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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Annoying / amusing use of completely irrelevant stock photos to illustrate press articles on: Yesterday at 11:34:39 am
This is my favourite "back of a bus" ...................
2  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / You shouldn't laugh................ on: March 18, 2019, 05:48:05 pm
3  Journey by Journey / TransWilts line / Re: Westbury Station Car Park extension on: March 16, 2019, 07:40:31 pm

Just one pedantic point, which always annoys me, 23:59pm?

They could have put: 23:59pm hours !           I'm sure that is how Capt Mainwaring would have said it..................
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: A tribute to class 153 - leaving us in the very near future on: March 09, 2019, 10:37:01 pm
I have an affinity for the class 121 bubble cars which used to run on the Henley branch on a Sunday in the 1980s.

An "ex" Class 121 - at Warminster April 2008. I think this particular one is now at Swanage.

5  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Summer 19 Timetable on: March 08, 2019, 09:54:26 pm

The 158s may soon be gone but the 159s continue.

............and I must say, the Salisbury depot always keep their rolling stock in excellent condition - both mechanically and visually.
6  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: What was Phil up to 50 years ago in March 1969 on: March 05, 2019, 07:36:47 pm

7  All across the Great Western territory / Smoke and Mirrors / Re: Call / data centre response time on: March 03, 2019, 11:14:49 am
Capita got another mega raspberry blown in their direction 3 days ago:

I know someone who was employed by the MoD on Army recruiting. The MoD system was "old" - but it worked ! When they were transferred to Capita everyone in that office, bar one, took redundancy - Capita's reputation came before them....  The person who stayed was re-interviewed for a job which she had done for years by a "manager" who didn't know a soldier from a submarine !

The existing system tried as much as possible to assign a member of staff to each potential soldier - if Mr Would-be soldier 'phoned with a query on his application he knew that Mrs Smith would be dealing with his file. Capita replaced this with a glorified call centre; "your call is important to us"..." we are experiencing heavy demand at the moment"....."you can go to www.Army".   We all love that don't we ?? 
Just to make it even better the call centre was located in the middle of nowhere - so from the word go it was understaffed.   Still, Capita were probably happy with that as it kept the wage bill down - and they could "prove" that they were doing the job the Civil Service used to do with far fewer personnel.  Is it surprising that Army recruiting is in the dreadful state that it is now ?

I spent 23 years in the Royal Navy - if their recruiting system back in the 60s had been anything like the present shambolic Army system - I, too, wouldn't have bothered !
8  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Theoretical Design For A New DMU For Portsmouth-Cardiff Services on: March 02, 2019, 10:00:44 pm
Part of me wonders whether it wouldn't be possible to convert some of the 5-car Hitachis to diesel/third rail and use them on the Portsmouth service. They'd be less bad there than on the Main Line.

Not suitable - have only 4 abreast seating and adequate leg room !
9  Journey by Journey / Portsmouth to Cardiff / Re: Theoretical Design For A New DMU For Portsmouth-Cardiff Services on: March 01, 2019, 11:53:02 am
On that subject................what has happened to all the "extra seats" (albeit 5 abreast) we were promised on this route ??  Turbos seem to be as rare as hen's teeth nowadays.
Just had a look at Warminster CIS - of 7 Cardiff/Portsmouth trains shown, 6 are identified as having 3 coaches and only 1 as having 5 coaches !
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: One word in another - Corby in Corbyn on: February 24, 2019, 04:18:19 pm
Let's go a bit further afield................ Roll Eyes

"One word in another" has a rail museum too !
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: One word in another - Corby in Corbyn on: February 23, 2019, 01:24:15 pm
Lots of station names inside others:

acton bridge
12  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Break of journey................ on: February 23, 2019, 10:07:07 am
Thanks for those comments above - the Devon Day Ranger sounds the best bet, I never thought of that one - I think I can run to the extra 95p !    I might also extend the whole day by a couple of hours and spend an hour on the sea wall at Dawlish with my camera.
13  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: ANDREW ADONIS: Rail disaster will be next on: February 22, 2019, 11:24:59 pm
Once Edmund Burke gets mentioned - that's it ...Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
14  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Break of journey................ on: February 22, 2019, 08:29:10 pm
..........on an off peak single.

The National Rail Enquiries website says: "Break of journey is allowed on the outward and return portions of Off-Peak tickets unless otherwise indicated by a restriction shown against the ticket's validity code"

I wish to use a Rover ticket (FOSS) to travel from Warminster via Salisbury to Axminster - and then the same ticket to complete the circular journey from Tiverton Pky and via Westbury. I intend to buy a single ticket from Axminster to Tiverton Pky and stop off in Exeter for lunch and a wander round. I am assuming that via Exeter is the permitted route.

Is there a simple way to find out if a particular ticket is "restricted" ? ..........or is my fate in the hands of the man on the ticket barrier at Exeter Central ?

(PS: What cracking good value this Rover is - especially on a Railcard !!)
15  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: ANDREW ADONIS: Rail disaster will be next on: February 22, 2019, 07:59:53 pm
 Where are all the opportunities we were promised?

As Brexit hasn't yet happened and the likes of Lord Adonis et al are doing their utmost to see that it doesn't happen that question is unanswerable - so why do you ask it ??  It's rather like asking why Man City/Liverpool/etc haven't won the Premiership/FA Cup/European Cup - as "we were promised", months before the football season has ended. A totally pointless question in both cases.

I will ask you a similar question - the answers to which are already well known.
What happened to all the disasters that were forecast to happen before the referendum if the electorate dared to vote Leave ? Remember George Osborne's "emergency budget" which would happen within days of a "Leave" vote ? Still waiting for that one...  Absolutely none of them happened, bar one (which was well forecast by the money markets) - a fall in the value of sterling which actually did UK exporters a power of good.

"Project Fear" has now been replaced by "Project Hysteria" - which informed me recently that the UK would run out of toilet rolls (that came from that well known, totally unbiased, news outlet called the BBC - look it up if you don't believe me !).

It saddens me to see that the once sensible discussion about the pros and cons of Brexit has descended into such infantile behaviour.

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