GWR Cornish Night Riviera Sleeper and GWR Class 57 updates from Long Rock

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Horizon22

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So 2 seated, 1 lounge & 4 sleeper coaches then ?? Shame the booking system hasn't been updated to match this yet looking at June - given staycation boom numbers in Cornwall this year :'(

Yes. Sorry I meant it is likely to go to 8 in May. But the numbers have often been single digits the past 6 months. People are travelling on the day trains.
 

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Numbers are sometimes in 30s. Back to normal from May timetable change.
57602 still on bogie refurbishment until May. Otherwise its been business as usual hence quietness of thread !
 

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Yes. Sorry I meant it is likely to go to 8 in May. But the numbers have often been single digits the past 6 months. People are travelling on the day trains.
Or driving, which is the perfect way for families to maximise their "Covid safety"
 

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Or driving, which is the perfect way for families to maximise their "Covid safety"
Not really. Crowded motorway services for toilet stops etc. And there's more to safety than just COVID. I'd far rather go to Cornwall by train, if only there were motorail.
 

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Not really. Crowded motorway services for toilet stops etc.

They aren't crowded, and fleeting contact does not pose a significant COVID risk. If you're that paranoid wear an N95 mask and the risk is negligible compared with sitting with the same people for 4 hours.

And there's more to safety than just COVID. I'd far rather go to Cornwall by train,

I would as well. Safety wise this is true. However, environmentally, a full family car makes efficient use of both roadspace and fuel (and thus emissions), particularly when the train is diesel too, so it is not the urgent use-case for the railway to try to grab. And some of those cars will be electric, which beat the DMU given how much of the grid is carbon neutral these days.

if only there were motorail.

Hire a car. Moving cars about by train negates the point, really, as you're still using the energy to move the car (and a load of flat wagons). It's something that really belongs in the days when cars weren't reliable enough to drive that far and car hire wasn't widespread.
 

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They aren't crowded, and fleeting contact does not pose a significant COVID risk. If you're that paranoid wear an N95 mask and the risk is negligible compared with sitting with the same people for 4 hours.
Oh I couldn't care less about COVID personally, and even less so in a few weeks once I've had some of AstraZeneca's finest injected into my arm. But there are going to be a signfiicant number of people who remain terrified for some time to come.
Hire a car. Moving cars about by train negates the point, really, as you're still using the energy to move the car (and a load of flat wagons). It's something that really belongs in the days when cars weren't reliable enough to drive that far and car hire wasn't widespread.
We've had this debate before :). It's not that simple when you've got mountains of stuff to take on holiday with kids. We pack our Grand Scenic full, plus a sizeable roof box. No way that's being dragged onto trains whilst coralling a stroppy 7 year old and a toddler through London transferring from Liverpool Street to Paddington.
 

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Down here in Cornwall we are so excited & can't wait for all the Grand Scenics and big 4x4s with roof boxes to arrive on our roads and country lanes this summer :D:D:D
 

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Down here in Cornwall we are so excited & can't wait for all the Grand Scenics and big 4x4s with roof boxes to arrive on our roads and country lanes this summer :D:D:D

And bring all of their money to drive your primary local industry, it’s jobs and the local economy? ;)
 

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Oh I couldn't care less about COVID personally, and even less so in a few weeks once I've had some of AstraZeneca's finest injected into my arm. But there are going to be a signfiicant number of people who remain terrified for some time to come.

We've had this debate before :). It's not that simple when you've got mountains of stuff to take on holiday with kids. We pack our Grand Scenic full, plus a sizeable roof box. No way that's being dragged onto trains whilst coralling a stroppy 7 year old and a toddler through London transferring from Liverpool Street to Paddington.
I found the Sleeper is your friend for stroppy 7 year olds - sleeping for majority of the journey has to be the best way to travel to Cornwall (and pretty Covid safe in your own cabin for the anxious)
 

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Down here in Cornwall we are so excited & can't wait for all the Grand Scenics and big 4x4s with roof boxes to arrive on our roads and country lanes this summer :D:D:D
It'll remain on the drive of the rented holiday home for the majority of our stay :)

I found the Sleeper is your friend for stroppy 7 year olds - sleeping for majority of the journey has to be the best way to travel to Cornwall (and pretty Covid safe in your own cabin for the anxious)
Yeah. But luggage!
 

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