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1  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Misuse of level crossings - highlighting but not limited to Marlow branch on: June 29, 2020, 12:51:09 pm

I think the Farnborough North one had the audio added later (audio sounds a bit like a full barrier level crossing, but continuous when a red light is showing). Might have been around the same time the monitoring hut/shed was added.

I think there are magnetic holds on the gates controlled from the hut as well?

Presumably this crossing is in one of the higher risk categories.
2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The West - but NOT trains in the West / Re: Coronavirus lockdown: All you need to know about new measures on: June 24, 2020, 12:57:40 pm
Mandatory reservations / "train full" flags with no longer bookings being accepted are (I understand) now with us.

As far as I can see, take Friday morning's departures out of Euston heading to the North West. The first 2 Off-Peak Pendolinos are "full", yet there's availability if you pony up the Anytime fare for the 0920 (or earlier).

Remember the wedged up evening services on fare/time boundaries that Virgin took action to try and spread the load over earlier evening trains?
3  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: Misuse of level crossings - highlighting but not limited to Marlow branch on: June 12, 2020, 03:34:14 pm
With parents often accompanying children on small cycles a little way ahead, it is essential that the return on gates (where fitted) are working properly too as well as signage and other maintenance. This stuff should be bread and butter really.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Shearings Coaches on: May 23, 2020, 12:22:30 pm
The editor of Buses Alan Millar, in a stark, uncomprising editorial in the latest edition, says that coach operators are the forgotten victims of this crisis. 'Practically everything a coach operator does in normal times has come to an abrupt and indefinite halt. Most home to school transport.No school camps, skiing trips, college and university field trips at home or abroad. No incoming groups of students or language students. No cruise ship passengers requiring feeder connections, or being taken on day trips. No day excursions or coach holidays. No sports fixtures, concerts of festivals. No weddings or corporate days out. No scheduled National Express or Megabus services in England and Wales to provide work for contractors.'

and PRM-TSI applying to rail replacement transport which may favour procurement of buses over non-compliant coaches.
5  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: South Western Railway - Stakeholder Conference on: May 22, 2020, 10:34:16 am
Gauging issues and infrastructure changes will be needed for the 484s, but wll then mean the 483 can't run any more

Ride height/platform heights presumably? Once the platform is built up for the 484s the 483s would be a big step down?

Split the platform adjustment work at Ryde St John's Road so a service could still be run with old/new stock maybe with passengers changing there.
6  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Alexcars Ltd ceases trading (Cirencester, coaches) on: April 15, 2020, 03:16:36 pm
When given a good stretch of road it can get up to a healthy rate of knots, and the suspension/ ride quality puts the average Optare Solo to shame  Grin
It can probably wipe the speed off faster than a Solo as well Wink, the older versions at least.
7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: Front of the bubble [DotD 10.4.2020] on: April 13, 2020, 09:51:31 am
Forward and reverse was managed with similar simplicity. Selecting "forward" in the leading power car was correctly interpreted as backwards by any power car in the train that was pointing in the opposite direction. All done by the way the jumper cables were wired. The only use of relays was to ensure that each power car supplied the current to work its own electro-pneumatic valves, with a relatively small current from the leading power car operating all of the relays down the train.

On class 483s (so not comparing apples with apples) the unit coupling was needed the right way round, observing the letters on the cab ends; presumably you end up with an intra-train tug of war otherwise!
8  Journey by Journey / Transport for London / Re: ‘Lives depend’ on people staying at home as five bus drivers die on: April 10, 2020, 01:08:58 pm
You might need to convey suitable materials to stop your horse escaping again, might be better to hedge your bets with a sympathetic driver as there's no defence for not knowing the conditions of travel.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-51146051
(link previously seen on the Coffee Shop I think)
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: Front of the bubble [DotD 10.4.2020] on: April 10, 2020, 12:56:03 pm
This may also prove to be of interest
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bS5xiM0LYtA.

That was the link I meant to post!  Undecided
10  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Heritage railway lines, Railtours, other rail based attractions / Re: Front of the bubble [DotD 10.4.2020] on: April 10, 2020, 11:40:24 am
I think this link was originally posted on this forum somewhere. The DMU in the video is not identical to the images posted, but some of it might help with the gaps if you search in it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VgB3Uwx6oI

If you've got 18 minutes to burn, you could watch the whole thing of course!
11  Journey by Journey / Transport for London / Re: ‘Lives depend’ on people staying at home as five bus drivers die on: April 10, 2020, 11:12:26 am
“Sorry, Constable, I was only getting the bus to buy essential supplies for next winter.”  Wink

I had the anthracite and the propane bottles delivered, and did not take either on the bus. Propane is presumably prohibited, and worthwhile amounts of coal far too heavy and bulky.
This was in the early days of the present emergency.


I remember a question in Stagecoach's driver training was someone gets on with a fence panel from B&Q (other DIY retailers available). What do you do?
12  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Trimode cl 769 to operate Reading to Oxford and Gatwick. on: February 13, 2020, 01:42:48 pm
I remember when the turbos were delivered, the brand new smell, fresh NSE paint job, working aircon on the 166s (well, for a time at least)...compared to the heritage DMUs they replaced they were a step change.

Will I be able to say the same this time round?
13  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / "Bus" services at Gatwick Airport on: January 29, 2020, 10:12:40 am
I was talking to a friend recently who was making a journey back from Brighton to Guildford and encountered North Downs Line services terminating at Redhill as a result of various disruption on the Brighton mainline.

He has an ENCTS pass so caught a service bus to Redhill from Gatwick which took an age. Turned out to be the 100 Metrobus route from Maidenbower to Redhill.

I took at look at Traveline timetable search for Gatwick Airport under "Location" to see what other buses went from the airport (I don't think you can bookmark URLs/searches that easily)
http://www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk/se/XSLT_SELTT_REQUEST?language=en
...to my surprise the South/North inter-terminal shuttle has a timetable listed!
14  Journey by Journey / Thames Valley Branches / Re: The Marlow Branch - how Bourne End works on: November 02, 2019, 07:23:03 am
.....and just to add my bit, thats not a signal in Bobm's photograph, but a Point Indicator (its set for the Marlow line).

Presumably can't use 'M' as that would potentially be confused with "Mainline" ?

Heading North out of Guildford, trains heading towards Ash have an 'A' theatre indicator and trains heading towards Clandon have a 'C'. Is this co-incidence or is it just routes are labelled A,B,C (where Guildford's 'B' is an 'M' for Mainline).
15  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Station Slips, Trips and Falls on: August 08, 2019, 12:53:29 pm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-49256251
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Guildford and Glasgow Central were the only Network Rail-run stations not to have had a compensation claim paid out in the past five financial years.

Presumably in Guildford's case as Network Rail only took charge in April 2018, the ambulance chasers haven't had time to sharpen their pencils!
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