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1  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Are TfL failing to inform passengers about lines they don't operate? on: Today at 09:20:02 AM
Thameslink used to be on the Tube map, but only between Elephant/Moorgate and Kentish Town during the 1990s, when it and the North London lines were dropped come 1999.
Obviously the NLL has reappeared as part of L Overground but that's because it is TfL controlled.

The map is far too complicated now to re-add a non TfL operated line, especially one that will stretch the map vertically.  As it is, Reading and Shenfield are stretching it to the limits now.

There are plenty of of other ex-BR lines around London that are not shown - that's what the Rail & Tube (previously known as London Connections) map is for - and people manage.
2  Journey by Journey / London to Reading / Re: Disabled customer "humiliated by GWR staff" on: January 12, 2018, 09:13:36 PM
The Customer Assist system is creaking at the seams due to the explosion of people using it - not just persons with reduced mobility, but it's also being used as a portering service and staff cannot cope with demand especially if there is more than a couple of requests on one train, 2 or more trains arriving at the same time, or something taking longer than expected.

Take Exeter St David's just before Christmas, there were just under 300 BOOKED assistance requests on one single day, so disregarding turn-up-and-travel, with 3 dedicated assist staff, 4 agency, the duty station manager and the gateline staff trying to cope.

There are also people who book or need on spec assistance do not help themselves in many circumstances by making staff aware of their presence, especially if someone else has helped them on the train.

Assists at Paddington are slowed down too due to the sheer number of people alighting from the train that the buggy cannot safely drive along the platform until the majority of the people have left.

And Harrington Humps are not designed to allow level access to trains, they are only to reduce the step from the train on to the platform.  Without standardised rolling stock and standardised straight platforms, some of which can be done on the self contained TfL network, there will never be level boarding access across the national network.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Smoke and Mirrors / Re: Trains leaving early ... on: January 04, 2018, 11:57:06 AM
6 bells on a unit is an unofficial order to draw up to a starting signal - and generally only used on units in the west due to tradition.

I would say it’s an ‘official’ order as it is still contained in the rule book.  Still used regularly at Worcester Foregate Street and at several locations across the country.

Yes it is an official bell code, but not in general use in these circumstances; it's used for mainly for shunting and stop shorts.  There are drivers originally from outside the west who will never accept a 6 to a draw up to a starting signal as they are taught that is not what it's for.
4  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: How should customers be addressed? on: January 04, 2018, 10:04:21 AM
"Sir" and "Madam" are out now as they are gender binary.
5  All across the Great Western territory / Smoke and Mirrors / Re: Trains leaving early ... on: January 04, 2018, 09:41:12 AM
The GWR Appendix to the rule book states that dispatch must not start until the starting signal, where provided, is showing a proceed aspect.  This overrides what is stated in the rule book.

Slam doors may be closed in the meantime but not locked.

A starting signal is defined as a signal located on the platform or at a distance away that the longest train booked to call at that station is able to stand at the signal and still be partially platfomed.  If a train needs to pass the starting signal in order to be platformed correctly (such as Thatcham or Exeter St Thomas on the up for an HST), the guard can disregard the red aspect shown, unless the driver informs the guard that he SPADed the signal.

6 bells on a unit is an unofficial order to draw up to a starting signal - and generally only used on units in the west due to tradition.

With regard to leaving early, this is generally a NTS skills mistake, whereby the timetable has slightly changed or the train - for once - is running on time, the driver/guard is so used to being late that they are used to stop and go immediately.  The others are a diagramming error or an out-of-sync watch.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: December 24, 2017, 12:03:38 PM
It's amazing what double time and a 1/4 will do for people who 'never work Sundays'.
7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Advent 2017 on: December 18, 2017, 12:32:31 PM
Yeoford.

Yes - pretty little station - one of perhaps a hundred sprinkled around this quarter of the country that I would love to find time to explore.  And to aspire to ...

It has its own free community library.
8  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Advent 2017 on: December 18, 2017, 08:40:56 AM
Yeoford.
9  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Cutdown 125's to operate Penzance to Plymouth clockface service on: December 18, 2017, 08:36:46 AM
Why are these trains sitting in Laira doing nothing when there is a desperate need for HST [...]

Because the Castle Class is new traction; they will have their own class number.
Therefore only a small number of staff currently sign them.
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Advent 2017 on: December 09, 2017, 10:02:41 AM
Today's is Essex Road.
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Okehampton-Tavistock. Discussion on reopening and potential use as a diversionary route on: November 27, 2017, 03:14:16 PM
There's no [usable] platform at Yeoford.
12  Journey by Journey / Plymouth and Cornwall / Re: Cutdown 125's to operate Penzance to Plymouth clockface service on: November 27, 2017, 03:11:49 PM
It would appear that GWR have named these trains "Class 43 Castle"s.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Smoke and Mirrors / Re: Learning where GWR's priorities lie ... on: November 26, 2017, 08:09:48 PM
So on one hand we have passengers complaining that GWR are pulling services to add 24 additional trains to Bath, and on the other, passengers complaining that 24 additional trains are not enough.

So perhaps GWR should just pull all trains from everywhere else to run Bristol - Bath and that will shut up the market goers and Counsellors.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: New Ticket Machines on: November 14, 2017, 06:36:53 PM
Exeter St David's and Taunton have them, they are much more advanced for example they offer buy tickets from other stations facility and the potential of for live video assistance.
15  Journey by Journey / Shorter journeys in Devon / Re: Rugby or the Community? Protests about GWR service changes at Sandy Park on: November 10, 2017, 09:43:57 PM
A shuttle unit between St David's & Digby, running in between the scheduled Exmouth times. 
Could do two or three runs before the scheduled returns from Exmouth.
Or if paths are short at St David's, the shuttle runs from Central. 
Runs a few hours before kick off and a few hours after. 
Laid up whilst the match in progress.
There was/is? a bay at Central on the up platform but not been there for ages.

OK.

"Regular" train 1 leaves Central,
"Regular" train 2 leaves Exmouth,
"Relief" train leaves Central,
Relief waits at Exmouth Junction for 15 minutes for regular train to reach Topsham,
Relief is admitted on to the branch, arrives and reverses at Digby.
Relief returns to Central.
Regular train 2 has waited at Topsham an extra 1/2 hour and regular train 1 is waiting to leave Exmouth.

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