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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where were Finn and I today, 23rd May 2018? on: Today at 02:52:26 am
Yes, Cricket St Thomas, near Chard, Somerset.
Video of the railway in action:

Yes, I won't quote that particular clip again, purely in the interests of brevity here, but I can say that I enjoyed an absolutely brilliant family day out at Cricket St Thomas, some fifteen or more years ago. We all rode on that railway, when there was still wildlife running around on each side of the track.  The young children loved it!  Grin

One other thing. Hidden in the woods at Cricket St Thomas, slowly being reclaimed by nature, are the remains of 'Blobbyland'.

Hopefully, those remains will become forever forgotten.  Machu Picchu is worth preserving: Blobbyland is most certainly notShocked
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: Server issues on: Today at 02:16:34 am
No worries - you can credit our collective thanks to your previous sleepless nights instead. Wink

3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: Server issues on: Today at 01:44:44 am
As ever, grahame, may we offer you our very grateful thanks for your sterling efforts - usually behind the scenes - in maintaining the Coffee Shop forum.  Wink Cheesy

4  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: The Coffee Shop forum and the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) on: May 23, 2018, 02:00:07 am
Not sure what happened to the outgoing emails - a lot got through but it looks like a lot didn't, and as it's "no action required" we're not re-sending.   A couple of folks have emailed to ask for their accounts to be removes, and others have confirmed receipt, so there's quite a lot in both camps.

I too was wondering what happened to my email. I've just found it in my Spam folder.

Mine, too, turned up in my spam folder ...  Roll Eyes

5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: Seaside miniature railway proves it's not immune to rail strikes on: May 23, 2018, 01:52:26 am
Hmm.  Roll Eyes

Reading through the whole of that particular Daily Mail article (and I did, purely in the interests of our membership Wink ), it seems there is rather more to this story than it appears from their headlines.

I really hope that the wider issues can be resolved, and that the Poole Park Railway can then reopen as soon as possible.  Lips sealed

6  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Jurassic Mule runs again for 2018 on: May 23, 2018, 01:38:35 am
Fair enough.  I am a great fan of Taunton, as you will all know by now.  Roll Eyes

7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where did Phil's latest Madventure take him to? on: May 23, 2018, 01:13:37 am
Yes, that's all very well - but what about the trackside trespasser in the foreground?  Why don't they have fencing to keep the types of him out ??  Shocked Roll Eyes Grin

8  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where were Finn and I, Cup Final day 2018? on: May 21, 2018, 09:58:54 pm
Well, Finn wouldn't have had to run very fast.  Lips sealed

9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where did Phil's latest Madventure take him to? on: May 21, 2018, 09:47:57 pm
MelkshAm ? Wink Cheesy Grin
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Portishead Line reopening for passengers - ongoing discussion on: May 21, 2018, 09:22:47 pm
I thought I saw some sort of rebuttal of the scary BBC story.  Is there another thread current about this?

In "Bristol Commuters" ... fit both "Bristol" and "Campaign" boards.   We should merge at some point.

Yeah just found another thread on this ...

Thanks for your links, and those topics have indeed now been moved and merged as suggested.  Wink

11  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / MOVED: Death knell for the Portishead line ? on: May 21, 2018, 09:12:13 pm
This topic has been moved to Campaigns for new and improved services and merged with an ongoing discussion topic there.
12  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Too Quite on: May 15, 2018, 11:40:18 pm
There weren't even any aircraft, just a couple of mowers.

Ah, but the Battle of Britain started like that ...  Grin
13  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: More where? on: May 15, 2018, 11:38:10 pm
It's not Flax Bourton.  The track alignment and foliage is all wrong.  Wink

14  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: Kenilworth Station - new project? on: May 12, 2018, 11:33:21 pm
... and how many of those other useful facilities would also be very welcome at ... well, Melksham, just for example Roll Eyes :

The station was designed in a partnership between Warwickshire County Council and the local train operator following consultation with local residents. It will feature an on-site retail unit offering a full range of tickets for travel across the UK, rail travel advice and a community café will open for business.

Passengers will also benefit from a covered cycle parking and a ticket vending machine. The station is fully accessible, with step-free access throughout, thanks to lifts and footbridge. It also has a new 72 space car park.

The design has embraced the history of the site, with two stained glass windows and a vintage sign salvaged from the original station building, demolished in the 1980s.  These features were donated by Kenilworth residents and have contributed to the heritage feel of the station, this having been requested by the local community.

I'd love to see Melksham Station move up into that level of service.  Wink

15  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / M1 diversion: Drivers warned to expect delays over weekend - 12 / 13 May 2018 on: May 12, 2018, 12:04:22 am
From the BBC:

M1 diversion: Drivers warned to expect delays over weekend

The M1 is being closed so a bridge can be put in place for the new Kegworth bypass in Leicestershire

Drivers including football fans and people catching flights have been warned to expect disruption while part of the M1 is closed over the weekend.

Junctions 23A to 24, near East Midlands Airport, will shut from 22:00 BST on Friday to 15:00 on Sunday.

Fulham FC fans had asked for the closure to be put back an hour because of their match against Derby County.

But Segro, which is putting a bridge in place for a new bypass. said it had advised of the closures since March.

Highways England authorised the motorway closure but is not involved in the construction of the Kegworth bypass.

Former MP Tom Greatrex, who is chairman of the Fulham Supporters Trust, expects to be stuck in congested traffic for several hours after leaving the Pride Park stadium in Derby on Friday night.  He asked Highways England if they could close the road an hour later.

"It's not Highways England's fault as the game has been scheduled at short notice on a Friday night, but I thought it might make a bit of sense to avoid a whole load of chaos by starting an hour later," he said. "The closure is going to start at 10 o'clock and at about quarter to ten, roughly, there will be about 30,000 other people coming out of the Derby ground. I would expect a chunk of those would normally be heading towards the M1 by car."

Segro said in a statement: "This project has taken months of intricate work with numerous organisations and we began advising of the closures in March to help people plan their diversions.  Given the high level of planning and coordination involved in this project, we regret that we can't change the timings this close to start of the operation.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused."

Traffic was stopped for more than four hours on Friday morning on the northbound carriageway of the same stretch of motorway.  This was after a truck was involved in a crash and shed its load.

It's not just on the railways where significant engineering maintenance / improvement work has to be done, sometime or otherRoll Eyes

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