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1  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Temple Meads through the years on: October 19, 2020, 02:27:43 pm
Some interesting photos from over the years in this article, that may be of interest?

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/gallery/old-photos-show-bristol-temple-4611928
2  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Bristol Temple Meads Station redevelopment on: September 09, 2020, 10:13:47 am
On the plus side, with the bike parking being on that side of the station.
Hopefully I won't have to consistently dodge the bikes speeding up the pavements now around the station
3  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Bristol Temple Meads Station redevelopment on: September 07, 2020, 12:38:02 pm
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NEW BIKE STORAGE AT TEMPLE MEADS BRANDED ‘SEXIST INFRASTRUCTURE’

Anybody whose bike is still locked to the stands inside Bristol Temple Meads has until Sunday to remove it.

The stands next to platforms four and seven are closing both due to renovations and station security, according to Network Rail. Any bikes left on the platforms will be moved to a secure location on Sunday and can be collected until November 6.

Replacement cycle racks being installed outside the station on Friary have already come in for criticism from a city council cabinet member for transport.

[...]

Former cabinet member Mhairi Threlfall... said: “Dear @networkrail why on earth have you opted for these? My bike has very high handle bars so will not fit, I reckon this will be similar for many women let alone the pure weight of my bike means I can never use the top slider, the curved roof is a nonsense. #sexistinfrastructure”

Full article
Source: Bristol 24/7

Amusing that this new facility is actually not at the station
I'm sure those that use the main entrance or the new entrance on Platform 4 are not too happy about this
4  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Ticket checks at Paddington? on: September 02, 2020, 11:04:01 am
After a 10 mile walk yesterday into Windsor from Sipson and a suitable rest outside the castle, it was time to leave to get home. Initially I planned to use a QR ticket on my GWR app for the journey Windsor Central to Slough to Paddington. However the app insisted that reservations were compulsory for the second train. It offered to book a reservation, which way did I want to face?, table or airline seat? My choices confirmed it then decided that no reservations were available and I could not continue. I walked to the ticket machine, bought a paper ticket with no mention of compulsory reservation. At Slough I boarded the train to Paddington. Plenty of seats, The green/red reservation lights were all switched off so I don't know why the app was giving me a hard time.

I got to Paddington put my ticket in the barrier - Seek Assistance. I tried the next one and got the same message so I sought out one of the gateline staff and showed him my ticket. His response was "Can I see your railcard please". Once shown he let me through.
Was this a spot check or was I just unlucky with a faulty ticket?

I would expect this to always be checked.
Whenever someone has a ticket checked on a train now, if a railcard was used to purchase the ticket, the matching railcard is always asked for now
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The West - but NOT trains in the West / Re: Weston-super-Mare and the Great Reform Bill of 1832 on: August 28, 2020, 11:34:02 am
Never heard of it before, I am going to walk past there in a few hours
I'll have a nose to see if any mention on any homes etc
6  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - after Coronavirus to 2045 / Re: Returning to work - but at home, or at the office? Effect on travel on: August 26, 2020, 12:07:43 pm
One thing I've not yet seen mentioned (though I expect it was in the vast amount of written stuff I've not sampled) is the impact of RSI and the ergonomes. Once your employer asks and/or requires you to work at home, rather than both parties being subject to government diktat, do they become liable for the suitability of your home for working in? Will you be able to sue them for industrial injuries - I think this is the case for your car, if your work involves driving? Are the unions and lawyers already looking at this? (The answer to that last question must be yes.)

The person working at home should really be completing a DSE assessment on their new work surroundings.
It is their responsibility to ensure they complete the DSE and then their employers can react accordingly if required
7  All across the Great Western territory / Active travel: Cyclists and walkers, including how the railways deal with them / Re: Abandoned cycles at stations on: August 25, 2020, 11:04:00 am
Was a regular occurance at BTM before the covid lockdown kicked in
8  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: Observations from a first major train journey for many months on: August 21, 2020, 11:08:19 am
Thank you for the photos, it's a bit surreal seeing people travelling by train
I used to travel 6 days a week by train, my last journey was back from Manchester Picc to Weston on Thursday 12th March
9  All across the Great Western territory / Introductions and chat / Re: First trip by train in four months on: August 21, 2020, 11:05:16 am
The other day I popped into my chemist to collect repeat prescriptions and was "ambushed" by an assistant who was soliciting registrations for a free flu jab later in the year. I usually get it from my GP but she was pleasantly persuasive ("Did you ever sell double glazing?" I asked her) so I succumbed. The chemist is slightly closer to my house than the GP's surgery and seems able to be more flexible re appointments.

I assume that you realise they make money from giving you the "free" vaccination
The more they give away the bigger the profit they make
10  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / RIP Roy Badnell on: August 18, 2020, 01:34:42 pm
Not sure if many people on here knew Roy that has worked in the ticket office at Weston-super-Mare train station for many years.
He sadly passed away suddenly recently after suffering a fatal heart attack.
He was laid to rest last Friday, with his funeral cortege driving past the front of Weston station, where all staff, crew and many friends were there to applaud his last farewell.

A train in the platform gave him one last toot of the whistle and a member of station staff blew her whistle to mark his final journey departing.

A collection was taken among staff and a plaque is now on display on platform 2 at the station in his memory.

On a personal note I spoke and got to know Roy very well over the past years, he would always stop and say "Hello" whenever we saw each other away from the station, and even when working if possible we would have a chat.
He told me many fond stories about his trips with his wife, that were always heartwarming anecdotes

RIP Roy
11  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: HST derailment, near Stonehaven, 12th August 2020 on: August 14, 2020, 04:04:15 pm
This tragedy does in my view make a strong case for supplying satellite telephones to operational rail staff in remote locations.
It is most unlikely that any reliable cellphone signal was available, but a satellite phone works anywhere. Had the of duty rail worker had a satellite phone they could have summoned help WITHOUT a long walk in challenging conditions.

Had the driver and conductor possessed satellite phones, this might not have helped in THIS case as both lost their lives, but could be most helpful in similar situations.
In case of fatal accident, I would consider it acceptable to go through the belongings of the deceased in search of their satellite phone to summon help.

Fatal accidents are now exceedingly rare, but satellite phones are also most useful in case of serious delay or breakdown, without risk to life.

Surely a satellite phone would only have been supplied to working crew not someone off duty?

Possibly this person (and the local person who reported the accident) saved many other lives by getting the line shut and no other train to run into this scene
12  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: HST derailment, near Stonehaven, 12th August 2020 on: August 12, 2020, 07:25:29 pm
Very sad 3 dead, 6 injured. Even more worrying is the aerial footage on BBC News which shows indeed a Mk3 caught fire, another is badly crushed with two laying on top. Something has indeed gone really wrong, as i've said previously I do hope this isn't a "Concorde" style moment that ruins the HST almost perfect record.

This reminds me of Polmont, in that it's a derailment in a cutting. That greatly increases the risk that a vehicle running off the track will hit something really solid and its front end just stop - the cutting wall. Unfortunately cutting walls are also well placed to cause derailments by slipping onto the track.

From the BBC live reporting:

The railway line between Aberdeen and Dundee was upgraded in a £9m Network Rail project last year.

Over six weekends in February and March, engineers renewed 2,500m of track at a number of locations along the line between the two cities.

This included improvements to the level crossing at Carmont, near where the passenger train derailed.

The project involved installing a total of 3,500 new concrete sleepers and 2,500m of rail.
13  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: HST derailment, near Stonehaven, 12th August 2020 on: August 12, 2020, 03:27:28 pm
Photo of one of the engines here

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12381187/train-aberdeenshire-stonehaven-derailed/
14  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: What, or where are we? on: July 14, 2020, 10:21:53 am
Pre lockdown, we were getting a train from Weston to Parson Street
The announcements were Bracknell, Ascot, Longcross etc

I was mildly amused  that people actually thought this was the stops we would be making, xlearly a geography lesson or two were missed
15  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Re: Is it OK to snack on a train? on: July 08, 2020, 02:52:31 pm
Remember that there are exemptions to wearing face coverings on public transport, there are also numerous medical reasons why someone would need to ability to eat and drink at any time
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