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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Warning - Pedant alert on: May 25, 2015, 09:00:44 am
The problem with calling something "new" is that the description doesn't fit for very long .. but call it "old" and the name can last forever.

So I can look forward to an imminent renaming of New Barnet, then?

On the same basis, I used to be ahead of the times but it was hard work to stay there.  These days I find it much easier to be behind the times!

I know what you mean. They say you're getting on when you switch from Radio 1 and start listening to Radio 2. And you're really getting long in the tooth when you list to Radio 2 but think it's Radio 1.

According to my daughter I officially became a boring old f**t when I started listening to Radio 4.  But at least it can't be confused with Radio 1 or 2.....
2  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture - related rail and other transport issues / Re: Network Rail industrial action 2015. on: May 25, 2015, 08:42:46 am
Looking more and more likely an agreement will be reached with RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers)/UNITE as the TSSA» (Transport Salaried Staffs' Association - about) have now reached agreement.

Good.  I am generally to the left politically, but I have no time for UNITE and their leader Len Mccluskey. It is to a large extent UNITE's fault that we have 5 more years of Tory government because it was UNITE that foisted the unelected Ed Milliband onto the Labour Party.   

Moving away from the thread subject somewhat, but, Tim, I'm rather confused by your comment about Ed Miliband being foisted onto the Labour Party.  If you're generally 'left', that shouldn't have worried you too much?  Who would you have chosen as leader then?  And perhaps more to the point now, who should be chosen to replace him?
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Poo powered bus takes to the streets of Bristol on: May 23, 2015, 07:33:19 am
A cow poowered bus eh?  Wink
Wonder what comes out of the tailpipe.......?
4  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Independently Powered EMU to be tested on: May 12, 2015, 06:55:54 am
Then why isn't it poo powered?  No shortage of that stuff as fuel!  Surely still more green than using batteries, as I'm not sure how they're disposed of when they're eventually unrechargeable.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Never mind the gap: rubber safety device could fill void at railway stations on: May 05, 2015, 06:50:54 am
This will make boarding easier for dogs too.  I've had two dogs that have had a close call with the gap after misjudging it with their hind legs.
6  Journey by Journey / Chiltern Railways services / Re: Barrister Peter Barnett 'may have cost Chiltern Railways ^23k in unpaid fares' on: April 12, 2015, 03:53:56 pm
The cynic in me wants to suggest that it depends whether they're in the same branch of the freemasons...........

Oooh, nasty.
7  Journey by Journey / Chiltern Railways services / Re: Barrister Peter Barnett 'may have cost Chiltern Railways ^23k in unpaid fares' on: April 12, 2015, 09:25:35 am
The Barrister claims it was only ^10,000 when leave was taken into account.

Oh, well that's alright then.......?  Angry

For goodness' sake, it's not as though, on his salary, he couldn't afford to pay his rail fares.  Maybe I'm a bit of an idealist, but  I tend to feel those in a position of responsibility in society should be setting a good example to others.

8  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Wilts and Berks Canal Trust ^600,000 restoration plea on: April 12, 2015, 09:15:58 am
Well, if the Trust wanted to start work before the birds started nesting, I think they're already too late, judging by all the frenzied avian activity I see whilst out walking Echo.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Why I travel by train on: April 12, 2015, 09:12:33 am
Welcome to the Forum, Bmblbzzz, and congratulations on having the longest user name without a vowel!  Tht's gt t B th rcrd?!

Wetherspoons?  Boycotted since they refused to let me take the dog even in the beer (if you can call it that) garden.
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: The like button - what it does and does not do on: April 01, 2015, 07:33:20 am
Grahame, when I liked your opening post here I was redirected to a blank page. Is that meant to happen?

That happens to me, too.  But I have learned that although when returning to the 'Home' page, the 'Like' has changed to 'Yum!', eventually my name appears as a 'Like', so although the system seems a bit slow, I know my 'Like' will be acknowledged eventually.  I use Google Chrome as a browser, by the way, as I anticipate this will be Grahame's next question!
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: Steam train SPAD at Wootton Bassett Junction, 7 March 2015 - RAIB investigation on: March 29, 2015, 02:01:57 pm
Does this SPAD (Signal Passed At Danger) raise some difficult questions about steam locomotive drivers on main lines?
12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: Steam train SPAD at Wootton Bassett Junction, 7 March 2015 - RAIB investigation on: March 29, 2015, 01:38:33 pm
A little item that may be of interest to the other steam buffs on this Forum:
From Newbury Weekly News 19th March:

"Train buffs are chuffed - the steam train season has started.
Hungerford Camera Club member and steam fan Tony Bartlett said: "The first train of the year came through Newbury* and I was on Hungerford Common to get a shot of regular locomotive 'Tangmere' at the head of affairs."
Mr. Bartlett also snapped 'Mayflower' as it passed the common.

Built for the London and North Eastern Railway, 61306 Mayflower is one of two surviving B1 class locomotives, designed as mixed traffic locomotives capable of hauling express passenger trains as well as freight traffic.

Mayflower has two cylinders, six driving wheels, a firebox grate area of 30 sq ft and can operate at 75mph."

*Unfortunately the article doesn't say WHEN the engine came through Newbury.  Luckily it was a pre-April Fools' Day issue, or I might have been tempted to wonder whether they were extracting the Michael with a mid-sixties item!  There was a nice little photograph of the Mayflower accompanying the article, unfortunately when I went onto the NWN website this morning I couldn't find it.  Sorry folks.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Active travel: Cyclists and walkers, including how the railways deal with them / Re: Grantham girl, 4, gets cycling-on-path police warning on: March 12, 2015, 08:18:45 am
BNM, What would the legal position be if the father permitted his four-year-old to ride the bike - with stabilisers - on the carriageway?

The possible consequences don't even bear thinking about, which is why this officer was so completely out of order.
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Portishead Line reopening for passengers - ongoing discussion on: March 05, 2015, 07:53:30 am
OK, well, as long as the work is being done.....  I'm sure the volunteer force that would like to have hurried along the reopening must have been ruing the advent of overly-cautious H&S (Health and Safety) regulations. (Injury Claims UK (United Kingdom) and others of your kind; you're ruining the British culture of 'mucking in')

I will just add that I hope the Wilts and Berks Canal Trust manage to complete their restoration of the canal before H&S concerns prevent the presence of volunteers.  Most of the work completed so far wouldn't have been possible without the willing army of volunteers!  And yes, they also had some pretty chunky equipment present at work party sessions.
15  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Daytime Traffic on the TransWilts on: March 05, 2015, 07:40:06 am
The 17:36 ex Swindon is indeed being reported back as "full and standing" on a regular basis, and cries of "can we have another carriage" are to be heard.

The immediate answer, I'm afraid has to be "there's nothing spare at the moment" and/or "adding an extra carriage for just  10 / 20 / 25 / 50 minutes per day is hard to justify financially" 

Is no-one asking the question 'why?' Shocked

It's not as though the passenger numbers suddenly jumped beyond those anticipated; there has been a heartening increase in footfall since the improved TransWilts service began.  It must seem a bit of a smack in the face for the new passengers, to expect to tolerate being conveyed in discomfort.  How long will it be before they get fed up with doing sardine impressions, and revert to other modes of transport?

Edit note: Quote marks fixed, for clarity. CfN.
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