West Coun­try con­ver­sions

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The Class 391 to ‘769’ con­ver­sion project needs to be fol­lowed up by con­vert­ing other classes. Elec­tric units with added diesel en­gines would make an ideal re­place­ment for the Class 159s used on the Water­loo-Ex­eter ser­vice, as part of this route is al­ready third rail.

The ex­tra rolling stock would make pos­si­ble here in the west of Eng­land (for ex­am­ple) ser­vices that are not cur­rently of­fered.

Bris­tol Tem­ple Meads to Taun­ton via West­bury.

Taun­ton to Yeovil Junc­tion via Cas­tle Cary. Taun­ton to Barn­sta­ple via Ex­eter. Taun­ton to Sal­is­bury via West­bury.

Taun­ton to Bournemouth via West­bury and Southamp­ton.

Bris­tol to Bournemouth via West­bury and Southamp­ton.

Ply­mouth to Way­bridge via Bod­min.

And, of course, the in­land re­opened route from Ex­eter to Ply­mouth via Oke­hamp­ton.

Mike Bar­rett, Taun­ton

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