Back to Didcot
Before the Great Western electrification, there were fast trains from London to Oxford (by-passing Didcot) and local stopping through trains serving intermediate stops. Then came the huge overspend on over-specified over-engineered overhead and running wires to Oxford was delayed, postponed indefinitely or/and abandoned.
With super-smashing bi-mode trains you could run on electric as far as Didcot then change to diesel power for the last bit to Oxford. Much fine gold saved and the Men from the Ministry (DAfT) continue gleefully in their quest to micro-manage the privatised but very much nationalised national rail network.
GWR don't have any bi-mode "local" stock so a change of train at Didcot is now obligatory for all local journeys. Great!
Anyway the fbb party was able to see the Electrostars ...
There Is another challenge with these "local" trains. From Oxford the timetable leaflet only shows trains as far as Reading. But they run to and from Paddington.
But think of it, dear readers, with just one change, you could ride all the way from Ealing Broadway (London) to Kings Sutton (Northamptonshire) taking just over two hours.
But the Three fbb Stooges had come to a drizzly Dicot to see bi-modes whizzing past. Sadly many of the speedy slugs actually stop at Didcot.
Here a stopper leaving platform 1 ...
No 1 son, wisely (of course), decided to video a non-stop train, but 'twas too many gigglebits for Blogger to handle ...
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It doesn't always rain at Didcot. No 1 son also sent this snap of his 0747 commute to Paddington yesterday morning. It stood at platform 2 whilst "something to Bristol" stood alonside at platform 1
But fbb really does not like the slug colour.
Apologies. The fbbs welcomed nephew, wife, great nephew and great niece for "tea and sticky buns". fbb spent much of the day getting the model railway up and running. The Peterville equivalent of National Rail Budleia was rife.
He retired to his bed at 2000 to watch an old Midsomer Murders and to await recovery. He also forgot to post this blog! Rose bleary eyed at 0940!
Apologies if you consider that the blog is below standard; and apologies for late publication. Another detention?