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Summer Sunday - extra trains on the TransWilts - 2254/5212
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 13th May 2007
According to the national rail timetable, FGW will be operating services from Westbury to Swindon on Sundays in August at 09:39, 10:53, 12:45, 15:50, 17:57, 19:35, 21:25 and 21:30. In the opposite direction, a single train from Swindon is shown at 21:03.
With the exception of the 19:35 and 21:25 from Westbury, all these trains are show as NOT stopping at Trowbridge, Melksham or Chippenham.
Re: Summer Sunday - extra trains on the TransWilts - 2254/5227
Written by Lee on Monday, 14th May 2007
[quote author=Graham Ellis link=topic=2254.msg5212#msg5212 date=1179043148]According to the national rail timetable, FGW will be operating services from Westbury to Swindon on Sundays in August at 09:39, 10:53, 12:45, 15:50, 17:57, 19:35, 21:25 and 21:30.
Re: Summer Sunday - extra trains on the TransWilts - 2254/5233
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 14th May 2007
[quote author=Lee link=topic=2254.msg5227#msg5227 date=1179135893]
[Trains at 21:25 & 21:30 in the same direction? Bit tight isnt it?
According to the National Rail timetable, the 21:30 overtakes the 21:25 which, however, takes an hour and four minutes from leaving Westbury to arriving in Swindon (that's out of spec, I think). My guess is that it won't depart Westbury until about 21:45, but it will still be on time enough by Swindon.
It's going to be very busy around Westbury at that time - the 21:03 express from Swindon arrives in there at 21:35 so it will have to pass the train in the opposite direction around Trowbridge.
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