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The train now arriving at Platform 3 is the 4.20 to Paddington.

Can I move the position of reduced relative clause like this?

Now arriving at Platform 3, the train is the 4.20 to Paddington.

The train is the 4.20 to Paddington, now arriving at Platform 3.

And can we omit a comma like this?

Now arriving at Platform 3 the train is the 4.20 to Paddington.

The train is the 4.20 to Paddington now arriving at Platform 3.

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You can make the moves, and in one case you can omit the comma, but they mean somewhat different things.

The train now arriving at Platform 3 is the 4.20 to Paddington. The sentence names the specific train now arriving.

Now arriving at Platform 3, the train is the 4.20 to Paddington. The sentence names a previously mentioned train and adds the information that it is now arriving. Omitting the comma would not change the sense, but it would violate both formal and substantive typographic convention: the clause must by position be non-restrictive and it must be spoken with ‘comma intonation’, a falling tone on ‘3’.

The train is the 4.20 to Paddington now arriving at Platform 3. Omitting the comma makes this a restrictive clause, implying that you are speaking of just one of two or more 4.20s to Paddington, which is unlikely.

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