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Indeed it is. Definitely a nice to have to see what is allocated for haulage that day. I would be interested to know if the image of the train does actually reflect which way round the loco is...is 'Eddystone' tender-first towards Swanage?

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1 minute ago, Claude_Dreyfus said:

Indeed it is. Definitely a nice to have to see what is allocated for haulage that day. I would be interested to know if the diagram of the train does actually reflect which way round the loco is...is 'Eddystone' tender-first towards Swanage?

 

Yes, hopefully the illustration on the website of the locomotive leading from Swanage to Norden, like this;

 

https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/service/gb-pt:845/2021-05-24/detailed

 

and with tender leading from Norden to Swanage, like this;

 

https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/service/gb-pt:850/2021-05-24/detailed

 

do actually reflect the diagram being worked.

 

 

 

 

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6 minutes ago, 4630 said:

hopefully the illustration on the website <snip> does actually reflect the diagram being worked.

It certainly does for other operators.  This has become a very useful tool on SWR when customers ask where the first class, easy-access or bike carriages are on the train.  Not only do staff no longer have to guess whether it will be a 158 or 159, 444 or 450 but the actual formation and the orientation of each unit is shown.  As is the correct livery.  

 

Whilst in theory all 444s should have first class at the country end they do get turned (usually via the Fareham - Eastleigh - Southampton triangle) and that affects whether easy-access is on coach 2 or coach 4.  Bikes are always in coach 3.  With the other types the situation is similar.  In a delay-minute attribution environment it can help to speed boarding at intermediate stations if one knows in advance where the relevant vehicles are on the train and direct customers to wait in the appropriate areas.  

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It looks as though TransPennine Express has now been added to the list of train operators on Real Time Trains quoting unit number details.

 

Just a note of caution from my quick review, class 185 and class 802 unit numbers are being correctly shown.  The class 68 locomotive number is also shown however the Nova 3 set number isnt (yet?) quoted for when that stock is working services, although a suitably accurate graphic of the working is shown on the appropriate RTT service page.

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