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1  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: Yesterday at 11:14:44 am
Think I forgot to mention also that trains from Bristol Parkway will continue to be able to reverse back to Bristol Parkway in Filton Abbey Wood Platform No.1 (as previously).
2  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Something rather special - near Bristol - 16th Feb 2019 on: Yesterday at 10:54:10 am
Yes, I need to start booking my hotel soon..... Tongue
3  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: Yesterday at 10:52:12 am
Thats correct.  There are no crossovers to get you from Filton Abbey Wood Platform No.4 to Bristol Parkway (referring to the posted diagrams).
4  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: Yesterday at 10:42:48 am
So which services will use Platform 1?

Trains that don't need to stop at Stapleton Road and Lawrence Hill (I would assume).  The new timetable hasn't been published yet so we will have to wait and see, I'm not a timetable planner so can only speak with confidence on the infrastructure elements.
5  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: Yesterday at 10:26:18 am
Think I already mentioned that the Bristol Parkway Platform No.1 to Filton loop connection shown on my diagram doesn't get commissioned until xmas 2018/new year 2019.  After that it will be possible for local stopping trains from the Bristol Parkway direction to use Filton Abbey Wood Platform No.2 which is the opposite side of the island platform to Platform No.3 used by local stopping trains from the Pilning direction.  I would assume (!) thats how the timetable would work, so only need to wait on the Island platform for a Bristol TM service.  If not then a lot of wasted infrastructure has ben installed.....
6  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Waterloo closed by engineering over run on: November 19, 2018, 10:30:11 pm
I trust he means rails, not track.  If the track had to be replaced it would have been very drastic and certainly taken more than a week..... Roll Eyes
7  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Something rather special - near Bristol - 16th Feb 2019 on: November 19, 2018, 08:41:34 pm
Is the 'Whoo' a hint?
8  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Waterloo station - collision and derailment, 15 Aug 2017 on: November 19, 2018, 06:01:04 pm
Second report just published https://www.gov.uk/raib-reports/report-19-2018-collision-at-london-waterloo

If anybody here struggles to understand any of it then please ask away and I'll try to answer/clarify.

Quite damming of NRs competence management processes (after all the recent cases on the preserved railway network).

In particular I was really concerned about this statement:

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The RAIB has observed that there are certain similarities between the factors that caused the Waterloo accident and those which led to the serious accident at Clapham Junction in 1988. The RAIB has therefore expressed the concern that some of the lessons identified by the public inquiry, chaired by Anthony Hidden QC following Clapham, may be fading from the railway industry’s collective memory.

My involvement in Clapham was reasonably close and I always related this tale to anybody new that worked for me. At the time I was Project Engineer for the Waterloo Area Resignalling (WARS) at ML Engineering (Plymouth) Ltd. We had the contract for the Resignalling.  We were in the middle of installation in Clapham Relay Room (the new one for WARS located in Victoria Signalling Centre, yes, I know). New lineside cables had been installed terminating on racks, and the link terminals fitted with RED DOME NUTS (those in the S&T industry will know what they do). BR had stagework wiring installed on the Righthand side of the terminations whilst we were installing the new interlocking wiring on the Lefthand side, with the connecting link obviously not fitted. BR then used the new cables to connect the new trackside equipment being installed in stages to the old Clapham signalbox interlocking. So, one fateful morning, siting in my office having my day starting cup of tea, the telephone rang and the person at the other end said "Hey, have you heard there's been a big accident at Clapham Junction, three trains involved and lots of people killed and injured?". You obviously can guess that my heart certainly sank to the floor and thoughts started flashing through my mind, crikey hope our staff haven't done anything. Started looking at the news reports on the TV and you can then imagine how my feelings progressed during the day.

Well, I suppose my point is, it becomes one of those defining moments in your career that you NEVER FORGET. I just hope we don't end up having a repeat of all that to make people understand and learn it all over again.
9  All across the Great Western territory / Looking forward - 2019 to 2045 / Re: Wanted - someone who majors in politics - to help revitalise railways on: November 19, 2018, 02:25:41 pm
Spills coffee... Shocked

Fast-paced industry..... Roll Eyes
10  Journey by Journey / South Western services / Re: Waterloo closed by engineering over run on: November 19, 2018, 11:10:08 am
I was never called a 'SPECIALIST' signal technician in my time in the S&T.  Can't repeat here what I was called at times, though...... Roll Eyes
11  All across the Great Western territory / The Wider Picture in the United Kingdom / Re: Network Rail to abolish station toilet charges in 2019 on: November 19, 2018, 09:37:54 am
Grahame.  You do need to set up a post of the week section.  Yours should be the first entry Cheesy
12  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: November 19, 2018, 09:24:00 am
You want MORE?

Oh yes (please)!
13  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: November 19, 2018, 09:09:25 am

Credit where credit is due. Well done, Network Rail.

Absolutely. Bloody brilliant!

Photos please RS.
14  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion on: November 19, 2018, 09:08:38 am
Yes, well done to all the staff involved.  Now lets start making good use of it all.  No good letting it sit there and carry on as before.  Wonder how ARS is feeling this morning Roll Eyes Tongue
15  Journey by Journey / Wales local journeys / Re: Extra Network Rail maintenance funding - Wales and Borders on: November 19, 2018, 08:39:21 am
Hmm.  Not so sure about that.  Funding for maintenance and renewals was drastically cutback in CP5 (the very poor condition of signalling equipment in Cornwall being a good example).  Probably this is to bring it back up to steady state?
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