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1  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Comedian humiliated for using disabled space on train - BBC News 17th July 2018 on: July 19, 2018, 09:15:25 pm
Thank You.  Every time I try to read something like this it asks me to register.....

Yes, but whilst it IMPLIES that registration is required, presumably to increase numbers of customers, you can normally read the tweets without in fact having to register.
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Has banksy been trespassing on railway property? on: July 19, 2018, 04:56:13 pm
The aftermath of a visiting pigeon with diarrhoea?

Or perhaps the remains of an exploded pigeon ?
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Renamed trains on: July 18, 2018, 09:35:30 am
THE BRONZE HIND
4  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Comedian humiliated for using disabled space on train - BBC News 17th July 2018 on: July 17, 2018, 02:49:20 pm
If as reported, it certainly sounds very poor indeed.

The only SLIGHT wiggle room that I can see, Is that I thought that mobility scooters were not allowed on trains ? Wheelchairs are of course allowed.
Can anyone confirm or deny the ruling on mobility scooters ?
5  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Request stops - replacement of arms by buttons on: July 17, 2018, 12:39:41 pm
Sorry to put a damper on it but I've just thought of a snag.

Currently the train slows being prepared to stop so that some one arriving on the platform at the last minute can stick their hand out hopefully in time for it to stop.

Depending on where the driver's indication is trackside or in cab the driver could reach a point where they've received no stop signal so doesn't brake but then someone presses the button at the last minute.

Like pressing the bell of bus 10 yards from the stop.

I would alter the timetable such that the advertised calling time is in fact the latest time at which the button may be pushed to stop the train. One minute should be enough.
For example if the train is advertised as being "at 13-30"  The timetable would contain a footnote that reads "request stop. Make certain that you are at the station and have operated the stop request button by 13-30"
The actual stopping time would in fact be 13-31, but this would NOT be advertised since it would mislead.
Anyone arriving after the advertised time of 13-30 would miss the train.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Sudden lack of cheapo advance fares? on: July 17, 2018, 12:24:04 am
Welcome,

In recent weeks, many trains have been cancelled or reduced in length, for various reasons including staff shortage, infrastructure failures, and shortage of trains.
We are also into the busy time of year due to the holiday season.

It would therefore seem reasonable to reduce the number of very cheap tickets. It should be remembered that the purpose of selling these heavily discounted tickets is to fill seats that would otherwise go unused.

If trains are expected to be busy, then the potential overcrowding should not be made even worse by selling discounted tickets, for busy services.
7  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Request stops - replacement of arms by buttons on: July 16, 2018, 11:38:21 am
I was thinking along the same lines myself,however a flashing White is the warning for a level crossing is it not ?.

It is. That is why I proposed a RAPID flashing white light rather than the slow flash for a level crossing.
8  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Request stops - replacement of arms by buttons on: July 16, 2018, 09:31:04 am
Knowing the declining standard of reporting these days, I do wonder if it actually means "direct communication with the train" via some complex and indirect system.

If I were designing such a system, I would wire the push button to a signal lamp beside the track. Nothing extra need be fitted to the train.
The signal would have to be of a type not confused with other railway signals, which effectively rules out red, yellow, or green lights. A rapid flashing white light would stand out and seems suitable.

A simple time out circuit would extinguish the lamp after say 30 minutes. The passage of a train should NOT extinguish the "request stop" light, to avoid any problems with an ECS or freight train cancelling the signal and passengers then being left behind.

Anything involving extra equipment on the train, or messages routed via help points and call centres is doomed to failure.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Stay at home Sunday on: July 15, 2018, 11:04:45 am
With so many services cancelled, why are they running 5 car IETs ?
Could not HSTs or 9 car IETs have been used instead ?
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: July 15, 2018, 10:55:48 am
After several days of full length IETs, I observe half a dozen half length services today, lack of staff rather than lack of trains this time.
Whilst the failure of GWR to engage enough staff is not the fault of the new trains, it does represent another drawback of downgrading an intercity service to short DMUs.

Had we retained HSTs, or if the HSTs had been replaced with new full length intercity trains, then this situation would not have occurred.

Whilst a few half length trains may seem of little consequence if compared to the DOZENS of cancellations, it is at times like this that full length trains are needed.
11  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Wetherspoons on or near stations on: July 14, 2018, 07:10:23 pm
How they can get away with describing their bland 3.6% beer as an IPA I don't know. In reality it is a very ordinary bitter.

Most ones I've had are creamy, flat with a hint of vinegar. I don't like their "smooth" handled glasses either. Maybe I have just had bad examples, but I'd always tend to avoid GK in as much as I'd avoid Fullers brews and Shepherd Neame.

Preference regarding real ales is very subjective, but I agree that Green King IPA is rather bland and tasteless, very ordinary, also very cheap wholesale.
Fullers London Pride is one of my favourites, ESB better still but too strong to drink in quantity, Fullers "golden pride" is exceedingly strong and not regularly available on draught, but well worth looking for IMO.
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Stay at home Sunday on: July 13, 2018, 09:39:25 pm
For years it has been known that FGW/GWR struggle to cope with Christmas and Easter, apologists for the railway blame this on customers choosing to go on holiday at holiday times, and state that not much can be done.
In recent years, other bank holidays have been badly affected by extreme overcrowding with advice not to travel.

Now they cant even provide a proper service on a normal summer Sunday.

So rush hour weekday overcrowding is the fault of workers choosing to go to work during working hours.
Holiday time overcrowding is the fault of leisure travellers for choosing to travel at weekends.
Does not leave much hope does it.

I have previously remarked that we increasingly have a "fair weather only railway" that fails to cope with only moderately adverse weather, during which roads and airlines operate as normal.
Well we don't even have a fair weather railway now ! one of the reasons given for the fiasco is "continuing fine weather"
13  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Re: Making our rail corridors more productive on: July 13, 2018, 06:39:24 pm
I think the PV modules on the track side might not be such a good idea, due to concerns about theft, vandalism and obstructing maintenance work.

Loads of room on station roofs though.
For new or refurbished station buildings, there is a lot to be said for the new semi-transparent PV modules, these have the actual solar cells sandwiched between two layers of toughened glass.
These modules are not intended to be put ON a roof, they ARE the roof covering. They block about 70% of the daylight and therefore avoid excessive glare or heat, the transmission of about 30% gives ample daylight below the roof.

Excellent for platform waiting areas.
14  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Govia Rail boss orders commuters OUT of first class on a late and packed train on: July 12, 2018, 07:25:06 pm
I wonder if the person who took the photo, and thereby got their 15 mins of fame, had a first class ticket?
Paul.

I doubt that we will ever know for certain, but to me it seems very unlikely that they had a first class ticket.

Most first class ticket holders, IME welcome the removal of standard class ticket holders and are therefore most unlikely to complain about such removal.
15  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2018 to 2045 / Re: Making our rail corridors more productive on: July 12, 2018, 10:47:53 am
Very silly idea to put solar panels between the rails, they will get dirty and be vulnerable to damage during track repairs.

I am strongly in favour of solar energy, but more suitable places exist including on the roofs of stations and other railway buildings.
Many smaller stations lack waiting shelters on platforms, the income from solar panels could offset the cost of providing such shelters.

A handful of remote stations without any grid connection would benefit from a solar, or wind turbine installation to charge batteries for lighting.
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