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1  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Trains without retention tanks spray human effluent over railway trackside workers on: Today at 12:27:15 AM
... cough, splutter ...    Roll Eyes
2  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / British coach driver 'crashed to save passengers' in French Alps - 16 April 2013 on: Yesterday at 11:19:51 PM
From the BBC:

Ashington driver 'crashed to save passengers' in French Alps

The coach quickly became a "complete inferno", the inquest heard

A bus driver died when he deliberately crashed to save his passengers from plummeting off a road in the French Alps, an inquest has heard.

Maurice Wrightson drove into boulders on the narrow mountain road when he realised his brakes had failed.

Mr Wrightson, 63, from Ashington, died in the April 2013 crash and four of the 50 passengers were seriously injured.

French investigators said the driver "undoubtedly prevented" a more serious crash, Berwick Coroner's Court heard.

The coach, which was carrying British staff from the French ski resort Alpe d'Huez, was approaching the 21st hairpin bend on the D211 road.

Nathan Woodland, 39, the co-driver of the coach operated by County Durham-based Classic Coaches, told the inquest he felt the bus twitch and quickly became aware something was wrong.  He said: "Suddenly Maurice looked at me with a very shocked look on his face.  He said 'it's not stopping us'."

He said Mr Wrightson gripped the wheel very tightly and braced himself against his seat to apply more pressure to the brake.  Mr Woodland said: "I stepped into the aisle and shouted, 'grab a hold, hold tight'."

He then described how the coach smashed into the boulders and he was thrown a number of rows back.  As he picked himself up he saw people desperately trying to escape and flames begin to engulf the coach, which quickly turned into a "complete inferno".

He said the clothing of one woman, who was sitting behind the driver, caught fire as she was pulled from the bus by another passenger.

Speaking at the time, French transport minister Frederic Cuvillier said Mr Wrightson "showed remarkable courage" and avoided a "much heavier loss of life".

The inquest jury heard the French report concluded the brake failed as the pad had been "completely destroyed by excessive heating" due to the "poor condition of the hydraulic retarder".

The inquest continues.

3  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Paralympian tells of train toilet 'humiliation' - 8 Dec 2016 on: Yesterday at 10:05:12 PM
From the BBC:

Paralympian Anne Wafula-Strike wins train toilet payout

A Paralympian has been compensated after wetting herself on a train when the disabled toilet was not working.

Anne Wafula-Strike, 48, was on a three-hour CrossCountry train from Nuneaton to Stansted in December with an out-of-order accessible loo.

The wheelchair racer, from Harlow, said train staff knew she needed to use the toilet but when they reached a station it was too late.

CrossCountry has apologised and made a confidential payment.

A CrossCountry spokesman said since what happened on 8 December, a "thorough review" had been undertaken.

He added: "While we have apologised for the events that day, a lot of good has also resulted from this, with the whole rail industry looking at ways to make Britain's railways a more accessible environment, alongside the Department for Transport's ongoing consultation on an Accessibility Action Plan."

The deadline for the Accessibility Action Plan's consultation ends on Wednesday.

Kenya-born Mrs Wafula-Strike, who is a board member of UK Athletics and has an MBE for services to disability sport, has said disabled travellers need the "support of the Government to hold transport companies to account".

Mrs Wafula-Strike had been returning from a UK Athletics board meeting when she needed to use the toilet and asked the ticket master if they could let her off at the next stop after seeing the out-of-order sign.

However, Mrs Wafula-Strike said there was nobody to help her at that station and on the way to the following station she "ended up wetting" herself, which was "humiliating".

4  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Portishead Line reopening for passengers - ongoing discussion on: Yesterday at 09:38:48 PM
Husskison.  Wink

5  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Person dies after being hit by train in South Gloucestershire - 20 Nov 2017 on: November 20, 2017, 10:13:29 PM
Yes, the driver of the train involved in this particular incident has sustained considerable physical injuries himself.

May I offer him our very best wishes for a full recovery, on behalf of all our readers on the Coffee Shop forum.

Chris from Nailsea.  Lips sealed

6  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: RMT strike action on Sundays in November and December 2017 on: November 20, 2017, 09:40:37 PM
It's almost as if you'd read my mind, ChrisB.  Your topic's heading has now been updated accordingly.  Wink Cheesy Grin

7  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Person dies after being hit by train in South Gloucestershire - 20 Nov 2017 on: November 20, 2017, 09:30:38 PM
Indeed, ChrisB.

I understand that there were particular circumstances in the sad fatality at Yate which caused more disruption to train services than could otherwise be expected.

A very bad day for all concerned.  Lips sealed

8  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Person dies after being hit by train in South Gloucestershire - 20 Nov 2017 on: November 20, 2017, 08:57:38 PM
From the Bristol Post:

Person dies after being hit by train in South Gloucestershire

Train services have been suspended between Bristol Parkway and Cheltenham Spa with some trains being cancelled

A person has died after being hit by a train in South Gloucestershire.

The incident happened shortly before 2pm on Monday, November 20, between Yate and Cam and Dursley.

British Transport Police and ambulance crews have been called to the scene.

A BTP spokesperson said: "Officers were called to a railway bridge close to the line at Kitts Green Farm in Gloucestershire following reports of a person being struck by a train.

CrossCountry and GWR services have been suspended between Bristol Parkway and Cheltenham Spa while emergency services deal with the incident.

The person who was struck by a train this afternoon on the railway line between Bristol and Gloucester has been identified as a man in his 40s.

His next of kin have been informed, BTP confirm.

9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: November 20, 2017, 08:46:11 PM
Exactly what I was about to say.  Lips sealed

10  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: November 20, 2017, 06:35:16 PM
Surplus Mk II seating?  Tongue

11  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Redecorating of stations on: November 20, 2017, 06:26:23 PM
Painting contractors on site at Thatcham today, and Peter in the Ticket Office confirmed the Station will be turning green shortly.

Is that being done by the team based on the District Line one station west of Stamford Brook?

Expert on the UK railway system as I am ( Tongue ), even I had to go away and think about that one.  Shocked

12  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: RMT strike action on Sundays in November and December 2017 on: November 20, 2017, 05:42:24 PM
Count up to ten, Richard, and mix yourself a stiff gin and tonic, to calm your shattered nerves.  Wink Cheesy Grin

13  Journey by Journey / London to Swindon and Bristol / Re: Unhelpful Information During Disruption on 20/11/17 on: November 20, 2017, 05:38:23 PM
Owing to the disruption on this site early this morning (thanks for dealing with it so quickly Graham) I hastily re-wrote my OP at lunch time and the dispruption (!) ended up in the topic heading! Apologies for that and for the forbearance of others in not drawing attention to it until chuffed pointed it out to me - as he would. Mods may need to help if it keeps recurring.

If you're asking for our help in dealing with chuffed, trainer, I can certainly do that.

Jackal from Nailsea.  Tongue

14  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Closure proposal - Breich Station on: November 19, 2017, 08:20:37 PM
Hmm.  Roll Eyes

Ease of public access to, and car parking facilities at, Pilning Station were always issues which were going to make it very difficult to make any business case to expand passenger train services there.

By that I mean: public access to the platform(s) at Pilning has always been very limited - particularly for those with mobility issues - and there is nowhere to park a car - unless a local farmer's field could be tarmacked over.

However, I'm at risk of taking this topic 'off topic' now.

15  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / London buses to be powered by coffee on: November 19, 2017, 07:26:36 PM
From the BBC:

London buses to be powered by coffee

Waste coffee grounds will be used to help power some of London's buses from Monday, it has been revealed.

A biofuel created by blending oil extracted from coffee waste with diesel is to be added to the public transport fuel supply.

Technology firm bio-bean says it has produced enough coffee oil to power one bus for a year.

Transport for London (TfL) has increasingly turned to using biofuels to reduce transport emissions.

Biofuel made using waste products such as cooking oil and tallow from meat processing is already used in many of the capital's 9,500 buses.

However, this is thought to be the first time a coffee-derived biofuel has been added to London's public transport system.

Londoners create 200,000 tonnes of coffee waste a year, according to bio-bean.  The company takes the used grounds from coffee shops and instant coffee factories, and extracts oil from it in its factory.

This is then processed into a blended B20 biofuel.  Buses can be powered using the fuel without the need for modification.

The firm believes it would take just over 2.55 million cups of coffee to create the enough biofuel to run a London bus for a year once the oil has been blended with diesel.  Six-thousand litres of coffee oil have been produced so far.

"It's a great example of what can be done when we start to reimagine waste as an untapped resource," bio-bean founder Arthur Kay said.

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