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by chason
08:48 Sunday 13th May 2018
Forum: Johnsons / Whittles
Topic: any new vehicles due
Replies: 5
Views: 1458

Re: any new vehicles due

According to their May Snapshot newssheet received yesterday with their Autumn, Christmas and Spring 2019 holiday brochure, Johnsons have invested half a million pounds in two new Scania 53 seat coaches and three new Torneo minibuses. The accompanying pictures look as though the Scanias are 67 reg s...
by chason
08:38 Saturday 12th May 2018
Forum: Trains
Topic: How the Other Half Live!
Replies: 4
Views: 531

Re: How the Other Half Live!

It's been the same for a long time. I can remember a trip to London around 15 years ago. Going off peak and booking a long way ahead I paid under £20 for a first class return from Birmingham. As we tucked in to our included Great British Breakfast, I could see the ticket of the businessman sitting o...
by chason
09:16 Friday 11th May 2018
Forum: Trains
Topic: How the Other Half Live!
Replies: 4
Views: 531

How the Other Half Live!

For those who think that bus fares are expensive, how about this? Yesterday Mrs C and I did a day trip to Edinburgh by train, Fortunately, we booked a couple of months in advance and our First Class tickets from Birmingham set us back £74 for the two of us in each direction with our Senior Railcards...
by chason
08:25 Saturday 5th May 2018
Forum: Trains
Topic: Charter Breakdown
Replies: 5
Views: 759

Re: Charter Breakdown

Pathfinder Tours had hoped to organise a re-run of the original tour aborted last month but this has not proved possible so they have offered a complete refund, less, understandably, the catering costs or a free trip in the same class seating on a future diesel hauled excursion. I think we shall pro...
by chason
13:01 Wednesday 25th April 2018
Forum: Trains
Topic: Charter Breakdown
Replies: 5
Views: 759

Re: Charter Breakdown

Thanks, Tim. As you say, the loco seemed to be OK until it failed, having travelled from Newport pretty much to time. It did struggle to pick up speed on departure from Kidderminster and Stourbridge Junction so, on reflection. maybe the driver should have realised something was amiss so would have b...
by chason
09:32 Wednesday 25th April 2018
Forum: Trains
Topic: Charter Breakdown
Replies: 5
Views: 759

Charter Breakdown

Next time any of you are inconvenienced by a bus breakdown, think yourselves lucky you are not on a train. Last Saturday I caught a charter from Kidderminster bound for Scarborough and a connecting coach to the North York Moors Railway. After a 10 mile journey towards Birmingham, the train ground to...
by chason
19:16 Wednesday 18th April 2018
Forum: Services, Routes and Timetables
Topic: Low Passenger Satisfaction in Worcestershire
Replies: 4
Views: 771

Re: Low Passenger Satisfaction in Worcestershire

I agree, Matt. The article, certainly about the Worcestershire situation, doesn't say much more than I have mentioned but probably worth reading the full report on the Transport Focus website.
by chason
08:59 Wednesday 18th April 2018
Forum: Services, Routes and Timetables
Topic: Low Passenger Satisfaction in Worcestershire
Replies: 4
Views: 771

Low Passenger Satisfaction in Worcestershire

The May edition of Buses reveals the results of a Transport Focus passenger survey which shows satisfaction in Worcestershire is the lowest in England with the county being bottom for journey satisfaction and punctuality and second bottom (after Essex) on value for money. It breaks it down by operat...
by chason
09:03 Monday 16th April 2018
Forum: Services, Routes and Timetables
Topic: .... and now Bewdley !
Replies: 3
Views: 865

Re: .... and now Bewdley !

I agree very much with DD12 and Ridercross on what has been a hobby horse of mine for many years, and it's not just the small operators either. Marketing and publicity are essential for any successful business - if you don't let the general public know what you are offering, is it any wonder that th...
by chason
08:22 Saturday 31st March 2018
Forum: Trains
Topic: Steam charter 24/03/18 & diesel charter 30/03/18
Replies: 4
Views: 728

Re: Steam charter 24/03/18 & diesel charter 30/03/18

Some great pictures - thank you. Got to agree with MattW about Class 37's. I could listen to that unique exhaust note all day. As for Tornado, I went on a charter last year behind it from Derby to Newcastle on Tyne and back. Much as I like the Severn Valley and Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railw...

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