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1  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: October 17, 2018, 10:04:00 pm
Simon Calder has just been interviewed at Paddington...

Nice of him to take time off from America's Got The Pop Factor...

Would that be Simon Cowell? and Pop Idol / American Idol / [insert another awful karaoke singing TV show here]


2  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Ticket Barrier accepting invalid ticket on: October 13, 2018, 08:14:15 pm
I had a strange experience at Crawley Station today. I meant to put the return portion of my ticket to Bookham in the ticket barrier but without thinking I put my usual season ticket (which is for Bookham to London zones 1-6) in instead. The ticket went through and to my surprise when I picked it up, the barrier opened. Why? That ticket is not valid for that journey?
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Four Track, Now? on Monday? on: October 13, 2018, 09:04:02 am
Looking at what looks like the phone kiosk I can see it's not in Germany as it's not yellow. It does look northern European, possibly one of the low countries.

Aren't the phone booths in Germany pink/purple? Same colour as T-Mobile. I recall they are branded as T- something or other.

Maybe they are these days but I've not been in Germany for 8 years. I'm sure they had the same colour as the Bundespost letter boxes when I used to visit Hamburg yearly since childhood in the 1960s. They might be different now though.

I don't remember those yellow boxes but it looks like the pink boxes that replaced them are themselves being phased out due to falling use.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2618850/Hung-good-Remote-German-forest-depot-thousands-phone-boxes-die-one-just-250.html
4  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Planned Industrial Action on: October 11, 2018, 11:43:52 pm
Further dates announced

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-45804454

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Staff on South Western Railway (SWR) are set to stage further walkouts in a long-running dispute over the role of guards on trains.

Rail union RMT said the next strike would run from 00:01 BST on 23 October until 23:59 on 27 October, followed by further walkouts on consecutive Saturdays until 24 November.

It said SWR had "stalled" the talks process and failed to provide an offer.

The rail company accused the union of "needlessly disrupting" customers.

Sigh. That will be more Saturdays where I hang around my local station for the replacement bus that doesn't show up or is half an hour late. Cry
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was Four Track, Now? on Monday? on: October 11, 2018, 11:29:49 pm
Looking at what looks like the phone kiosk I can see it's not in Germany as it's not yellow. It does look northern European, possibly one of the low countries.

Aren't the phone booths in Germany pink/purple? Same colour as T-Mobile. I recall they are branded as T- something or other.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: How do journey planners choose where to have you change? on: October 02, 2018, 10:24:49 pm
I often find with multi transport journey planners that they each have their own ideas about how to get to different places. I mostly use Google maps, Traveline South East and sometimes National Rail enquiries. Often I will take a journey that involves changing trains along a stretch of line where both trains call at all 3 stations (Leatherhead, Ashtead and Epsom) and whilst the planners might agree on both trains to catch, they will suggest changing at different stations.

Grahame - Traveline South East also offer a walking speed mode which may help. I usually select fast walking in normal circumstances and slow if I have a suitcase. This may give you more time for connections, though I suspect it will be clueless when it comes to the availability of lifts, escalators etc.
7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Disappearing railway sounds on: September 30, 2018, 09:35:14 am
Mechanical destination boards turning over (are these the solari boards Trowres refers to?)

Yes, as made by Solari, Udine, Italy. There's an interesting thread with a description of how the Waterloo example was operated here:
]https://www.railforums.co.uk/threads/split-flap-display-destination-boards.67619]

And you can hear the sound...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8azGTsslNc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXM3odR4GoM

I remember these at Heathrow T1. Quite often I'd walk past and they'd be covered by a blind due to some sort of fault. The blinds had a message printed on them saying something along the lines of "use the monitors for flight info"

I do miss the clickety clack sound.
8  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Disappearing railway sounds on: September 29, 2018, 10:36:20 am
This one has already disappeared - When the old Metropolitan Line trains were stationery, you would often hear some machinery starting up underneath lasting maybe a minute or so then shutting down. I also remember it on the old Central Line trains.

A Google search suggests the noise came from a compressor.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: September 25, 2018, 09:31:54 pm
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5 vice 10

What does that mean? Google shows me lots of nice pictures of vices for my work bench. Is it a railway term or some obscure word that my English teacher didn't tell me about?
10  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Reading Buses expand their area on: September 20, 2018, 10:28:59 pm
From the Reading Chronicle

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BUS services in Newbury have been taken over by Reading Buses.

The Newbury & District operation in the Newbury and Thatcham area employs more than 600 staff.
Reading Buses' interim head Tony Pettitt said the acquisition fitted well with the company's current expansion and would help strengthen services in West Berkshire.
The interim chief executive officer said: "We are delighted to announce the acquisition of Newbury & District's operation in the Newbury and Thatcham area.
"We have been looking at ways of strengthening and expanding our network and after the recent success with our Green Line and Thames Valley services to the east of Reading we realised we had a great opportunity on our own doorstep.

"We will be sorting out all the details and ensuring there is a smooth transition so that customers will see no disruption to their services.
"Initially, Newbury & District will be running all of their services exactly as at present whilst further into the future we may look at merging some routes and harmonising branding."

Not sure that figure of 600 staff is accurate.


I thought Reading Buses already had a Newbury Buses division. It had a similar livery I recall.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Smoke and Mirrors / Re: Trains reversing beyond the station on: September 20, 2018, 10:12:33 pm
Epsom

Plenty of SWR and Southern Terminators from London. Some stay on the platform, others continue to the sidings.
12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Consultation on proposed closure of Angel Road Station on: September 13, 2018, 10:27:00 pm
Angel Road is apparently the least used station in London. Wikipedia tells me that there were only 33,500 passenger entries/exits in 2016/7

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_Road_railway_station
13  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Absence of Ticket Inspections on HSS on: September 04, 2018, 09:45:37 pm
My ticket too was checked by the guard on the North Downs on Sunday. It was also checked tonight and last night on my SWR suburban train by revenue inspectors. First time in ages on both those lines. Must be a blitz going on.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: The most incompetent Customer Service response ever? on: August 28, 2018, 09:54:52 pm
I can understand the passengers acceptance of what he was told. I am aware (but only because of this forum) that breaks of journey are permissible but I am surprised to learn that a break of journey on the return portion can be had continuing on a different day!
I must start planning a few days multi-trip somewhere...
15  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: TV Alert: 'Inside Out London' comes to Hayes on: August 28, 2018, 09:40:49 pm
Did you wave your protest banners in the background? Grin
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