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Class 345 - Elizabeth Line
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e27002 aurora
2017-07-16 11:19:16 UTC
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Managed to get out of the Friday morning meeting earlier with 30 mins to spare to get to Stratford for the daily Elizabeth Line unit working.
I arrived on the Central Line at 10:41, it pulled in cross-platform at 10:42. Perfect timing!
https://twitter.com/cmpd_date/status/885811382662438913
https://twitter.com/cmpd_date/status/885817575158009857
Overall, I give the train a 8/10, the interior décor is a bit too dark (too much grey) and the seats are more akin to the rock-hard Overground 378s rather than the comparatively softer LUL S Stock but otherwise well done to all involved.
Thanks.
The moquette is crap. The coats of arms of Greater London, City Of
London, Essex, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire would have made more of a
statement.
Doubt this sort of detail is possible on moquette. It would be great
to have the coats of arms somewhere on the trains. But, my preference
would be Middlesex as opposed to Great London.

Of greater concern is the longitudinal hard seating. Within my memory
commuters from Twyford had compartment stock and conveniences on
board. Progress NOT.
Anna Noyd-Dryver
2017-07-17 15:38:01 UTC
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Of greater concern is the longitudinal hard seating. Within my memory
commuters from Twyford had compartment stock and conveniences on
board. Progress NOT.
Within rather more recent memory, Twyford was served by noisy rattly smelly
and slow 1st Gen DMMUs, against which 345s will surely be an improvement.

Also, presumably Telford will still be served by some gWr electrostar
services?


Anna Noyd-Dryver
Jim Chisholm
2017-07-17 19:54:41 UTC
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Post by Anna Noyd-Dryver
Post by e27002 aurora
Of greater concern is the longitudinal hard seating. Within my memory
commuters from Twyford had compartment stock and conveniences on
board. Progress NOT.
Within rather more recent memory, Twyford was served by noisy rattly smelly
and slow 1st Gen DMMUs, against which 345s will surely be an improvement.
Also, presumably Telford will still be served by some gWr electrostar
services?
Anna Noyd-Dryver
Given to slow rate of progress for the many 1st gen DMUs a toilet was
essential.
I think the poster was referring to the way some trains were 'flighted'
in that some Reading to PAD trains with Mk1 carriages stopped only at
Twyford and then ran non stop with the next from Reading stopping at
only Maidenhead.
Anna Noyd-Dryver
2017-07-18 04:51:42 UTC
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Post by Jim Chisholm
Post by Anna Noyd-Dryver
Post by e27002 aurora
Of greater concern is the longitudinal hard seating. Within my memory
commuters from Twyford had compartment stock and conveniences on
board. Progress NOT.
Within rather more recent memory, Twyford was served by noisy rattly smelly
and slow 1st Gen DMMUs, against which 345s will surely be an improvement.
Also, presumably Telford will still be served by some gWr electrostar
services?
Meaning Twyford, obviously!
Post by Jim Chisholm
Given to slow rate of progress for the many 1st gen DMUs a toilet was
essential.
I think the poster was referring to the way some trains were 'flighted'
in that some Reading to PAD trains with Mk1 carriages stopped only at
Twyford and then ran non stop with the next from Reading stopping at
only Maidenhead.
That still occurs, to a certain extent, particularly in the down direction
evening peak, but there are some up peak trains specifically to ease the
lot of Twyford/Maidenhead commuters.


Anna Noyd-Dryver

Anna Noyd-Dryver
2017-07-18 04:51:41 UTC
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Post by Anna Noyd-Dryver
Post by e27002 aurora
Of greater concern is the longitudinal hard seating. Within my memory
commuters from Twyford had compartment stock and conveniences on
board. Progress NOT.
Within rather more recent memory, Twyford was served by noisy rattly smelly
and slow 1st Gen DMMUs, against which 345s will surely be an improvement.
Also, presumably Telford will still be served by some gWr electrostar
services?
Twyford, #obvs.

Damn autocucumber again!


Andy Hyde-Rover
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