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Title: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on November 15, 2012, 10:30:29 pm
As my regular readers will know, I do tend to scour the local press for items of (hopefully) some interest, and I'm generally fairly relaxed about the standard of journalism I find - unless it's glaringly wrong.

Here's an example, from This is the West Country (http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/news/somerset_news/10050610._/?):

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UPDATE: Train delays at Bridgwater station cleared

(http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/resources/images/2228252/?type=articleLandscape)
stock image

Trains are running normally between Bristol Temple Meads and Taunton after a broken down train in Bridgwater caused delays of up to one hour.

The train was stuck on the Bridgwater line, but it has now been cleared. Keep up-to-date with the Twitter hashtag #Bridgwater.

Services affected included; Cheltenham Spa, Bristol Parkway, Bristol Temple Meads, Bridgwater, Taunton, Tiverton Parkway and Exeter St Davids; also Cardiff Central, Newport, Patchway, Bristol Temple Meads, Nailsea and Blackwell, Yatton, Worle, Weston-super-Mare, Bridgwater and Taunton.

To be fair, it's described as a 'stock image' - but then, why use it at all?  It certainly isn't Bridgwater station: actually, where is it?

(and it's Nailsea & Backwell, not Blackwell ... )  ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on November 15, 2012, 10:41:28 pm
Well, it's in Chiltern land. I'll take a punt on High Wycombe.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: EBrown on November 15, 2012, 11:08:32 pm
I believe that's not High Wycombe.

Not 100% sure on where it is though.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: inspector_blakey on November 16, 2012, 12:00:47 am
My initial reaction was the bay platform at Leamington, but for that to be correct there would have had to be track through the platform in the foreground. So carry on guessing!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: eightf48544 on November 16, 2012, 08:37:45 am
Risborough over the Aylesbury bay?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: eightf48544 on November 16, 2012, 08:45:11 am
One of the "best" uses of the a stock photo I saw was in the FGW magazine a few years back where they used what I think was Southern Railway Pacific. No not a Spamcan but the US Southern!

Also Christian Wolmar's book on US Railways "The Great Railway Revolution" has a Canadian loco on the front! It's a good read and shows just how influentail railways were in forming the US.

Also can anyone tell me why there is B1 on the mural btween platforms 12 and 13/14 at Padd,


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: inspector_blakey on November 16, 2012, 09:16:50 am
In a similar vein, I read an article in Amtrak's on-board magazine that was illustrated with an old interior shot of unrefurbished first class in an FGW HST...

There was also the BBC article on HLOS illustrated with a heritage DMU at the Glos/Warks railway!

http://railwayeye.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/mediaballs-bbc-one-o-clock-news.html (http://railwayeye.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/mediaballs-bbc-one-o-clock-news.html)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: paul7755 on November 16, 2012, 10:13:41 am
Risborough over the Aylesbury bay?

That was my thought as well; and  http://goo.gl/maps/RG88W  confirms it.

Paul 


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on November 16, 2012, 05:24:30 pm
Many thanks for your comments and suggestions, guys - and I agree, that picture is actually Risborough: nowhere near Bridgwater!  ;) :D ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on November 16, 2012, 05:30:33 pm
Wooden spoon for me then.  ::)

I'll get my own back when I compile the next 'Bumper bignosemac Picture Quiz'. One for the run up to Christmas with the distinct possibility of some prizes....


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on December 04, 2012, 05:00:04 am
I would be very surprised if this magnificent piece or pointwork was between Hastings and Tunbridge Wells.  Location, anyone?

"Rail problems on Hastings to Tunbridge Wells line" ...

http://www.kentnews.co.uk:80/news/rail_problems_on_hastings_to_tunbridge_wells_line_1_1727926?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Worcester_Passenger on December 04, 2012, 05:55:36 am
Yes, but the reason for the "electrical supply problems" is at least obvious - no third rail has been installed. :)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on December 04, 2012, 06:50:49 am
That picture has been used by kentnews.co.uk numerous times this year.

A Google search brings up five other stories with the same picture.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=3034848028.jpg_gen


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on December 04, 2012, 07:26:48 am
Looks like they have purchased stock art from:

http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-11343703-railroad.php


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on December 19, 2012, 07:30:43 pm
New rolling stock for the 07:44 Henley-on-Thames to Paddington?

http://www.newstatesman.com/business/2012/12/10-worst-moments-be-train?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Brucey on December 19, 2012, 07:32:12 pm
New rolling stock for the 07:44 Henley-on-Thames to Paddington?

http://www.newstatesman.com/business/2012/12/10-worst-moments-be-train?
Calling at Baker Street?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on January 11, 2013, 01:02:28 pm
And where the Sussex is this?


http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/10156102._/?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: trainer on January 11, 2013, 02:08:19 pm
I think this is possibly Blaenau Sussexiog or Porthsussex.  Difficult to gauge.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: swrural on January 11, 2013, 07:32:51 pm
I just write to them (on the public response comments) accusing them of giving employment to Lunchtime O' Booze when he should have been sacked ages ago.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on January 11, 2013, 08:08:06 pm
I just write to them (on the public response comments) accusing them of giving employment to Lunchtime O' Booze when he should have been sacked ages ago.

Once my nickname at work, as well a Private Eye reporter. ("I counted them out, but I was asleep under the table when they came back")


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: swrural on January 17, 2013, 02:13:41 pm
This from a site that calls itself 'this is the west country'

http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/news/somerset_news/10165584._/?

Doesn't look like the west country to me.   >:(  ???

I suppose starting this thread is like a GWCS version of 'railway eye'!

They could have at least had a photo of Cowley bridge! 


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on January 21, 2013, 11:40:41 pm
Looks like the "Stock Art Fail" thread ... http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=11558.0 ... although I think they may at least have a train that goes through Taunton!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on January 21, 2013, 11:53:37 pm
Indeed it does, grahame - so I've merged both topics here!  ;) :D ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on February 02, 2013, 09:03:43 am
From This is Cornwall (http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Great-Western-contract-extended-change-Cornwall/story-18013224-detail/story.html):

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First Great Western contract extended - no change for Cornwall Rail Services

(http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/images/localpeople/ugc-images/275776/Article/images/18013224/4526300.jpg)
First Great Western has had its contract extended.

From the Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/9838842/Government-refuses-to-compensate-firms-in-scrapped-Great-Western-rail-franchise-bid.html):

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Government refuses to compensate firms in scrapped Great Western rail franchise bid

(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02466/trains_2466903c.jpg)
First Group has had its Great Western rail franchise extended.

From the Herald (Plymouth) (http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/running-Great-Western-trains-franchise/story-18010839-detail/story.html):

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First will keep running Great Western trains as franchise competition is scrapped

(http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/images/localpeople/ugc-images/275791/Article/images/18010839/4523938.jpg)
First will keep running Great Western trains as franchise competition is scrapped

 ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Brucey on February 02, 2013, 10:04:37 am
Wasn't that last photograph from the press release from the BTP claiming this is the remains of a shopping trolley?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on February 02, 2013, 10:27:45 am
That's the one!  ;D

See http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=7170.0


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on February 02, 2013, 01:18:28 pm
This is cornwall has an article online about fgw being extended until April. They'vre used the right train ant toc, but a very old livery!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: inspector_blakey on February 02, 2013, 01:24:49 pm
In defence of This is Cornwall and the Torygraph, I think it's a bit harsh to dismiss the photos as completely irrelevant - as richwarwicker pointed out, they're the right company and indeed relevant stock, just painted in an old livery (and in the case of the HSTs, still probably Valenta-engined, assuming it wasn't a VP185, but in either case making a much more interesting noise than they do now!).


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on February 02, 2013, 01:48:13 pm
Oh, I agree - I wasn't dismissing all three pictures as completely irrelevant!  ;)

I merely posted them in decreasing order of relevance to a current story about First Great Western - old livery; very old livery; random piece of railway track.  ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on February 02, 2013, 02:05:16 pm
I might go out and take a few photos of up to date liveries and try and sell them to the newspapers using old livery photos.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on February 02, 2013, 09:42:15 pm
Here's another example, from The Post (Bristol) (http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/story-18031661-detail/story.html?):

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Delays on all trains through Bristol Temple Meads

All train routes through Bristol Temple Meads will be delayed by at least 20 minutes due to a signalling problem until further notice. (From 3.30pm)

Train operators CrossCountry and First Great Western services are affected by the signalling problem at Stapleton, according to National Rail.

(http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/images/localpeople/ugc-images/275775/Article/images/18031661/4532051.jpg)

Does anyone else recognise that picture?  It's been used before, and it has nothing to do with today's problem affecting Bristol Temple Meads.  ;)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on February 02, 2013, 10:10:27 pm
That's the woman who decided to walk home from Bristol Parkway to Cheltenham using the most direct route - along the railway!

http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=4862.msg44871#msg44871 et seq.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on February 02, 2013, 10:17:46 pm
Indeed - in June 2009.  ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: swrural on February 03, 2013, 02:00:02 pm
Reminds me of Judy Geeson and Rod Steiger in the scene in 'Three into Two won't go'.  I expect his missus asked him why the brakes were 'screeched on'.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: swrural on February 05, 2013, 08:00:04 pm
http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/Bristol-City-FC-new-stadium-Ashton-Gate-open-rail/story-18057931-detail/story.html

Always willing to give credit, the BEP has actually sent someone to take a photo in the vicinity of what the article was about.  Perhaps they are reading FGWCS?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on February 05, 2013, 08:44:57 pm
Possibly - or perhaps they read the comments on their own previous story at http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/story-18031661-detail/story.html?  :P ::) ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on February 05, 2013, 11:41:08 pm
From the Mid Devon Gazette (http://www.thisisexeter.co.uk/story-18058571-detail/story.html?):

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Rail improvements concern as FGW's contract is extended

Rail services to and from Exeter have been thrown into limbo after ministers scrapped the delayed competition to run trains on the Great Western mainline.

(http://www.thisisdevon.co.uk/images/localpeople/ugc-images/275779/Article/images/18058571/4537959.jpg)

 ::) ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: vacmanfan on February 06, 2013, 10:19:41 pm
Yes, I see the relevance of a picture of TPWS in this instance... 


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: IndustryInsider on February 06, 2013, 11:49:43 pm
We've all heard the rumours, but here's proof that Boris really does want to take over more and more train services, including those to Lancaster - which appears to have had a makeover since my last visit there!

http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/lancaster-and-fleetwood-mp-sees-improvements-first-hand/ (http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/lancaster-and-fleetwood-mp-sees-improvements-first-hand/)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on February 07, 2013, 03:54:03 am
We've all heard the rumours, but here's proof that Boris really does want to take over more and more train services, including those to Lancaster - which appears to have had a makeover since my last visit there!

http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/lancaster-and-fleetwood-mp-sees-improvements-first-hand/ (http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/lancaster-and-fleetwood-mp-sees-improvements-first-hand/)

Classic!

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Virgin Trains, which operates Lancaster station, is also looking forward to the operational benefits the improvements will bring.

Just how long is the WCML franchise extension / are the improvements being moved forward very much more rapidly than the typical rail industry works / is this a scheme that's been on the cards for years?  (Serious question, even though asked in our more humerous area!)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on February 08, 2013, 09:09:23 pm
One of my earliest railway memories is on a rail trip with an uncle and aunt from Oldham Mumps (by steam) to Morecambe, via Lancaster. I don't remember a gherkin.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on February 17, 2013, 10:16:09 pm
The return of an old favourite - from The Herald (Plymouth) (http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/story-18174609-detail/story.html?#axzz2L6VzpLFi):

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Plymouth train services suspended for engineering works

First Great Western and Crosscountry services are suspended through Plymouth this morning for engineering works.

Buses are being laid on as services are out between Plymouth & St Budeaux Victoria Rd, Plymouth & Liskeard, Plymouth & St Austell and Plymouth & Penzance.

(http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/images/localpeople/ugc-images/275791/Article/images/18174609/4572288.jpg)

... which has prompted some amusing comment from the Herald's own readership.  ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Ollie on February 17, 2013, 10:39:37 pm
The return of an old favourite - from The Herald (Plymouth) (http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/story-18174609-detail/story.html?#axzz2L6VzpLFi):

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Plymouth train services suspended for engineering works

First Great Western and Crosscountry services are suspended through Plymouth this morning for engineering works.

Buses are being laid on as services are out between Plymouth & St Budeaux Victoria Rd, Plymouth & Liskeard, Plymouth & St Austell and Plymouth & Penzance.

(http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/images/localpeople/ugc-images/275791/Article/images/18174609/4572288.jpg)

... which has prompted some amusing comment from the Herald's own readership.  ;D

Are they going to do a new article for each day? These engineering works are until Thursday. Would have thought it be better if the article said that?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on February 17, 2013, 11:10:42 pm
We've all heard the rumours, but here's proof that Boris really does want to take over more and more train services, including those to Lancaster - which appears to have had a makeover since my last visit there!

http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/lancaster-and-fleetwood-mp-sees-improvements-first-hand/ (http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/lancaster-and-fleetwood-mp-sees-improvements-first-hand/)

Either the Mount Hotel and the North Euston have had a makeover, and the Wyre has been widened, or the Gherkin has gone to Flootweed.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bobm on February 17, 2013, 11:13:54 pm
I agree it would be more helpful if the Herald gave the full story. Although I have to say I think the FGW website could have made more of it. It does appear in the timetable changes section but a message on the front page would do no harm.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: EBrown on February 17, 2013, 11:55:03 pm
While this isn't a news article, I find it equally frustrating to see Hitachi use completely irrelevant 'stock' images on their website.

http://goo.gl/bdwK3


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on February 26, 2013, 08:25:32 pm
Another one that's appeared before. Pretty sure this isn't in the Worcester area:

From Worcester News (http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/10250828.Cash_for_new_railway_station_under_threat/):
(http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/resources/images/2285611.jpg?type=articleLandscape)

That particular photo has been used all over the place. Poland, Hungary, South America, Japan. I wonder where the actual location of that track work is. Looks suspiciously like it's less than standard gauge.

http://bit.ly/WguyPd


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Worcester_Passenger on February 27, 2013, 04:16:45 am
The rail fixings don't look British narrow gauge.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on February 27, 2013, 10:06:08 pm
From Chippenham People (http://www.chippenhampeople.co.uk/Bridge-damage-causes-road-closure-Lacock/story-18266688-detail/story.html?):

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Bridge damage causes road closure in Lacock

It has been confirmed part of Roebuck Bridge along Corsham Road in Lacock has been knocked down onto the embankment near the railway this morning.

(http://www.chippenhampeople.co.uk/images/localpeople/ugc-images/275631/Article/images/18266688/4602103.jpg)

At around 7.49am a passer-by reported the damaged bridge.

People were asked to drive carefully pass the affected area and two high speed train services were diverted and did not call at Bath Spa or Chippenham.

Corsham Road is now closed while repairs are carried out on the bridge by a Network Rail team.

No: they've lost me completely on that one.  :o


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on February 27, 2013, 10:10:10 pm
From Chippenham People (http://www.chippenhampeople.co.uk/Bridge-damage-causes-road-closure-Lacock/story-18266688-detail/story.html?):

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Bridge damage causes road closure in Lacock

It has been confirmed part of Roebuck Bridge along Corsham Road in Lacock has been knocked down onto the embankment near the railway this morning.

(http://www.chippenhampeople.co.uk/images/localpeople/ugc-images/275631/Article/images/18266688/4602103.jpg)

At around 7.49am a passer-by reported the damaged bridge.

People were asked to drive carefully pass the affected area and two high speed train services were diverted and did not call at Bath Spa or Chippenham.

Corsham Road is now closed while repairs are carried out on the bridge by a Network Rail team.

No: they've lost me completely on that one.  :o

Is there a river under the bridge? If not that is one of the most off topic photos ever to make a news article


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: swrural on February 28, 2013, 11:01:47 am
No, and clearly they are talking about the bridge next up on the main line, otherwise it does not make sense.  There is no river under either.  Lunchtime O' Booze on the job again?

Pity for the Chippenham pax having a long journey back if what they wrote is what happened (diverted via Badminton -why not via Melksham and then reverse at Westbury? (or somewhere nearer, I don't know the possibilities on the Trowbridge line). 


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: thetrout on February 28, 2013, 05:28:09 pm
On a serious note:

HST's can and frequently do run via Melksham but have very rarely ever called there. There are also two daily HST services that run via Trowbridge and Bradford-on-Avon which do call there. Both routes are frequently used for Diversions.

But this is yet another classic example of how useful the complete Bradford Junction triangle could have been and it was once a complete triangle.

Reversing at Westbury was probably not considered an option due to the time it takes to reverse and the potential for "Platform Hogging" which is a lot more common at Westbury than it should be. I've lost count if the amount of times if missed a connection there because I've been stuck just outside the station waiting for a platform. The train that moves to free a platform is invariably the train I actually want... ;-)

Running via Heywood Junction from Pewsey - Trowbridge would and generally is a sensible solution ;) :)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on February 28, 2013, 11:44:38 pm
Lunchtime O' Booze on the job again?

No, it was actually a charming young journalist called Naomi (http://www.chippenhampeople.co.uk/people/nhavergal/profile.html).  ;)

I posted a quizzical comment on her article (http://www.chippenhampeople.co.uk/Bridge-damage-causes-road-closure-Lacock/story-18266688-detail/story.html), enquiring politely as to the relevance of the picture, and she replied thus:
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Thank you! Unfortunately the affected area was quite dangerous to go near so I couldn't take a picture so thought i'd just use a stock picture.

I rest my case.  ::)

HST's can and frequently do run via Melksham but have very rarely ever called there.

You'd be surprised - as indeed many people were, twice in one day: see http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=7596.0  ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Andrew1939 from West Oxon on March 01, 2013, 10:06:38 am
CLPG tries to run an annual excursion train each year from the Cotswold Line to somewhere interesting. Our 2010 and 2011 excursions (HSTs) travelled via Melksham (no stop) on the way from the CL to Minehead (2010) and Portsmouth (2011). Very roundabout routes but FGW try to make the routes interesting. Our return journey from Minehead went, after leaving the West Somerset line, via Westbury and then the pictureasque Avon valley to Bath and Bristol before heading north to Worcester and then back to Oxford a really roundabout trip!
Incidentally CLPG has just arranged its 2013 excursion for 28 September. This will be run along the CL from Worcester to Oxford and thence to Swanage. We think that may be the first time an HST has visited Swanage although we have heard but can't find any confirmation that East Midlands is planning an HST train to Swanage earlier this summer than our trip. If any one is interested in travelling on our Swanage trip bookings from non-members will open from 1 June. For detail see CLPG's new web site clpg.org.uk.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: swrural on March 01, 2013, 01:37:09 pm
Lunchtime O' Booze on the job again?

No, it was actually a charming young journalist called Naomi (http://www.chippenhampeople.co.uk/people/nhavergal/profile.html).  ;)

I posted a quizzical comment on her article (http://www.chippenhampeople.co.uk/Bridge-damage-causes-road-closure-Lacock/story-18266688-detail/story.html), enquiring politely as to the relevance of the picture, and she replied thus:
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Thank you! Unfortunately the affected area was quite dangerous to go near so I couldn't take a picture so thought i'd just use a stock picture.

I rest my case.  ::)

HST's can and frequently do run via Melksham but have very rarely ever called there.

You'd be surprised - as indeed many people were, twice in one day: see http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=7596.0  ;D

Well done  Chris, more assiduous journalism from you than she displayed.  How ingenuous of her to admit it (or just honest).


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: thetrout on March 01, 2013, 03:08:36 pm
HST's can and frequently do run via Melksham but have very rarely ever called there.

You'd be surprised - as indeed many people were, twice in one day: see http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=7596.0  ;D

That was what I was hinting at ;) Just couldn't link it at the time :-[


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: swrural on March 02, 2013, 12:10:24 pm
The disease has even spread to the Tavistock news.

http://www.tavistockpeople.co.uk/reinstating-rail-link-good-bad-thing-Tavistock/story-18299800-detail/story.html?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: SandTEngineer on March 02, 2013, 01:23:48 pm
Oh no not that (damaged) TPWS loop again :P  I think NR should be told.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on March 09, 2013, 11:53:58 pm
A rather startling example, from Breaking Travel News (http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/further-improvements-planned-for-tarka-line/?):

Quote
Further improvements planned for Tarka line

(http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/images/sized/images/uploads/rail/Network_Rail_general-250x325.png)

Network Rail has vowed to keep disruption to passengers to a minimum as it carries out vital improvement work on the Tarka line between Exeter and Barnstaple during March.

Two short closures have been agreed to improve the rail infrastructure on the popular line, avoiding the busy Easter weekend which sees large numbers of people ^ including many tourists ^ travelling by train.

The first closure will take place between Crediton and Barnstaple, with the line closing at 11pm on Sunday 10 March and, reopening at 3pm on Wednesday 13 March. This is for track relaying and bridge improvement works near Lapford, and for other works near Umberleigh.

During this time, train operator First Great Western will operate train services between Exeter and Crediton, with a bus replacement service serving all stations north of Crediton, through to Barnstaple.

The second closure takes place over the weekend of Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March. During this time, buses will replace trains between Barnstaple and Exeter, as Network Rail^s engineers undertake further track renewals in the Umberleigh area and other essential maintenance along the line.

Tim Maddocks, Network Rail customer service manager for the West Country, said: ^Working with First Great Western, we^ve been able to plan this vital work in a way that avoids the busy Easter weekend. We would like to thank passengers for their patience while we complete these essential improvement works to make the Tarka line safer, smoother and more reliable.^


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on March 10, 2013, 12:17:19 am
That's not North Devon, it's Lancaster.

http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/lancaster-and-fleetwood-mp-sees-improvements-first-hand/

I did ask Breaking Travel News just when those skyscrapers went up in Lancaster.

Could also possibly be Cambridge, or maybe Peterborough.

http://www.heart.co.uk/cambridge/news/local/cambridge-peterborough-new-train-routes/

 ::) :P ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on March 10, 2013, 08:18:02 am
The bottom one hasnt even updated its photo file name from london-overground-train-1339155601-article-0

and the owner of the photo is....TFL http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/images/landscape/rail-vision-web.jpg


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on March 10, 2013, 10:07:02 pm
A rather startling example, from Breaking Travel News (http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/further-improvements-planned-for-tarka-line/?):

Quote
Further improvements planned for Tarka line

(http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/images/sized/images/uploads/rail/Network_Rail_general-250x325.png)


Crediton has changed a lot since last week...


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: trainer on March 10, 2013, 10:40:49 pm
Crediton where it's due, I say.  :D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: paul7755 on March 11, 2013, 12:08:21 pm
Maybe today's 'wet behind the ears' journalists think 'overground' is synonymous with mainline railways.  So they just search for overground for their pictures? 

In some more London-centric forums you do seem to get this ambivalent use of the term, eg 'overground into Waterloo etc'...

Paul


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: phile on March 11, 2013, 04:46:49 pm
Not necessarily incorrect stock, but Michael Portlllo seems to board one class, travel in another and alight from another on his travels.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: swrural on March 11, 2013, 05:49:44 pm
I don't watch his queenly progress so I wouldn't know.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on March 11, 2013, 05:51:09 pm
I don't watch his queenly progress so I wouldn't know.

Ooh, steady!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: eightf48544 on March 12, 2013, 08:24:27 am
Stretching a point I suppose the LOREL train could just about be described as relevant for Peterboroughand Cambridge as it shows a train which goes to the south of London. However, Thameslink would be more appropriate,


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on March 20, 2013, 12:09:33 am
The broken TPWS grid makes another irrelevant appearance:

http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/story-18461353-detail/story.html?#axzz2O28E944x

 ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on March 21, 2013, 09:42:08 am
And I think I've seen that picture before ...

http://www.thisisnorthdevon.co.uk/story-18481673-detail/story.html#axzz2OAKRNtDR

Where and when was it taken?   We'll forgive "This is North Devon" for not rushing out to photograph the scene, but surely they have some more recent pictures of trains in their area?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on March 21, 2013, 05:26:28 pm
Grahame, are you sure that picture is an oldie? If so, is that a stock video as well?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on March 21, 2013, 05:29:35 pm
When grahame posted that link earlier today, this is North Devon illustrated the story with the following image:

(http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/images/localpeople/ugc-images/275776/Article/images/18013224/4526300.jpg)

The article has been updated since then.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Southern Stag on March 21, 2013, 05:36:54 pm
It may not have been a relevant photo, but it is quite interesting. That particular version of the Barbie livery with the white outline on the second stripe wasn't applied to may powercars.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on March 21, 2013, 05:46:53 pm
The article has been updated since then.

I thought it was unlike grahame.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on March 21, 2013, 11:19:57 pm
Indeed: I've noticed an annoying tendency in some local journalism for a reporter to publish a 'breaking news' item, illustrated with any old stock picture, pending their getting more details and a relevant picture.

Why don't they just publish the basic facts as they arrive in the press room, and explain "Further details and pictures to follow"  ???


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on April 17, 2013, 11:25:40 pm
From the North Somerset Times (http://www.northsomersettimes.co.uk/news/funding_approved_to_progress_railway_dream_1_2021087):

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Funding approved to progress railway dream

(http://www.northsomersettimes.co.uk/polopoly_fs/train_ticket_1_2021086!image/3823452052.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_225/3823452052.jpg)

The next phase of preparation works for the re-opening of the Portishead^s railway line has been given the green light.

After considering an updated report on the rail project yesterday ...

Brilliant!  ::)

A 7 year old ticket from the South-East used to illustrate an article about plans to re-open a railway line in the West.

The best 'irrelevant' I've seen thus far.  ;D


Oh, and in case anybody is wondering.... that fare now costs ^24.60


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Ross H on April 19, 2013, 12:44:23 pm
Haven't posted a link or photo before so not sure how this will work. Anyway, it's the Exmouth Journal/Herald - ancient trains and equally ancient photo (RIP Wessex Trains).

http://www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/news/ancient_trains_may_knock_sunday_city_service_off_track_1_2004105 (http://www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/news/ancient_trains_may_knock_sunday_city_service_off_track_1_2004105)

(http://www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/polopoly_fs/exj_train_1_2004104!)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on May 04, 2013, 12:26:56 pm
And another, this time a HST in an article about Penryn Station having a planning application for a cafe.

http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Cafe-public-toilets-Penryn-station/story-18882120-detail/story.html#axzz2SK2U4oWe



Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: thetrout on May 04, 2013, 01:54:45 pm
Also a Class 180 in the same picture... Yes... Completely irrelevant that one considering 180's no longer serve a railway line even remotely near to Cornwall. Infact, have they ever been to Cornwall?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Timmer on May 04, 2013, 01:57:49 pm
Also a Class 180 in the same picture... Yes... Completely irrelevant that one considering 180's no longer serve a railway line even remotely near to Cornwall. Infact, have they ever been to Cornwall?
Good question. Furthest West I can think of is Plymouth.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on May 04, 2013, 06:05:16 pm
Never known of any coming to Cornwall


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on May 04, 2013, 06:23:41 pm
And another, this time a HST in an article about Penryn Station having a planning application for a cafe.
http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Cafe-public-toilets-Penryn-station/story-18882120-detail/story.html#axzz2SK2U4oWe

Indeed, I note that there is an admonitory ... er, note, to the journalist responsible for that particular article on their website.  :P


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: thetrout on May 06, 2013, 02:51:18 am
I had nothing to do with that.

I was originally going to say, since when has a Class 180 ever been to Cornwall? Furtherest I knew of was Plymouth. Normally they only went to Exeter St Davids. However decided asking it as a question, knowing that a Class 180 did once reach London Waterloo. I knew a smartiepants was going to upload a picture of a Class 180 at Penzance :D ;) ;D :P


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on May 06, 2013, 09:34:10 am
thetrout, the only class 180 that comes up on Google images is of the Mercedes c180 variety, for sale at a local car dealer.
There is also a rail-sim style picture of a 180 in the shed at Penzance, but that is only a sim so we wont take that as evidence of a class 180 in penzance.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on May 06, 2013, 03:42:13 pm
Passengers sent Hatfield when they were making for Bedford ... well illustrated by a picture of ...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/10039740/Rail-passengers-left-stranded-after-train-mix-up.html

Not a station many of us have used  ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: devon_metro on May 06, 2013, 04:58:14 pm
I had nothing to do with that.

I was originally going to say, since when has a Class 180 ever been to Cornwall? Furtherest I knew of was Plymouth. Normally they only went to Exeter St Davids. However decided asking it as a question, knowing that a Class 180 did once reach London Waterloo. I knew a smartiepants was going to upload a picture of a Class 180 at Penzance :D ;) ;D :P


Used to be a 180 book daily on the 0600 Plymouth - Paddington!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on May 06, 2013, 09:19:36 pm
From the North Somerset Times (http://www.northsomersettimes.co.uk/news/change_to_bus_service_1_2177884):

Quote
Change to bus service

(http://www.northsomersettimes.co.uk/polopoly_fs/yellow_bus_wheel_1_1_2177883!image/2716800532.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_630/2716800532.jpg)

A bus company which serves Clevedon has changed the name of its vehicles to avoid confusion for customers.

Bristol Greyhound Limited has changed the name of its buses from Greyhound to Pier Buses UK, so its vehicles are not confused with First^s Greyhound service.

Bristol Greyhound runs the X7 from Bristol to Clevedon.

That image is even named "yellow_bus_wheel" as a tacit acknowledgement that it is not specific to any story about local buses ... ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bobm on May 06, 2013, 09:24:18 pm
That image is even named "yellow_bus_wheel" as a tacit acknowledgement that it is not specific to any story about local buses ... ::)

...but it is black.... ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on May 06, 2013, 09:32:13 pm
Not the first time North Somerset Times have used that image:

http://www.northsomersettimes.co.uk/news/pensioners_new_bus_service_1_1738399
http://www.northsomersettimes.co.uk/news/more_stops_on_popular_bus_route_1_1699016
http://www.northsomersettimes.co.uk/news/council_hits_back_on_bus_cuts_1_1747273

Sister publication the Weston Mercury have used it as well:
http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/more_volunteer_drivers_needed_1_1991690

Other results from a Google image search shows that it's a popular picture in Chile as well!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on May 07, 2013, 04:56:51 pm
And another, this time a HST in an article about Penryn Station having a planning application for a cafe.

http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Cafe-public-toilets-Penryn-station/story-18882120-detail/story.html#axzz2SK2U4oWe



I have just noticed is the same photo as grahames link in mid march from north devon on page 5 of this thread


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on May 07, 2013, 06:24:52 pm
Yes, both Penryn and Barnstaple are to benefit from ... err, four tracks, now ... if those particular press article illustrations are to be believed. ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: thetrout on May 09, 2013, 10:37:35 am
Nice way to avoid a potential copyright issue Chris ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on May 09, 2013, 10:29:50 pm
I'm sure FT,N! will be flattered rather than litigious.  :-\ :P


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on May 09, 2013, 11:35:58 pm
Indeed: having met him, I can assure you that forum member 'Four Track, Now!' is a very congenial fellow, with a remarkably dry sense of humour!  ;)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on May 10, 2013, 06:35:16 pm
I'm sure FT,N! will be flattered rather than litigious.  :-\ :P

Oh, all right, just this once! :D

FT,N!

And Chris, my doctor says it's congenital.

(Disclaimer: My client, Four Track, Now!, asks me to point out that this use of his trade-mark is only to be allowed in cases where I can't profitably sue someone for what is rightfully mine his.

Four Briefs, Now! QC (formerly known as Two Pairs of Briefs, Then!))


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: thetrout on May 10, 2013, 09:34:15 pm
How do you plead:

I replied: "Ignorance"

Upon discovering that was not an acceptable answer I changed my plea to: "Insanity" ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on May 11, 2013, 10:14:11 am
They wouldn't accept my plea of insanity, so I entered a plea of "Refrigerator". That was on a charge of causing thread drift.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on May 31, 2013, 10:57:49 pm
An article about bus service cuts in Somerset illustrated with a picture of a bus in Bristol.  ::)

http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/bus-service-cuts-job-losses-loom-Somerset/story-19079474-detail/story.html#axzz2UFnDvyxk


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on June 01, 2013, 08:30:49 am
An article about bus service cuts in Somerset illustrated with a picture of a bus in Bristol.  ::)

http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/bus-service-cuts-job-losses-loom-Somerset/story-19079474-detail/story.html#axzz2UFnDvyxk

possibly a little harsh, BNM. The driver could be pointing out to passengers that there are trains to all the areas mentioned in the story.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on June 04, 2013, 09:16:05 am
From an article in "Breaking Travel News":

Quote

Great Western Railway clock is lovingly restored

A 19th century Great Western Railway clock has been lovingly restored to its former glory by Network Rail after it stopped working two years ago.

The GWR clock, which dates back to 1852, is a double-aspect clock and keeps time at the historic Severn Bridge Junction signal box in Shrewsbury ^ the largest mechanical signal box in the world.

(http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/images/sized/images/uploads/rail/Great_Western-250x188.jpg?_cfgetx=img.rx:250;img.ry:200;)


I'm not much of an expert on these things but I reckon that's a train, not a clock. I have a sneaking feeling that the photo may not have been taken in Shrewsbury either.



Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on June 04, 2013, 07:44:03 pm
... and for those with an interest in the Great Western Railway clock at Shrewsbury, Network Rail have even provided a picture of it, in their press release (http://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/News-Releases/Great-Western-Railway-clock-is-lovingly-restored-1d94.aspx):

(http://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/imagelibrary/displaymedia.ashx?MediaDetailsID=6993&SizeID=4)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on June 08, 2013, 02:18:02 pm
I like the irony of this one:

Quote

BRITAIN'S RAILWAYS ^WORST IN EUROPE'

BRITAIN^S rail network was savaged yesterday as the worst in Europe in a damning report branding it the ^Great Train Robbery^.

(http://images.dailystar-uk.co.uk/dynamic/1/281x351/319204_1.jpg)

The network was rubbished in a study by the TUC and Manchester University^s Centre for Research on Social-Cultural Change, which claimed that privatisation of British Rail had not worked.

(see http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/319204/)


Now then, which evil TOC operates this train?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: rogerpatenall on June 12, 2013, 08:21:27 am
I receive a (free) IPad news cutting service. News of a new director of South West Trains based at Waterloo is accompanied by a UP 'War Bonnet' hauled freight - probably somewhere in the San Bernadino mountains of California.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on June 13, 2013, 12:53:18 pm
I receive a (free) IPad news cutting service. News of a new director of South West Trains based at Waterloo is accompanied by a UP 'War Bonnet' hauled freight - probably somewhere in the San Bernadino mountains of California.

I believe this is the article you are referring to, rogerpatenall:

From Travel and Tour World (http://www.travelandtourworld.com/news/article/sharon-vye-parminter-appointed-as-director-of-the-south-west-trains/):

Quote
Sharon Vye Parminter appointed as Director of the South West Trains

(http://www.travelandtourworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/train.jpg)

Sharon Vye Parminter has been appointed to become the third female Director of the South West Trains ^ Network Rail Alliance.
 
Sharon, who joins from First Great Western, brings with her 19 years of experience that includes delivering a safe railway for passengers in various routes in the country, including First Capital Connect, Intercity and Regional train operators and most recently at First Great Western.  Sharon was instrumental in reducing the amount of staff and passenger injuries throughout her career.This new appointment forms part of the South West Trains ^ Network Rail Alliance and aims to improve its safety record even further.

...continues

The pictured loco is actually from Australia.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: rogerpatenall on June 14, 2013, 08:39:39 am
Thanks for the correction. Australia? It's just across the bay from California, really. Neighbours, if you avoid NZ.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Brucey on July 14, 2013, 08:46:46 am
The News are the latest stock photography culprits.  This 450 appears under the wires in a location that also has a third rail.  I have no idea where this could be, but it definitely isn't Portsmouth.
Quote
Trains disrupted by ^trespass^ incident

(http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/webimage/1.5283190.1373719949!/image/1514443464.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_146/1514443464.jpg)

Train journeys in and out of Portsmouth have been delayed after what officials are describing as a ^trespass incident^.

National Rail says a trespasser is causing disruption near Fratton.

Because of this, there are delays of up to 50 minutes to and from Portsmouth.

The delays are expected to continue until around 2.30pm.

A spokeswoman for the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance said: ^Services were disrupted this morning as a result of a trespass incident near Fratton at around 11.10am which caused delays to trains going to and from Portsmouth.

^Services were restored at around 11.45am and are now returning to normal.

^We would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused.^

Have you been caught in the train delays? Call reporter Sam Bannister on (023) 9262 2137.
http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/traffic-travel/travel-latest/trains-disrupted-by-trespass-incident-1-5283191


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on July 14, 2013, 09:11:57 am
A search of the image url with Google images reveals that the picture is of the first production unit of SWT's Class 450, 450001, taken at the Wildenrath test track in Germany. So, definitely not Portsmouth!

The search also revealed that the image was taken by Colin J. Marsden, a noted writer on motive power (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Books/s?ie=UTF8&field-author=Colin%20J%20Marsden&page=1&rh=n%3A266239%2Cp_27%3AColin%20J%20Marsden) and resident of one of the best places in the UK to take rail pictures - Dawlish.

Original image posted on Colin's photo website: http://www.dawlishtrains.com/400-series.html


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: fatcontroller on July 20, 2013, 03:48:10 am
I had nothing to do with that.

I was originally going to say, since when has a Class 180 ever been to Cornwall? Furtherest I knew of was Plymouth. Normally they only went to Exeter St Davids. However decided asking it as a question, knowing that a Class 180 did once reach London Waterloo. I knew a smartiepants was going to upload a picture of a Class 180 at Penzance :D ;) ;D :P

Class 180's never did reach Cornwall.

It was always an aspiration of us "in control" to try and get one there. Like it has already been mentioned we managed it to Waterloo and I personally managed to send one to Hereford from Bristol empty to take up one of the morning peak trains from Hereford to London (early at Oxford cos of powered doors!)

To get one to Penzance you needed a service which the Exeter Traincrew (Plymouth and Penzance didn't sign them) worked down and back with the same set. Typically though they would get off at Penzance for a break and work the next one back so it wasn't possible in the end.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on July 20, 2013, 05:26:41 pm
Many thanks for providing that very interesting background information here, fatcontroller!  ;) :D ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on July 23, 2013, 05:56:03 pm
I've got a collection from todays local news.

http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Trains-Cornwall-cancelled-following-incident/story-19556161-detail/story.html#axzz2Zt8fROuR

Has two relevant pictures of the scene taking by their journalist, and a third picture.....of an Adelante, letting them down.

http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/10564856.Major_disruption_on_rail_network_after_body_found_on_track_near_Scorrier__UPDATE/?ref=mr

SWT 159 relating to the Scorrier (Redruth) incident

Falmouth Packet redeemed itself with this though having sent a photographer to the scene
http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/10565605.Bamboo_fire_at_Penmere_stops_Falmouth_to_Truro_train_services___UPDATE/?ref=rss


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: paul7755 on July 23, 2013, 05:58:23 pm

SWT 159 relating to the Scorrier (Redruth) incident


Eastleigh?   And it's a 158 on the Romsey - Salisbury service.

...I thought this might be able to double up as one of those quizzes?   ;D

Paul


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Kernow Otter on July 23, 2013, 07:51:22 pm
I had nothing to do with that.

I was originally going to say, since when has a Class 180 ever been to Cornwall? Furtherest I knew of was Plymouth. Normally they only went to Exeter St Davids. However decided asking it as a question, knowing that a Class 180 did once reach London Waterloo. I knew a smartiepants was going to upload a picture of a Class 180 at Penzance :D ;) ;D :P

Class 180's never did reach Cornwall.

It was always an aspiration of us "in control" to try and get one there. Like it has already been mentioned we managed it to Waterloo and I personally managed to send one to Hereford from Bristol empty to take up one of the morning peak trains from Hereford to London (early at Oxford cos of powered doors!)

To get one to Penzance you needed a service which the Exeter Traincrew (Plymouth and Penzance didn't sign them) worked down and back with the same set. Typically though they would get off at Penzance for a break and work the next one back so it wasn't possible in the end.

Quite looking forward to having the entire FGW 180 fleet reallocated to Devon and Cornwall regional services post electrification...... ;)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on July 23, 2013, 08:25:46 pm
Quite looking forward to having the entire FGW 180 fleet reallocated to Devon and Cornwall regional services post electrification...... ;)

You mightn't be so welcoming of them if you live next to the line in an area where they have to brake. Sounds like a thousand mice being strangled simultaneously.  ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on July 23, 2013, 08:38:09 pm
Quite looking forward to having the entire FGW 180 fleet reallocated to Devon and Cornwall regional services post electrification...... ;)

You mightn't be so welcoming of them if you live next to the line in an area where they have to brake. Sounds like a thousand mice being strangled simultaneously.  ;D

Brilliant, I live 100-150 metres from Redruth Station on the approach from the west near the viaduct.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Kernow Otter on July 23, 2013, 09:14:40 pm
Quite looking forward to having the entire FGW 180 fleet reallocated to Devon and Cornwall regional services post electrification...... ;)

You mightn't be so welcoming of them if you live next to the line in an area where they have to brake. Sounds like a thousand mice being strangled simultaneously.  ;D

Not dis-similar to those dear DBS clay trains then.....


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on July 23, 2013, 10:17:57 pm
Brilliant, I live 100-150 metres from Redruth Station on the approach from the west near the viaduct.

I used to live within earshot of that too. The problems you get with only one route are predictable and severe.

Wasn't Scorrier at one time blessed with a long siding to service my former employer South Crofty?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: thetrout on July 24, 2013, 01:08:19 am
Quote
It is understood the line has been closed between Lostwithiel and Penzance, and possibly further along.

Perhaps inappropriate under the context of the article, But this is worthy of the Pedant thread. Isn't that a permanent closure at Penzance? In the form of the Buffer Stops :P ;D :D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on July 24, 2013, 06:33:52 pm
Brilliant, I live 100-150 metres from Redruth Station on the approach from the west near the viaduct.

I used to live within earshot of that too. The problems you get with only one route are predictable and severe.

Wasn't Scorrier at one time blessed with a long siding to service my former employer South Crofty?

Not sure about Scorrier. I know Blue Circle had a large cement depot between Scorrier and Chacewater.

Edit - http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/cornwall-railway-gallery---2-main-line-scorrier-to-plymouth.html have a look through here, Reading the description on the 8th large picture suggests there was a loop at Scorrier for freight


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: trainer on July 25, 2013, 08:47:34 am
Not a stock photo this time, but stock footage on BBC Breakfast Points West opt out this morning. On an item on a royal personage doing something regal at Kemble station (details passed me by) in amongst the images of FGW HSTs gliding in and out of the platforms was a close shot of a Crosscountry HST moving along a platform which could have been anywhere (but not Kemble, I submit).





Typo corrected


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Southern Stag on July 25, 2013, 03:03:41 pm
It's not impossible that it was Kemble station, Cross Country have diverted trains via Kemble, including HSTs, but on very rare occasions, it would certainly be rather unlikely that they have footage of a Cross Country train there.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Ollie on July 25, 2013, 04:53:12 pm
Not a stock photo this time, but stock footage on BBC Breakfast Points West opt out this morning. On an item on a royal personage doing something regal at Kemble station (details passed me by) in amongst the images of FGW HSTs gilding in and out of the platforms was a close shot of a Crosscountry HST moving along a platform which could have been anywhere (but not Kemble, I submit).

Prince Charles opened the station garden: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-23446694


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on August 25, 2013, 11:29:15 am
Non Railway, but transport related. ITV are reporting on Brittany Ferries having a successful year, and they've used stock footage from last years strikes with boards rolling saying "cancelled". Cancelled is the complete opposite if they are doing so well. Suggests last years strikes didn't have too much negative impact.

http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2013-08-24/brittany-ferries-enjoy-best-summer-for-three-years/


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: eightf48544 on August 26, 2013, 12:27:37 am
Noticed another odd bit of clip animation in the title sequence of the hauiry Bikers new series on Restoring our Industrial Past. There's a disticntly Americacn loco appears a couple of times.

Tonights was on the 47xx being built at Llangollen. Althugh called Night Owls I saw  all 9 of the class through Slough. As they could get up to 60 plus they often appeared on empty stock,  holiday extras and excusions.

Not sure how it's going to look with a No 1 boiler rather than it's own larger  No 7 although 4700 was first built with a No 1.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on August 28, 2013, 02:18:46 pm
Where does one start with this piece from the Daily Mule (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2403827/Terrifying-pictures-moment-teenagers-died-playing-chicken-high-speed-TRAIN.html). It's about some little imbiciles playing chicken in front of a train, but:

1. Whilst I'd agree that the train was metres away when the kids got off the line, I suggest that the number of metres was probably around a hundred. Obviously it's stupid and dangerous to stand in the four foot when there's a train coming (or at any other time, for that matter), but not quite as extreme as the Mule would have us believe. Do they think their readers are so daft that they don't recognise the effects of a long lens?

2. What the blue blazes is going on with the final picture? It's plainly a different train going under a different bridge, but possibly a half-drunk half-asleep person might not spot that. But two tracks? Have Wallace and Gromit just passed through, persued by Feathers McGraw?

Edit: The Daily Murr (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/teenagers-pictured-playing-chicken-high-speed-2233661) has it as a high-speed train... Can anyone remind me of the definition of 'high-speed' in the rail context?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on August 28, 2013, 08:10:49 pm
Edit: The Daily Murr (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/teenagers-pictured-playing-chicken-high-speed-2233661) has it as a high-speed train... Can anyone remind me of the definition of 'high-speed' in the rail context?

The sentiment of the article - THIS IS A STUPID THING TO DO - is spot on.

A high speed train is one that goes at 25mph or more in this context (not 125!). It will kill just as surely.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on August 28, 2013, 08:33:47 pm
Come September, the papers may have news to publish. Children have played on railways for almost 200 years in the face of advice to the contrary from "grown-ups", with a sad toll of killed and maimed to show for it. Sensationalist pictures and stories like this run the risk of starting a league table amongst the young people of wherever, who may not appreciate fully the danger they put themselves in. BTP and Network rail do much to try to inform the yoof of today, and to put them off such shenanigans, but there is no telling some people. Worse, they may not be aware that an oncoming HST, as seen from dead ahead, grows slowly on the eyeball until the last moment, and cannot stop suddenly, and even less that a smaller commuter train, whilst smaller and slower, will still hurt.



Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bobm on August 28, 2013, 09:28:20 pm
Ironically I can remember at prep school the headmaster giving a stern warning after some pupils had been caught putting pennies on the line to get them squashed. I say ironic because until he mentioned it I had never thought of straying onto a railway line!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on August 28, 2013, 09:44:31 pm
Ironically I can remember at prep school the headmaster giving a stern warning after some pupils had been caught putting pennies on the line to get them squashed. I say ironic because until he mentioned it I had never thought of straying onto a railway line!

Me neither, although being an alumni alumnus of a junior, rather than prep, school, I could only afford to put halfpennies, and only under second class trains.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on August 28, 2013, 10:10:00 pm
being an alumni of a junior, rather than prep, school,

Was Latin available at your place of secondary education?

http://oncampus.macleans.ca/education/2012/04/26/why-youll-never-be-an-alumni/

 :P ;) ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on August 28, 2013, 10:15:27 pm
being an alumni of a junior, rather than prep, school,

Was Latin available at your place of secondary education?

http://oncampus.macleans.ca/education/2012/04/26/why-youll-never-be-an-alumni/

 :P ;) ;D

The available datums suggest not.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on August 29, 2013, 10:55:35 am
being an alumni of a junior, rather than prep, school,

Was Latin available at your place of secondary education?

http://oncampus.macleans.ca/education/2012/04/26/why-youll-never-be-an-alumni/

 :P ;) ;D

Mea culpa, Sir, I meant almnus. That mistake would probably have got me beaten, and might still if the fearsome Mr "Spud" Murphy is a member of this forum.. Sic transit Gloria Swanson. Schoolboy error from a man who was top in Latin every term. Until the hormones kicked in.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on August 29, 2013, 11:39:01 am
Caesar ad sum jam forti
Brutus et erat
Caesar sic in omnibus
Brutus sic in at

...or, for the true latin scholars:

Ubi ianua ianuam non est?
Ubi urna est!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bobm on August 29, 2013, 05:55:22 pm
For all the reasons above I prefer "old boy" when referring to my former educational establishments.... and as the years go by the term becomes more and more appropriate!   ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bobm on August 30, 2013, 08:17:44 am
Not railway related, but we are an internet forum, this photo to illustrate "rural areas" did amuse me in the context the story...

 From the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23877364)

Quote
BT hangs up on dial-up internet access

(http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/69542000/jpg/_69542825_004717376-1.jpg)
Dial-up net access is still used in many rural and remote areas of the UK

BT will turn off its dial-up internet access service on 1 September.

The telecoms firm said it was taking the step because only a "tiny number" of its customers still went online using a dial-up modem.

It added that the vast majority of its 6.8 million broadband customers had switched to much faster connections.

However, a small number of people in rural areas where broadband will not work will struggle to get online after the change.

Cut off
 
Dial-up customers were first informed about the impending closure in May and June this year, BT said, adding that most of these people would be able to migrate to a broadband service.

The company said that the shut-down meant about 1,000 people who lived in remote areas would not be able to move to broadband as their phone line was incapable of supporting the technology.

These people were likely to be living in some of the most remote parts of the UK, said Oliver Johnson, chief executive of broadband consultancy Point Topic.

"They will be too far from the telephone exchange to get any meaningful broadband," he said. "The distance means that the broadband signal degrades."

Those who had to stick with dial-up would still be able to get such services from BT via its Plusnet subsidiary.

 Some phone lines will not support existing broadband technologies

"No-one is being left without the option of an alternative service," said a BT spokesman.

(story continues in link)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: trainer on August 30, 2013, 09:53:00 am
Since we seem to be willing to be amused by non-rail related poor illustrations, I think this may take some beating (although a picture of a cow on a story about IT is a good competitor!):

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-23850262


Quote
Design images of sci-fi favourite Battlestar Galactica were apparently used by a Chinese state website to illustrate an article about aircraft carriers.

Apparently a regular feature of state Chinese news sites is the copying of sci-fi images from western sources.

Perhaps HST2 could in future be illustrated by the monorail system from Thunderbirds (circa 1966 for younger readers).


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on August 30, 2013, 07:35:21 pm
http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/update_southeastern_say_man_injured_on_track_forced_north_kent_line_closure_1_2360614

Somehow I don't think that magnificent well polished, unelectrified double slip is anywhere on a north Kent line used by Southeastern's trains!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: trainer on August 30, 2013, 08:08:57 pm
http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/update_southeastern_say_man_injured_on_track_forced_north_kent_line_closure_1_2360614

Somehow I don't think that magnificent well polished, unelectrified double slip is anywhere on a north Kent line used by Southeastern's trains!

Nevertheless, the points are well made.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on August 30, 2013, 08:15:21 pm

Nevertheless, the points are well made.

My response has grown into a groan ...

http://www.thinkstockphotos.ca/image/stock-photo-railroad/104313862


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on August 30, 2013, 08:48:29 pm

Ubi ianua ianuam non est?
Ubi urna est!

 ;D Rideo ex magna!

(Bit rusty, but I get by)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: ellendune on August 30, 2013, 10:02:56 pm

Ubi ianua ianuam non est?
Ubi urna est!



According to google translate

Quote
When the door is not open the door?
Where is the pot!


;D Rideo ex magna!

(Bit rusty, but I get by)

According to google translate

Quote
I laugh at the most 500!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on August 30, 2013, 10:21:38 pm

Ubi ianua ianuam non est?
Ubi urna est!

According to google translate

Quote
When the door is not open the door?
Where is the pot!

 Or when is a door not a door? etc

;D Rideo ex magna!

(Bit rusty, but I get by)

According to google translate

Quote
I laugh at the most 500!

LOL! Exactly my point. I don't use Latin phrases per se, you know!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on August 30, 2013, 11:43:58 pm
Meanwhile, and sort of, back on topic:

http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/update_southeastern_say_man_injured_on_track_forced_north_kent_line_closure_1_2360614
Somehow I don't think that magnificent well polished, unelectrified double slip is anywhere on a north Kent line used by Southeastern's trains!

The caption for that particular news article image is 'Track'.  Which it is - you can't argue with that!  ;) :D ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on September 07, 2013, 11:29:56 pm
When did an HST last run to Southend?

http://www.express.co.uk/comment/expresscomment/427578/Nobody-should-be-punished-for-doing-the-decent-thing


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on September 07, 2013, 11:45:16 pm
When did an HST last run to Southend?

I'd say probably never.

With the caveat that a HST may well have traversed London, Tilbury and Southend Railway metals, but 99% certain that an EMT liveried one has never done so.  ;D


EDIT: A bit of Google-ing throws up a GWT (Merlin livery - one of the best!) HST at Southend Victoria, but that's a totally different line....

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sinkplunger/3958261902/


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on September 08, 2013, 01:08:14 pm

Ubi ianua ianuam non est?
Ubi urna est!



According to google translate

Quote
When the door is not open the door?
Where is the pot!


;D Rideo ex magna!

(Bit rusty, but I get by)

According to google translate

Quote
I laugh at the most 500!


Google translate he no necessary work well goodly; try:

When is a door not a door?
When it's a vase!

OK, it still loses something in translation...


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on October 04, 2013, 11:43:00 am
An old one, pre-dating the start of this topic.

IEPs for Minehead?

From the Somerset County Gazette (http://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/9866026.Bid_for_Taunton_to_Minehead_railway_grant_fails/):

Quote
(http://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/resources/images/2060637.jpg?type=articleLandscape)
A JOINT bid for a multi-million pound grant which could have made a rail service possible between Minehead and Taunton has been unsuccessful.

Somerset County Council joined its Devon counterpart and Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks in requesting ^3.6million from the Government for a sustainable transport project.

When do the wires go up through Stogumber?   ::) ;) ;D


(Thanks to bobm for the heads up after posting the article in another thread)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on October 04, 2013, 01:08:13 pm
Ah, I thought that picture was Tornado with it's new A4-style streamlined cladding...


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on October 15, 2013, 11:54:17 am
I love the new trains on the Gatport express ...

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/national/news/10738736._/?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bobm on October 15, 2013, 12:09:39 pm
Meanwhile from the "Annoying use of news releases" department... it is rather disappointing the Northern Echo didn't re-write the handout they were given to put the work affecting Manchester Aiport services above those of the Gatwick disruption - which I suspect will affect their readership rather more.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: paul7755 on October 15, 2013, 02:07:47 pm
West Ham fans charter private train for away game, and have it painted in its old livery for the night:

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/sport/10737774.Police_hunt_West_Ham_fans_after_race_abuse_following_Saints_game/



Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Bob_Blakey on October 21, 2013, 11:17:28 am
And what looks suspiciously like Exmouth to illustrate the story concerning yesterdays' lightning-induced disruption near Langley.

http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Lightning-strike-causes-train-delays-Exeter/story-19964779-detail/story.html (http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Lightning-strike-causes-train-delays-Exeter/story-19964779-detail/story.html)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: stuving on October 21, 2013, 11:22:46 am
And what looks suspiciously like Exmouth to illustrate the story concerning yesterdays' lightning-induced disruption near Langley.
Be fair, the story does start:
Quote
Commuters out of Exeter were delayed by up to two hours yesterday after lightning caused a signal failure near London.
I just wonder how many commuters there were on a Sunday...


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on October 21, 2013, 11:36:23 am
Be fair, the story does start:
Quote
Commuters out of Exeter were delayed by up to two hours yesterday after lightning caused a signal failure near London.
I just wonder how many commuters there were on a Sunday...

The figure I deduced (a very hard thing to find out) is that around two thirds of working weeks remain "9 to 5" jobs, and the remaining third are spread out at all sorts of other times / shift patterns.   

I know you probably weren't looking for a serious answer there, but there WERE several regular commuters (i.e. people making home to work and back journeys multiple times per week) even on the 07:30 Westbury to Swindon when it ran for just 8 weeks in the summer of 2011.   They were delighted to have found the train (and how many more did not find it?) and mortified that it was only running for 8 weeks.

On that topic, it should be back next summer ...

From Connecting Wiltshire: (http://www.connectingwiltshire.co.uk/news-events/improved-transwilts-rail-service-track/)

Quote from: Connecting Wiltshire
Improved TransWilts rail service is on track

There will also be an additional four trains on Sundays throughout the year, with at least one seasonal service connecting with the existing Westbury-Weymouth service in each direction. Improvements are also being made to Melksham Station.



Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: stuving on October 21, 2013, 12:00:33 pm
The figure I deduced (a very hard thing to find out) is that around two thirds of working weeks remain "9 to 5" jobs, and the remaining third are spread out at all sorts of other times / shift patterns.   

That did occur to me, but then the more you think about the meaning of the item the less sense it makes.

I mean, it was Sunday evening (by the time the effect reached Exeter) - and affected lLondon trains, not most local ones. So, while you can't rule out travel to or from work, it can hardly typify the passengers who were delayed.

Should this example be characterised as "annoying use of completely irrelevant stock wording in news articles"? Or is that so common as to be not worth noting?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: plymothian on October 21, 2013, 12:17:48 pm
Isn't every passenger just a commuter these days?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on October 22, 2013, 08:32:14 pm
Not really ANNOYING ... more a vision of the future of the TransWilts ... from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-24628756?

Quote
(http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/70606000/jpg/_70606286_70606284.jpg)

Wiltshire Council will pay the subsidy for the new services using a Department for Transport grant

Trains from Westbury to Swindon are to be increased from two to eight per day by Christmas, Wiltshire Council says.

The authority has given the go-ahead for a detailed contract and new timetable to be negotiated with train operator First Great Western.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: John R on October 22, 2013, 08:34:37 pm
Maybe it meant "to be increased from two to eight coaches"  ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bobm on October 22, 2013, 09:10:50 pm
... And single line to double track.  ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: thetrout on October 24, 2013, 08:16:18 pm
And a work in progress livery... :P


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: the void on October 25, 2013, 11:33:36 am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-24659115

Exactly the same photo used today to illustrate the story about MITIE strike action (which obviously doesn't sound as glamourous as FGW strike action!)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: thetrout on October 26, 2013, 05:14:54 am
I think this can be said for the railway ticket system at times...

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/q71/541756_10151789886059818_1946416208_n.jpg)

;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on November 16, 2013, 08:41:00 pm
From the Bournemouth Echo (http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/10813276.Delays_affecting_train_passengers_between_Bournemouth_and_Manchester/):

Quote
Delays affecting train passengers between Bournemouth and Manchester

(http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/resources/images/2725625.jpg?type=articleLandscape)
Delays affecting train passengers between Bournemouth and Manchester

Train passengers are facing delays of up to 45 minutes between Bournemouth and Manchester Piccadilly.

A signalling problem at St Denys is affecting services by CrossCountry, First Great Western, Southern and South West Trains.

Hang on a minute!  I recognize that picture: it's got nothing to do with St Denys, Bournemouth, or Manchester Piccadilly - it's taken from an Oxford Mail news story (http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/yourtown/witney/10008461.Shoppers_get_back_on_track_for_Christmas/) about Ascott-under-Wychwood shoppers getting back on track for Christmas (http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=11446.msg119546#msg119546) which I quoted last year ...  :o ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on November 16, 2013, 08:45:44 pm
From the Bournemouth Echo (http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/10813276.Delays_affecting_train_passengers_between_Bournemouth_and_Manchester/):
Hang on a minute!  I recognize that picture: it's got nothing to do with St Denys, Bournemouth, or Manchester Piccadilly - it's taken from an Oxford Mail news story (http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/yourtown/witney/10008461.Shoppers_get_back_on_track_for_Christmas/) about Ascott-under-Wychwood shoppers getting back on track for Christmas (http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=11446.msg119546#msg119546) last year ...  :o ::)

Two Newsquest Media news companies. Stock images I am guessing which Newsquest own the rights to.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on November 16, 2013, 08:47:47 pm
Maybe so: it's still completely irrelevant.  ;)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on November 16, 2013, 09:39:57 pm
Was there no photo at all in the Bournemouth Echo (and sister paper's) archive of a CrossCountry or South West Trains train?

The problem may have affected FGW passengers elsewhere, but there'd've been precisely 0% of them at Bournemouth station earlier today.

Also, why infer in the headline that only services to Manchester were affected?  ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: thetrout on November 20, 2013, 03:14:24 pm
Not a news article as such... Perhaps more worthy of the pendants thread... But FGW's Website about their Catering Offerings...

http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/Your-journey/On-board/First-Great-Western-Food-and-Drink (http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/Your-journey/On-board/First-Great-Western-Food-and-Drink)

And what picture do they have illustrating The Traveling Chef? A picture of Breakfast on the Night Riviera... ::) :-X

I don't know what's worse... The fact that FGW did it, or the fact I spotted it... ::) :D :P :)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on November 20, 2013, 04:49:32 pm
Then there's that picture of a sandwich advertising the 'Express Cafe'. I'd love for there to be a selection of sandwiches on soft wholemeal (or soft white), instead of the arty-farty breads we get at the moment.

Perhaps more worthy of the pendants thread...

We have a thread about jewellery?  :P ;) ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: The Tall Controller on November 20, 2013, 05:55:28 pm
While we're on the subject of images on the FGW website, can anyone spot the error on this page?

http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/Your-journey/At-the-station


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: thetrout on November 20, 2013, 06:05:55 pm
While we're on the subject of images on the FGW website, can anyone spot the error on this page?

http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/Your-journey/At-the-station

I'd say it's Plymouth... That looks suspiciously like somewhere in Cornwall to me... :-[

Pedantically you could say Bath Spa is 'correct' ... But looks nothing like the station though ;D

Then there's that picture of a sandwich advertising the 'Express Cafe'. I'd love for there to be a selection of sandwiches on soft wholemeal (or soft white), instead of the arty-farty breads we get at the moment.

Perhaps more worthy of the pendants thread...

We have a thread about jewellery?  :P ;) ;D

Autocorrect... Am sorry :(


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: thetrout on November 20, 2013, 06:08:23 pm
While we're on the subject of images on the FGW website, can anyone spot the error on this page?

http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/Your-journey/At-the-station

Earlier Guess:
Quote
I'd say it's Plymouth... That looks suspiciously like somewhere in Cornwall to me... :-[

No... It's Swindon... The picture was taken at Bodmin Parkway on what would be Platform 3 if it was not a heritage railway... I knew I recognised that kettle ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: The Tall Controller on November 20, 2013, 06:30:02 pm
While we're on the subject of images on the FGW website, can anyone spot the error on this page?

http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/Your-journey/At-the-station

Earlier Guess:
Quote
I'd say it's Plymouth... That looks suspiciously like somewhere in Cornwall to me... :-[

No... It's Swindon... The picture was taken at Bodmin Parkway on what would be Platform 3 if it was not a heritage railway... I knew I recognised that kettle ;D

Very good, I couldn't really ignore it being one of stations I work at!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: thetrout on November 20, 2013, 06:39:36 pm
Bonus points for saying the picture is taken facing the Up Line towards Liskeard?

I used to live very near there, so I know that part of the Railway well... If you were working at Bodmin Parkway, Liskeard or St Austell anytime around 2003 - 2006 you may very well have served me at some point ;)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on November 20, 2013, 06:59:04 pm
While we're on the subject of images on the FGW website, can anyone spot the error on this page?

http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/Your-journey/At-the-station

I'd say it's Plymouth... That looks suspiciously like somewhere in Cornwall to me... :-[

The Plymouth one looks like the barbican

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-marina-barbican-plymouth-uk-image6224608


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Surrey 455 on November 20, 2013, 08:58:24 pm
While we're on the subject of images on the FGW website, can anyone spot the error on this page?

http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/Your-journey/At-the-station

Oh, I was going to say Cardiff Central because it's managed by Arriva. When FGW say "Find out more about First Great Western stations" what they probably mean is "Find out more about stations served by First Great Western"


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: devon_metro on November 20, 2013, 09:03:40 pm
While we're on the subject of images on the FGW website, can anyone spot the error on this page?

http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/Your-journey/At-the-station

I'd say it's Plymouth... That looks suspiciously like somewhere in Cornwall to me... :-[

The Plymouth one looks like the barbican

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-marina-barbican-plymouth-uk-image6224608

Was about to say it looked like Plymouth to me.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on November 20, 2013, 09:10:08 pm
Their picture for Cheltenham could, quite frankly, be absolutely anywhere: certainly no discernible relevance to any railway.  ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bobm on November 20, 2013, 09:20:02 pm
Oh I don't know - there are sadly quite a few long closed railways that look like that now....


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on November 20, 2013, 09:35:48 pm
Quote
Quote
Quote
Perhaps more worthy of the pendants thread...

We have a thread about jewellery?  :P ;) ;D

Autocorrect... Am sorry :(

Isn't there a certain irony that autocorrect apparently prefers 'pendant' to 'pedant' ... ?  ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: The Tall Controller on November 20, 2013, 09:50:39 pm
Bonus points for saying the picture is taken facing the Up Line towards Liskeard?

I used to live very near there, so I know that part of the Railway well... If you were working at Bodmin Parkway, Liskeard or St Austell anytime around 2003 - 2006 you may very well have served me at some point ;)

As soon as its narrowed down to Bod you can't really go wrong!  ;)

No, have been in the job for just under a year but will always welcome fellow members down to the best station in the west!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: thetrout on November 26, 2013, 04:30:40 am
From the Metro Paper: http://metro.co.uk/2013/11/24/hundreds-miss-flights-from-gatwick-airport-after-deer-on-the-line-sparks-rail-chaos-4200275/ (http://metro.co.uk/2013/11/24/hundreds-miss-flights-from-gatwick-airport-after-deer-on-the-line-sparks-rail-chaos-4200275/)

Quote from: Metro - Saturday 24th
Hundreds miss flights from Gatwick airport after deer on the line sparks rail chaos
Sunday 24 Nov 2013 10:21 pm
Deer on the line sparks rail chaos

(http://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/pa-4472477.jpg)

A First Capital Connect service struck a deer (Picture: PA)

Hundreds of airport passengers missed their flights after a deer hit by a train burst into flames.

Rail travellers were delayed for up to 90 minutes after a Gatwick-bound First Capital Connect service from Brighton struck the animal near the exit of Balcombe Tunnel in West Sussex.

When the train reached the airport, the deer^s torso touched an electrified rail and burst into flames ^ filling the terminal with smoke.

Passenger Alex Barber, 30, said: ^There was a lot of screaming and shouting when the initial sparks and fire took place with people thinking it was an explosion at the airport once it started filling with smoke. There was no real information for us or emergency procedure.^

Services were disrupted between 7am and 4pm, with one person tweeting: ^@GatwickExpress due to these delays today, my friend missed her flight, how can you compensate her?^

It is understood that hundreds of passengers had to book later flights.

Whilst the TOC is correct in this picture... The Class of Train (Class 317) would not be found anywhere near Gatwick Airport or Balcombe Tunnel... It just wouldn't work... Oh deeear. The overhead power runs out at Farringdon!! ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on December 07, 2013, 09:27:39 am
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/10862241._/?

Love the publicity ...

Quote
THIS weekend will see an increase in the number of train services between Swindon and Westbury thereby increasing the connectivity of Wiltshire.

(http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/resources/images/2766290.jpg?type=articlePortrait)
Graham Ellis

For a number of years there have only been two trains each day between the stations but there will now be eight.

Wiltshire Council has agreed to subsidise the extra trains, allowing people to both get into the town easier as well as see what the rest of the county has to offer. ....

[Article continues]

But that's not me!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: trainer on December 07, 2013, 02:52:54 pm
I suppose they use the same logic as when mis-using train photos: it's a man with a beard, most people won't know the difference.  :)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: thetrout on December 07, 2013, 06:35:14 pm
ln -s /grahame /grahame-clone

;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: ellendune on December 07, 2013, 07:33:51 pm
I think I recognise the person in the photo - if I am right then there is also a railway connection - though not related to the story.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on December 07, 2013, 07:43:12 pm
I think I recognise the person in the photo - if I am right then there is also a railway connection - though not related to the story.

I have a great respect for the gentleman who appears.  This is who he is:

http://cms.wiltshire.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=168

ln -s /grahame /grahame-clone

;D

I'm so glad you added that "-s" - otherwise it would have been hard!

Perhaps I shouldn't have posted under "Annoying" uses - I'm much more amused than annoyed  ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on December 07, 2013, 08:18:19 pm
In view of grahame's comments, I've taken the opportunity to update the heading of this particular topic: as grahame suggests, these examples are often rather more amusing than annoying!  :D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: BerkshireBugsy on December 24, 2013, 12:13:38 pm
On this mornings BBC breakfast they were covering the rail disruption with a photo of an HST diagram in a livery I haven't seen for years

For some reason (which I haven't yet googled) the livery is known as "Barbie" - I'm sure there is a rational explanation for this !



Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: readytostart on December 24, 2013, 12:30:17 pm
On this mornings BBC breakfast they were covering the rail disruption with a photo of an HST diagram in a livery I haven't seen for years

For some reason (which I haven't yet googled) the livery is known as "Barbie" - I'm sure there is a rational explanation for this !



I think it's just down to the heavy dose of pink in the stripes, happy to be corrected though.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Ross H on December 24, 2013, 12:33:55 pm
It's probably the same picture that we're treated to daily as part of the BBC's travel bulletins for Devon and Cornwall during their Breakfast programme.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on December 24, 2013, 03:15:57 pm
http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Bugle-railway-station-scoops-national-award/story-20344208-detail/story.html#axzz2oPDCt8JF

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A Clay Country railway station^s track record for improving access and nearly doubling passengers has won it a national award.

Bugle railway station, which is on the Atlantic Coast Line, between Par and Newquay, scooped third place in the Innovative Projects at Small Stations category at the recent 2013 National Community Rail Awards.

[Picture of an Adelante in old livery found here, I can't make it copy and paste across]

Bugle railway station scoops national award

.
The accolade was part of an annual awards ceremony to acknowledge the work carried out to promote and enhance Britain^s local and rural railways around the country.

Back in 2011 the station -once a no-go area for wheelchair and pram users - was transformed following a successful project to install new level path avoiding the steep set of steps.


.
The idea was the brainchild of a volunteer from the Friends of the Atlantic Coast Line. (FoCal)

It led to a near doubling of passengers using the station, from 3731 in 2010 to 6786 in 2012.

Funding for the ^10,000 project came from Cornwall Council, the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, the Designated Community Rail Development Fund and a bequest from the late John Hobby, founder and co-ordinator of the Rural Stations^ Project until his death in 2007.

FoCaL chairman Jim Cleare said ^I am thrilled this project has been recognised. Many local people use Bugle station and the new access is a far cry from the perilous flight of stairs from a very busy road that used to be there.^

Richard Burningham, manager of the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership said ^I am very pleased this project, which involved a number of organisations, has won an award. I know that John Hobby, who left money in his will to enhance Cornish stations, would be too.^

The path at the First Great Western station was constructed by Network Rail and Cornwall Council helped with the new station signs.

Mike Trotter, First Great Western Station manager for the Atlantic Coast Line said ^Community Rail is all about local people deciding what is important to them, and it^s great to see a locally inspired project like this being recognised.^

The 2013 awards were held in north Wales



Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: thetrout on December 24, 2013, 03:31:52 pm
(http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276349/Article/images/20344208/5643353.jpg)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on December 24, 2013, 03:42:46 pm
(http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276349/Article/images/20344208/5643353.jpg)

Thanks, :) 


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on December 24, 2013, 04:38:20 pm
Indeed, thanks to richwarwicker and thetrout - but this particular news item (and its accompanying irrelevant picture) has already been discussed on the Coffee Shop forum, at http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=13348.0  ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on December 28, 2013, 08:15:56 pm
http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/Rail-replacement-service-place-passengers/story-20375364-detail/story.html

It says between Templecombe and Crewkerne, but I don't think that's were the picture was taken.  I can only make a guess - but it's not there!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on December 28, 2013, 08:56:52 pm
It's obviously a favourite picture of someone at the Western Gazette - they've also used it in several of their previous articles:
http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/Smaller-formation-rail-users-morning/story-20071716-detail/story.html
http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/UPDATE-Line-closed-Yeovil-Junction-Gillingham/story-19959918-detail/story.html
http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/Major-disruption-rail-users-Crewkerne-Yeovil/story-20357500-detail/story.html
http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/South-West-Trains-services-resume-West-England/story-19997860-detail/story.html
http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/South-West-Trains-issue-warning-ahead-bad-weather/story-20336703-detail/story.html

 ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on January 08, 2014, 07:04:16 pm
(http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276349/Article/images/20344208/5643353.jpg)

180114 has turned up on another Cornish Branchline. This time Falmouth

Quote

First Great Western apologises for confusion over Truro to Falmouth line
 
Trains between Truro and Falmouth are running once an hour following yesterday's lightning strike.

A replacement bus is in operation to supplement the train service, and valid rail tickets will be valid on the 88 between Falmouth and Truro.

Flooding has closed the Truro to Falmouth train line.

There was confusion this afternoon after First Great Western (FGW) announced the line was closed due to flooding.

But the company has since confirmed they made a mistake in communication and trains are running hourly.

At approximately 2pm FGW said on Twitter that the Truro to Falmouth line was closed and road transport was being put in place.

When the West Briton asked for an update an hour later the train company referred the newspaper to information about yesterday's lightning strike.

After repeated questions FGW eventually owned up to making a mistake. A spokesman said the tweet from FGW claiming the line between Falmouth and Truro was closed had been an error, it has since been deleted.



http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Flooding-closes-train-line-Truro-Falmouth/story-20415331-detail/story.html#axzz2pppw7MJ3

I note the article refers to a replacement bus service. The only replacement bus was tickets being accepted on the service bus 88.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: paul7755 on February 03, 2014, 01:54:20 pm
How's this for accuracy.

Story in the Southampton Echo about floods and landslips in the Botley area:

(http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/resources/images/2718667.jpg?type=articleLandscape)

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/10980888.Landslip_sparks_major_delays_as_Hampshire_prepares_for_70mph_winds/?ref=ms

Note the four track layout between platforms.  It could only be that well known SWT station of er....

Lincoln!   ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on February 03, 2014, 05:31:41 pm
How's this for accuracy.

Story in the Southampton Echo about floods and landslips in the Botley area:

(http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/resources/images/2718667.jpg?type=articleLandscape)

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/10980888.Landslip_sparks_major_delays_as_Hampshire_prepares_for_70mph_winds/?ref=ms

Note the four track layout between platforms.  It could only be that well known SWT station of er....

Lincoln!   ;D

At least the found a picture of a SWT in Lincoln if that's the case, that must have taken some effort to find?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on February 03, 2014, 06:56:48 pm
That particular picture was also used here - http://www.caravaningcamping.org/travel-advice/new-train-service-planned-from-london-to-amsterdam-477.php - and, to be fair, Melanie Adams, who apparently wrote the Southampton Echo story, is their Health Reporter.  ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on February 03, 2014, 09:36:17 pm
... and a rousing 'Hurrah!' to the Exeter Express & Echo (http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Buses-replace-trains-Exeter-Newton-Abbot-weather/story-20549846-detail/story.html), for using yet again my favourite stock picture of a toast rack:

Quote
Update: No trains between Exeter and Newton Abbot until Wednesday due to damage caused by weather

(http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276269/Article/images/20549846/5765292-large.jpg)
Trainline

There are currently no trains Exeter St Davids to Newton Abbot because of poor weather.

The delays will last until Wednesday 5 February due to major damage caused by the weather.

That toast rack was obviously damaged by the weather.  ::) :o ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Ollie on February 03, 2014, 11:31:28 pm
Ignore this - I got the wrong stock!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: SandTEngineer on February 04, 2014, 08:01:33 pm
....crikey that TPWS loop has still not been repaired..... ::) :P :o


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on February 11, 2014, 11:46:42 am
....crikey that TPWS loop has still not been repaired..... ::) :P :o

Probably still working..


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: SDS on February 13, 2014, 08:44:55 pm
NFF


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: thetrout on February 19, 2014, 07:57:56 am
From The Mirror (http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/city-news/first-capital-connect-contract-renewed-3159331)

Quote
(http://i3.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article1960738.ece/ALTERNATES/s615/Train-tracks-near-Borehamwood-and-Elstree-train-station-1960738.jpg)

First Capital Connect scored 17th out of 19 train companies in Which? survey and has now been granted extension

Rowan Griffiths
Back on track: First Capital Connect
A train operator slated for passenger satisfaction this week was handed a six-month extension by the Government to run a contract yesterday.

First Capital Connect will continue its franchise until September when a new Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise will start on the London, Bedford, Brighton and King^s Lynn services.

A Which? survey this week placed FCC 17th out of 19 train companies for passenger satisfaction. It also scored the equal lowest number of points for train cleanliness.

RMT union leader Bob Crow said the contract extension ^defies belief^. Starting in September, TSGN will be the largest franchise on the network and will take in the ^6.5billion Thameslink programme.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: ^This contract is a major step towards boosting services for the 150,000 passengers who use these routes every day, as well as the national and regional economies.^

Yes pedants... I can see that Class 319 hiding in the background ::) ;) ;D :D :P


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on March 03, 2014, 11:39:00 pm
Yay! From Torquay's Herald Express (http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/Warning-trespass-flood-hit-Devon-railway-tracks/story-20699717-detail/story.html) comes our old friend, the toast rack.  ;D

(With an important message also)

Quote
Warning not to trespass on flood-hit Devon railway tracks

(http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276409/Article/images/20699717/5836739-large.jpg)

British Transport Police has issued a warning about trespassing on the flood-hit railway line in Devon.

It comes after a photograph appeared on social media sites apparently showing cyclists using the tracks in the Powderham area while work continues by Network Rail to repair damage caused by severe weather earlier this month.

At this stage, it is unclear when the photograph is alleged to have been taken ^ or indeed if the image is genuine and has not been photoshopped or altered in any way.

Nevertheless, officers are taking the opportunity to remind the public that even though passenger train services are currently suspended as a result of the flood damage, it remains an offence to trespass on the railway line ^ and anyone caught doing so will be dealt with by BTP.

Sgt Dave Mannion, of BTP Exeter said: ^It is still is an offence to trespass on the railway line even though no passenger services are running on this stretch of line.

^There are still a huge range of dangers associated with the line ^ not least the fact that engineering trains are running and heavy machinery is being used by engineers repairing the line at the moment.

^As always, I urge people to stick to recognised paths and roads and resist the temptation to use the railway line as a shortcut or a playground while the repair works are ongoing.

^We have stepped up patrols in the area and anyone found trespassing on this stretch of line will be dealt with in the same manner as when trains are running normally.

^Remember: it is an offence to trespass on the railway and if you do so, you will be caught and dealt with.^

Sgt Mannion added: ^I am also appealing to parents and adults to take responsibility and emphasise the dangers to your children, and if you live near the railway, ask yourself if you know where your children are playing?

^This is not about stopping people having fun ^ it is about keeping them safe from harm.

^We will continue to work closely with colleagues from Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and Network Rail to monitor the rail lines in the affected area.

^My message is simple - stay safe, stay off the tracks and stay out of trouble.^


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on March 22, 2014, 11:37:42 pm
From the Weston Mercury (http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/extra_london_trains_announced_1_3452722):

Quote
Extra London trains announced

First Great Western is making timetable changes in May to increase the number of train services between Weston and London.

Exact times have not been announced but the changes will mean more high-speed trains will run between the two on Sundays during the peak season.

And the particular picture the Weston Mercury (http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/extra_london_trains_announced_1_3452722) chose, to illustrate their story?

(http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/polopoly_fs/ndg_train_1_1_3310074!image/822203095.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_490/822203095.jpg)

 ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on April 02, 2014, 11:54:18 pm
From The Argus (http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/11119422.Commuter_chaos_with_delays_up_to_an_hour_railway_signalling_fails/?ref=nt):

Quote
Commuter chaos with delays up to an hour as railway signalling fails

(http://www.theargus.co.uk/resources/images/2643375.jpg?type=articleLandscape)
Signalling between Three Bridges and Gatwick failed due to a power cut

Commuters are facing delays of up to one hour this morning as railway signalling has failed.

An electrical power failure earlier this morning between Three Bridges and Gatwick Airport has had knock on effects for all major services.

Southern, Gatwick Express, First Great Western and First Capital Connect are all reporting disruption to their trains.

The routes are now open - but delays are expected as services clear the backlog.

... and while the tracks are returned to their normal dimensions, one assumes?  ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on April 03, 2014, 01:22:47 am
Not forgetting the third rail that should be evident between Three Bridges and Gatport Airwick.  ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: SandTEngineer on April 05, 2014, 08:52:23 pm
...well here is an interesting photo on the BT website of a level crossing incident in Texas USA illustrated by a photo of two signals at Cambridge UK  ::) ::) :D

(http://home.bt.com/images/train-hits-suv-on-texas-crossing-136389050646703201?v=140404130110)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on April 06, 2014, 04:55:23 pm
...well here is an interesting photo on the BT website of a level crossing incident in Texas USA illustrated by a photo of two signals at Cambridge UK  ::) ::) :D

I watched the video. Nutters are not confined to British rail crossings.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on April 13, 2014, 01:03:47 pm
From elsewhere on the forum:

From Stroud News and Journal (http://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/news/11141454._/?):

Quote
Plans for Stonehouse to Bristol railway screech to a halt

(http://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/resources/images/2921305.jpg?type=articleLandscape)

Plans for a railway station in Stonehouse which could provide a direct route to Bristol have screeched to a halt.

Article illustrated with a HST at Yeovil Pen Mill.  ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bobm on April 28, 2014, 03:09:31 pm
From Getwokingham (http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/overnight-closures-waterloo-level-crossing-7040066)

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Overnight closures at Waterloo Level Crossing for rail inspections

Apr 28, 2014 09:18
By Laura Miller

(http://i4.getreading.co.uk/incoming/article4154211.ece/alternates/s615/C_67_article_2059362_body_articleblock_0_bodyimage.jpg)
The crossing will be closed from 11pm to 5.30am for Network Rail contractors to carry out rail inspections.
 

The crossing will be closed from 11pm to 5.30am for Network Rail contractors to carry out rail inspections.

Drivers are warned the Waterloo Level Crossing will be closed every night this week.

The crossing will be closed from 11pm to 5.30am for Network Rail contractors to carry out rail inspections.

The alternative route for motorists will be via Old Wokingham Road, Easthampstead Road and Waterloo Road (western section), or by this route in reverse.

For more information call Wokingham Borough Council on (0118) 974 6000.

Might have to inspect more than the crossing......


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on May 11, 2014, 05:41:50 am
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2625396/Revealed-Britains-used-railway-station-EIGHT-passengers-year.html

I don't think there's anything new in this article about Teeside Airport.  Except, perhaps, some of the problems may lie in the station's signage as the second picture clearly says "Dorking West"


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on May 11, 2014, 10:26:38 am
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2625396/Revealed-Britains-used-railway-station-EIGHT-passengers-year.html

I don't think there's anything new in this article about Teeside Airport.  Except, perhaps, some of the problems may lie in the station's signage as the second picture clearly says "Dorking West"

Someone from DMGT must subscribe to this forum - the second picture (a 2006 view taken from Wikipedia!) now shows TEA.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: John R on May 11, 2014, 10:37:18 am
More likely someone has read the comments to the article which point out the error.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on May 16, 2014, 11:35:18 pm
Pacers getting wifi now, which I'm assuming is something more modern in reality!

Not my photo,


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: SDS on May 20, 2014, 01:32:42 pm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2633282/Family-train-fares-double-half-term-Rail-firms-admit-prices-times-increased-demand-deny-profiting-hard-pressed-parents.html

Interesting Livery.
(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/05/20/article-0-005AD56900000258-598_634x375.jpg)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Timmer on May 20, 2014, 04:28:43 pm
Great picture though. I did like the original Great Western trains livery and interior.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on May 20, 2014, 06:44:15 pm
GWT Merlin. My favourite.  ;D

Anyone know the location of the picture? A Google image search draws a blank.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Rhydgaled on May 20, 2014, 07:46:01 pm
Pacers getting wifi now, which I'm assuming is something more modern in reality!

Not my photo,
Not a pacer, but I'm pretty sure this (https://www.flickr.com/photos/22240112@N02/3121620877) had WiFi at some stage (now removed I believe). Although at least one other 53-plate vehicle has WiFi, I haven't seen any mode of transport with WiFi that appears as old as the bus pictured (the other vehicle I know of is a much more modern-looking model).

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2633282/Family-train-fares-double-half-term-Rail-firms-admit-prices-times-increased-demand-deny-profiting-hard-pressed-parents.html

Interesting Livery.
(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/05/20/article-0-005AD56900000258-598_634x375.jpg)
GWT Merlin. My favourite.  ;D

Anyone know the location of the picture? A Google image search draws a blank.
I do quite like the Great Western Trains livery, particularly the older version which retained the INTERCITY text from Swallow livery on the coaches. One thing that could have been improved though was if the 'Great Western' on the coaches (probably not the power cars) had also been in the INTERCITY font to match the INTERCITY text.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: John R on May 20, 2014, 08:15:12 pm
Going back to the story, so advance tickets for travel next week are more expensive than those for travel in a month's time. Duhhhh, of course they are. The nearer you get to travel, the less likely the allocations of cheaper tickets are still available.

Never let accuracy get in the way of a good story, eh.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on May 20, 2014, 08:17:56 pm
Not a pacer, but I'm pretty sure this (https://www.flickr.com/photos/22240112@N02/3121620877) had WiFi at some stage (now removed I believe). Although at least one other 53-plate vehicle has WiFi, I haven't seen any mode of transport with WiFi that appears as old as the bus pictured (the other vehicle I know of is a much more modern-looking model).

Plenty of First Bristol buses older than '53' plate with WiFi fitted. Regularly have 1999 'W' reg deckers on my local route, that have had WiFi fitted.

Think there may well even be some vehicles older than 1999 in First's West of England fleet that have had WiFi retro-fitted.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on May 20, 2014, 09:46:29 pm
Going back to the story, so advance tickets for travel next week are more expensive than those for travel in a month's time. Duhhhh, of course they are. The nearer you get to travel, the less likely the allocations of cheaper tickets are still available.

Never let accuracy get in the way of a good story, eh.

Two words: Daily and Mail.  :-X


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on May 20, 2014, 10:17:55 pm
Story posted elsewhere (http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=1684.msg154614#msg154614) on the forum.

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New parkway rail station is now 'closer than ever'

WORCESTERSHIRE is closer than ever to getting a new parkway railway station, the county council has insisted.

(http://www.malverngazette.co.uk/resources/images/2821964.jpg?type=articleLandscape)

I'm fairly confident that if this station is built the third rail will be unnecessary.  ::)

Although, anyone who knows about the history of railways in Worcestershire will be aware that in the mid 19th century spurious rails were quite common. Mixed gauge having been required in many places to satisfy parliamentary bills and to keep the GWR onside. Despite the legal requirements to lay a mixed gauge, the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton (OWW or Old, Worse and Worse) did everything possible to not lay rails for broad gauge trains, and when they eventually did, after numerous visits to the Court of Chancery, they still made it nigh on impossible, for many years, for the GWR to run through broad gauge trains to/from London. All this in spite of the fact that the GWR were supposed to be partners with the OWW and had provided the majority of the capital to build the OWW lines.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Rhydgaled on May 21, 2014, 08:37:52 am
Not a pacer, but I'm pretty sure this (https://www.flickr.com/photos/22240112@N02/3121620877) had WiFi at some stage (now removed I believe). Although at least one other 53-plate vehicle has WiFi, I haven't seen any mode of transport with WiFi that appears as old as the bus pictured (the other vehicle I know of is a much more modern-looking model).

Plenty of First Bristol buses older than '53' plate with WiFi fitted. Regularly have 1999 'W' reg deckers on my local route, that have had WiFi fitted.

Think there may well even be some vehicles older than 1999 in First's West of England fleet that have had WiFi retro-fitted.
Interesting, maybe Northern really is going to install WiFi on pacers then.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on May 21, 2014, 07:53:09 pm
Saw an 'R' reg bus in Bristol today with the 'WiFi fitted' stickers on the windows. A Volvo B10BLE with Wright Renown body. That'd be at least 16 years old.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on May 23, 2014, 06:21:58 pm
Saw an 'R' reg bus in Bristol today with the 'WiFi fitted' stickers on the windows. A Volvo B10BLE with Wright Renown body. That'd be at least 16 years old.

Yes, but it's only 56 kbps.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on May 27, 2014, 01:37:56 pm
Saw an 'R' reg bus in Bristol today with the 'WiFi fitted' stickers on the windows. A Volvo B10BLE with Wright Renown body. That'd be at least 16 years old.

Yes, but it's only 56 kbps.

I tried using the Wifi on one of the South Wales Optare Versos last week, it was quicker to use the mobile internet from my mobile provider.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: trainer on July 04, 2014, 01:12:49 pm
If we are to believe the picture in the July edition of North Somerset Council's 'award winning' (their description) 'Life' magazine, the proposed line to Portishead is to be electrified with a third rail and trains will originate in Kent.

http://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/Your_Council/Communication_and_Information/North%20Somerset%20Life/NS%20Life%20July%202014%20%28pdf%29.pdf

This is a pdf file and you need to go to p29, unless you live in NS, then just open your freebie copy.

Ironically, this edition of my Council Tax supported magazine opens with a rant from the Council Leader about media inaccuracy and the way in which the 'international web' and social media is used in such a way that

Quote
The public are often being deliberately misled and it is often impossible to know what to believe.

This image is not deliberately misleading - but the second half of the quoted sentence in undoubtedly true.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on July 04, 2014, 04:19:59 pm
For completeness, here is the 'offending' article from North Somerset Life (http://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/Your_Council/Communication_and_Information/North%20Somerset%20Life/NS%20Life%20July%202014%20%28pdf%29.pdf):

(http://i.imgur.com/FZQBfka.jpg?1)


(My highlighting: CfN.)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: sprinterguard on July 04, 2014, 04:52:31 pm
No wonder it takes so many years to build any sodding railway project... when it takes the whole of 2016 to have a Public Enquiry in Autumn 2016.  ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on July 04, 2014, 05:00:56 pm
Here's a corker:

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Rolls-Royce sets up JV to develop train transmission systems

(http://static.digitallook.com/digital/imagesdigital/banners/generic_fasttrain_main.jpg)

Rolls-Royce announced on Friday that it has entered into a long-term joint venture (JV) with engine group Hispano-Suiza (Safran) to develop accessory drive train transmission systems.

The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish the 50:50 JV, which addresses the entire product life-cycle of Rolls-Royce civil aeroengine applications.

Read full article at http://sharecast.com/news/rolls-royce-sets-up-jv-to-develop-train-transmission-systems/21841853.html


The problem is that the illustration appears to be a railway train - not an aero engine accessory drive train, which is a completely different thing. The RR-Safran JV has absolutely nothing to do with railways. All explained here (http://rolls-royce.com/news/press_releases/2014/040714_memorandum_of_understanding%20.jsp) for them as are interested...


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Worcester_Passenger on July 07, 2014, 06:11:11 pm
But still on transport, what's wrong with the illustration in http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-28195782 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-28195782)?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: trainer on July 07, 2014, 09:06:03 pm
But still on transport, what's wrong with the illustration in http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-28195782 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-28195782)?

That's a rail vehicle (I first wrote 'tram/tram-train but it looks quite substantial) not from these islands I'll wager.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Worcester_Passenger on July 07, 2014, 09:26:23 pm
Indeed so. I think a tram on the basis of the articulation just about visible on the left of the picture.

But we're definitely driving on the right.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on July 13, 2014, 04:09:24 pm
Disruption on the railways indeed, if this particular illustration is to be believed - from the Oxford Mail (http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/11336632.Disruption_on_the_railways/?ref=var_0):

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Disruption on the railways

(http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/resources/images/3119587.jpg?type=articleLandscape)

Railways in Oxfordshire will be disrupted by works next spring.

Network Rail plans to close the main line between Didcot and Twyford over the long Easter Weekend, April 4, 5 and 6, for engineering work. This is expected to disrupt First Great Western services.

The rail firm is also planning a 75-hour closure of the line from Didcot to Oxford and Heyford over the late May bank holiday, May 23, 24 and 25.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: John R on July 13, 2014, 04:38:34 pm
Network Rail plans to close the main line between Didcot and Twyford over the long Easter Weekend, April 4, 5 and 6, for engineering work. This is expected to disrupt First Great Western services.


I don't think there's any doubt about it - it will disrupt services.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on July 13, 2014, 04:47:19 pm
Ah, you're picking them up on their wording: I merely pick them up on their pictures.  ;) :D ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on July 20, 2014, 08:17:27 pm
From the Bristol Post (http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Delays-trains-landslip-Bristol-Temple-Meads-Bath/story-21661585-detail/story.html):

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Delays on trains after landslip between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa

(http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276268/Article/images/21661585/6397862-large.jpg)

There has been a landslip between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa, causing delays on trains.

It is understand it happened near Oldfield Park.

First Great Western reports that all lines are blocked and that replacement road transport is being sourced.

Those pesky landslips clearly cause absolute havoc with the track layout at Oldfield Park.  :P ::) :o


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on July 20, 2014, 11:18:11 pm
From the Bristol Post (http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Delays-trains-landslip-Bristol-Temple-Meads-Bath/story-21661585-detail/story.html):

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Delays on trains after landslip between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa

(http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276268/Article/images/21661585/6397862-large.jpg)

There has been a landslip between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa, causing delays on trains.

It is understand it happened near Oldfield Park.

First Great Western reports that all lines are blocked and that replacement road transport is being sourced.

Those pesky landslips clearly cause absolute havoc with the track layout at Oldfield Park.  :P ::) :o

This is a future picture ...

By the year 2059, the line will be 4 track from the Bristol area to Oldfield Park, where it will come down to 2 tracks through the city due to all the listed structures through there and the objections to removal of the overhead electric structures which have become so iconic in the 50 years since they were installed.

We are on "lighter side", aren't we?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on July 26, 2014, 02:58:49 am
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2706201/End-line-quiet-carriages-trains-Rail-operators-axe-designated-areas-cause-rows-passengers.html

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End of the line for quiet carriages on trains: Rail operators axe designated areas because they 'cause rows between passengers'

(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/07/25/article-2706201-07759566000005DC-970_634x427.jpg)




Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: trainer on July 26, 2014, 11:36:48 am

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2706201/End-line-quiet-carriages-trains-Rail-operators-axe-designated-areas-cause-rows-passengers.html


End of the line for quiet carriages on trains: Rail operators axe designated areas because they 'cause rows between passengers'




Once again the Mail shows its attention to detail and enthusiasm for other European countries' rail systems.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: thetrout on August 21, 2014, 11:03:22 pm
This is probably more suited to the Pedants thread. But I'll put it here:

http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Moment-Boeing-777-passenger-jet-flies-low-traffic/story-22797188-detail/story.html (http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Moment-Boeing-777-passenger-jet-flies-low-traffic/story-22797188-detail/story.html)

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This dramatic photo shows a Boeing 777 swooping down over traffic stopped at a red light.

(http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276309/Article/images/22797188/6806757-large.jpg)

Looks like a Level Crossing to me ;D :D :-X


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Ollie on August 22, 2014, 12:00:54 am
This is probably more suited to the Pedants thread. But I'll put it here:

http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Moment-Boeing-777-passenger-jet-flies-low-traffic/story-22797188-detail/story.html (http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Moment-Boeing-777-passenger-jet-flies-low-traffic/story-22797188-detail/story.html)

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This dramatic photo shows a Boeing 777 swooping down over traffic stopped at a red light.

(http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276309/Article/images/22797188/6806757-large.jpg)

Looks like a Level Crossing to me ;D :D :-X

I don't think it is, reading the article, it appears the airport can stop traffic on roads nearby when certain aircraft come into land. Same style as a level crossing though, but looking at Streetview, it is appears to be just lights and road markings.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on August 22, 2014, 12:19:51 am
Such traffic lights are not exclusive to the road/rail interface.

The same 'wigwags' can be seen outside fire stations for example, and as this article highlights, on roads near runways.

I seem to remember that 'wigwags' were in place on the A38 at Filton back in the day, and at Lulsgate, also on the A38, before the road was dog legged around the runway apron.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Brucey on August 22, 2014, 08:39:37 am
There are similar arrangements near RAF Northolt in West London.

The Boeing 777 photograph was actually the front page story on yesterday's Cambridge News.  Made a refreshing change from "mother finds maggot in Tesco Value potatoes", which was last Friday's cover story.  ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: stuving on August 22, 2014, 09:43:32 am
There are similar arrangements near RAF Northolt in West London.

Yes - but not on the A40 (I don't think there ever were - just the road sign with an aircraft outline on it). And of course that is one place where an aeroplane did drive across the road, not so long ago - determined by the AAIB, unusually, to be an HR problem.

The wigwags are on the A4180; picture attached courtesy Google Street View, as I don't have time to go there ...

There also used to be a taxiway crossing at Heathrow, north of Hatton Cross, which was recently closed and the perimeter road made to detour round the back of the big BA shed and Vanguard House. I guess that's pretty new, as a bit of that new road is still a Street view-free area. My recollection of that is that it had normal traffic lights and big rolling gates, all hand operated. 


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Surrey 455 on August 23, 2014, 11:48:19 am
There also used to be a taxiway crossing at Heathrow, north of Hatton Cross, which was recently closed and the perimeter road made to detour round the back of the big BA shed and Vanguard House. I guess that's pretty new, as a bit of that new road is still a Street view-free area. My recollection of that is that it had normal traffic lights and big rolling gates, all hand operated. 

It has been at least 6 years since the crossing was closed. From memory it was just level crossing lights to stop you driving into Concorde or a passing 747 as although there were automatic sliding gates to stop you driving into the hangars or runway I don't remember any barriers coming down on the road when the other barriers slid open.

I used that crossing as an excuse for getting in to work late a few times.
"Sorry I'm late, I had to wait for Concorde to cross the road"



Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Brucey on August 26, 2014, 07:13:33 am
From the BBC this time: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-28933249
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London rail commuters face delays into King's Cross
(http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/74630000/jpg/_74630634_74630633.jpg)
That is just north of Clapham Junction ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on August 26, 2014, 10:36:21 am

I seem to remember that 'wigwags' were in place on the A38 at Filton back in the day...


Wigwags, barriers and special short lamp-posts as I remember it... came in very handy when Concordes were rolling off the production line; they used to back new aircraft up almost to the perimeter fence and then run the engines up to full reheat. The shock diamonds went halfway across the A38 and would easily have sent your family Cortina barrel-rolling in the direction of Little Stoke. Quite the loudest thing I've ever felt ('heard' somehow doesn't seem the right word).


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on September 15, 2014, 09:36:50 am
http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2014/09/14/hourly-train-service-between-shropshire-and-the-welsh-coast-on-target/

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An hourly train service between Shropshire and the Welsh coast is on track to start next May.

(http://www.shropshirestar.com/wpmvc/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/virgin-train-stock.jpg)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: paul7755 on September 15, 2014, 09:48:48 am
From 'Bedford Today', reporting on the current changes to the Thameslink franchise:

(http://www.bedfordtoday.co.uk/webimage/1.6280796.1410438612!/image/2018499459.jpg_gen/derivatives/articleImgDeriv_628px/2018499459.jpg)

Article also reports, in the present tense, that Thameslink connects to Southampton and Portsmouth, I don't think I'll go round and wait for a train...

http://www.bedfordtoday.co.uk/news/local/govia-launches-new-era-on-thameslink-and-great-northern-1-6293092

Paul



Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Rhydgaled on September 15, 2014, 11:43:55 am
Link to the Welsh Coast with Pendolinos in May 2015? Has electrification been brought forward (not a single foot of electrified track in Wales yet is there)?

Oh, it is talking about the Cambrian Line. Maybe they saw the scenery in the background and thought it looked like the senic terrain the Cambrian goes through, but didn't notice the OHLE.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on September 15, 2014, 11:54:44 am
(not a single foot of electrified track in Wales yet is there)?

But there is an electric railway ...

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The most relaxing way to enjoy this majestic panorama is to travel by train on the longest funicular electric cliff railway in Britain, which has been transporting visitors to the summit since opening in 1896.

See more at: http://www.aberystwythcliffrailway.co.uk/

Edit to add ...
And there used to be an electric line in Swansea too ...
http://www.welshwales.co.uk/mumbles_railway_swansea.htm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yi4i20xVNrE


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Rhydgaled on September 15, 2014, 12:47:45 pm
(not a single foot of electrified track in Wales yet is there)?

But there is an electric railway ...

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The most relaxing way to enjoy this majestic panorama is to travel by train on the longest funicular electric cliff railway in Britain, which has been transporting visitors to the summit since opening in 1896.

See more at: http://www.aberystwythcliffrailway.co.uk/
Ah yes. I nearly said Network Rail track as I thought there might be a 'private' railway somewhere using electric traction, but couldn't think of any.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bobm on September 15, 2014, 01:20:40 pm
(not a single foot of electrified track in Wales yet is there)?

But there is an electric railway ...

Quote
The most relaxing way to enjoy this majestic panorama is to travel by train on the longest funicular electric cliff railway in Britain, which has been transporting visitors to the summit since opening in 1896.

See more at: http://www.aberystwythcliffrailway.co.uk/

I'd certainly opt for the railway rather than the climb!

(http://www.mbob.co.uk/rforum/aber1.jpg)

Great view at the top too...

(http://www.mbob.co.uk/rforum/aber2.jpg)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on September 15, 2014, 04:09:25 pm
(not a single foot of electrified track in Wales yet is there)?


[pedant]
Do they not have track circuits in Wales then?
[/pedant]


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: thetrout on September 15, 2014, 08:25:51 pm
http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2014/09/14/hourly-train-service-between-shropshire-and-the-welsh-coast-on-target/

An hourly train service between Shropshire and the Welsh coast is on track to start next May.

But Class 390 Pendolinos have been Deadhauled by Class 57s on Summer Holyhead services in the past... Maybe Virgin would be doing this instead... Or using the Pretendolino :P ;) ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on September 15, 2014, 09:00:19 pm
(not a single foot of electrified track in Wales yet is there)?

[pedant]
Do they not have track circuits in Wales then?
[/pedant]

There must be at least one household in Wales with a Hornby starter set ...  ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: eightf48544 on September 15, 2014, 10:49:45 pm
Found this Googing "Electric Slate Railways Wales"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-10704636 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-10704636)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on September 17, 2014, 08:59:23 pm
From the West Briton (http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Disruption-train-service-Falmouth-Truro/story-22936991-detail/story.html):

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Broken down train disrupts rail service between Falmouth and Truro

(http://www.westbriton.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276391/Article/images/22936991/6906524-large.jpg)
First Great Western

Rail services between Falmouth and Truro have been disrupted this morning due to a train breaking down on the line.

The 8.20am and 8.50am services between Falmouth Docks and Truro have been cancelled.

Stations affected include Falmouth Town, Penmere, Penryn, Perranwell and Truro.

First Great Western says it cannot guarantee later trains will not be affected.

Some passengers arriving at stations on the line have been told they will need to find alternative means of travel.

The company advised commuters to check its website at journeycheck.com/firstgreatwestern for further updates.

Those Class 180s are clearly unsuited to running along railway lines exposed to the sea air ...  ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on September 23, 2014, 11:59:26 pm
From the Cornish Guardian (http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/Broken-train-disrupts-rail-service-Par-Newquay/story-22967382-detail/story.html):

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Broken down train disrupts rail service between Par and Newquay

(http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276349/Article/images/22967382/6928962-large.jpg)
train

Rail services between Par and Newquay have been disrupted this afternoon due to a train breaking down on the line.

Train operator First Great Western said a number of its services have been suspended.

Stations affected include Par, Luxulyan, Bugle, Roche, St Columb Road, Quintrell Downs and Newquay.

First Great Western says it cannot guarantee later trains will not be affected, however replacement buses are being arranged.

Such trains are quite clearly not suited to running on Cornish branch lines - surely they know that by now?  ::) :o ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on September 24, 2014, 12:17:30 am
From the Cornish Guardian (http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/Broken-train-disrupts-rail-service-Par-Newquay/story-22967382-detail/story.html):

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Broken down train disrupts rail service between Par and Newquay

(http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276349/Article/images/22967382/6928962-large.jpg)
train

Rail services between Par and Newquay have been disrupted this afternoon due to a train breaking down on the line.

Train operator First Great Western said a number of its services have been suspended.

Stations affected include Par, Luxulyan, Bugle, Roche, St Columb Road, Quintrell Downs and Newquay.

First Great Western says it cannot guarantee later trains will not be affected, however replacement buses are being arranged.

Such trains are quite clearly not suited to running on Cornish branch lines - surely they know that by now?  ::) :o ;D

26th August 2014 I rode in coach C behind 43042 on 1C76 to Newquay, just not in that livery!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: IndustryInsider on October 17, 2014, 03:35:29 pm
Here's a good one.  I doubt Amersham-Watford trains would be in the hands of a Class 200 Voyager, and that picture certainly isn't taken at Amersham or Watford - but where is it taken...?

http://www.getbucks.co.uk/news/local-news/direct-trains-amersham-watford-introduced-7941389 (http://www.getbucks.co.uk/news/local-news/direct-trains-amersham-watford-introduced-7941389)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: paul7755 on October 17, 2014, 03:47:41 pm
Here's a good one.  I doubt Amersham-Watford trains would be in the hands of a Class 200 Voyager, and that picture certainly isn't taken at Amersham or Watford - but where is it taken...?

http://www.getbucks.co.uk/news/local-news/direct-trains-amersham-watford-introduced-7941389 (http://www.getbucks.co.uk/news/local-news/direct-trains-amersham-watford-introduced-7941389)

More to the point, they could run from Amersham to Watford Met today as the necessary curve is already there, it doesn't rely on the new Croxley Link really;  but presumably no-one realises because they've either never been up early enough, or they've never been on the third side of the triangular route during periodic engineering work...

Paul


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on October 17, 2014, 04:05:50 pm
More to the point, they could run from Amersham to Watford Met today as the necessary curve is already there ...

I thought a couple of very early morning trains already ran direct to Watford from Amersham, and one or two back very late at night.  Or have they gone?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on October 17, 2014, 05:39:24 pm
According to the trainline, it's around a 2 hour trip with 2 changes.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on October 17, 2014, 05:53:08 pm
According to the trainline, it's around a 2 hour trip with 2 changes.

Sounds like they're sending you on the National Rail network and not using the underground.

Just tried FGW site.   Watford High Street gives 2 hours;  Watford Met gives 46 minutes.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on October 17, 2014, 06:08:09 pm
I thought a couple of very early morning trains already ran direct to Watford from Amersham, and one or two back very late at night.  Or have they gone?

There are currently three passenger services that take the North Curve between Rickmansworth and Croxley.

From Chesham to Watford at 0515^. (branch to branch!)
From Rickmansworth to Watford at 0608.
From Watford to Rickmansworth at 0049.

There are also empty stock movements at various times of the day.

Times from the Metropolitan Line Working Timetable: https://www.tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/documents/wtt-335-metropolitan-18-may-2014.pdf

At all other times of the day, to get from Watford Met to Rickmansworth and beyond (and vice versa) would require a change at Moor Park.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: paul7755 on October 17, 2014, 06:19:05 pm
More to the point, they could run from Amersham to Watford Met today as the necessary curve is already there ...

I thought a couple of very early morning trains already ran direct to Watford from Amersham, and one or two back very late at night.  Or have they gone?

They still exist, but at completely unsocial times (as explained by bnm just now).  I could probably have worded my post better.

Paul


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Brucey on October 17, 2014, 07:19:59 pm
During Sunday engineering works a few months ago, I ended up on a service from Harrow-on-the-Hill to Amersham via Watford.  Passengers were advised to double back as there were no direct services.

Slightly odd to hear the automated announcement "this is a semi-fast Metropolitan Line train to Amersham via Watford".


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on October 17, 2014, 08:07:20 pm
More to the point, they could run from Amersham to Watford Met today as the necessary curve is already there ...

I thought a couple of very early morning trains already ran direct to Watford from Amersham, and one or two back very late at night.  Or have they gone?

They still exist, but at completely unsocial times (as explained by bnm just now).  I could probably have worded my post better.

Paul

Actually Paul, it's me that could have worded better (and checked - a change still needed).  Sorry I came across as I did, which was over-pedantic and a bit snappy.  I've had a very busy time for the last few months ... shouldn't have come out here ... I'm planning to regroup ...

An element of a sore spot was hit by the Amersham to Watford post, as we went on for years being told that if we could prove demand by filling existing trains at antisocial hours (the 06:12 from Swindon, the 07:04 from Westbury, the 18:44 from Swindon and the 19:35) then we might be able to have more.  But I am not advocating that we suggest the same impractical hurdle for the Amersham to Watford folks ...



Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: PhilWakely on October 23, 2014, 04:06:10 pm
Not exactly stock, but here is a report in today's Exeter Express and Echo about the Exmouth line being closed because a vehicle struck a bridge............

http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Exmouth-trains-cancelled-car-hits-Polsloe-Bridge/story-23390933-detail/story.html (http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Exmouth-trains-cancelled-car-hits-Polsloe-Bridge/story-23390933-detail/story.html)

An image of double track included in a story about a vehicle striking a bridge on a single track branch line!

Sorry, but I do not know how to embed the story, so if a mod can edit this, please do so!




Edit note: No problem. CfN. ;)

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Exmouth trains cancelled after car hits Polsloe Bridge in Exeter

(http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276269/Article/images/23390933/7254014-large.jpg)

Trains have been cancelled between Exeter and Exmouth this afternoon after a car hit Polsloe Bridge.

A vehicle has struck the bridge meaning trains are being delayed by up to 50 minutes between ‪‎Exeter‬ St Davids and ‪‎Exmouth‬.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: paul7755 on October 23, 2014, 04:23:29 pm
Ah, but isn't that the famous BTP issued image of a 'shopping trolley' thrown on the line?   

Should be extra points whenever an editor uses that pic, I reckon...  ;D

Paul


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on October 23, 2014, 05:27:38 pm
It's the broken TPWS grid (toast rack) that has featured numerous times in this thread.

It's one of CfN's favourites!  :P


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: SandTEngineer on October 23, 2014, 08:25:33 pm
It's the broken TPWS grid (toast rack) that has featured numerous times in this thread.

It's one of CfN's favourites!  :P
Crikey they still haven't fixed it  ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on November 08, 2014, 12:04:12 am
From the Oxford Mail (http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/11586203.Freight_train_disruption/):

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Freight train disruption

(http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/resources/images/2637907.jpg?display=1&htype=0&type=mc2)

There were minor delays on passenger services at Didcot Parkway yesterday morning because of problems with a freight train.

A spokesman for First Great Western said: ^I would imagine if there was disruption caused by a freight train there was probably some kind of fault with that train.^

However, the rail operator could not give any further details or when the fault was rectified.

It was a freight train: why were the Oxford Mail asking First Great Western??  ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on November 08, 2014, 01:37:13 am
It would appear that Phillipa Page or Phil Space has got a job at the Oxford Mail.  ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on November 11, 2014, 07:03:07 pm
From the Bristol Post (http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Pylons-removed-make-way-new-rail-electrification/story-24511676-detail/story.html?ito=email_newsletter_bristolpost):

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Pylons to be removed to make way for new electrification on Bristol's railway

(http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276268/Article/images/24511676/8140645-large.jpg)
Plans have been drawn up to remove pylons near a railway bridge over the M4

It is a sign that the electrification of Bristol's railway is almost in the city's grasp. Plans have been drawn up to remove pylons near a railway bridge over the M4 to clear the way for equipment which will bring faster, cleaner and quieter services to passengers.

The electricity pylons either side of the blue bridge at Hambrook need to be taken out and cables rerouted under the motorway to create enough space for electric trains running on overhead wires.

The pylons will need to be out of way when a specially-designed ^40 million factory train sinking piles into the ground ^ which will be used to hold up the gantries ^ edges its way westward from London to begin work in the Bristol area.

 ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on November 11, 2014, 11:07:38 pm
I don't think that bit of rusty, fishplated point work will be seeing the leccy knitting above it any time soon.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on November 12, 2014, 07:53:42 pm
From the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard (http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/11593764.Seasoned_rail_commuter_airs_grievance_over_Swindon_to_Kemble_rail_line/):

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Seasoned rail commuter airs grievance over Swindon to Kemble rail line

(http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/resources/images/3369314.jpg?htype=41&display=1&type=mc2)
Stock picture of a First Great Westrern train

No problem with their use of a 'stock picture' on this particular occasion - but their caption could do with a spell check.  :P


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on November 12, 2014, 11:29:41 pm
Also, 'Seasoned rail commuter'?

Salt and pepper? Or perhaps something a little spicier, such as paprika or cayenne.

Looking at the name of the person referred to in the headline I'd suggest roasting with a little thyme and a clove or two of garlic. Maybe stuff the cavity with some bacon, strongly flavoured mushrooms and fresh breadcrumbs.
 :P ;) ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on November 12, 2014, 11:39:50 pm
Also, 'Seasoned rail commuter'?

Fair game, I suppose.  :P


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on November 17, 2014, 09:43:55 pm
Plymouth Herald (http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Moves-reopen-old-railway-line-near-Plymouth-step/story-24546284-detail/story.html) have played a blinder with this one:

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Moves to re-open old railway line near Plymouth a step closer

(http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276351/Article/images/24546284/8167400.jpg)
train

The chances of Tavistock seeing four track electrification and Pendolini are less than zilch. And the picture editor deserves a special prize for that caption. It must have taken him/her ages to come up with that.   


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: 81F on November 21, 2014, 09:53:33 am
Vivat Great Western!  A news report in the Daily Telegraph of horses on the line near Cambridge is illustrated by a fine example of what looks to me like a Great Western signalbox. (And the line through Milton, between Cambridge and Ely, has obviously been electrified with minimally intrusive overhead catenary!)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/11243311/Seven-horses-killed-at-Cambridgeshire-railway-crossing.html 


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: SandTEngineer on November 21, 2014, 12:50:54 pm
Vivat Great Western!  A news report in the Daily Telegraph of horses on the line near Cambridge is illustrated by a fine example of what looks to me like a Great Western signalbox. (And the line through Milton, between Cambridge and Ely, has obviously been electrified with minimally intrusive overhead catenary!)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/11243311/Seven-horses-killed-at-Cambridgeshire-railway-crossing.html 

That's Truro signalbox........... ::) :P

...and what's more is that the level crossing was renewed there some 5 years ago and doesn't look like that now......


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: ray951 on December 02, 2014, 11:36:24 am
This picture/caption made me laugh.
It is from the Scottish Daily Record, not only I am I convinced that this is not the West Coast Main Line (well not the one in England/Scotland) but the caption is also interesting (although probably true).
http://pic.twitter.com/aw7b5NC9eI (http://pic.twitter.com/aw7b5NC9eI)
Apologies its not in our area.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on December 02, 2014, 06:49:25 pm
Looks wrong-road to me, which could explain a lot. Any similar forecast for the Severn Beach Line?

A screen shot, in case someone realises this going viral (or more likely bacterial) and puts it right:

(http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/Boyamijealous_7108a707/Record_zps3ffd7f49.jpg)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: eightf48544 on December 02, 2014, 07:15:08 pm
Well it's got me guessing definitely not WCML, probably not Europe as only one headlight not a triangle. East Coast of States?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: stuving on December 02, 2014, 07:34:51 pm
It's presumably Russia, on the basis that Kirill Kudryavtsev is a Russian press photographer. The BBC have used it to illustrate a story about trains in Russia, and while I don't suppose it was the right train for the story it's a much nearer miss.

Getty list it as:
Caption:A commuter train arrives on snow-covered tracks at a railway station outside Moscow, on November 27, 2013. Snow fell today across Moscow and its vicinity, while the temperatures dropped to -6 C (21 F), but due to high humidity and wind, weather experts said it would feel more like - 11 C (13 F). AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

(Edit: more details from Getty)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on December 03, 2014, 01:32:44 am
From TravelPulse (http://www.travelpulse.com/news/car-rental-and-rail/british-airways-partners-with-rail-companies-to-offer-single-ticket-journeys.html):

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British Airways Partners with Rail Companies to Offer Single Ticket Journeys

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Traversing the southwest United Kingdom is about to get a whole lot easier.

According to the Telegraph's Natalie Paris, British Airways has teamed up with train companies Heathrow Express and First Great Western to offer single bookings that will combine air and rail travel, making international journeys more convenient for customers in Wales and western England.

The combined ticket for air and rail travel means that passengers who miss their flight will be provided a seat on the next available flight. And if the next available flight is on the following day, travelers will be provided overnight accommodation.

"This partnership removes a layer of hassle for customers and affords them extra protection against possible problems," said Keith Greenfield, managing director of Heathrow Express.

The tickets will be available to book through travel agents beginning on Dec. 5.

British Airways head of UK&I sales and marketing Stephen Humphreys says the combined ticket "is a great new way for our customers living in Wales and the West Country to get on track right from the start to enjoy a terrific trip with British Airways."

"Our partnership with First Great Western and Heathrow Express will make flying more accessible and convenient for customers travelling from regions in the UK without local airports," Humphreys added.

The combined tickets will apply to nearly a dozen First Great Western stations, including Oxford, Cardiff, Swansea and St. Austell.

As Humphreys points out, the new single ticket option will make international travel much easier for those in regions outside of the U.K.'s major cities. But in addition to convenience, the combined ticket will provide piece of mind for travelers.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on December 04, 2014, 10:54:20 am
Those Devonshire Alps seem to have grown a bit since I last saw them...


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Worcester_Passenger on December 04, 2014, 11:47:26 am
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British Airways Partners with Rail Companies to Offer Single Ticket Journeys

As Humphreys points out, the new single ticket option will make international travel much easier for those in regions outside of the U.K.'s major cities. But in addition to convenience, the combined ticket will provide piece of mind for travelers.

There's quite a difference between "piece of mind" and "peace of mind".


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on December 04, 2014, 12:06:38 pm
Quote
British Airways Partners with Rail Companies to Offer Single Ticket Journeys

As Humphreys points out, the new single ticket option will make international travel much easier for those in regions outside of the U.K.'s major cities. But in addition to convenience, the combined ticket will provide piece of mind for travelers.

There's quite a difference between "piece of mind" and "peace of mind".

I was tempted to give Mr Humphries a piece of my mind over his mis-spelling of 'travellers', but then I realised the piece is from a US website. I suppose we must learn to forgive them for their Neo-Websterite speling (sic) eccentricities... The fact that it's a US website may also explain the slight geographical imprecision too; from Westampton (yes, really; no 'h') NJ, the Devon Alps and the other set are probably barely distinguishable.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on January 06, 2015, 12:14:41 pm
Here's another example, from the Bath Chronicle (http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/Person-hit-train-causing-delays-cancellations/story-25807260-detail/story.html).

In fact, the injured woman in this incident was not hit by a train, but was rescued from near the tracks and taken to hospital in Swindon.

However, the picture used by the Bath Chronicle to illustrate their story is not on the line between Swindon and Didcot Parkway, but is ... somewhere else.

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Person hit by train causing delays and cancellations on Bath Spa to London Paddington line

(http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276329/Article/images/25807260/9281526-large.jpg)
A person hit by a train on the London Paddington line from Bristol Temple Meads

A person has been hit by a train between Swindon and Didcot Parkway causing cancellations and delays of up to an hour.

Any suggestions as to the actual location in that picture?  ;)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on January 06, 2015, 12:48:09 pm
Approaching Station Road bridge, Flax Bourton, heading for Temple Meads. Did you take it CfN?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bobm on January 06, 2015, 02:03:02 pm
That is correct - I only know because bignosemac posted so during this morning's database problems and noted the milepost bottom right.

I don't remember the entire post - but there was mention of MOD fuel tanks and power car 43125 - then I fell asleep again...  ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Rhydgaled on January 07, 2015, 10:54:19 am
Quote
Person hit by train causing delays and cancellations on Bath Spa to London Paddington line

(http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276329/Article/images/25807260/9281526-large.jpg)
A person hit by a train on the London Paddington line from Bristol Temple Meads

A person has been hit by a train between Swindon and Didcot Parkway causing cancellations and delays of up to an hour.
The train in that photo is quite close to the model I would like to own someday. 2+5 rake with 3xstd. class, an RFB and one FO. Only the livery would be different. How did it manage to get short-formed by three coaches?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on January 07, 2015, 12:02:01 pm
Likely a special (43125 is up front), an ECS move after a special, or just an ECS move getting stock where it needed to be after some chopping and changing. I've looked into the image to see if it can be dated or whether there's any accompanying info about the set the day the pic was taken, but I've drawn a blank.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Timmer on January 07, 2015, 04:55:24 pm
The image is regularly used by the Bath Chronicle along with an image of a Wales and Borders 158 arriving into Bath Spa whenever they run a rail related story on their website.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on January 07, 2015, 11:08:00 pm
Likely a special (43125 is up front), an ECS move after a special, or just an ECS move getting stock where it needed to be after some chopping and changing. I've looked into the image to see if it can be dated or whether there's any accompanying info about the set the day the pic was taken, but I've drawn a blank.

I think it's this one (http://www.tauntontrains.co.uk/HST.htm):

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It was 2007 before FGW settled on their final corperate livery, and so launched livery eight since 1996, on the 17th Janaury 2007. 43125 and 43021 were paired up on a shortened rake for a press run on board the 1Z30 from Plymouth to Paddington. The colourful combination with full MTU operation is seen passing 40 Steps, Taunton.
(Photo: Jeff Treece)

The 'tauntontrains' image itself is copyright restricted, but you can view it, about halfway down the above page link.  ;)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on January 08, 2015, 12:11:38 am
I considered that it might be that set as featured on the 'Taunton Trains' website. My research also dug up that picture. Correct formation with 43125 leading and a TRFB and TF to the rear. Initially I though that perhaps the January 2007 press run was also a speed run from Plymouth to Paddington. That would have meant going via Castle Cary rather than Bristol TM. But perhaps the run was just to highlight the new livery and the MTU engines, so it could have gone past Flax Bourton with esteemed members of the Fourth Estate aboard. The more I think about it the more I think that's the case.

It'd be nice to know if anyone out there can confirm the route that 1Z30 took on January 17th 2007.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on February 04, 2015, 07:15:22 pm
Another annoying example, from the Bristol Post (http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Trains-Bristol-delayed-hours-person-hit-line/story-25972056-detail/story.html?ito=email_newsletter_bristolpost), trying to cover the sad fatality at Slough this morning:

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Trains in and out of Bristol delayed for hours after person hit on the line

(http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276268/Article/images/25972056/9426718-large.jpg)
Trains in and out of Bristol are delayed by an hour on Wednesday morning. Stock image of a First train.


"Stock image of a First train."  That'll be why it says Manchester on the destination board, then.  ::)

Is it beyond the ability of a Bristol journalist covering train disruption in Bristol to find a 'stock image' of Bristol Temple Meads, for example?  :o


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on February 04, 2015, 07:34:36 pm
Is it beyond the ability of a Bristol journalist covering train disruption in Bristol to find a 'stock image' of Bristol Temple Meads, for example?  :o

They could ask me. I've got plenty and my fee is very reasonable. A pint will do.  ;D

In the recent past the Bristol Evening Post's (as was) go to image for a rail story affecting their coverage area was a Virgin Crosscountry liveried Voyager, regardless of the TOC involved. The best that can be said for this latest effort is that they at least got the parent company right.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on February 04, 2015, 09:18:20 pm
They could ask me. I've got plenty and my fee is very reasonable. A pint will do.  ;D

They could also have asked me: my fee is the same, and I can offer them such interesting images as this:

(http://i.imgur.com/1ifb54F.jpg?1)

 ;) :D ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Brucey on February 04, 2015, 09:21:20 pm
They could also have asked me: my fee is the same, and I can offer them such interesting images as this:
Imagine the headlines: "local train company eliminates overcrowding by removing passenger carriages".


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on February 04, 2015, 10:02:32 pm
"We've also eliminated excessive dwell times and intermittent problems with selective door opening at stations," said a spokesperson.  ;) :D ;D



Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on February 05, 2015, 01:13:36 am
They could also have asked me: my fee is the same, and I can offer them such interesting images as this:

(http://i.imgur.com/1ifb54F.jpg?1)

 ;) :D ;D

I can't beat back-to-back power cars but I can offer up this rather fetching sun-dappled image of a power car at Swindon:

(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt68/bignosemac/WP_20150128_14_57_51_Pro_zpsqe8ebr5r.jpg)
(A little sharpening done, but otherwise as it came off my phone camera.)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Rhydgaled on February 28, 2015, 06:26:06 pm
From another topic:
From South Wales Evening Post (http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Person-hit-train-Baglan/story-26085407-detail/story.html):

Quote
Man killed after being struck by a train at Baglan Railway Station

(http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276352/Article/images/26085407/9554923-large.jpg)
Maybe not a completely irrelevant picture, but clearly not Baglan as the train appears to be either a Voyager or the 'Pretendolino'.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on May 03, 2015, 11:23:09 pm
Another sad incident, reported by the South Wales Evening Post (http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/8203-Man-killed-hit-train-Swansea-line/story-26425856-detail/story.html):

Quote
Man killed after being hit by train on Port Talbot to Bridgend line

(http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276352/Article/images/26425856/9973536-large.jpg)
First Great Western services are facing delays tonight following a death on the tracks near Bridgend.

A man has been killed in a collision with a train, closing the main line between Port Talbot and Bridgend.

Nowhere near Bristol Temple Meads, though.  ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on May 10, 2015, 12:49:17 am
From the Western Gazette (http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/Train-delays-vehicle-hits-rail-bridge/story-26458179-detail/story.html):

Quote
Train delays after vehicle hits rail bridge

(http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276414/Article/images/26458179/10014916-large.jpg)
First Great Western

Passengers travelling on the Heart of Wessex line this afternoon are advised there are delays to services after a vehicle struck a rail bridge.

A spokesman for First Great Western said: "Due to a vehicle striking a bridge between Westbury and Trowbridge, all lines are closed. Services may be altered or delayed by up to 30mins."

The line serves passengers in Yeovil, Castle Cary and Bruton.

Shortly before 3pm a spokesman for First Great Western said: "Lines have reopened following a vehicle hitting a bridge Westbury & Trowbridge. Services are returning to normal but with some delays."

Now we're getting stock images of Bristol Temple Meads, whether they're relevant or not!  :o ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Timmer on May 10, 2015, 07:15:04 am
Well the summer Saturday Weymouth Wizard is operated by an HST...I'll get my coat.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on May 10, 2015, 07:24:35 am
Somebody's been gathering stock photos at Bristol temple meads then?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on May 10, 2015, 11:18:59 am
From the Western Gazette (http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/Train-delays-vehicle-hits-rail-bridge/story-26458179-detail/story.html):

Quote
Passengers travelling on the Heart of Wessex line this afternoon are advised there are delays to services after a vehicle struck a rail bridge.

A spokesman for First Great Western said: "Due to a vehicle striking a bridge between Westbury and Trowbridge, all lines are closed. Services may be altered or delayed by up to 30mins."

The line serves passengers in Yeovil, Castle Cary and Bruton.

Shortly before 3pm a spokesman for First Great Western said: "Lines have reopened following a vehicle hitting a bridge Westbury & Trowbridge. Services are returning to normal but with some delays."

Now we're getting stock images of Bristol Temple Meads, whether they're relevant or not!  :o ::)

The story's incomplete too. Delays to some Cardiff / Portsmouth and Bristol / Weymouth services ... and cancellations between Westbury and Swindon, leaving a gap in departures from Westbury from 11:47 to 16:15, and from Swindon from 12:47 to 17:36.   It is, of course, up to the Western Gazette to decide with limited space which parts of the story to cover, and reasonable for them to conclude that the most newsworthy parts are the ones that happen least often!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on May 10, 2015, 11:22:27 pm
Another rather garbled story, with a random station picture to illustrate it, from the Western Gazette (http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/Person-hit-train-Heart-Wessex-line/story-26396458-detail/story.html):

Quote
Person hit by train on Heart of Wessex line

(http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276414/Article/images/26396458/9939466-large.jpg)
Yeovil Pen Mill

A person has been hit by a train on the Heart of Wessex line this afternoon.

The incident occurred between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa stations.

Rail operator First Great Western has tweeted that all lines between the stations are blocked as a result.

Network Rail has reported that its representatives are on site in Keynsham with the British Transport Police and emergency services.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: IndustryInsider on September 14, 2015, 12:20:03 pm
Apparently it's appropriate to advertise a consultation for a potential new railway link with a grainy image of a man 'planking' on a railway line:

http://www.hemeltoday.co.uk/news/more-news/have-your-say-on-east-west-rail-plans-1-6956035 (http://www.hemeltoday.co.uk/news/more-news/have-your-say-on-east-west-rail-plans-1-6956035)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on September 14, 2015, 12:39:23 pm
I think both images make perfect sense. To illustrate my point:

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/55/Rocky_Mountain_Bull_Elk.jpg/180px-Rocky_Mountain_Bull_Elk.jpg)
An elk, yesterday


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: stuving on September 14, 2015, 01:14:40 pm
Apparently it's appropriate to advertise a consultation for a potential new railway link with a grainy image of a man 'planking' on a railway line:

http://www.hemeltoday.co.uk/news/more-news/have-your-say-on-east-west-rail-plans-1-6956035 (http://www.hemeltoday.co.uk/news/more-news/have-your-say-on-east-west-rail-plans-1-6956035)

Pulled already, replaced by new link (http://www.hemeltoday.co.uk/news/more-news/have-your-say-on-east-west-rail-1-6956206).


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Worcester_Passenger on September 14, 2015, 05:18:58 pm
But that's a very weird map, with the Chiltern main line running due north-south, and Bedford off to the north-east of London (plus several other oddities).

I think that Harry Beck would want to have his say about it.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Worcester_Passenger on September 14, 2015, 05:36:11 pm
Meanwhile, can I nominate http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Train-evacuated-Dawlish-big-wave-wipes-power/story-27793513-detail/story.html?afterReg=Y (http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Train-evacuated-Dawlish-big-wave-wipes-power/story-27793513-detail/story.html?afterReg=Y) for some sort of award.

Right train. Right place. Wave breaking over it. Please don't complain about the fact that it's taken in daylight when the incident in question was after dark.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Rob on the hill on September 23, 2015, 12:50:40 pm
Can't really fault this photo!:
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/13777925.Rugby_fans_heading_to_Cardiff_s_Millennium_Stadium_reminded_to_allow_plenty_of_time/


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on September 29, 2015, 04:11:02 pm
Quote
From The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/sep/29/200-disgruntled-passengers-stop-bristol-train-and-walk-along-tracks)

200 disgruntled passengers stop Bristol train and walk along tracks

(https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/db51198dfe1a20c16572f5ccbe15ff52ecd559a5/0_126_2464_1479/master/2464.jpg?w=620&q=85&auto=format&sharp=10&s=15dd044e63b5e01931f2e901eabe0b04)

The incident happened in the Redland area of Bristol, shortly after the service left Clifton Down railway station. Photograph: Sean Smith for the Guardian


Not Redland, IMHO.





Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: IndustryInsider on September 29, 2015, 04:22:15 pm
Not Redland, IMHO.

Not even within the last decade!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on September 29, 2015, 05:52:19 pm
200 in two carriages sounds little different to weekday mornings. I'm surprised they got on if they felt it was that overcrowded.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Surrey 455 on September 29, 2015, 08:37:47 pm
Quote
From The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/sep/29/200-disgruntled-passengers-stop-bristol-train-and-walk-along-tracks)

200 disgruntled passengers stop Bristol train and walk along tracks

(https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/db51198dfe1a20c16572f5ccbe15ff52ecd559a5/0_126_2464_1479/master/2464.jpg?w=620&q=85&auto=format&sharp=10&s=15dd044e63b5e01931f2e901eabe0b04)

The incident happened in the Redland area of Bristol, shortly after the service left Clifton Down railway station. Photograph: Sean Smith for the Guardian


Not Redland, IMHO.





Could be anywhere in the old Thames Trains area. I'm probably wrong, but the track in between the two trains make me think Reading. 


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Timmer on September 29, 2015, 08:46:00 pm
I don't know it that well but my first thought was it Oxford? Paging ChrisB to confirm.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on September 29, 2015, 08:47:39 pm
Spectacularly unfunny rucksack, by the way!  :o


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on September 29, 2015, 09:19:21 pm
I don't know it that well but my first thought was it Oxford?

Looks like it.  Train from London arrived in the background.   Train to Bristol Temple Meads waiting to depart in the foreground.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on September 29, 2015, 09:24:38 pm
Definitely Oxford.

Definitely not Redland.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on September 30, 2015, 12:23:11 am
It was the complete lack of unchecked vegetation encroaching onto the platform that made me suspect it might not be Redland ...  :P ::) ;D




Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: chrisr_75 on September 30, 2015, 01:00:43 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-34398631 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-34398631)

Train carrying SouthWest Trains livery used to illustrate a story about level crossing upgrades on Chester-Wrexham line...

Quote
(http://ichef-1.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/148F5/production/_85831248_levelcrossing.jpg)

Level crossings on the railway line between Wrexham and Chester are being upgraded to improve safety and increase the number of journeys.

Four crossings will be changed from half barriers to full ones and extra track will be laid.

Work is being done at crossings in Balderton, Rossett, Saltney and Pulford which will see some road closures.

Public meetings will be held, starting on Wednesday, to discuss the work with people in the area.

James Jackson of Network Rail Wales said: "We are carrying out work which will allow for more frequent and faster journeys for the increasing numbers of passengers travelling between north and south Wales.

"I'd like to apologise for any disruption this work may cause and thank the local community for their patience."


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on September 30, 2015, 07:18:11 pm
Quote
From The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/sep/29/200-disgruntled-passengers-stop-bristol-train-and-walk-along-tracks)

200 disgruntled passengers stop Bristol train and walk along tracks

(https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/db51198dfe1a20c16572f5ccbe15ff52ecd559a5/0_126_2464_1479/master/2464.jpg?w=620&q=85&auto=format&sharp=10&s=15dd044e63b5e01931f2e901eabe0b04)

The incident happened in the Redland area of Bristol, shortly after the service left Clifton Down railway station. Photograph: Sean Smith for the Guardian


Not Redland, IMHO.





The Bristol Post however did manage a relevant actual photo of the incident so wouldn't have taken much for the Guardian to get a relevant photo

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Extremely-dangerous-200-passengers-stop-Bristol/story-27883469-detail/story.html?
(http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276268/Article/images/27883469/11044165-large.jpg)

This one has a interior shot of the train

http://epigram.org.uk/news/2015/09/chaos-on-train-to-tokyo-world

(http://epigram.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/X-train-6-002-670x320.jpg)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: SandTEngineer on September 30, 2015, 07:41:05 pm

(http://epigram.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/X-train-6-002-670x320.jpg)

Not wishing to underplay the serious nature of this incident but my first thought on seeing that photograph is that the chap on the luggage rack might be BNM or BobM returning home from one of their whisky sampling trips........ :P ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on September 30, 2015, 07:46:59 pm
I can assure you that neither bobm nor bignosemac could be fitted into any overhead luggage rack ...  :P ::) ;D




Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on September 30, 2015, 11:57:08 pm
I can assure you that neither bobm nor bignosemac could be fitted into any overhead luggage rack ...  :P ::) ;D

Fair comment, but you cheeky $^?*&^!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bobm on October 01, 2015, 07:48:18 am
I can assure you that neither bobm nor bignosemac could be fitted into any overhead luggage rack ...  :P ::) ;D

Never mind fitted - getting up there would be the initial problem!!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on October 05, 2015, 07:23:33 pm
A classic from the Bristol Post (http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Bristol-traffic-Busy-lane-closed-city-centre/story-27910831-detail/story.html#c2PFkql81KLUbcH5.01), the only paper where "Bus breaks down" is big news.

Quote
Bristol traffic: Busy lane closed in city centre
By Michael_Yong  |  Posted: October 02, 2015

(http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/Boyamijealous_7108a707/11075198-large_zpscyanjr46.jpg) (http://s1082.photobucket.com/user/Boyamijealous/media/11075198-large_zpscyanjr46.jpg.html)

Traffic is queuing after a bus broke down

A busy lane is closed in Bristol city centre after a bus broke down.

Officers are redirecting traffic after the bus stopped working on Lower Castle Street southbound, between Broad Weir, Penn Street and Castle Street.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area as traffic begins to queue.

The italics are mine, to show the caption of the photograph of the traffic beginning to back up through the underpass earlier today. The photographer had to wait, presumably, until the miserable rain had stopped, and the sky had brightened a bit. And until colleagues had finished rebuilding the Post's printing house, demolished in January 2011.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Timmer on October 05, 2015, 07:48:21 pm
Yup that picture certainly wasn't taken today. I am somewhat saddened by the standard that we now see in local journalism with these awful advertising strewn websites doing them no favours. It just all looks so tacky. However, I'm all to aware that is what is keeping many local rags going.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bobm on October 05, 2015, 07:51:31 pm
I agree, and it is even worse when you are halfway through reading an article and the sound from an advert suddenly pipes up!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Timmer on October 05, 2015, 08:02:28 pm
Or the advert just completely hijacks your screen so you can't read the article, you hit the X only for another flamin' advert to appear. It was so bad on the Bath Chronicle site one day last week that I gave up.

Before anyone says 'well buy the paper then', you can't...it only comes out once a week on a Thursday.

Final rant about the news part of their website is they fill it with stories from other parts of the country, national lottery results and celeb trash. I just want local news. What is so difficult about that?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on October 05, 2015, 08:21:32 pm
I get none of this advert nonsense. Google Chrome or IE11 with Adblocker seems to do the trick. I have just gone Windows 10 on two out of three PCs, and Edge does sometime garner adverts and other annoying spam.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on October 05, 2015, 08:43:43 pm
Yup that picture certainly wasn't taken today. I am somewhat saddened by the standard that we now see in local journalism with these awful advertising strewn websites doing them no favours. It just all looks so tacky. However, I'm all to aware that is what is keeping many local rags going.

Can I pick you up on your use of the word 'local'? From where I'm sitting in north Bristol, Didcot isn't really what I'd call local.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on October 05, 2015, 09:02:12 pm
Eh?  Timmer lives in Bath, and was referring to the Bath Chronicle?  :-\


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on October 05, 2015, 09:21:44 pm
Eh?  Timmer lives in Bath, and was referring to the Bath Chronicle?  :-\

Um not in Reply No.338 he wasn't. Which, um, is the one I quoted.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Timmer on October 05, 2015, 09:29:05 pm
I'm somewhat perplexed Red Squrriel. In answer to your question when I refer to 'local' I'm referring to the city/town of your local paper. What goes on in Didcot doesn't overly interest me, same for Bristol unless it's rail related. For local news I refer to the Bath Chronicle's website.

Hope that answers your question.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on October 05, 2015, 09:46:46 pm
I'm somewhat perplexed Red Squrriel. In answer to your question when I refer to 'local' I'm referring to the city/town of your local paper. What goes on in Didcot doesn't overly interest me, same for Bristol unless it's rail related. For local news I refer to the Bath Chronicle's website.

Hope that answers your question.

Lordy, I really didn't set out to confuse or to tread on anyone's corns: You commented on a story from the Bristol Post, and lamented the state of local journalism. I was simply making the point that the Bristol Post is published in Didcot these days, which to my mind may have a bearing on said lamentable-ness.

Actually I see that the Bristol Post, in common with the Bath Chronicle and several dozen other allegedly local titles, is run from Leicester now. Which is even less local, whether you live in Bristol or Bath.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on October 05, 2015, 09:52:39 pm
On the other hand, the North Somerset Mercury (http://www.northsomersetmercury.co.uk/contact.html) is still apparently based in Temple Way, Bristol. ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on October 05, 2015, 10:06:41 pm
On the other hand, the North Somerset Mercury (http://www.northsomersetmercury.co.uk/contact.html) is still apparently based in Temple Way, Bristol. ::)

Well it's another Local World title like the Post and the Chronicle. I note that Local World is once again up for sale, this time to Trinity Mirror.

All of which reminds me of an old saw: How do you make a small fortune in the local newspaper business? Start with a large one.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Timmer on October 05, 2015, 10:09:13 pm
Ahhhhh I get what you are saying now Red Squirrel. Yes I've heard that there is nothing local about many local papers now with all their websites the same running off the same interface hence non local stories, lottery numbers and celeb trash that would appear nationwide.

I'm sure there are some local journalists (I use the term loosely) based in each town or city who can login and post a story on the relevant 'local' papers website.

I used to follow the Bath Chronicle on Twitter but got so fed up with them tweeting the same stories time and time again, reteeeting local sports stories from their sports Twitter feed which I'm not interested in along with other trash that I stopped following them.

Oh for the days when you would pay 20p and pick up your local paper everyday on the way home from work. The Bath Evening Chronicle was an excellent local paper.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: trainer on October 05, 2015, 10:15:51 pm
I can assure you that there are local journalists on both The North Somerset Times and The North Somerset Mercury. I am in regular contact with both. As to the quality of what they are able to do with the time available to them and space that has to be filled, I make no comment at this point.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Timmer on October 05, 2015, 10:19:37 pm
I read recently that Trinity Mirror may be buying the Express/Star titles from Richard Desmond. Will that mean they will become Labour supporting papers again and turn from Anti Europe to Pro Europe?

That would finish the Daily Express if that were to happen. Just think, no more Nathan Rao 'Britain to experience worst winter for 100 years' stories. How would we cope?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on October 05, 2015, 10:21:40 pm
How do you make a small fortune in the local newspaper business? Start with a large one.

There is an agricultural analogy to that story, about a farmer who had won the lottery and was asked, 'So, what will you do now?'

The farmer thought about it, then replied, 'Well, I'll probably just carry on farming until the money runs out ... '  ;) :D ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Timmer on October 05, 2015, 10:25:49 pm
Looks like Trinity Mirror was blocked from buying Local World so is going after the Express instead:
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/jul/02/trinity-mirror-express-local-world-richard-desmond


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Surrey 455 on October 06, 2015, 09:27:07 pm
Ahhhhh I get what you are saying now Red Squirrel. Yes I've heard that there is nothing local about many local papers now with all their websites the same running off the same interface hence non local stories, lottery numbers and celeb trash that would appear nationwide.

I'm sure there are some local journalists (I use the term loosely) based in each town or city who can login and post a story on the relevant 'local' papers website.

I used to follow the Bath Chronicle on Twitter but got so fed up with them tweeting the same stories time and time again, reteeeting local sports stories from their sports Twitter feed which I'm not interested in along with other trash that I stopped following them.

Oh for the days when you would pay 20p and pick up your local paper everyday on the way home from work. The Bath Evening Chronicle was an excellent local paper.

The Uxbridge Gazette which was based in err.. Uxbridge is now based I believe in Watford. Now has fewer journalists who are now writing for larger areas.The result is that online there are much fewer local stories than there were before.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: John R on October 17, 2015, 03:32:57 pm
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/debate/columnists/simon-bradley-will-pacer-trains-trundle-into-history-at-last-1-7520082?

An article about Pacers that is illustrated with a photo of a Class 158.  Hmmm...whilst I can understand that in many instances the editors are not too worried about the accompanying photo, when the article is about a particular type of train, you would hope they would make the effort to get it right.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: eightf48544 on October 17, 2015, 04:10:47 pm
Should have been a picture of a 230.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on October 27, 2015, 09:16:51 pm
From the Cornish Guardian (http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/Trains-Liskeard-Looe-cancelled-flooding/story-28064568-detail/story.html?)

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/adelantelooe.jpg)

I understand that the 17:36 from Swindon to Westbury is getting rather overcrowded ("ridiculous" according to a passenger I met on the later 18:52 tonight).  Perhaps we should swap the TransWilts train for this one is it's running on the Looe branch - I don't think they need a train quite that long in the winter ...



Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bobm on October 27, 2015, 09:18:17 pm
To be honest, I'm not sure they need it in the summer either!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Adelante_CCT on November 03, 2015, 06:42:29 pm
This from the Plymouth Herald: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Plymouth-train-journeys-delayed-poor-rail/story-28106558-detail/story.html

(http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276351/Article/images/28106558/11299588-large.jpg)
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Trains between Plymouth and Exeter were delayed this afternoon due to 'poor rail conditions'


Plymouth to Exeter via Manchester anyone?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on November 21, 2015, 11:42:42 pm
The blame for the particular piece of railway equipment causing the apparently astronomic costs of electrification of the Great Western main line is revealed by the Bristol Post (http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Electrification-railway-Bristol-cost-taxpayer-1/story-28210050-detail/story.html?utm_source=Local%20World&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=5393136_Bristol%20Post%20RSS%20Newsletter&ito=email%2526source%3DLocal%20World%2526campaign%3D5393136_Bristol%20Post%20RSS%20Newsletter#5):

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Electrification of railway through Bristol to cost taxpayer ^1.2bn more, amid severe project delays

(http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276268/Article/images/28210050/11425172.jpg)
The PAC report showed failures in planning and budgeting for the electrification of the Great Western route

Failures in budgeting and planning for the electrification of the Great Western route through Bristol are causing long delays and soaring costs for the taxpayer.

The Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) will today raise serious concerns about Network Rail's five-year investment programme into electrification of the line.

Passengers will "pay a heavy price" because of the delays, according to the PAC.

Network Rail launched their biggest project two years ago in a bid to create faster and more reliable train travel for commuters.

So, it's all apparently due to that broken toast rack / allegedly a shopping trolley on the tracks - which readers of this topic will have noted is my own favourite image. ;D

A quick search on google (other search engines are available) reveals that this stock picture has been used in the past to illustrate just about any railway story by newspapers such as the Exeter Express & Echo, North Devon Journal, Nottingham Post, Plymouth Herald, Torquay Herald Express, West Briton and Western Morning News.

There's quality journalism for you.  ;) :D ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: stuving on November 21, 2015, 11:50:18 pm
So, it's all apparently due to that broken toast rack / allegedly a shopping trolley on the tracks - which readers of this topic will have noted is my own favourite image. ;D

I've never understood why anyone would want to put their toast in that. It would work a lot better as a boot-scraper, surely.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Surrey 455 on November 29, 2015, 09:44:56 am
From Get Surrey http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/south-west-trains-chaos-after-10466470 (http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/south-west-trains-chaos-after-10466470)
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South West Trains 'chaos' after emergency engineering work on rail line

Engineers halted services after carrying out work at Raynes Park and examining the rail line between Tisbury and Salisbury
(http://i4.getsurrey.co.uk/incoming/article7096478.ece/ALTERNATES/s615/Guildford-station.jpg)
Guildford railway stationSouth West Trains at Guildford Station

Commuters travelling on South West Trains on Thursday morning described their journeys as ^chaos^ after services were delayed due to emergency engineering works.

Work was carried out at Raynes Park and caused disruption to journeys between Epsom / Chessington South and Wimbledon.....

SWT no longer use the train type in the foreground. They all went to Gatwick Express a few years ago I think and that turbo train is in Thames Trains colours.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: ellendune on November 29, 2015, 12:47:51 pm
Come on at least it is a SWT station and one train was in SWT livery!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: plymothian on November 29, 2015, 05:13:02 pm
A quick search on google (other search engines are available) reveals that this stock picture has been used in the past to illustrate just about any railway story by newspapers such as the Exeter Express & Echo, North Devon Journal, Nottingham Post, Plymouth Herald, Torquay Herald Express, West Briton and Western Morning News.

There's quality journalism for you.  ;) :D ;D

It's cut and paste journalism.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on November 29, 2015, 08:04:23 pm
Oh, I agree, absolutely - but that doesn't make it right.  :-X


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: old original on December 03, 2015, 08:16:41 pm
I can see the resemblence of the track layout near Redruth....

http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Trolley-track-Redruth-causes-rail-delays/story-28291233-detail/story.html


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bobm on December 03, 2015, 08:45:56 pm
Indeed - so blatant is the misplaced photo that the good readers of the West Briton have questioned its accuracy in the comments!  ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on December 03, 2015, 08:48:06 pm
I can see the resemblence of the track layout near Redruth....

http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Trolley-track-Redruth-causes-rail-delays/story-28291233-detail/story.html

Redruth has grown somewhat since I lived there in 1973-74.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on December 03, 2015, 10:16:37 pm
I can see the resemblence of the track layout near Redruth....

http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Trolley-track-Redruth-causes-rail-delays/story-28291233-detail/story.html

Redruth has grown somewhat since I lived there in 1973-74.

It's railway appears to have grown since I last passed it 5 hours ago..... I live 100 yards from the station surely I would have heard them fitting this much enlarged system in the photo?  ???  ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on December 04, 2015, 08:09:59 pm

It's railway appears to have grown since I last passed it 5 hours ago..... I live 100 yards from the station surely I would have heard them fitting this much enlarged system in the photo?  ???  ;D

The station would extend to Albany Road at least.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on December 04, 2015, 09:58:12 pm

It's railway appears to have grown since I last passed it 5 hours ago..... I live 100 yards from the station surely I would have heard them fitting this much enlarged system in the photo?  ???  ;D

The station would extend to Albany Road at least.

It may go over my garden if it did


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Trowres on December 05, 2015, 11:15:51 pm
The photo was 8th in the result of a google image search for "Redruth track" when I tried it.

Curiously, the 3rd search result looks like a more plausible Redruth station and following the link takes one to the same West Briton web page. Has someone changed the image?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on December 05, 2015, 11:39:12 pm
Thanks, Trowres.  ;)

The image we were all ridiculing discussing is this one, which is still being shown to illustrate that West Briton article (http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Trolley-track-Redruth-causes-rail-delays/story-28291233-detail/story.html) at the moment:

(http://www.westbriton.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276391/Article/images/28291233/11515574-large.jpg)

That's clearly not Redruth.  :-X

Although it might be Taunton ...  :P


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: stuving on December 06, 2015, 12:30:34 am
The photo was 8th in the result of a google image search for "Redruth track" when I tried it.

Curiously, the 3rd search result looks like a more plausible Redruth station and following the link takes one to the same West Briton web page. Has someone changed the image?

I think Google has picked up a picture link in a comment.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on December 06, 2015, 08:04:43 pm
West Briton ... generic photo on article, of a FGW HST (not in Cornwall)

Bristol Temple Meads  ;)

(http://www.westbriton.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276391/Article/images/28307626/11536029-large.jpg)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Rhydgaled on December 07, 2015, 01:23:24 pm
That's clearly not Redruth.  :-X

Although it might be Taunton ...  :P
Looks like there is OHLE in the picture. So, if it is Taunton, somebody has invented time travel ;D.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on December 07, 2015, 05:01:41 pm
Looks like there is OHLE in the picture. So, if it is Taunton, somebody has invented time travel ;D.

I invented time travel next month.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on December 07, 2015, 05:44:56 pm
You're too late. I invented it next week and told my self about it last week.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on December 07, 2015, 05:48:31 pm
Quote

The major problem [with time travel] is quite simply one of grammar, and the main work to consult in this matter is Dr Dan Streetmentioner^s Time Traveller^s Handbook of 1001 Tense Formations. It will tell you for instance how to describe something that was about to happen to you in the past before you avoided it by time-jumping forward two days in order to avoid it. The event will be described differently according to whether you are talking about it from the standpoint of your own natural time, from a time in the further future, or a time in the further past and is further complicated by the possibility of conducting conversations whilst you are actually travelling from one time to another with the intention of becoming your own mother or father.

Most readers get as far as the Future Semi-Conditionally Modified Subinverted Plagal Past Subjunctive Intentional before giving up: and in fact in later editions of the book all the pages beyond this point have been left blank to save on printing costs.

From: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams



Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on December 07, 2015, 07:14:01 pm
http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/14127546.Trains_up_and_running_again_after_van_on_the_line_stops_services_for_eight_hours/?ref=mr&lp=8


(http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/resources/images/4522711.jpg?display=1&htype=0&type=mc3)

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Trains are back up and running after services were suspended for eight hours after a van was found lying on the line at Chacewater.

The incident, which happened just after 6am, meant services between Penzance and Par and the Falmouth Docks branch line were unable to run.

Network Rail say the trains are now up and running with a ten minute delay


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on December 07, 2015, 07:24:06 pm
Isn't that a rather steep gradient for a train?  :o ::) ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Rhydgaled on December 08, 2015, 10:19:47 am
Isn't that a rather steep gradient for a train?  :o ::) ;D
It might be alright, since the train pictured is an EMU and I think they are supposed to be better at gradients. Still probably a bit too steep though, and as for what an EMU is doing between Penzance and Par...


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on December 08, 2015, 12:43:22 pm
The only relevance I can see is the article is about a train in the South West.  ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on December 09, 2015, 04:12:41 pm
From The Messenger (http://www.messengernewspapers.co.uk/news/14131535.Altrincham_Electric_Railway_Preservation_Society_continue_Winter_Lecture_series/?)

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Altrincham Electric Railway Preservation Society continue Winter Lecture series.
(http://www.messengernewspapers.co.uk/resources/images/4021861.jpg?display=1&htype=0&type=mc3)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on December 09, 2015, 06:00:50 pm
Well, the dynamo on that Mk1 may be generating electricity for carriage lighting.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Bob_Blakey on December 10, 2015, 02:24:12 pm
On last night's BBC1 Spotlight programme their report on the sleeper train driver's cab incursion used a background image featuring 3rd rail electrified trackwork. Plonkers!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on December 14, 2015, 07:06:40 pm
http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Trains-travelling-Penzance-cancelled-weather/story-28360761-detail/story.html

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(http://www.cornishman.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276350/Article/images/28360761/11600234-large.jpg)
Cross Country trains between Plymouth and Penzance have been cancelled because of high winds.

The high winds have been forecast between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot meaning trains are not running between Exeter St Davids and Penzance / Paignton.

The routes affected are: Between Plymouth / Penzance / Paignton and Manchetser Piccadilly / Derby / Birmingham New Street / Edinburgh / Glasgow Central / Aberdeen
The cancellations are expected to last until around 11.00am.


Great Western Railway services are not currently expecting to be affected.


Read more: http://www.cornishman.co.uk/Trains-travelling-Penzance-cancelled-weather/story-28360761-detail/story.html#ixzz3uK83XRdW
Follow us: @westbriton on Twitter | westbriton on Facebook




Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: stuving on December 14, 2015, 07:12:07 pm
But that's illustrating that "Great Western Railway services are not currently expecting to be affected." Isn't it?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on December 14, 2015, 07:59:36 pm
It's wasn't really high winds per se that were the problem this morning. It was the wind combined with a high tide potentially whipping up sea spray along the sea wall at Dawlish.

In such conditions CrossCountry don't like letting their Voyagers out to play.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on December 14, 2015, 08:17:28 pm
But that's illustrating that "Great Western Railway services are not currently expecting to be affected." Isn't it?


Still not a relevant train for the area in question.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on December 14, 2015, 08:26:14 pm
But that's illustrating that "Great Western Railway services are not currently expecting to be affected." Isn't it?


Still not a relevant train for the area in question.

I suspect the West Briton has bought an unlimited re-use license for this picture, judging by how often they use it!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Rhydgaled on December 15, 2015, 08:28:24 am
But that's illustrating that "Great Western Railway services are not currently expecting to be affected." Isn't it?


Still not a relevant train for the area in question.
And none of the 180s still wear that livery unless I'm very much mistaken.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on January 01, 2016, 09:57:31 pm
(http://www.wellho.net/pix/paddington153.jpg)

Read more: http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/Major-train-delays-following-accident/story-28449492-detail/story.html

Has a 153 ever made it to Paddington?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on January 02, 2016, 09:45:06 am
Graham although I can't be certain of a 153, back when ATW or their predecessors ran a Cardiff to Paddington late night after FGW withdrew the late Cardiff Paddington service,they used DMUs normally 158s but on some occasions other units found their way on in place of 158. There was a report of a pacer one night.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: johnneyw on January 02, 2016, 07:54:27 pm
I can't help feeling that this often used stock picture from the Bristol Evening Post of a GWR train panel being cleaned may not be entirely the best choice to go with the headline.
http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Person-hit-train-near-London-rail-services/story-28449455-detail/story.html


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on January 13, 2016, 04:29:19 pm
From the Western Gazette (http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/View-Potential-cuts-buses-strange-train-services/story-28509609-detail/story.html?)

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/ccisolated.jpg)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on January 13, 2016, 04:40:19 pm
That's a big boat on the River Cary!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bobm on January 13, 2016, 04:47:17 pm
Not surprised he has concerns!!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on January 13, 2016, 04:56:30 pm
From the Western Gazette (http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/View-Potential-cuts-buses-strange-train-services/story-28509609-detail/story.html?)

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/ccisolated.jpg)

Although arguably relevant if that is Mr Hall pictured.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Tim on January 13, 2016, 05:14:14 pm
From the Western Gazette (http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/View-Potential-cuts-buses-strange-train-services/story-28509609-detail/story.html?)

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/ccisolated.jpg)

Not quite sure why, but this had me laughing out loud. 


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on January 13, 2016, 10:08:16 pm
http://www.itv.com/news/central/update/2016-01-13/faulty-train-causes-disruption-in-stourbridge/?

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/lmtrain.jpg)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: rower40 on January 13, 2016, 10:40:56 pm
http://www.itv.com/news/central/update/2016-01-13/faulty-train-causes-disruption-in-stourbridge/?

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/lmtrain.jpg)
Yebbut if ITV had actually used a photo of a class 139, then most readers would have thought that that WAS the bus.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Richard Fairhurst on January 13, 2016, 10:47:37 pm
Graham although I can't be certain of a 153, back when ATW or their predecessors ran a Cardiff to Paddington late night after FGW withdrew the late Cardiff Paddington service,they used DMUs normally 158s but on some occasions other units found their way on in place of 158. There was a report of a pacer one night.

I believe 153s did make it to Paddington occasionally on the old Wales & West services, working in multiple with 158s.

Pacers have certainly got as far as Reading (once, infamously, all the way from Pembroke Dock), and yes, there are rumours of one once having reached Paddington on the W&W service in 1999, but who knows how true that is...


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: SandTEngineer on January 14, 2016, 10:14:37 am
http://www.itv.com/news/central/update/2016-01-13/faulty-train-causes-disruption-in-stourbridge/?

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/lmtrain.jpg)

.....bl***y hell it must have a big flywheel....... ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: ChrisB on January 14, 2016, 10:22:31 am
From the Western Gazette (http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/View-Potential-cuts-buses-strange-train-services/story-28509609-detail/story.html?)

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/ccisolated.jpg)

bloody big ferry though :-)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Rhydgaled on January 14, 2016, 01:27:45 pm
http://www.itv.com/news/central/update/2016-01-13/faulty-train-causes-disruption-in-stourbridge/?
A bus is running on a train? Is it running along the roof or does the bus somehow fit in the interior of the train ;D.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: BerkshireBugsy on January 14, 2016, 01:29:39 pm
http://www.itv.com/news/central/update/2016-01-13/faulty-train-causes-disruption-in-stourbridge/?
A bus is running on a train? Is it running along the roof or does the bus somehow fit in the interior of the train ;D.

OMG - just imagine the bridge modifications needed to cope with that height....it was bad enough for just OLE


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: patch38 on January 14, 2016, 02:23:32 pm
Whereas a train running on a bus is...


... all together now...



... a Pacer


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Rob on the hill on January 18, 2016, 11:45:19 am
From today's Swindon Advertiser:
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14211306.Rail_delays_between_Bristol_and_Swindon_after_signalling_issue/
Also passengers are warned to expect "dealsy".


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: BerkshireBugsy on January 18, 2016, 11:53:43 am
From today's Swindon Advertiser:
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14211306.Rail_delays_between_Bristol_and_Swindon_after_signalling_issue/
Also passengers are warned to expect "dealsy".

Two things I note from that Photo...

1) Electrification is coming along better than I thought

2) Four-track-now should be impressed and pleased he got his way.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on January 18, 2016, 11:59:54 am
Is 'Dealsy' the commercial arm of Banksy's empire?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on January 18, 2016, 03:18:59 pm
From today's Swindon Advertiser:
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14211306.Rail_delays_between_Bristol_and_Swindon_after_signalling_issue/
Also passengers are warned to expect "dealsy".

Two things I note from that Photo...

1) Electrification is coming along better than I thought

2) Four-track-now should be impressed and pleased he got his way.

I certainly am, even if it isn't even in the same country!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: paul7755 on January 19, 2016, 12:05:45 am

Two things I note from that Photo...

1) Electrification is coming along better than I thought

2) Four-track-now should be impressed and pleased he got his way.

It's the new rationalised modular signalling layouts. In order to reduce the inventory size, the options have been reduced to either a single set of points leading to a siding, or the full 'Glasgow Central'.  This reduces design time, but does lead to some over engineering...


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: stuving on January 19, 2016, 06:23:32 pm
So, a certain picture that has featured in this thread and others has a non-identical twin - used in France!

From SNCF R^seau \ Actualit^s (https://coulisses.sncf-reseau.fr/en/sncf-reseau-in-partnership-with-the-7th-european-day-for-rail-fret)
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19/01/2016
SNCF R^seau in partnership with the 7th European Day for Rail Fret

The 7th European Day for Rail Fret, in partnership with SNCF R^seau, will take place on Tuesday, the 24st of March 2016 within SITL Europe.
(http://www.sncf-reseau.fr/sites/default/files/upload/_Actualite/national/2016/acces-reseau-720.jpg)
Reed Exhibition, organizer of the SITL Europe, has associated with EUROGROUP CONSULTING agency to enhance the European outreach of the program.
In 2015, the third edition of the barometer, focused on the perception of rail transport shippers, was introduced in partnership with the shippers association AUTF, ECR, AFRA et SNCF R^seau, UIC, TLF, GNTC, Objectif OFP, UTP. This year, the fourth edition of this barometer will not only update the trends observed the two last years, but also shed light upon the shippers^ perception at the European level. The results will be presented in the morning of the opening on the 24st of March.

We value your opinion as a user of rail transport! And we invite you to respond to a survey available online. The survey takes 10 minutes to answer. It will be accessible until March 4th.
We thank you in advance for taking the time to participate to the barometer. It will help spread your opinion and broaden our discussions. Also, we value your opinion even if you are not currently a rail transport user.


This* was a press release by SNCF today, about a conference on rail freight. Now, I don't think there's a lot of freight going to appear anywhere in this picture, taken from the end of one of the platforms at Paris Gare de Lyon. And SNCF might, you'd have though, know these things.

Similar images, taken from much the same place, have been used quite a few times recently; for example:

From Alcool Assistance Pyr^es Atlantiques (http://www.alcoolassistance-pyrenees-atlantiques.fr/index.php/alcool-actualites/163-quand-l-alcool-coule-a-flots-a-la-sncf-les-usagers-trinquent) (I kid you not):
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Dans un poste d'aiguillage sensible, des cheminots ivres, un incident ^vit^ de justesse. Des images exclusives qui font froid dans le dos.

(http://www.alcoolassistance-pyrenees-atlantiques.fr/images/alcool/posteaiguillagesncf.jpg)

C'est l'un des postes d'aiguillage de Paris-Ouest, parmi les plus importants d'Ile-de-France. Il g^re - en un seul point de commande - une centaine d'itin^raires qui rayonne jusqu'^ Rouen (Seine-Maritime). Un poste tout relais ^ transit souple, un PRS dans le jargon des cheminots, o^ l'aiguilleur doit ^tre vigilant en permanence, car, contrairement aux postes d'aiguillage ^ la technologie plus r^cente, ici l'homme n'a pas encore ^ remplac^ par l'informatisation et l'automatisation de l'ensemble du processus.

You may remember the story, about drinking sessions at a signalling centre in the west of Paris. I did post about it at the time (June 2014, so this rehash is over a year later). That control centre is not in a signal box, of course, and obviously nowhere near the one shown in the picture which is the other side of Paris.

Still, you can't blame journalists, not for either of these.

* I've replaced the original version of that page with the above Franglais one, which I got a flyer for later. It is ... interesting? ... in its own right.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on January 24, 2016, 10:18:20 pm
Many thanks for posting those French equivalents of our own journalists' best efforts here, stuving.  ;) ::) :o


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on January 24, 2016, 10:26:11 pm
Many thanks for posting those French equivalents of our own journalists' best efforts here, stuving.  ;) ::) :o

Oui, d'accord!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Worcester_Passenger on January 27, 2016, 05:15:08 pm
Is there a small prize for people who get it right?
Can I nominate http://www.cumbernauld-news.co.uk/news/local-news/trains-cancelled-and-delayed-due-to-signal-problem-1-4012662 (http://www.cumbernauld-news.co.uk/news/local-news/trains-cancelled-and-delayed-due-to-signal-problem-1-4012662)?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Rob on the hill on February 07, 2016, 01:41:28 pm
Story in Swindon Advertiser about flooding between Swindon and Bristol Parkway. Picture shows Grand Central train in livery from several years ago!
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14259064.Flooding_blocks_railway_lines_between_Swindon_and_Bristol_Parkway/


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on February 15, 2016, 07:55:13 pm
http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/WARNING-Rail-chaos-planned-trains-run-Bristol/story-28738666-detail/story.html?

Is this Bath or Bristol?  I don't recognise it ...

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/bathorbristol.jpg)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: SandTEngineer on February 15, 2016, 08:10:27 pm
Err......I think that is probably Hull ::) :P :o

Edit: Well at least First Group trains do go there


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on February 15, 2016, 08:12:36 pm
http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Trains-cancelled-Bristol-Temple-Meads-Weston/story-28736560-detail/story.html?

Bristol or Weston?

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/bristolorweston.jpg)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: SandTEngineer on February 15, 2016, 08:17:15 pm
All I can tell you is that all four lines are bi-directional (I can tell that from the signalling equipment in the 4ft - sad I know) and that the outer two lines look like loops off the main line (but are most certainly not the loops at Yatton or the loop at Highbridge) ::) ;)  My best guess is Lincoln Central..........

Edit: Yes its Lincoln Central https://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a2/Lincoln_Central_railway_station_MMB_12_153308_153357.jpg&imgrefurl=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Central_railway_station&h=2496&w=3820&tbnid=ypnEYKwKAfmiCM&tbnh=181&tbnw=278&usg=__BKwfHmbNRLwM_he-oECBz-OWiGo=&docid=GDRwRwvbnpf8PM


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: trainer on February 15, 2016, 10:34:40 pm
All I can tell you is that all four lines are bi-directional (I can tell that from the signalling equipment in the 4ft - sad I know) and that the outer two lines look like loops off the main line (but are most certainly not the loops at Yatton or the loop at Highbridge) ::) ;)  My best guess is Lincoln Central..........

Edit: Yes its Lincoln Central https://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a2/Lincoln_Central_railway_station_MMB_12_153308_153357.jpg&imgrefurl=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Central_railway_station&h=2496&w=3820&tbnid=ypnEYKwKAfmiCM&tbnh=181&tbnw=278&usg=__BKwfHmbNRLwM_he-oECBz-OWiGo=&docid=GDRwRwvbnpf8PM

Not sad - impressive!   :)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: paul7755 on February 15, 2016, 11:46:13 pm
I clocked Lincoln masquerading as flooding near Botley just over two years ago, in post 196 of this thread. 

Getting popular...  ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: InTheSidings on February 16, 2016, 08:08:35 pm
http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/WARNING-Rail-chaos-planned-trains-run-Bristol/story-28738666-detail/story.html


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: SandTEngineer on February 16, 2016, 08:32:04 pm
This is getting repetitive - Hull again....... ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: InTheSidings on February 16, 2016, 08:52:17 pm
Thanks - I couldn't figure that one out - should've checked up thread!  :)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Worcester_Passenger on March 25, 2016, 03:28:17 pm
And from a circular put out by Worcester's MP, Robin Walker, we learn the trick about how to speed up services to London...


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Surrey 455 on March 25, 2016, 06:59:34 pm
And from a circular put out by Worcester's MP, Robin Walker, we learn the trick about how to speed up services to London...

I do wonder if that is a pic of Worcester Park station looking towards London. If there was a Google RailView then I could be more confident.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: stuving on March 25, 2016, 07:12:24 pm
And from a circular put out by Worcester's MP, Robin Walker, we learn the trick about how to speed up services to London...
I do wonder if that is a pic of Worcester Park station looking towards London.
It is, you know. Caught with his hand in the image library jar.

Quote
If there was a Google RailView then I could be more confident.
But there is - look at the station pictures in the plan on National Rail.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Surrey 455 on March 26, 2016, 12:16:50 pm
And from a circular put out by Worcester's MP, Robin Walker, we learn the trick about how to speed up services to London...
I do wonder if that is a pic of Worcester Park station looking towards London.
It is, you know. Caught with his hand in the image library jar.

Quote
If there was a Google RailView then I could be more confident.
But there is - look at the station pictures in the plan on National Rail.


Ah, I see now that it definitely is Worcester Park! As you say clicking on the image of a seat on Platform 1 on the following link and then clicking again on the resulting image brings up a larger image which is the same view that the MP had in his letter.
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/SME/html/NRE_WCP/plan.html?rtnloc=WCP


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: stuving on March 27, 2016, 01:44:44 pm
Headline from the Croydon Advertiser (http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Mayoral-candidate-seeks-commuter-trains-control/story-28985089-detail/story.html):

Quote
London mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan lobbying for TfL monotony on commuter trains

By Croydon Advertiser  |  Posted: March 27, 2016
By Polly Albany-Ward polly.albany-ward@croydonadvertiser.co.uk

Was there a completely irrelevant picture? Well, there was one of Sadiq Khan, and it's hard to see how it could really match that headline.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on March 27, 2016, 03:18:33 pm
Quality journalism.  ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: RichardB on March 27, 2016, 03:33:43 pm
And from a circular put out by Worcester's MP, Robin Walker, we learn the trick about how to speed up services to London...
I do wonder if that is a pic of Worcester Park station looking towards London.
It is, you know. Caught with his hand in the image library jar.

Quote
If there was a Google RailView then I could be more confident.
But there is - look at the station pictures in the plan on National Rail.


Ah, I see now that it definitely is Worcester Park! As you say clicking on the image of a seat on Platform 1 on the following link and then clicking again on the resulting image brings up a larger image which is the same view that the MP had in his letter.
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/SME/html/NRE_WCP/plan.html?rtnloc=WCP


This is brilliant.  The MP's poor researcher - Worcestershire Parkway - Worcester Park!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on March 27, 2016, 11:14:39 pm
Headline from the Croydon Advertiser (http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Mayoral-candidate-seeks-commuter-trains-control/story-28985089-detail/story.html):

Quote
London mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan lobbying for TfL monotony on commuter trains

By Croydon Advertiser  |  Posted: March 27, 2016
By Polly Albany-Ward polly.albany-ward@croydonadvertiser.co.uk

Was there a completely irrelevant picture? Well, there was one of Sadiq Khan, and it's hard to see how it could really match that headline.

Quite agree. Shouldn't that be "Monogamy"?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: trainer on March 28, 2016, 11:19:09 pm

Quite agree. Shouldn't that be "Monogamy"?


Possibly, but I don't think he's wedded to the idea.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on March 29, 2016, 12:09:11 am

Possibly, but I don't think he's wedded to the idea.

Well, bugamy.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Bob_Blakey on March 29, 2016, 10:39:18 am
The wonderful Exeter Express & Error strikes again!

http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Packed-train-evacuated-thousands-Bank-Holiday/story-29007433-detail/story.html (http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Packed-train-evacuated-thousands-Bank-Holiday/story-29007433-detail/story.html)

I doubt very much if the service to Penzance in question was provided using a Class 180. And this high quality piece of journalism somehow completely fails to mention that the incident described occurred at Plymouth.

'Passengers said they were left like sardines on the service...' - to compound the alleged misery GWR are now coating their passengers in tomato sauce?  ;D



Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on March 29, 2016, 11:01:41 pm
'Passengers said they were left like sardines on the service...' - to compound the alleged misery GWR are now coating their passengers in tomato sauce?  ;D

Or olive oil.  ;)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on March 30, 2016, 03:16:01 am
Dave Allen and a sardine packing sketch - from Youtube: see https://youtu.be/CbgqtvJOJus?t=255  ;) :D ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: old original on April 05, 2016, 04:34:25 pm
new stock on the Falmouth branch?
http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/cornwall_news/14404859.Not_enough_drivers_for_trains_to_Falmouth_today/?ref=rss

at least it's in the new colours!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: old original on April 09, 2016, 04:19:05 pm
What's this??? Can't be true!!!   Not only the right stock but on the actual line the story refers to  :o

http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/Flooding-cancels-trains-Looe/story-29080726-detail/story.html


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: ChrisB on April 09, 2016, 06:57:13 pm
off topic :-)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: old original on April 10, 2016, 11:49:46 am
Almost back on topic....
After the good showing yesterday, look what the same paper dug up for todays story....

http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/Problems-Cornwall-s-railways/story-29084671-detail/story.html


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: ellendune on April 10, 2016, 01:05:48 pm
They kept that 4 track section of track in Cornwall quiet. Judging by the train's livery it must have been done not long after privatisation!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on April 10, 2016, 09:50:01 pm
They kept that 4 track section of track in Cornwall quiet. Judging by the train's livery it must have been done not long after privatisation!

Four track now? Where did that come from!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: PhilWakely on April 19, 2016, 09:51:02 am
Being ultra pedantic, this image from gwr.com......

(http://i725.photobucket.com/albums/ww255/PhilWakely/Untitled2_zpsgmkdqxhu.jpg)

Well, at least it is a London Underground train.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Adelante_CCT on April 19, 2016, 10:21:28 am
Quote
Well, at least it is a London Underground train.

And at least it's at Paddington, so not too bad


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on April 22, 2016, 04:26:12 am
I now see where the stock for the Portishead service is coming from

Quote
Construction of the new railway station in Portishead should begin next year, North Somerset Council^s leader has confirmed.
(http://www.wellho.net/pix/pheadstock.jpg)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Timmer on April 22, 2016, 05:37:33 am
Well I suppose it's in the right colour....I'll get my coat.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on April 26, 2016, 11:30:41 pm
From the Bristol Post (http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Trains-Swindon-Bristol-Parkway-cancelled-Bank/story-29177926-detail/story.html):

Quote
Trains between Swindon and Bristol Parkway cancelled over Bank Holiday weekend for railworks

(http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276268/Article/images/29177926/14136111-large.jpg)
Trains between Swindon and Bristol Parkway will be cancelled on Sunday and Monday

Trains between Swindon and Bristol Parkway will be cancelled this Bank Holiday weekend, with thousands of people looking to get away for a long break.

Not on one of those, they won't.  ::)



Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: ChrisB on April 27, 2016, 09:21:33 am
and they're more likely returning home by Sunday/Monday?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on May 07, 2016, 03:41:15 pm
From the Ludlow and Tenbury Wells Advertiser (http://www.ludlowadvertiser.co.uk/news/regional/14477951.Trains_to_run_again_at_Lydham_Heath_station_near_Bishops_Castle/?)

Quote
Trains to run again at Lydham Heath station near Bishops Castle

(http://www.ludlowadvertiser.co.uk/resources/images/4610662.jpg?display=1&htype=0&type=mc3)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on May 08, 2016, 07:05:21 pm
I'm rather impressed - I didn't know you could 'like' a post more than once?  :o ::) ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on May 08, 2016, 07:27:28 pm
I'm rather impressed - I didn't know you could 'like' a post more than once?  :o ::) ;D

Not an intentional feature!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on May 14, 2016, 10:34:59 pm
From the Plymouth Herald (http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Train-firm-issues-new-rules-passengers-bicycles/story-29272413-detail/story.html):

Quote
Train firm's new rules for passengers with bicycles

(http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276351/Article/images/29272413/14292997-large.jpg)
Folding bikes are not affected by the new rules on GWR trains

CYCLISTS wanting to take their bikes on high-speed trains from Plymouth will have to reserve a space for them in advance from now on.

Transport company Great Western Railway (GWR) brings in the rule change on Monday, May 16, 2016, and it effects all rapid services including those between Plymouth and the South West and London Paddington.

 ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Timmer on May 15, 2016, 06:27:53 am
Well at least the jacket he is wearing is GWR green and it looks like he's got his bike reservation. I'll get my jacket, I mean coat.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: ellendune on May 15, 2016, 08:29:53 am
But I thought folding bikes were excluded.  This is not just irrelevant but misleading. 


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: John R on May 15, 2016, 10:18:21 am
effects?    Is it too much to expect journalists to have a reasonable grasp of the English language?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: ChrisB on May 15, 2016, 01:52:26 pm
"Rapid services"??.....that's new too.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on May 15, 2016, 05:10:38 pm
effects?    Is it too much to expect journalists to have a reasonable grasp of the English language?

Was that a rhetorical question?  ;) :D ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on May 18, 2016, 12:16:47 am
Meanwhile, the Western Daily Press (http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Cyclists-reserve-bike-space-travelling-Great/story-29284440-detail/story.html) demonstrates a clear understanding of the new rules (with a suitable picture):

Quote
Cyclists must reserve bike space when travelling with Great Western Railway on high speed trains

(http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276309/Article/images/29284440/14306296-large.jpg)

Cyclists will now have to reserve a space for their bike when travelling with Great Western Railway on all high speed trains.

Bikes should be booked in by 6pm the day before, either through the booking line, online, or through the ticket office.

All bikes will be stored in carriage A of the train, and strapped in, but there will only be room for half a dozen at a time.

Cyclists must also make the train manager aware of their destination, and remind them when they are almost at the stop so they can be helped to leave the train safely, according to Great Western Railway's website.

Are passengers in carriage A of these high speed trains also to be strapped in (to stop them from making any noise, possibly) ?   :o ::) ???



Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Bmblbzzz on May 19, 2016, 04:10:06 pm
From the Plymouth Herald (http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Train-firm-issues-new-rules-passengers-bicycles/story-29272413-detail/story.html):

Quote
Train firm's new rules for passengers with bicycles

(http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276351/Article/images/29272413/14292997-large.jpg)
Folding bikes are not affected by the new rules on GWR trains

CYCLISTS wanting to take their bikes on high-speed trains from Plymouth will have to reserve a space for them in advance from now on.

Transport company Great Western Railway (GWR) brings in the rule change on Monday, May 16, 2016, and it effects all rapid services including those between Plymouth and the South West and London Paddington.

 ::)
Well at least the jacket he is wearing is GWR green and it looks like he's got his bike reservation. I'll get my jacket, I mean coat.
Yes, he has reservation number 1281 in the 6-space guard's van!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: SandTEngineer on May 19, 2016, 04:46:00 pm
Meanwhile, the Western Daily Press (http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/Cyclists-reserve-bike-space-travelling-Great/story-29284440-detail/story.html) demonstrates a clear understanding of the new rules (with a suitable picture):

Quote
Cyclists must reserve bike space when travelling with Great Western Railway on high speed trains

(http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276309/Article/images/29284440/14306296-large.jpg)

Cyclists will now have to reserve a space for their bike when travelling with Great Western Railway on all high speed trains.

Bikes should be booked in by 6pm the day before, either through the booking line, online, or through the ticket office.

All bikes will be stored in carriage A of the train, and strapped in, but there will only be room for half a dozen at a time.

Cyclists must also make the train manager aware of their destination, and remind them when they are almost at the stop so they can be helped to leave the train safely, according to Great Western Railway's website.

Are passengers in carriage A of these high speed trains also to be strapped in (to stop them from making any noise, possibly) ?   :o ::) ???



.....and its Lincoln station again ::) :P


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: old original on May 21, 2016, 12:07:02 pm
It's not just the picture but the title of it underneath....

http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/Looe-Liskeard-trains-cancelled-fallen-tree/story-29301484-detail/story.html

which has me wondering if something is missing in this one...

http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Devon-Cornwall-losing-faith-Government-pledge/story-29301540-detail/story.html


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: ellendune on May 21, 2016, 02:10:12 pm
It's not just the picture but the title of it underneath....

http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/Looe-Liskeard-trains-cancelled-fallen-tree/story-29301484-detail/story.html

Wouldn't surprise me if there wasn't a bit more than a fallen tree if they tried taking either of those down the Looe branch. 


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: SandTEngineer on May 21, 2016, 05:29:07 pm
Oh no.....Its CfNs favourite TPWS grid again..... ::) ;)....and its Still Not mended.....


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on May 22, 2016, 08:44:30 pm
Wouldn't surprise me if there wasn't a bit more than a fallen tree if they tried taking either of those down the Looe branch. 

No: this is what happens if you take an HST down a branch line ...  ;) :D ;D

(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/07/14/article-0-0A6FD938000005DC-875_634x520.jpg)


(Article from the Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1294613/Miracle-escape-train-driver-120mph-express-struck-falling-tree.html))


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: onthecushions on May 22, 2016, 09:02:35 pm

.... or a trunk route.

OTC


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on May 23, 2016, 02:29:04 pm
Bark definitely worse than bite.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on May 24, 2016, 09:24:08 pm
I'll bough to your knowledge on that one.  :D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: trainer on May 24, 2016, 09:55:58 pm
Not more tree jokes!  I'm sycamore of those.  :)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on May 24, 2016, 10:03:14 pm
Oak a.  :-X


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on May 25, 2016, 01:22:52 am
Yew just cant take a joke.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: IndustryInsider on May 25, 2016, 09:49:17 am
Good luck with the appeal, but is anyone else getting a picture of a grey squirrel rather than Andy Pegg and Michelle Forfar?  :D

http://www.montrosereview.co.uk/news/local-headlines/full-steam-ahead-for-fundraising-for-caledonian-railway-1-4137304


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: ChrisB on May 25, 2016, 09:56:41 am
Andy & Michelle are in the *second* photo down the page :-)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: IndustryInsider on May 25, 2016, 09:58:55 am
Ah, yes.  Perhaps the caption for the first picture should be changed to 'Local squirrel with no connection to appeal refuses to comment but agrees to pose for camera'.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on May 27, 2016, 08:52:28 pm
The Montrose Review has apparently been alerted to the matter, and their article illustration has now been amended accordingly.  ;D



As an aside, I would have thought they would be red squirrels in Montrose, rather than grey ones?  :o


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on June 06, 2016, 12:10:49 am
Quote
Taunton Deane Borough Council close off train station steps from Kilkenny car park to allow for emergency repairs
(http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt68/bignosemac/Mobile%20Uploads/290_zpsdrmr8ekh.jpg)
http://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/14536892.Steps_to_Taunton_train_station_closed_off_for_safety_reasons/

A nice canopy there. And a Class 185. Things have improved at Taunton Station since I last saw it 12 hours ago.  ::)

You're the Somerset County Gazette forsake. Based in Taunton. 10 minute walk to the station. Step away from the computer and go use your smartphone to get a location accurate picture. It's not rocket surgery. Or brain science.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on June 06, 2016, 07:01:32 am
You're the Somerset County Gazette forsake. Based in Taunton. 10 minute walk to the station. Step away from the computer and go use your smartphone to get a location accurate picture. It's not rocket surgery. Or brain science.

But is the article writing (at the weekend?) outsourced to a locum service elsewhere?   Looks like other things in the article were a bit woolly - from comments

Quote
"Steps to Taunton train station closed off for safety reasons" with a photo of the station is a bit of a misleading headline as it relates to a council car park that just happens to be near the station and has nothing to do with the station itself.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on June 06, 2016, 01:20:12 pm
As far as I know the steps concerned are on railway land. They lead to and from the council run Kilkenny Car Park.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Puffing Billy on October 01, 2016, 09:46:28 am
Funny that there is no mention of this on the Transport for London website : http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/lightning-strike-cancels-trains-as-plymouth-is-bombarded-by-heavy-rain/story-29768786-detail/story.html


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: ellendune on October 01, 2016, 10:43:13 am
Funny that there is no mention of this on the Transport for London website : http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/lightning-strike-cancels-trains-as-plymouth-is-bombarded-by-heavy-rain/story-29768786-detail/story.html

I presume the weather was so bad last night that South East Cornwall is now in South East London.  Strange that I sure I would have noticed it passing by if it had been.  Still top marks to LUL for finding a new railway and running trains on it so soon.  Even if they were immediately curtailed by lightning. 


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: plymothian on October 01, 2016, 10:54:04 am
Quite simply, the D-Trains have started in service already.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on October 01, 2016, 11:18:54 pm
Funny that there is no mention of this on the Transport for London website : http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/lightning-strike-cancels-trains-as-plymouth-is-bombarded-by-heavy-rain/story-29768786-detail/story.html

I presume the weather was so bad last night that South East Cornwall is now in South East London.  Strange that I sure I would have noticed it passing by if it had been.  Still top marks to LUL for finding a new railway and running trains on it so soon.  Even if they were immediately curtailed by lightning. 

I'm definitely still in Cornwall, although my entire house shook with the thunder!
There is a thread on the storm in the Plymouth and Cornwall section. I live in very close proximity to the struck areas.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Brucey on November 13, 2016, 01:52:28 pm
New one from The Cambridge News: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/government-working-deliver-new-addenbrookes-12157773

Is "FLIRT UK" a new destination on the Fen Line?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: rogerw on November 13, 2016, 04:36:11 pm
Actually quite relevant as it is an artist impression of the proposed bi-mode units for Greater Anglia secondary services which will run the Norwich - Cambridge (- Stanstead) service which may well serve Addenbrooks station


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: PhilWakely on November 14, 2016, 07:36:58 pm
Whilst the photo accompanying this Exeter Express and Echo (http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/huge-disruption-for-exeter-train-travellers-this-christmas-and-new-year/story-29874140-detail/story.html) article is technically not completely irrelevant, I would be very impressed if the pictured rolling stock were to call at Exeter in public service anywhere near this Christmas.............
Quote
Huge disruption for Exeter train travellers this Christmas and New Year
(http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276269/Article/images/29874140/15667157-large.jpg)

Passengers are being advised to plan their journey from Exeter to London as early as possible this Christmas ahead of Network Rail's biggest ever Christmas upgrade.

<snip> {article continues}


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Timmer on November 14, 2016, 08:20:03 pm
Another over hyped up 'the end is nigh' on the railways story. ::) It makes no difference, if people have to travel over Christmas/New Year thru have to use what services are provided which, like last year, will still get you to London without having to get on a bus*

*Swansea-Cardiff passengers excepted. Local Welsh press could make a story out of that.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: old original on November 23, 2016, 07:45:43 pm
http://www.cornwalllive.com/what-does-the-autumn-statement-mean-for-cornwall/story-29927589-detail/story.html

Nice try, when they planned electrification on the  GWR, I don't think they got third rail to Exeter that quickly...


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: PhilWakely on December 07, 2016, 07:47:19 pm
Good to see the planned cascade of rolling stock has reached a much expanded Exmouth station - thanks to the good old Excess and Error (http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/trains-to-exmouth-cancelled-until-5pm-today/story-29965665-detail/story.html#oxVME6LCRjlSePaC.99)
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Exmouth trains cancelled
(http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276269/Article/images/29965665/15729531-large.jpg)
There are no trains between Exeter and Exmouth until 5pm today
<the article continues......>
Although, I suppose, the headline and picture alone could possibly refer to the rolling stock cascade  :D ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Bob_Blakey on December 22, 2016, 11:46:04 am
Another one (http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/cleaners-strike-to-hit-great-western-railway-services/story-30003247-detail/story.html) from the Exeter Excess & Error - GWR services are now run using old hired in Virgin Trains rolling stock.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: alexross42 on July 07, 2017, 09:39:38 am
Delays on Plymouth's railways after major signalling error causes chaos

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/delays-on-plymouth-s-railways-after-major-signalling-error-causes-chaos/story-30428471-detail/story.html (http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/delays-on-plymouth-s-railways-after-major-signalling-error-causes-chaos/story-30428471-detail/story.html)

The following image appears with the caption "Many trains were cancelled yesterday"  !
(http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276351/binaries/plymouth_railway_circle1.jpg)

That explains why despite waiting hours for 'Bittern' to show up it never arrived...


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: RichardB on July 07, 2017, 05:17:21 pm
The other photo on that story isn't a lot better in terms of showing today's railway.   Must be all of 15 years old - "fag packet" GWR HST, the TPO and a Virgin HST!   


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bobm on July 07, 2017, 06:42:57 pm
The other photo on that story isn't a lot better in terms of showing today's railway.   Must be all of 15 years old - "fag packet" GWR HST, the TPO and a Virgin HST!   

Think that photo should win some sort of award for inaccuracy in terms of the story it is supposed to illustrate.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Trowres on July 07, 2017, 10:52:42 pm
That photo of the A4 reminded me to ask when the digital clock on the bridge in the background is going to be repaired. It's been stuck on one minute to seven for a long time.  ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on July 07, 2017, 10:56:19 pm
That photo of the A4 reminded me to ask when the digital clock on the bridge in the background is going to be repaired. It's been stuck on one minute to seven for a long time.  ::)

It's right once daily


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on July 08, 2017, 08:19:35 am
It's right once daily

Statistically, much more accurate than a clock that is 2 minutes slow.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: old original on July 11, 2017, 05:54:48 pm
I think it's disgusting that the media can't even get right there's a portacabin in use at St.Erth at the moment!!!  😉😉😉
https://www.piratefm.co.uk/news/latest-news/2327846/update-rail-services-at-standstill-on-cornwall-line/


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on July 17, 2017, 04:40:59 am
From The Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/9951022/How-Beeching-is-being-reversed.html) - a 2013 article republished on 10th July 2017

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How Beeching is being reversed

Fifty years ago, Dr Beeching wielded his axe, believing the railways faced an inexorable decline. Now the industry is on the cusp of the biggest expansion since the Victorian era.

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/steamgrowth.jpg)

"Passenger miles" - the total number of miles travelled by all passengers - grew by 91pc between 1996 and 2012. But the rail fleet increased by only 12pc over the same period.


I can't help wondering if the figures being quoted in the article related purely to the National Rail network and scheduled passenger trains operating thereon - or whether there has been a significant increase in steam train travel on heritage lines which has helped the railway figures grow so spectacularly.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: PhilWakely on July 17, 2017, 07:40:05 am
I can't help wondering if the figures being quoted in the article related purely to the National Rail network and scheduled passenger trains operating thereon - or whether there has been a significant increase in steam train travel on heritage lines which has helped the railway figures grow so spectacularly.

Hasn't Corfe Castle now been connected to the national network?  ;D  :D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: LiskeardRich on August 20, 2017, 10:10:39 pm
Cornwall Live can have today's award, more so as someone has sent them a picture of the actual derailment on their Facebook with permission to use!
Screen grab as I don't know how to link Facebook.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on August 20, 2017, 10:39:55 pm
Hmm.  Maybe it's just the perspective, but Paddington Station seems to be rather smaller than I remember it ...  ;D



Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Worcester_Passenger on August 20, 2017, 11:20:11 pm
And St Paul's Cathedral is a lot closer.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on November 07, 2017, 03:52:27 pm
An artist's impression of Temple Meads in the future - but look! Hard to imagine, but there's no OHLE, and a diesel train on Platform 13... As if!

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£43 million investment to establish world’s first Quantum Technologies Innovation Centre

(http://www.bristol.ac.uk/media-library/sites/news/2017/november/qtic-article.jpg)

The University of Bristol has announced plans to establish the world’s first open access Quantum Technologies Innovation Centre, focusing on taking quantum research from the lab and into the commercial world and positioning the UK as a global leader in the field.

Experts predict that harnessing the quantum world - the behaviour of matter and energy on the atomic and subatomic level - will revolutionise technology by making it faster, smaller, more secure and, ultimately, more useful for a wide variety of applications.

Source: University of Bristol (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2017/november/quantum-centre.html)



Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on November 07, 2017, 10:36:40 pm
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The University of Bristol has announced plans to establish the world’s first open access Quantum Technologies Innovation Centre, focusing on taking quantum research from the lab and into the commercial world and positioning the UK as a global leader in the field.

Experts predict that harnessing the quantum world - the behaviour of matter and energy on the atomic and subatomic level - will revolutionise technology by making it faster, smaller, more secure and, ultimately, more useful for a wide variety of applications.

... and, in English?  ::)



Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: ellendune on November 07, 2017, 10:44:11 pm
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The University of Bristol has announced plans to establish the world’s first open access Quantum Technologies Innovation Centre, focusing on taking quantum research from the lab and into the commercial world and positioning the UK as a global leader in the field.

Experts predict that harnessing the quantum world - the behaviour of matter and energy on the atomic and subatomic level - will revolutionise technology by making it faster, smaller, more secure and, ultimately, more useful for a wide variety of applications.

... and, in English?  ::)



Its all to do with Quantum Theory - which I can't explain to you, but if you do understand it its about the only way to explain how a transistor works - so how most micro-electronics work. So its extremely important for electronics. You will be aware that computers keep getting smaller and more powerful. The Ultimate computer in terms of miniaturization and increasing power is the called the Quantum Computer - but no one has built one yet.  I suspect that is what they are seeking to do.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Chris from Nailsea on November 08, 2017, 12:57:30 am
Thanks for your patient explanation, in response to my admittedly somewhat light-hearted question, ellendune.  ;)

However - I clearly remember that there was an apparently equally serious proposal, earlier this year, to turn that old Royal Mail building into student accommodation (http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/business/council-agrees-sale-temple-meads-7135).

Are any of these proposals based on hard fact, or financial reality?



Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on November 08, 2017, 10:58:23 am

Are any of these proposals based on hard fact, or financial reality?


Well, yes. To quote the article I linked to:

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The £43 million Quantum Technologies Innovation Centre (QTIC) has been funded in partnership by £15 million from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), £21 million from industrial partners and £7 million from the University of Bristol. It will be based in the University’s new enterprise campus, to be built in the heart of the city.

Student accommodation does form part of the overall development. The Cattle Market Tavern, whose roof has crept into shot behind the bridge parapet, doesn't. Sadly.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on November 08, 2017, 02:43:37 pm
Quote
The University of Bristol has announced plans to establish the world’s first open access Quantum Technologies Innovation Centre, focusing on taking quantum research from the lab and into the commercial world and positioning the UK as a global leader in the field.

Experts predict that harnessing the quantum world - the behaviour of matter and energy on the atomic and subatomic level - will revolutionise technology by making it faster, smaller, more secure and, ultimately, more useful for a wide variety of applications.

... and, in English?  ::)



They're going to look at the little bits quite closely, and sell them for a lot of money until someone realises they've been had.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: PhilWakely on November 10, 2017, 11:49:22 am
An article just published and given quite high prominence on the DevonLive (http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/south-western-railway-announces-huge-755886) website refers to South Western Railway's electric stock. So, whilst the stock photograph is relevant to the article, I don't actually think the article itself is relevant to the good folk of Devon unless the DfT have decided to extend the third rail as far as Devon!
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South Western Railway announces huge train improvement project
The work will see power points, real-time travel information and new seats, carpets and tables all introduced

(https://i2-prod.devonlive.com/incoming/article651547.ece/ALTERNATES/s810/JKR_SAH_040917SouthWestern_02.jpg)
South Western Railway train

South Western Railway has signed contracts worth £50m with Siemens to refurbish over 150 of its trains operating between Devon and London.
As part of £1.2bn investment plans, SWR's existing 172-strong Class 444 and Class 450 Desiro fleet of trains which currently operate across the SWR network are being upgraded.
<continues>

(my highlighting)
 


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: paul7755 on November 10, 2017, 05:12:31 pm
Just another example of the low quality of local journalism.  In fact is there even any journalism, or does a computer trawl present it to some sort of online editor or may not even be in the area of circulation?

Slightly differently, but I remember when SWT originally announced the new 707 inner suburban trains,  the same stories appeared in local newspapers and websites all over the SWT network area, despite the majority of places never seeing the "red trains" normally.

Paul


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on November 10, 2017, 07:12:43 pm
An article just published and given quite high prominence on the DevonLive (http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/south-western-railway-announces-huge-755886) website refers to South Western Railway's electric stock. So, whilst the stock photograph is relevant to the article, I don't actually think the article itself is relevant to the good folk of Devon unless the DfT have decided to extend the third rail as far as Devon!


What about us bad folk of Devon?

The boot is on the other foot. Or train.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: stuving on November 10, 2017, 07:37:37 pm
An article just published and given quite high prominence on the DevonLive (http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/south-western-railway-announces-huge-755886) website refers to South Western Railway's electric stock. So, whilst the stock photograph is relevant to the article, I don't actually think the article itself is relevant to the good folk of Devon unless the DfT have decided to extend the third rail as far as Devon!
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South Western Railway announces huge train improvement project
The work will see power points ... introduced
...

That'll be some clever new wireless (or possibly railless) power points, then?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: SandTEngineer on November 10, 2017, 08:25:41 pm
An article just published and given quite high prominence on the DevonLive (http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/south-western-railway-announces-huge-755886) website refers to South Western Railway's electric stock. So, whilst the stock photograph is relevant to the article, I don't actually think the article itself is relevant to the good folk of Devon unless the DfT have decided to extend the third rail as far as Devon!


What about us bad folk of Devon?

The boot is on the other foot. Or train.

Well, the refurbishment is going to use carpets from AXMINSTER in Devon...... ::) :P


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on November 23, 2017, 07:52:52 pm
Hah! They've updated the photo! (see http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=11558.msg224794#msg224794)

Someone was obviously stung by my acerbic observations about the Cattle Market Tavern.

It's still a diesel train though, by the looks of it... and will they ever move that stack of concrete trunking?

(https://i2-prod.bristolpost.co.uk/incoming/article818790.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Bristol-Uni-new-campus-6.jpg)

Image: Bristol Post (http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/first-look-new-car-free-818778)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on December 02, 2017, 06:59:49 pm
(http://www.wellho.net/pix/belgianmountains.jpg)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on December 09, 2017, 05:24:45 pm
From The Courier (https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/560295/new-report-calls-for-a-rail-revolution-in-fife/)

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/3rfife.jpg)

Good see some new 3rd rail proposals and some 4 tracking up there!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Timmer on December 09, 2017, 06:09:23 pm
That’s brilliant, one of the best.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on December 10, 2017, 03:13:41 pm
Good see some new 3rd rail proposals and some 4 tracking up there!

Nothing wrong with 4 tracking...


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on December 10, 2017, 03:51:01 pm
Nothing wrong with 4 tracking...

bbbbbbut ... they want it Now!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on February 19, 2018, 09:16:25 am
From Bude Today (http://www.bude-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=109924&headline=Positive+interest+from+public&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018)

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A MEETING of Connect Bude, the action group whose aim is to reconnect Bude and Holsworthy to the national rail network via Okehampton, was held at the Falcon Hotel, Bude, on Tuesday evening, January 16, writes Christine Williams.

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/349_Rail.jpg)

The chairman, Richard Wolfenden Brown, reported that there had been a lot of positive interest and support from the public for the project at a pop-up membership drive held in the Triangle the previous Saturday when eight new members and 12 new supporters signed up.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on February 21, 2018, 08:06:41 pm
I was expecting a class 153 on a single track...


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on February 21, 2018, 08:12:03 pm
I was expecting a class 153 on a single track...

The we could ask that it be converted to Four Track, Now!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: old original on June 05, 2018, 07:43:23 pm
https://www.piratefm.co.uk/news/latest-news/2598834/update-trains-in-and-out-of-cornwall-running-again/

 this doesn't quite look like Cornwall main line standard...   not quite....


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: PhilWakely on September 30, 2018, 07:45:43 am
I've just been doing a google search related to Newton Abbot and found this Mid-Devon Advertiser item from 2017 (http://www.middevonadvertiser.co.uk/article.cfm?id=109203&headline=Riot%20police%20called%20to%20Newton%20Abbot%20railway%20station&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017). Spot the minor geographical error in the story.

(https://drive.google.com/uc?id=1rdGnCTQLZ-Oxz9Q4AzsQrBgX9992saE5)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on September 30, 2018, 02:16:55 pm
Newton Abbot has taken a holiday on the English Riviera.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: rogerw on December 06, 2018, 08:16:55 pm
Wrong thread


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on December 06, 2018, 08:24:40 pm
Wrong thread

I have just split this thread ... I added a quote from a web site that was talking about one of the GWR Christmas closures and was illustrated with a picture of a station of the right name in the wrong country ... no wish to cause public embarrassment to the team that made the mistake, so split the topic and moved this part to "Frequent Posters".   Where I know that one of the frequent posters will be able to have a quiet word and get it fixed.   Gave me a chuckle, mind!

New thread at ... http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=20801.0


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on January 23, 2019, 05:31:49 am
From Rail Technology Magazine (http://www.railtechnologymagazine.com/Rail-News/rail-company-in-bid-to-build-multi-million-pound-rail-depot-near-ipswich-station)

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(http://www.wellho.net/pix/freightliner.jpg)

Rail company in bid to build multi-million-pound rail depot near Ipswich station

Rail company Freightliner has revealed that it is hoping to build a new multi-million pound depot for its trains just outside Ipswich station.

Freightliner said it wants to build an extensive workshop to maintain its locomotives and wagons, with around 20 new full-time and part-time jobs created to help it carry out the maintenance currently carried out at other depots across the country.

The rail firm also wants to move its fuelling point to the depot, enabling its diesel locomotives to be refuelled without having to cross the main line after they arrive from Felixstowe.

The new site for the depot would be just outside of Ipswich station. In its planning application to Ipswich council, Freightliner says its nearest wagon maintenance plants are in Manchester and Southampton, which “results in many unnecessary and significant trips.”


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: rogerw on January 23, 2019, 11:36:10 am
I don't think those locos would get through Ipswich tunnel  ::) ::)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: eXPassenger on January 23, 2019, 12:47:34 pm
I don't think those locos would get through Ipswich tunnel  ::) ::)
.. or the double stacked containers.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: stuving on January 23, 2019, 01:19:42 pm
Is there any point now in describing something as "multi-million-pound" ? It's not as if a minimum of a couple of million buys you much of anything these days, even in Ipswich.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: eightonedee on January 23, 2019, 10:07:07 pm
A little surprised to see a trade publication getting it wrong, so I clicked on the "Rail Technology News" link - and discovered that the behemoth had turned into a repainted Freightliner class 66!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Bmblbzzz on March 05, 2019, 06:51:01 pm
Is there any point now in describing something as "multi-million-pound" ? It's not as if a minimum of a couple of million buys you much of anything these days, even in Ipswich.
I'm not familiar with Ipswich but it should get you a two-bed flat in Clifton.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Bmblbzzz on March 18, 2019, 10:59:56 pm
(https://i2-prod.bristolpost.co.uk/incoming/article1392968.ece/ALTERNATES/s810/1_26555697JPG.jpg)
According to the Bristol Live this is "a First Bus in Bristol". Close but no banana...










For those not familiar with Bristol, that is Bath.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on March 18, 2019, 11:57:57 pm
Apropos of nothing, I went to school with the mum of the girl pictured in the Travelwest advert on the back of that bus.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: rogerpatenall on March 19, 2019, 08:59:41 am
Apropos of nothing, I went to school with the mum of the girl pictured in the Travelwest advert on the back of that bus.

WOWZERS!! I can't believe that I actually sat beside the guy who went to school with the mum of the girl on the back of the bus, at the Railway Inn in Westbury in 2019. I feel almost famous myself. . .  ;D

Cheers Justin.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on March 19, 2019, 09:01:36 am
Close but no banana...

...wodja mean? Bath is Bristol's second-nicest suburb!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bobm on March 19, 2019, 09:09:55 am
Apropos of nothing, I went to school with the mum of the girl pictured in the Travelwest advert on the back of that bus.

While having the perfect features to be "on the back of a bus", I can only claim to have been displayed on the side of one.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Clan Line on March 19, 2019, 11:34:39 am
This is my favourite "back of a bus" ...................

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/10/22/hampshire_police_ad/


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Bmblbzzz on March 19, 2019, 08:55:38 pm
Apropos of nothing, I went to school with the mum of the girl pictured in the Travelwest advert on the back of that bus.
Some are born famous, some acquire fame and some have fame thrust upon them... but these count for nothing when others can bask in the halo of posting on a forum where someone went to school with the mum of the girl on the back of the bus!


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on March 22, 2019, 03:48:42 pm
(https://i2-prod.bristolpost.co.uk/incoming/article1392968.ece/ALTERNATES/s810/1_26555697JPG.jpg)
According to the Bristol Live this is "a First Bus in Bristol". Close but no banana...

Lower Keynsham.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on March 22, 2019, 08:44:31 pm
While having the perfect features to be "on the back of a bus", I can only claim to have been displayed on the side of one.

Lest people think it was a "Have you seen this man?" appeal, perhaps you'd care to elaborate... ;D



Title: BA in the Grauniad
Post by: patch38 on March 25, 2019, 04:59:30 pm
Seems the airline world isn't exempt:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/mar/25/british-airways-flight-dusseldorf-lands-edinburgh--mistake (https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/mar/25/british-airways-flight-dusseldorf-lands-edinburgh--mistake)

It states quite clearly in the copy that the aircraft  involved was a BAe 146. The photo shows a 747-400 as any fule kno.

Mind you, that's a pretty spectacular c*ck-up, going to Edinburgh rather than Dusseldorf...


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: didcotdean on March 25, 2019, 05:30:19 pm
The BBC report had a picture of a 777 originally but it has now been removed.

The same plane did Düsseldorf-London City-Edinburgh-London City-Düsseldorf yesterday so it seems it may have been operated on the Sunday timetable :)


Title: Re: BA in the Grauniad
Post by: Surrey 455 on March 25, 2019, 10:34:16 pm
Seems the airline world isn't exempt:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/mar/25/british-airways-flight-dusseldorf-lands-edinburgh--mistake (https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/mar/25/british-airways-flight-dusseldorf-lands-edinburgh--mistake)

It states quite clearly in the copy that the aircraft  involved was a BAe 146. The photo shows a 747-400 as any fule kno.

Mind you, that's a pretty spectacular c*ck-up, going to Edinburgh rather than Dusseldorf...

Except that's not a 747 in the photo. 747s and A380s are probably the only aircraft types I can identify these days. Everything else just looks the same to me.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: patch38 on March 25, 2019, 10:44:29 pm
They have changed the photo! I think that's an A320 now. Getting closer...


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Rob on the hill on March 26, 2019, 11:58:26 am
Here's a picture of the actual aircraft, with details of the flight in question:
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/d-amgl#1fec2463


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on April 29, 2019, 11:16:50 am
From Eastern Daily Press (Motoring) (https://www.edp24.co.uk/motoring/sheringham-railway-station-shut-while-new-platform-installed-1-6021591)

Quote
Sheringham Railway Station remains shut while new platform is installed

(https://www.edp24.co.uk/polopoly_fs/1.6021590.1556530623!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_630/image.jpg)

Greater Anglia has closed the station until Sunday, May 5 for the £1m+ project, which will see a new 80 metre platform put in to accommodate the next generation of trains, which are arriving this year.

The new platform will be twice the length of the current 40-metre structure, allowing the longer, three or four-carriage 'bi-mode' trains to fit in there.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: eightf48544 on April 29, 2019, 03:29:51 pm
Have they got the wrong Sheringham. North Norfolk rather than Greater Anglia?



Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: SandTEngineer on April 29, 2019, 03:31:06 pm
I think thats what Grahame was hinting about....... ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on April 29, 2019, 03:37:44 pm
Have they got the wrong Sheringham. North Norfolk rather than Greater Anglia?

I think thats what Grahame was hinting about....... ;D

The photographer only needed to turn 180 degrees to get a picture of the station that IS being replaced!

https://www.northnorfolknews.co.uk/news/station-approach-resurfacing-delayed-1-5387424

Quote
(https://www.northnorfolknews.co.uk/polopoly_fs/1.5387217.1518093597!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_630/image.jpg)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on April 30, 2019, 02:56:09 pm
Appropriate picture in a follow up article (https://www.edp24.co.uk/motoring/sheringham-station-1m-platform-reopening-delayed-fault-greater-anglia-1-6023685) which reports a delay of about a fortnight in reopening.   Two weeks doesn't seem all that long a delay if you compare it to Berney Arms ...

Quote
Sheringham train station and platform will remain closed until Thursday, May 16, after a fault was discovered with a batch of beams


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Red Squirrel on April 30, 2019, 03:12:46 pm
Aside from pondering why the EDP placed this story on their Motoring page: Would it really have been completely out of the question to temporarily use the original Sheringham station? Or would that have set some sort of precedent?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on April 30, 2019, 03:34:09 pm
Aside from pondering why the EDP placed this story on their Motoring page: Would it really have been completely out of the question to temporarily use the original Sheringham station? Or would that have set some sort of precedent?

The crossing between the two stations is set up for occasional operation only - see ((here)) (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/351211/response/857018/attach/5/STATION%20ROAD%20SHERINGHAM%202010.pdf?cookie_passthrough=1) - and would be labour intensive, very delaying of trains, and would need ORR approval for the number of movements.  Attachment - the operational details.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Robin Summerhill on April 30, 2019, 04:30:08 pm
   Two weeks doesn't seem all that long a delay if you compare it to Berney Arms ...

Or Barlaston...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/93122458@N08/20265005638/


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: old original on May 17, 2019, 09:31:33 pm
Woman caught hiding in a bush.....


https://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/17648138.penryn-police-patrols-increased-after-woman-spotted-peering-through-car-window/?ref=rss

...if you didn't know what a bush looked like...


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Surrey 455 on May 17, 2019, 10:18:18 pm
Woman caught hiding in a bush.....


https://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/17648138.penryn-police-patrols-increased-after-woman-spotted-peering-through-car-window/?ref=rss

...if you didn't know what a bush looked like...


If that's a "Where's Wally" style photo of a bush, I haven't found the woman yet! I'll keep looking ;D


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on May 20, 2019, 10:32:23 am
From the Bristol Post (https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/special-features/you-can-now-take-steam-2793146)

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/steam3737.jpg)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: rogerw on May 20, 2019, 03:59:03 pm
If the Torbay Express get there it would be seriously lost  :D ::)


Title: Re: BA in the Grauniad
Post by: TonyK on May 20, 2019, 07:58:39 pm

Except that's not a 747 in the photo. 747s and A380s are probably the only aircraft types I can identify these days. Everything else just looks the same to me.


The one with the tail showing is an Airbus A321-231. The other is an A320-232. Neither looks remotely like a BAe-146.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Bmblbzzz on June 20, 2019, 10:04:19 am
Quote
More details revealed about new Ashley Down station on Henbury line
Work is already underway
(https://i2-prod.bristolpost.co.uk/incoming/article14077.ece/ALTERNATES/s810/4_Train-generic.jpg)

Direct service from Ashley Down to Manchester Piccadilly? Or is it Manchester Victoria?
"Work is already underway" is rather misleading too.

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/more-details-revealed-new-ashley-2997303


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: grahame on June 20, 2019, 12:23:20 pm

Direct service from Ashley Down to Manchester Piccadilly? Or is it Manchester Victoria?


Piccadilly.  Sure, why not, been done before.

From the Summer of '98 - the 07:59 Manchester Piccadilly to London Waterloo ... called at Bristol Temple Meads 11:30 to 11:35, arrived Waterloo 14:13.  Returned at 15:17 from Waterloo.  Interesting calling pattern ... had Ashley Down been open in those days it could have joined Bradford-on-Avon, Warminster and Craven Arms as a station with direct services to both London (Waterloo) and Manchester.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Clan Line on June 21, 2019, 07:34:08 pm
I can perhaps understand a 16 year old trainee (pun not intended !) pulling out any old stock photo to illustrate a railways story in the Bognor Bugle ....but my postman brought me the latest Railway Touring Company brochure this morning - am I being a little too hopeful in expecting slightly higher standards there ?

We have a train passing by the Dorset Mountains on its way to Swanage - on another page the same train is passing the same mountains on its way to Par.
Then we have a train passing cloud shrouded mountains on its way from Norwich to Cheshire - incredibly, the same mountains seem to be passed en route from Swanage to Bristol.
Then there is the Kings Cross to Newcastle excursion down the ECML shown passing through Garsdale (S & C I think !) - I recognise the dog there !
There is the same train passing over the same bridge in two photos - which are both said to be in Yorkshire - but based on previous efforts they might be in Kent.

I won't go, too much, into excursions which are stated to be hauled by Loco A or B - but the photos show C or D or .......

I'm sure more learned travelers on the forum might have fun with this brochure.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on June 21, 2019, 08:03:14 pm

There is the same train passing over the same bridge in two photos - which are both said to be in Yorkshire - but based on previous efforts they might be in Kent.

Never trust advertising.

Some years ago, on holiday in Turkey, I was with my daughter, then about 14, when we were approached by either a professional photographer or a pervert with some really expensive kit. He explained that he would like to take some pictures for a Swedish holiday magazine. "But I'm not Swedish" said I, "and neither is my daughter." He said that we were the most Swedish looking people in the pool, and after a few pints had been arranged, the newly appointed Sven and Ingrid* took up the pose with the beach ball.

I have often wondered if that photo appeared in a Swedish holiday catalogue, maybe under a heading "Kom till soliga Blackpool" (Come to sunny Blackpool) or the like.

*I looked up a list of Swedish girls' names for that, and found that my daughter's real name, after her great-great grandmother, is actually almost twice as popular as Ingrid in Sweden. Another schoolday ends!)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on June 21, 2019, 09:05:44 pm
On a similar theme. This latest Virgin Trains advert:



(https://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt68/bignosemac/rps20190621_205904_zpsvaupicer.jpg)

Spot the error.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Surrey 455 on June 21, 2019, 09:29:12 pm

Spot the error.

No overhead lines?




Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: bignosemac on June 21, 2019, 10:02:10 pm
Yup. You'd think Virgin would know what actually makes their Pendolinos go.


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on June 21, 2019, 11:24:20 pm
While you and Finn have been touring the frozen wastes, Virgin have switched to battery power. (8,5 million AAA cells, changed at each stop.)


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: eightonedee on June 22, 2019, 01:31:12 pm
Perhaps Wabtec have been bolting diesel engines and generators on them (inspired by the success of Hitatchi's IETs?) when they should have been doing the 319/769s?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Rhydgaled on June 22, 2019, 10:22:04 pm
That Pendolino shot doesn't look like the North Wales Coast Line, but they used to work along there even though there are no wires (answer: they were hauled by class 57s). Is that a real location (with OHLE painted out) or is it a model with a shot of a train superimposed (going by the still frame shown the train is very good CGI, if that's what it is, compared to what you see when new stations are proposed)?


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: Clan Line on June 23, 2019, 08:00:53 pm
While you and Finn have been touring the frozen wastes, Virgin have switched to battery power. (8,5 million AAA cells, changed at each stop.)

Sorry, but Mercedes beat Virgin to it !!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEjTwsfqHOY


Title: Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles
Post by: TonyK on June 24, 2019, 07:41:24 pm
And I thought I had had an original idea for once!



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