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1  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: GWR to ?cull? abandoned bikes at Oxford and Didcot on: Yesterday at 09:45:08 am
"In a now-deleted tweet, Oxfordshire's British Transport Police warned cyclists that they have until February 22 to remove their bikes."
Oxford Mail

That deleted tweet suggests that BTP & GWR are having second thoughts about the cull, or have decided that now is not the time to do it.
2  Journey by Journey / Transport for London / Re: Overcrowding at Canning Town on: January 15, 2021, 07:31:12 pm
Perhaps the time has come for TfL to manage access to Tube stations when platforms start to fill up, in much the same way as supermarkets are doing to ensure that safe distancing etc is maintained?

They have plenty of experience in doing so, as anyone who uses the Bakerloo Line from Paddington will testify!  Smiley

Agreed. It was a daily occurrence at Victoria Underground and I have also seen them close most barriers at Bank and London Bridge to reduce the flow onto the platforms.

At Canning Town, when those pictures were taken, do we know the proportion of those who entered via the station entrance versus those who changed from the DLR? I imagine it must be tricky managing crowds moving from one platform to another.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Active travel: Cyclists and walkers, including how the railways deal with them / Re: E-scooter trials - but rental only. What do members think? on: January 14, 2021, 08:00:39 pm
From the BBC
Anyone given an e-scooter as a Christmas gift should return it, a senior Met officer has said.

The devices have proved popular gifts even though privately-owned e-scooters are illegal to use on roads or in public places.

Ch Supt Simon Ovens said buying an e-scooter as a present was "crazy" because they were a danger to riders and others.

"They're simply not built for our roads," he added.

Later he adds
Ch Supt Ovens said he was not against new technology being introduced but Scotland Yard "really don't want more deaths".

The Met is keen to support a trial on rental e-scooters as they would be "a bit safer and more compliant", he added.
4  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: 4 carriages reduced to 2 - is this the end of GWR pacers? on: January 11, 2021, 07:57:03 pm
166203 in old livery working Paignton-Exmouth today

It's not that old. If it was in the original Network South East or Thames Trains livery then I would agree.  Grin Grin
5  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: The architecture the railways TV series on: January 08, 2021, 07:40:14 pm
I'm guessing it will be available on replay?

I expect so. Yesterday is part of UKTV and programmes can be found on UKTV Play -

Series 1 is still available.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: National Lockdown as from 5th January 2021 on: January 05, 2021, 08:41:47 pm
Once, on the SAME DAY I was presumed to be a pensioner on the bus, but was asked for proof of age when buying drink.

Alcohol - I've only once been asked how old I was and that was in Tesco a few months after I turned 18. The pubs never asked my age when I was 15.

Travel - A few years earlier a revenue inspector on a London Transport bus did not believe that I was under 16 (I was 15 at the time and had paid a child fare) and told me he was sending a policeman up to see me. I don't believe there was a policeman downstairs and I got off at my normal stop a few minutes later.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Issues with Merseyrail tickets from Trainline on: January 04, 2021, 08:51:29 pm
If MerseyRail is part of the National Rail network, why are their machines allowed to be incompatible with the TOD that all/most other operators use?

It's not just Trainline. I've just tried to see if I would be offered a ticket for the same route on the GWR app. It will sell it to me but like Trainline, doesn't offer Ormskirk as somewhere I could collect from. It also doesn't offer a mobile ticket either.
8  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Railway textures on: January 03, 2021, 11:07:30 pm
Photo 3 is a cat. Texture-wise, cats tend to be rather furry.

I hope you're not wanting a more detailed answer  Huh
9  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: New rolling stock............... on: December 29, 2020, 07:54:28 pm
..............for Portsmouth - Cardiff Huh?

I can't see the photo. The link isn't working for me.
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: On train catering - light hearted options to the West Country on: December 28, 2020, 09:59:25 am
17:24 - Hooter's Happy Hour - all you can eat wings

I think the RMT might object to their members wearing low cut tops or bikinis to deliver food to your seat.  Grin
11  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Which termini / how many have you visited? on: December 26, 2020, 10:43:59 pm
A very lowly 22 score for me but I have since remembered using another station on the list plus Hampton Court bringing the total to 24.
12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Advent Quiz -Christamas eve 2020 on: December 25, 2020, 11:29:22 pm
L3 - SWR Class (?)700

Unfortunately the SWR class 701 didn't manage to enter service as planned this year. A small number of trains have been delivered and are being tested on various SWR lines. More are arriving at a slow rate and I think the current plan is for them to be gradually introduced into service during Spring 2021.
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Station Views Quiz 23rd Dec 20 on: December 23, 2020, 10:35:58 pm
3. Hastings
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles on: December 17, 2020, 11:21:07 pm

What photo did they use? I can see that the story was last updated 10 hours ago. It has a pic of an IET now.
15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: A Short Walk Advent Quiz 17th December on: December 17, 2020, 10:40:20 pm
No. 8 - is it Richmond?

No Right borough wrong Bridge

Oh! That was going to be my answer.

How about Kew Bridge?
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