.msg5733#msg5733 date=1182190086]
As I said, money and easy feel-good publicity.
Re: FGW lay on 60 extra services for Glastonbury - 2589/5770
Written by courgettelawn on Wednesday, 20th June 2007
True, true. And in any case, it would be more than a full-time job to point out every inconsistency and contradiction, frustrating though it is to feel at every point side-lined.
Re: FGW lay on 60 extra services for Glastonbury - 2589/5794
Written by whistleblower on Thursday, 21st June 2007
The extra services to Castle Cary are not being crewed by FGW.
Re: FGW lay on 60 extra services for Glastonbury - 2589/5796
Written by Sion Bretton on Thursday, 21st June 2007
Yes there was a train At Swindon Virgin rolling stock and EWS each end. Going to Castle Cary
Re: FGW lay on 60 extra services for Glastonbury - 2589/5804
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 22nd June 2007
Lisa went down to the station [Melksham] to meet me off the evening train (which did run last night from Swindon, but I failed to catch due to a late appointment that was nothing to do with the railway!) and noted a lot of activity - FGW special on the way up, Virgin marked special on the way down .... before the train that actually stopped came through.
Re: FGW lay on 60 extra services for Glastonbury - 2589/5889
Written by courgettelawn on Monday, 25th June 2007
The control of rolling stock is clearly a major problem across the network, especially on a leased basis which is such a madness, it is difficult to know who to address concerns to on the matter. I believe, though do not have the source to hand, that some rolling stock has been 'paid for' and some due to leasing arrangements with banks.
I don't think anyone is decrying the extra services put on because of the strain that big events like the festival put on the system, only that there are several hundred thousand people who would benefit from better planned services throughout the year, and would also help train operators profit.
There is at least a small measure of iffy double standards here.
Re: FGW lay on 60 extra services for Glastonbury - 2589/5890
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 25th June 2007
My understanding is that First own outright 5 (ish) of the HST sets ... and that's all they own on the FGW network.
Re: FGW lay on 60 extra services for Glastonbury - 2589/5905
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 26th June 2007
[quote author=Graham Ellis link=topic=2589.msg5890#msg5890 date=1182804256]I think that South West Trains now own the trains that they operate from Ryde to Shanklin; I don't know of any of the other main TOCs who own the trains they run.[/quote]
They do , and also own the ex - BR rolling stock that operates on the Brockenhurst - Lymington line.
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