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1  Journey by Journey / Transport for London / Re: Crossrail/Elizabeth Line. From construction to operation - ongoing discussion on: October 05, 2020, 08:33:46 pm
Just a thought  now that the line is likely to be less well used in the central section when it opens it might it be time to add toilets to the 345s whislt many units are spare and could be run though the works .

One disabled two ordinary in a nine car.  Lose < 100 capacity out ot 1500.

I'm struggling to visualise how this could lead to the loss up to 100 sitting / standing passengers.
To provide toilets, couldn't these trains have a carriage dedicated to that purpose? No seats, just toilets. It would truly be a "honey wagon".
2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: June 18, 2020, 09:21:20 pm
Will we still be using trains by then?
3  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Reading Station improvements on: March 01, 2020, 10:02:07 pm
An article in The Beauty of Transport, January 29: "UNBLOCKING THE BOTTLENECK (READING STATION, READING, UK (United Kingdom))"
https://thebeautyoftransport.com/2020/01/29/unblocking-the-bottleneck-reading-station-reading-uk/
4  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: December 28, 2019, 04:12:24 pm
I think that the average time people spend on a crossrail train is going to be higher than that, and I would have thought that TFL (Transport for London) and the department for transport were hoping so if they want people from Maidenhead to be travelling direct to east London, Canary Wharf, etc.

I think it probably will be about that - vast numbers of people will just use it to station hop within London which will bring the average journey time down - but that's not to say that there won't be a lot of people on board (in terms of numbers if not percentage) for an hour or more.  Toilets should have been provided.
Harumph. Add a 'toilet carriage'.
5  Journey by Journey / Transport for London / Re: Confirmation of facilities on Crossrail trains on: December 07, 2019, 05:39:03 pm
Toilets?

I do wonder how the interiors will cope with "liquid" damage on Friday & Saturday nights when people realise there are no toilets and don't want to get off at an intermediate station because it is either the last train of the night or there would be a long wait for the next one.
I am sure this will happen at some point.
Would it not be possible to create a "convenience coach" (a bit like the old-fashioned "guards van") with toilets? Bung it somewhere in the middle of the 7 coaches. Captive tanks, of course.
Or would it be better to bung the convenience coach of the back of the train, so it could be decoupled at one end or other of the route and swapped for a new (empty) unit? Could save time emptying the tanks. (Disclaimer: I don't know anything about the logistics of this...)
6  Journey by Journey / Transport for London / Re: Confirmation of facilities on Crossrail trains on: December 07, 2019, 05:32:09 pm
Toilets?

I do wonder how the interiors will cope with "liquid" damage on Friday & Saturday nights when people realise there are no toilets and don't want to get off at an intermediate station because it is either the last train of the night or there would be a long wait for the next one.
I am sure this will happen at some point.
Would it not be possible to create a "convenience coach" (a bit like the old-fashioned "guards van") with toilets? Bung it somewhere in the middle of the 7 coaches. Captive tanks, of course.
7  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Withdrawal of X90 Oxford to London coach service from 4.1.2020 on: October 11, 2019, 06:26:56 pm
I'm a big fan of the X90. It runs back from London at convenient times after going to gigs. It was even more convenient when you could travel into London by train, and use the return half of your ticket on the coach. However, this arrangement was withdrawn sometime in the mid-2000's. Does anyone remember when this happened?
8  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: GWR Staff Association clubs on: March 19, 2019, 11:04:07 pm
GWRSA» (Great Western Railway Staff Association - website) club in Didcot seems to be always threatened of disappearing through some kind of redevelopment, but with South Oxfordshire DC (Direct Current) taking an age to do anything round the station area it maybe safe for a while.
'Twas a good venue for the Didcot Red Hot Blues club nights, especially as the beer was sold at a keen price.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Prices at station shops on: February 19, 2019, 12:03:43 am
...after a quick look at the prices of the pasties in the underpass, I suddenly didn't feel all that hungry any more.

You have more willpower than me; I can't pass the shop in the underpass without investing in a veggie pastie, they just smell soooo good! - highlight of my day, and worth every penny! YMMV (Your Method/Mileage May Vary)!
Your Munchies May Vary!
10  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Drinking water at stations on: December 05, 2018, 09:41:35 pm
Went to Guildford again on Sunday. The covers are off. It's a bottle refill point. When it's warm I often carry a re-usable bottle of water with me. I had not known until earlier this year that there were many national outlets that would refill with tap water without question. Costa, Wetherspoons and others (No purchase required) https://refill.org.uk

Let's hope Wetherspoons water is better than their beer! 🙂
OK, I'll bite. What have you got against Wetherspoons' beer? They usually have a range of real and craft ales, more recently adding BrewDog products. The BeeHive at Gatwick is in a great location for people-watching. What's not to like?
11  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: 6th November 2018 - "Introducing Hitachi 800 into service" talk on: November 08, 2018, 10:25:54 pm
There's a free talk in Oxford in November: 'INTRODUCING THE HITACHI CLASS 800 TRAINS INTO SERVICE ON GREAT WESTERN'
Details at https://communities.theiet.org/communities/events/item/259/77/21515

Registration at http://nearyou.imeche.org/eventdetail?id=15641
Did anyone from this forum go to this talk?
12  Journey by Journey / London to Swindon and Bristol / Re: IET Train First Class Carriages on: November 04, 2018, 08:55:37 am
My electronics still refuse to work whilst plugged in to the power/USB sockets on an IET (Intercity Express Train). This is with or without the case being used. The touch screen doesn't work if being charged or if it does it produces gobbledegook on screen when typing.

I too have this problem when charging and using an iphone 7. The touchscreen doesn't respond as you expect, instead it randomly reacts with actions not requested/touched! unplug it & it returns to normal. Plug it back in & away it goes again.

I have mentioned this to GWR (Great Western Railway) who said they'd go away & try & replicate the problem....

This sounds like the behaviour I've seen when the voltage from the USB supply isn't regulated properly, or has lots of noise (fluctuating AC voltage in addition to the DC (Direct Current)). This causes the voltage to the touchscreen circuity to fluctuate causing random events. I don't know how you could get around this (of course, it'd be nice if GWR could investigate whether the USB sockets have a good clean DC voltage available...)
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: September 19, 2018, 10:40:06 am
There's a free talk in Oxford in November: 'INTRODUCING THE HITACHI CLASS 800 TRAINS INTO SERVICE ON GREAT WESTERN'
Details at https://communities.theiet.org/communities/events/item/259/77/21515

Registration at http://nearyou.imeche.org/eventdetail?id=15641
14  Journey by Journey / North Downs Line / Re: 6 day closure at Guildford - Christmas 2018 / North Downs Line on: September 12, 2018, 09:24:14 pm
Quicker, but the route won't be as scenic!
15  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / The IET Railway Quiz 2018 on: May 17, 2018, 05:30:45 am
This event sounds ideal for those with an interest in the technical side of things. Note that the announcement doesn't make any reference to competitors needing to be members of the IET (Intercity Express Train), so I assume you don't need to be a member to attend (this is the case for most IET meetings and lectures anyway). There is a cash bar, and a buffet provided.

(No, I don't get commission for promoting IET events, before anyone asks...)

https://www.theiet.org/events/2018/253629.cfm

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The IET Railway Network Quiz night is an annual event which challenges your knowledge of all aspects of the railway industry.
Date and Time
26 June 2018 - 18:00-21:30
Location
London, United Kingdom - London - Doggett's Coat and Badge Pub    (See map)
Organiser
Organised by the Railway TPN. Contact Lynsay Callaghan at LCallaghan@theiet.org for more information.

About this event
Hosted by our quiz-master Peter Sheppard, the IET Railway Network Quiz night is an annual event which challenged your knowledge of all aspects of the railway industry. No matter your area of interest, there is a question for you!

We are again returning to the Doggett's Coat and Badge pub near Blackfriars Bridge on the Tuesday 26 June 2018. The Pub offers a fully stocked bar with 9 real ales and superb views of the River Thames.

Why not enter as a team? Gather together your colleagues and friends and reserve your team table now.

Feedback from the previous quiz nights have been taken into account when preparing the questions for this year's quiz.

Programme
6:00pm - Registration

6:30pm - Quiz Night starts

7:30pm - Buffet served/networking

8:00pm - Restart the quiz

9:30pm - Quiz Night finishes

Reasons to attend
• This event is ideal for people interested in networking with railway professionals
• You will not only challenge your knowledge on railway but also spend an enjoyable evening with peers in your industry
• Challenge your knowledge of the railway industry
• Network with like-minded individuals
• Questions are easier than last year’s quiz
• The pub offers a fully stocked bar with 9 real ales and superb views of the River Thames
• It’s fun!

Cost
Free

Additional information
Competitors will be able to purchase their own drinks from the Doggett's bar on a cash basis.

Register
To register your team of 6 (max), please contact Lynsay Callaghan (lcallaghan@theiet.org) with your name, email, contact phone number, the number of people in your team and team name if you have one. Your team entry will be confirmed by reply.

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This event is sponsored by wsp

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