Gwe Train Does A Knebworth At Swindon

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  1. Kim1087

    Kim1087 Active Member

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    Passengers force train U-turn after GWR Knebworth's Swindon

    A train returned to Swindon after passengers triggered emergency alarms when they passed the station.

    The supposedly, packed 2.19pm Great Western Railway (GWR) service from Penzance to London Paddington was scheduled to stop at Swindon on Sunday (October 3) and sparked a tyranny when it failed to do so.

    Passengers force train U-turn after GWR service misses Swindon stop - Wiltshire Live
     
  2. junior hornet

    junior hornet Well-Known Member

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    Interesting story but what’s the Knebworth reference?
     
  3. Nick Y

    Nick Y Well-Known Member

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    Doing a Knebworth refers to what once happened on a TS stream where Matt completely forgot to stop at Knebworth on the ECML south route. Since then station overshoots on streams have been referred to as 'doing a Knebworth'.
     
  4. Kim1087

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    To qualify as a Knebworth you have to forget to stop and go shooting past the station.
     
  5. LucasLCC

    LucasLCC Well-Known Member

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    Not quite. Stops were removed due to heavy crowding. Not all passengers left the service at Bristol, and these passengers activated passcoms when the train went through the station.
     
  6. junior hornet

    junior hornet Well-Known Member

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    I see, so a Knebworth is “doing a Natalie” and then some ;)
     
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    Mat_Jam_Ca Well-Known Member

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    I thought it was illegal to pull the emergency cord when not an emergency?
     
  8. fabdiva

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    My understanding is the train was not booked to stop at Swindon being a Diverted West of England Service due to run Non Stop Taunton to Reading - it made an unadvertised stop at Bristol for a crew change and presumably passengers piled on thinking it was the next stopper when in Reality it was next stop Reading.

    Because of the high frequencies on that line there is a tendency to pile on the first train - which is how I ended up next to someone wanting Swindon on a Westcountry service going down the Berks and Hants - Next stop Taunton
     

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