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  1. Only due to engineering works. Bristol Temple Meads was without a direct service to Padd for a week when the up grade was on
  2. Not at all. Everybody thinks they can do better than the people in charge when things go wrong and are quick to assume that they know all the answers. Don`t forget we are still coming out of a pandemic and that there are staff shortages and other related problems. Do we want headlines like the ones published in the Sun years ago saying "It only takes two weeks to train train drivers so why can`t we do it ". There was a national outcry. People are only human beings and EVERBODY makes mistakes . So before ranting and raving take into account all the circumstances involved. Also don`t forget that an element of instructions/advice given out don`t apply to me and I am the only passenger that matters comes into play from a minority, and that the situation can change minute by minute.
  3. fiftyfour fiftyfour said: GWR management should resign, starting with Hopwood. The media should be all over this, there was NO engineering at all at any location between Bristol and London yesterday, all lines were open. Could you do any better??? I doubt it
  4. Why blame Gaugemaster ? They can only supply the parts that Heljan supply them with.
  5. Last time I saw this unit it was a low loader on the Severn Bridge
  6. Quote "I was just suggesting it was only fair for rmwebbers to point out there is much better value elsewhere. Honestly, why would any retail customer choose to pay up to 20 per cent more on commonly available products when so much is available at the touch of a keypad?" Not every body is computer literate, has access to the web, or wants to spend all day sat in front of a computer trawling the net to save 20p. There is much more to life than that
  7. If anybody bothers to check Gaugemaster do discount the standard models stocked by other shops ie Bachmann and Hornby etc. They do not discount their own products in common with most other manufacturers . Have a look at Hornby`s site all RRP
  8. If Gaugemaster OR ANY RETAILER reduced their prices by 5%, there will be people moaning that they didnt drop them 10 %. Lower prices do not always guarantee more sales How very very very true --- trust me
  9. UK VAT does not come into it. both Germany and the Republic of Ireland [Dublin it`s capital} are in the EU . So no duties are applicable. If buying form the UK then that is a different ball game.
  10. What were the couple doing to catch fire ???. Typical waffle from the go to "expert"
  11. A short set of coaches ex EMR ? on the way to Laira to help out. Should be arriving/arrived at Laira about now Two short GWR 800s out today 800 006 800 009
  12. Because a lot of people prefer to do it that way. i certainly prefer to get out when I can and not rely on technology ALL the time
  13. There is enough room to lower the line , as they did at Keynsham before the electrification to Bristol was cancelled/put on hold.
  14. ???? . The bridges referred to are road over rail, which would involve clearance checks.
  15. There are no road over rail bridges between Sleaford and Skegness that I can recall, and only 5 approx between Sleaford and Nottingham .
  16. A pipe dream I am afraid. If we can`t get the simple job of opening the Portbury branch, and the Hengrove loop done , then what hope is there for this. From what I understand there was an option to reopen the Portbury branch as a passenger branch when the line was re-opened for freight, but the cheaper option was chosen instead
  17. 40F

    Geoff Endacott

    A sad loss to the hobby. Trainwest was always a show of good quality and variety. Condolences to his family and members of the Bentley Club
  18. If you look at the Books on Places in Old Photographs there are several railway books reduced
  19. Multiply the original cost by 100 and divide by 120 and the gives you the price excluding VAT.
  20. When a wholesaler notifies a shop of a price increase from a certain date, it means on ALL stock from that source. It does not mean that any stock supplied to the shop that was is stock BEFORE the price increase would be supplied at the old price, and any new stock supplied at the new and two separate invoices issued. Most sensible retailers will stock at the old wholesale price prior to the increase and sell at the new price. Standard business practice.
  21. For every one person that moans about a company the equal number praise them fact. It is just a case of oops I forgot something and I have fallen " foul" of their conditions
  22. Howes took over the Model Highways shop from the owner who brought it from Ivor Tozer who moved to Cheddar to open an ice cream and gift shop. the short lived shop on Gloucester Road was further up towards Horfield on the left on a corner. It did not last long a couple of years I think. Al`s Hobbies [ R/C ] was also briefly on Gloucester Road before moving to Filton Avenue. Also now closed.
  23. No Trains of Bristol was in West Street and closed in the early 2000`s. The original owner Derek Dashfield sold it and the guy who bought it changed the shop. Derek died in 2006/7. The shop on North Street was owned by somebody Rogers/Rodgers , i can`t remember his christian name. His [ex] wife owned the shop that eventually became Modelmania, the owners of which retired in 2018 after 33 years in business. There were a number of other shops in the Bristol area that sold Hornby/Mianline/Airfix railways Martins, in Kingswood and Gloucester Road springs to mind as well as Dawsons in Clifton, Hardings in Bedminster as well as a cycle shop in the South of the city, Reps used to say Bristol was a two day job in the good old days.
  24. There was another one on Gloucester Road, the owner of which boasted " I am going to give every one a run for their money and some competition" --------- he did not last long. Nobby`s Hobbies was the slot car specialist Model Highways was Model Railways and Kits. There was also one on North Street Bedminster who was mainly kits, the name of which escapes me
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