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Re: London Midland Trains
« Reply #1290 on: November 07, 2017, 11:17:26 PM »
Im sure tyseley could have thrown out a 3 car in BR days...with way more seating than todays efforts...in fact they often did

It was an hourly two car from Walsall to Hednesford in those days requiring all of two carriages. The current morning services is 2x4car, 1x3car, 1x2car, a total of 13 or a 650% Increase

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Re: London Midland Trains
« Reply #1291 on: November 07, 2017, 11:42:53 PM »
Theres photos of 3 cars from those days operating the route. Point being that had they needed one theyd have been able to supply it

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« Reply #1292 on: November 07, 2017, 11:44:06 PM »
Check london midlands twitter account Tony and any comments about the Chase Line. Youd be hard pressed to find a single satisfied passenger

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« Reply #1293 on: November 08, 2017, 05:43:53 PM »
Check london midlands twitter account Tony and any comments about the Chase Line. Youd be hard pressed to find a single satisfied passenger

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« Reply #1294 on: November 08, 2017, 06:26:33 PM »
Check london midlands twitter accountTony and any comments about the Chase Line. Youd be hard pressed to find a single satisfied passenger

I bet they find it really irritating to have to repeat 'we're using all available diesel stock'
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Re: London Midland Trains
« Reply #1295 on: November 08, 2017, 06:55:12 PM »
I bet they find it really irritating to have to repeat 'we're using all available diesel stock'

Twitter is there for the angry. The amount of people complaining on there are probably less than 0.1% of users.

In BR days Tyseley would send out whatever would actually work just to get a unit on the line whether it be a two or three car unit, and quite often it didn't work leaving big gaps in the service while Bescot found a driver to rescue it with a loco.

Now, Tyseley has to get 13 carriages out (up from 12 last week as the 07:10 from Rugeley is now booked 4 not 3 as it was until October) and does nearly every day, I think I have suffered two failed to operate this year due to unit failure, and there is a lot more to go wrong, like doors, now. The new Franchise intends to have 16 cars out as soon as possible, but that isn't possible immediately. I have been using the line for 25 years now and the current service is best I have know for actual commuting, although I still miss the through service to Stafford that Central Trains had for a time for my days out.

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Re: London Midland Trains
« Reply #1296 on: November 08, 2017, 08:30:30 PM »
I honestly dont remember those 1st gen units being that bad ! Certainly more comfortable especially if you got a 115

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Re: London Midland Trains
« Reply #1297 on: November 14, 2017, 02:27:26 AM »
   I am beginning to get totally p***ed off with LM the number and variety of excuses and
  tricks is unbelievable at times.. it took me 1hr and 23mins to travel from Euston to New st
  (virgin)   so how long do I need to wait for a cross city line on a weekday?  and from which
 platform?  pure guesswork due to the habit of occupying several (if not all)platforms 9-12
with DMU 170 units ditched on arrival and waiting for shunters. The 21.35pm X city to LTV
  is a classic On Thursday it was billed as 11 mins late @platform 7. this increased in increments of 3-4 mins and subsequently arrived at 21.56pm. the 6 car 323 unit was held (As expected) for another 8 mins as LM invariably 'lose' a service if favour of the next one(10.05pm)  Apprx 50 passengers were then shunted to the scheduled platform 9a whereupon
we were met with a static 170 unit which the controllers must have known about..after another 10 mins were were shunted back to platform 6. for a late running 10.05 to LTV
 Needless to say the original 6 car 323 left for Lichfield MT stock before the (now) 10.18pm departure.  I for one will be glad to see the back of this company
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Re: London Midland Trains
« Reply #1298 on: November 14, 2017, 05:53:05 PM »
I honestly dont remember those 1st gen units being that bad ! Certainly more comfortable especially if you got a 115

First generations DMU's were,so far as I'm concerned,reliable units. Where I grew up it was mostly the Class 117 units with occasionally a Class 119,and also we had the Class 210 units as well. The neighbouring Chiltern line was home to the Class 115 units on which I travelled very rarely unless it was from West Ruislip into Marylebone as an alternative to the Central line. Unbelievable how it's now twenty five years since the old guard was replaced by the Turbo units.

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Re: London Midland Trains
« Reply #1299 on: November 20, 2017, 07:57:17 PM »
Another poor day for L M , their web-site informs us of delays at Ledbury  and advises  customers to use National Express West Midland buses . . . . . .. . . .  :o

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Re: London Midland Trains
« Reply #1300 on: November 21, 2017, 10:41:55 AM »
Pretty standard for all TOCs to just cut and paste a standard list of routes in these circumstances, without reference to actual location, time  or day of the week.