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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: November 10, 2021, 10:34:38 am
From the Telegraph. Um...
2  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Plan to scrap printed timetables on: October 27, 2021, 03:07:48 pm
Part of running a proper railway IMHO (in my humble opinion) includes having printed timetables exhibited in poster format at stations, and available on request in pocket sized paper format.
No reliance on apps, electronics, electricity supply, or availability of a phone signal.

A printed paper timetable should mean what it says. Anything electronic will be less reliable and open to doubt and argument as to frequency of updates and what version is being viewed.

Part of running a proper railway includes wasting millions of pounds of taxpayers money printing redundant paper timetables, the majority of which will end up in the bin. Fixed it for you.
3  Journey by Journey / Cross Country services / Re: Lack of Common Sense? on: July 19, 2021, 05:41:40 pm
As an aside, why is the explanation for "XC" styled as "(Cross Country franchise trains (now run by Arriva))"?

Why not simply "(CrossCountry Trains)" seeing as that's their name?

"Cross Country franchise trains" is pretty poor grammar.

Also "now run by Arriva" implies this is a new development. Arriva have run the franchise since 2007. So why the "now"?!

It bugs me every time I see it.
4  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Bristol Temple Meads Station redevelopment on: June 28, 2021, 02:05:37 pm
Just to the right of the '15' sign, the paint has been stripped from one of the support columns. Does anyone have any idea why? Maybe it's to check the condition of the columns?

All of the pillars (along with the rest of the canopy metalwork) are in the process of being stripped back and repainted.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: Train operating companies you'll find south and west of London on: June 16, 2021, 04:10:31 pm
Do you include Crossrail under TFL (Transport for London).

Simple answer - yes, I have done.  As part of the Overground; perhaps I should edit the list and add it there.

London Overground and TfL» (Transport for London - about) Rail are separate entities:

https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/tocs_maps/tocs/LO.aspx
https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/tocs_maps/tocs/XR.aspx


6  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: A new livery for all GB trains - what colour d'ya want? on: May 26, 2021, 09:44:45 am
I think this speculation of a new standard livery is off the mark. I think we are more likely to see individual TOCs (Train Operating Company) retaining their own identities, with the addition of the new GBR (Great British Railways) logo (whatever that might look like), tucked away somewhere discretely.

Much like how the GWR (Great Western Railway) livery has ‘a FirstGroup company’ and CrossCountry has ‘by Arriva’ in fairly small lettering, I think we’ll simply see ‘part of Great British Railways’ added to the corner of existing liveries.

If all the trains and uniforms were branded the same how would anyone know who to complain to?!  Cheesy
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: RMT Demands withdrawal of patronising GWR hi vis cleaning vests on: November 30, 2020, 10:17:27 am
I quite agree you but the union statement seems to be that they have more of an issue with it having GWR (Great Western Railway) on it more than the hero bit.

Perhaps that's because it gives the impression that GWR employ them directly.   

Branding should be honest - "Company working on behalf of GWR"  or "Company working in partnership with GWR"

It does, on the front of the vest.
8  Journey by Journey / London to Swindon and Bristol / Swans on the loose at Bath train station on: November 22, 2020, 01:32:16 pm
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/bath-swans-train-station-b1759858.html

"The Independent has contacted National Rail for comment on the incident"

I wonder if 'National Rail' will respond?
9  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Pavement Parking to be Banned on: March 13, 2020, 11:26:49 am
Who's going to enforce it, and how?

Perhaps enforcement could be subcontracted to Northern Rail, they have a proven track record of enforcement and imposing penalties. They are better at this than running trains.

Isn't that 'were'?

Bit too early to say how good the new management (DfT» (Department for Transport - about)'s OLR) are at running trains or enforcing parking regulations.

I stand corrected, perhaps a new company could be started by ex Northern Rail managers who otherwise would be "spending more time with their families" a suitable name cold be devised, how about "northern enforcement"

Surely the ex (Arriva) Northern Rail managers are too busy being new (OLR) Northern Rail managers. As with all franchise changes, it's only the owners who have gone, not the people actually running the show. The managers will no doubt all still be there.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: Chris Grayling does it again - and is now gone on: November 01, 2019, 04:57:31 pm
A member of my team was in complete shock when I explained that idea and ideal were two different words with two different meanings. She had gone 56 years believing they were interchangeable.
11  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Bristol Temple Meads Station redevelopment on: August 19, 2019, 07:15:39 am
It's actually a combination of the two - there are quite a few new 'cheese grater' benches too. I don't know why it's taken them so long to install these new benches - the wooden ones have been stacked up in the service tunnel for years. They've also put notices on the new benches, announcing the fact that they've installed new benches. Well yes, we can see that!
12  All across the Great Western territory / Meet the Manager / Re: August 2019 / Welcome to "Meet the Managing Director" on: August 16, 2019, 09:07:08 pm
Challenge for Broadgage - can you go a day without mentioning 'Buffet', 'DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit)' or 'Proper Intercity Train'?
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Railway station ticket barriers could be replaced by sensors... on: August 12, 2019, 06:15:17 am
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/11/railway-station-ticket-barriers-could-replaced-sensors-detect/

"The desperate scrabble for your ticket while running for a train could be a thing of the past, a manufacturer has claimed, with sensors potentially replacing ticket barriers which detect when passengers board trains.

Train-builder Hitachi Rail is developing technology designed to ensure travellers are automatically charged the correct fare by recognising their smartphones at both ends of their journey.

The firm is testing the system in northern Italy and believes it could be used on trains, buses and trams in the UK (United Kingdom)."

This being the same Hitachi who can't figure out how to get seat reservations working properly...
14  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Bristol Temple Meads Station redevelopment on: April 01, 2019, 10:56:22 am
Today...
15  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Bristol Temple Meads Station redevelopment on: March 27, 2019, 04:13:23 pm
getting smaller by the day.
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