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31  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: Extinction Rebellion UK - May 2020 on: August 24, 2021, 03:55:11 pm
I think the point is that government action is required, the time for pointing fingers at individuals is over. Take domestic plastic use for example, if companies and retailers didn’t have the option of that packaging then we wouldn’t have to sort through it at home. Or travel, if we had money spent on other options of transport then we wouldn’t drive cars. Because of the policies of the past 40 years many of the other ways of doing things aren’t available anymore. This country as a whole just isn’t willing to admit it was a mistake….. yet!

This government’s current thinking is that the decision should be by the individual rather than changes in policies. It’s still treated like the debate of climate change happening or not is ongoing. By disruption, Extinction Rebellion keep this point in the government, industry’s and the public’s eye. If they didn’t then we would get complacent again and sit around waiting for electric cars to become affordable believing that’s all we have to do. People will not change if the option isn’t available. The disruption is negligible in comparison to the disruptive world that our children and grandchildren may experience when they grow old, and the disruption is well advertised so you can either join in or avoid it. I would personally encourage joining in, even if this is simply accepting what a group of people want to do to campaign make our lives better. You may not like their tactics but nobody joining extinction rebellion is obliged to join in with civil disobedience.
32  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Priority Boarding Trial at Paddington - August 2021 on: August 10, 2021, 09:21:37 am
Can barriers at London Paddington not be set to only let particular tickets through? I guess shared platforms is a problem but with some planning for particular trains surely this would be possible.
33  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / Re: Siemens powers trucks like trams with overhead wires on: August 09, 2021, 09:16:51 pm
Modern trolleybuses only tend to de-wire through driver error rather than equipment fault, not setting direction properly or moving too quickly through a junction. Upon dewirement, on some vehicles the poles on top of the vehicle can immediately drop to the roof to avoid damaging overhead. Indeed many dewirement photos I’ve seen on the Reading system appeared to be wrong route set at a junction, meaning the driver was on or off power at wrong moment when passing through the switch.
34  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: As we head back to BR ... a new look for the logo on: August 09, 2021, 10:50:39 am
I would vote to stick with the arrows of indecision as it is a universally accepted British symbol however, this particular government probably can’t help themselves to do a massive marketing and rebranding exercise with something probably covered in union flags, bulldogs, lions, a red phone box, a black taxi, the Palace of Westminster, tower bridge and other London based things that the world thinks is British to get across their build better British back better tag line. They would want their own mark on it even if it doesn’t make sense. In an ideal world it needs to be uncomplicated, which the arrows already are.
35  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Priority Boarding Trial at Paddington - August 2021 on: August 06, 2021, 09:22:37 am
Competition in every level of our lives. Pit passengers against each other with special treatment. Might work on the buses, it seems to come from the US business school of thinking, and modern management love that sort of thing.
36  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Platform Announcements - are there too many? on: August 02, 2021, 04:46:43 pm
Any change in service was/is probably still a problem for the real time information screens on Reading’s bus stops. Short turned late buses would show a midway terminal point yet the info would show full service. As far as I’m aware the control room had no control of this. Only buses timetabled to turn short would show that location, pre programmed I guess.
37  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Platform Announcements - are there too many? on: July 31, 2021, 03:10:36 pm
If I recall correctly, the station announcer office at General was in the original GWR (Great Western Railway) station building above the Three Guineas. I had an interview for the job in the mid 90’s and announced a couple of trains, one of which was definitely a Swansea one. I seem to remember I couldn’t hear my own voice across the station in that room.
38  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Platform Announcements - are there too many? on: July 31, 2021, 12:48:07 pm
Reading (general) could do without the additional Transport for London travel updates which I cannot see that would be of any use to those heading there, particularly as most will be checking this en route or hear the same upon arrival in the capital.

I guess it’s a case of ticking all boxes so people cannot suggest that they weren’t informed about ‘see it, say it, sorted’ and safety messages (because we’re no longer responsible for ourselves?) etc. With our modern marketing led, catchphrase culture these things are soon blanked out by those listening and actual information is lost amongst stuff that registers in the brain the same way a car alarm or neighbours barking dog would.

I would personally much prefer a station announcer and a job for somebody. People are much more likely to be listened to as they vary their voice and message.
39  Journey by Journey / London to Swindon and Bristol / Re: Why was Swindon's original Platform 4 demolished? on: July 31, 2021, 11:54:41 am
You could even trial that to find out the impact on the site.
40  Journey by Journey / London to Swindon and Bristol / Re: Why was Swindon's original Platform 4 demolished? on: July 31, 2021, 08:06:36 am
Could double the track from Salisbury to Exeter and reopen a few more of the stations.  Run passenger trains along the branch to Ludgershall. I think we are passed this moving traffic is better for the environment than queuing traffic argument. We are at the point where zero is the aim not slightly less. What are the start and end point of most journeys along that stretch? How can that be replaced with something more sustainable? Are we likely to simply put more cars on the road by making the road faster? The bottleneck will appear somewhere else no doubt.
41  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Question: Where did the locomotive hauled Network SouthEast services run to? on: July 27, 2021, 04:51:39 pm
As I said I'm pretty sure that the Twyford terminators ran round in the up goods loops at Reading, leaving the coaches by the signal box they ran light engine had to run nearly to Tilehurst to change lines and run back to pick up the stock and  and run non stop ECS (Empty Coaching Stock) back to Padd. As there were no plaforms they couldn't convey pssengers to Reading or pick up passengers for Paddington. They could have stopped to pick up at intermediate stations but as the NSE (Network South East) Inspector said they were needed tio form the next train out of Padd.


I’ve now seen a video on the YouTube with evidence of this happening. I think the video was 89 or 90
42  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Question: Where did the locomotive hauled Network SouthEast services run to? on: July 27, 2021, 04:49:35 pm
I do recall when I was young in the early 90’s, that there was a local and a semi-fast loco hauled between Reading and Newbury. Possibly one semi-fast an hour and the local every two hours but I do remember there being more than one option back to Theale or Reading at least during some hours of the day. I’m also perhaps thinking that there was a few more intercity stops during the day at Newbury then, before a solid two an hour was introduced but the early 90’s are a very hazy time for me. 
43  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Question: Where did the locomotive hauled Network SouthEast services run to? on: July 26, 2021, 10:13:51 pm
So a further question sort of on this subject. I’m guessing that full daytime Bedwyn to London services arrived with the Turbos, as the London to Newbury loco hauled trains ran around at Newbury or continued beyond Bedwyn. Did this mean that Bedwyn was the terminus for the all stops service from Reading (General) until the turbos arrived?
44  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Changing (or not) place names on bus routes on: July 23, 2021, 07:12:36 am
In the first couple of years I was at Reading Transport a couple of the former London line MCW’s had Turnham’s Wood on the blinds. I think the earliest Delta’s dot matrix had just Bitterne Avenue. I also recall a few random blinds which had short turns that couldn’t be done and places for obvious expansion that never occurred. Hyde End Road Circular is one I remember.
45  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Changing (or not) place names on bus routes on: July 21, 2021, 02:26:39 pm
At the risk of broadening it out into "Bus Naming Nostalgia"...

The main bus stop in Shildon in County Durham has always been called the Hippodrome.  The fascinating website about old cinemas tells me (http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/26543) that the Hippodrome cinema opened in 1911 and closed in 1962, becoming a bingo club. That continued until 1993, but it was demolished in 1994.


And this is why I like bus stop names to remain the same much like street names that nod to the past. Although perhaps bus terminal names is a bit too confusing for many.
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