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1  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Railway bridges struck by road vehicles - merged topic, ongoing discussion on: October 15, 2018, 07:15:45 am
Height signs can be in imperial and metric units see Diagram 629.2A of the current Regulations This does suppose that there is a budget to replace signs, cost of sign v cost of disruption?
2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Wireless microphones at stations on: October 15, 2018, 07:04:00 am
Almost universal on the Underground. No idea what system is used.
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: What can be taken on the train can't be taken on the plane on: October 08, 2018, 06:48:55 pm
... and mercury was the reason that hatters were mad (used in the preparation of hats).
4  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: ACoRP community rail awards, 2018 on: October 07, 2018, 10:05:58 am
Congratulations. Always good to get recognition from outside the group. Does this men a large influx of new members??
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Other things railways did on: October 05, 2018, 07:17:07 am
I think you might have to qualify
The first prototype cellular (mobile phone) telephone network
as in the UK. Considerable work was done by US DoD (DARPA) and UK MoD were working on similar. I worked for one of the contractors who were refining the base station code.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Missing - a strategy for buses? on: October 03, 2018, 10:10:55 am
Goes well with the announcement of cancellation of the fuel escalator for another year.

Fuel escalator also mention in LGAs Sustainable Travel report
7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: 1970 excursions - Percy Danks and the Merrymaker program on: October 01, 2018, 07:28:20 am
Looking at the collection of railcards, I did think when I renewed this year that the person on the cover looked remarkably well preserved. I obviously wouldn't tick the boxes as a male equivalent (the wrinkles, let alone the fungus)
8  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Re: What do you want to see in the next 5-10 years? on: October 01, 2018, 07:14:02 am
And something of piffling importance. The Underground can manage to tell you which side the doors are opening (when the train stops), this would be a blessing to irregular travellers to Reading (and similar).
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Other things railways did on: September 30, 2018, 11:47:20 am
The disappearing sounds thread triggered other thoughts.

Growing up on Hayling there was using the Hayling Bridge (Langstone Bridge to those who lived the other side). It was a toll bridge with the tolls collected by British Railways staff. The decreasing weight limit on the old wooden bridge meant walking across, the aural effect would have been the wind (sort of thing they said "harden you up"?). Later on I used to cross Shoreham Brdige, another bridge where tolls were collected by British Railways staff. I would imagine that LBSCR weren't the only company that had these close links between road and rail which caused these arrangements.

Visits to Portsmouth usually meant an opportunity to look at, and sometimes use, the British Railways ferries. Were Poole - Channel Islands and Scilly Isles ferries run by British Railways?
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Disappearing railway sounds on: September 30, 2018, 10:03:12 am
I think this thread could go on for ever.

Living on Hayling Island, obviously the various sounds of this long-lost branch, railways at there most basic.

The announcement at Havant of all the stations on the Portsmouth - Waterloo slow, which seemed more important to remember than a lot of school work. The staff had a rythm a bit like the shipping forecast used to so it flowed.

Similarly to the Underground, the sound of a motor-generator (?) rumbling somewhere underneath an EMU, still can be heard now and again at Guildford.

Locally we used to call EMUs Electric Centipedes, and the sight of them silently moving across the landscape the night.

And, non-aural heresy, beautiful landscape before it was disfigured by OLE (before you ask, I don't live in Goring).
11  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: British Transport Police - general thread on: September 30, 2018, 09:39:52 am
In the last year or so I get the impression that Southern have taken to using their own security staff. Dressed to look like CSOs.

Does that mean that BTP is funded by a levy on the TOCs and Southern are trying to save money?
12  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: (ask a stupid question day) - Why not put up the actual timetable? on: September 30, 2018, 09:35:10 am
Intelligent TOC, all too often seems a contradiction in terms
13  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: (stupid question day) what is magic about 2 or 3 hours? on: September 28, 2018, 08:50:56 am
The expectations tend to differ by area. It used to considered that the bulk of a hospital's catchment had to be within 20 minutes drive time in the South East. This time apparently increases as you go west and north. I am sure similar for rail, Wales and Scotland probably expect longer journeys, the South West possibly less so. No doubt the reward factor also comes in, people more willing to commute longer distance to well paid jobs in the City. Contrary to this, there used to be reports of London police doing weekly commutes from France, and London fire staff from Wales because of cost of housing.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Re: Rise in car dependency - unintended consequence, or expected effect of policy? on: September 25, 2018, 07:21:56 am
Another example of people having a form of transport removed that forces them to use their car. The Hayling ferry, between Hayling and Portsmouth, went into administration a few years ago. It took about two years for somebody else to pick up the service. In the meantime most users had resorted to car, including for the school run to Portsmouth schools, potentially adding 20 miles to the journey and the environmental effects etc etc.

While the service was not operating the connecting buses were removed, not unreasonable. After much discussion the two councils. Havant and Portsmouth, have agreed to subsidise the bus services for six months from now. Will six winter months be sufficient to persuade the local residents to go back to using the ferry? The ferry service is probably viable in summer, like most Hayling businesses, but struggles in winter. So it is an exercise in trying to restore the base user population.

Be interesting to see what happens. I don't think the service is viable as a summer-only service, to much infrastructure to maintain. Unlike Hamble and Itchenor ferries where you land in the mud/foreshore one side.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Re: Approaches to looking after your customers - a contrast in philosophy? on: September 24, 2018, 08:09:41 am
Not meaning to discount your achievement, but is it easier for small businesses?

Large organisations tend to get bogged down in massive contingency procedures. This morning at work I have just been sent links to a massive pile of incident response plans. Half way through, or less, the 56 pages of the first one I glazed over. Net benefit, zilch.
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