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1  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: "White Hart Lane" to become "Tottenham Hotspur" Station on: March 18, 2019, 12:37:42 pm
I see no harm in the renaming of stations, subject to certain caveats.
1) The price paid should be high enough to bring significant benefit, payment in advance.
2) The renaming must be for at least 10 years and preferably much longer.
3) Renaming should not be allowed if the original name is of particular historic significance.

Plus of course following existing rules about the new name not being confusing.
2  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture Overseas / "trains collide" on Hong Kong metro. 18/03/2018 on: March 18, 2019, 05:55:22 am
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-47607676

During testing of new signalling reports state. No passengers on board as this was an early morning test before the start of public services.
Both drivers taken to hospital.

Initial reports strongly suggest a signalling defect. It is not clear whether the trains were under automatic control, or being driven manually with the driver perhaps misled by erroneous signal aspects.
The damage appears to be substantial and would probably have resulted in loss of life if the trains had been full of passengers.

Serious delays are forecast.

3  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: TWSW General Meeting - 20th March 2019 on: March 17, 2019, 03:44:03 pm
I expect to be there from about 15-30 in that case.
Please keep a good look out for me as I am so small as to be easily missed. I expect to be wearing a maroon sweatshirt, black or dark navy trousers and black shoes.
4  Journey by Journey / London to Swindon and Bristol / Re: Six men in court after 'stripping off and throwing POO at each other on a train' on: March 17, 2019, 12:56:55 pm
ISTR that monkeys throw poo at each other as an insult, normal humans do not do this.
Perhaps these humans are more closely related to monkeys than the average ?
5  All across the Great Western territory / Diary - what's happening when? / Re: TWSW General Meeting - 20th March 2019 on: March 16, 2019, 02:50:23 pm
Don't think that I will go to the meeting, but DO expect to visit the plough afterwards.
Roughly what time ?
If anyone else going ?
6  All across the Great Western territory / Your rights and redress / Re: Thefts and losses on GWR trains last year on: March 14, 2019, 09:23:06 am
Did the owner of the baby have to pay the costs involved, I wonder ?
I have seen a baby forgotten in a pub, and not missed for SOME HOURS.
7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: West Somerset Railway - heritage line, Bishops Lydeard to Minehead - possible link to main line on: March 13, 2019, 07:22:42 pm
Interesting report on TV news about the WSR.
rather doomerish about recently "nearly going bust" But also sounded optimistic about through running to the national network and referred to "talks with GWR" about this.

It was not clear exactly what is talked about, Through GWR services to Minehead ? or a connecting service to Bishops lydeard ?

An interview with Mr. Mendoza was included, the leader of a local group who are pushing for through running.
8  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Job Centre Plus Travel Discount card on: March 12, 2019, 01:58:51 pm
Yes, I believed that it was you, but did not like to say so in case I was mistaken.
9  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: New train deliveries remain stalled as passengers wait on: March 12, 2019, 12:25:43 pm
Software and computer problems seem to be a growing problem.
Many of the IET failures have been "computer says no" rather than a physical component breaking, dropping off, or catching fire.

And the IET design is now at least 5 years old, so newer trains for other parts of the network are potentially even more complicated with more things for the computers "to say no to"
10  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Job Centre Plus Travel Discount card on: March 12, 2019, 08:48:23 am
ISTR, that this or something VERY similar has been discussed previously on this forum.
A member in receipt of jobseekers allowance reported considerable problems in obtaining the card, the staff in the job center seemingly being very reluctant to authorise this.

11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Bradford care home turns room into train carriage on: March 11, 2019, 01:52:13 pm
Not yet, I hope.
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: March 09, 2019, 02:11:22 pm
Local rumours suggest it could be before May.

There is apparently a 5-car with the mod now in traffic, and if this fixes the issue it's not difficult to implement.

Broadgage is overlooking the fact that there are still at least half a dozen units (9 car 802s I think) to be delivered.

broadgage is well aware that a few IETs are still be delivered, but I am also aware that we still have a few HSTs in use to cover for the yet to be delivered IETs.
I am therefore not convinced that delivery of the last few IETs, accompanied by the withdrawal of a broadly similar number of HSTs is going to produce any improvement.

13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: March 09, 2019, 11:18:35 am
If I have understood correctly, GWR services to Bedwyn are intended to be operated by 5 car IETs, but this has not yet happened due to issues regarding the on board CCTV.
Turbos still in use at present.

Since the fleet size and availability were presumably planned around the Bedwyn services being operated by IETs, it seems to me that the rest of the GWR network has in fact had several EXTRA IETs, beyond those planned for.

Despite having the Bedwyn units as extras in the short term, there have been numerous short formations as detailed in this thread.

So what happens when the CCTV issues are sorted? Will short formations increase ?

I recently observed several trains formed of a 9 car unit instead of 5+5, this matters little in itself as the capacity is very similar. If however several of the 5 car units were used as planned on services to Bedwyn, presumably many more short formations would have resulted.

A cynic might suspect that neither Hitachi nor GWR are in a hurry to use IETs on Bedwyn services if this will result in more short trains elsewhere.
14  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Cable car for Bristol on: March 08, 2019, 03:57:11 pm
There's this marvellous invention to counteract prying skyborne or top deck perverts.

Curtains.

Not available in Nunhead at the time presumably, are they available in Bristol ?
I have curtains in Somersetshire.
They have them in Brimpsfield.
15  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Cable car for Bristol on: March 08, 2019, 02:37:53 pm
Cable cars might comply with PRESENT regulations, in which case an upgrade to the regulations is clearly needed.

Full disabled access for the seriously physically impaired looks much more challenging than with a train.

Flying perverts will no doubt converge, no child will be safe !

(seriously, in Nunhead, south east London, there was considerable local opposition to the introduction of double decker buses on route 78 due to the risks of perverts riding thereon and "looking in children's bedroom windows"
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