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1  Journey by Journey / London to South Wales / Re: Two rail workers killed in collision with train, near Port Talbot - Wed 3 July 2019 on: Today at 04:56:01 pm

Since this tragic incident NR has mandated that a senior maintenance engineer must give approval at the work planning stage all work activities that require track workers to wear ear defenders when lines are open to traffic.  This level of approval is way way above supervisor or depot manager level 

It's good to know that Network Rail have quickly addressed this specific issue. Unfortunately it is shutting the stable door...
2  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Overchecking of tickets - on train and at arriving station. on: Yesterday at 10:25:28 pm
I honestly can't remember the last time I had my ticket checked between Ealing Broadway and Taplow (which is ungated). I seem to recall a gang of revenue spooks at Taplow on arrival once or twice but certainly no more than that.

They'll catch you one day TG! Tongue
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where did Finn and I stop for lunch today, 18th July 2019? on: Yesterday at 10:12:11 pm
Very nice little tea shop and garden next to the aqueduct.
It's a nice garden but I wasn't that impressed by the cheese and stuff sandwich I had there last Sunday. Probably should have gone to the pub instead!
Oh dear. Sounds like standards may have slipped. Mind you it was more than two years ago since we last ate there.

My choice today was pub or... pub. Despite the opening times sign saying to the contrary, the tea shop wasn't open today.

But then, folks who know me would know it was always going to be the pub!
4  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where did Finn and I stop for lunch today, 18th July 2019? on: Yesterday at 06:17:56 pm
Avoncliffe aqueduct with lunch at the Cross Guns, which my gran used to keep a long time ago.
It is a pleasant walk from Bradford on Avon, we used occasionally wander all the way to Bath. The good thing about the K & A is that there are pubs every four miles!

Correct. Well, there's a redundant 'e' in your answer. Avoncliff.

Lunch was indeed partaken in the Cross Guns. I drove down the lane to the pub. Losing my passenger side wing mirror in the process. A partially fallen woodeb fence post hidden by greenery took out the mirror.

But what a fantastic location to have lunch and leisurely shandy. I sat by the riverside, watching the trout in the shallows. With barges crossing the aquaduct and trains passing through Avoncliff Station across the river.

Another location I'd highly recommended. And whilst I drove there, I'd suggest taking the train and then doing the walk along the canal to Bradford-on-Avon.




5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where did Finn and I stop for lunch today, 18th July 2019? on: Yesterday at 05:07:40 pm
You're on the canal towpath. Maybe Dundas aqueduct, maybe a different one.

We're getting warmer...
6  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where did Finn and I stop for lunch today, 18th July 2019? on: Yesterday at 04:52:48 pm
Limpley Stoke Valley area perchance?

I'd say warm. More specific?
7  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Where did Finn and I stop for lunch today, 18th July 2019? on: Yesterday at 04:25:42 pm
Pub lunch near this location:

8  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Overchecking of tickets - on train and at arriving station. on: Yesterday at 01:56:04 pm
A tale I've recounted before:

Ticket didn't work barrier at Charing Cross. Showed it to gateline staffer who asked to see my accompanying Disabled Persons Railcard. I have no issue with that. I did take issue though when he said, "You don't look disabled."

"You don't look like a doctor," I replied as I walked off.
9  Journey by Journey / Bristol (WECA) Commuters / Re: Summer Uprising Bristol Occupation by XR Southwest on: Yesterday at 10:47:55 am
After my move, I switched to an induction hob too.

I concur about ease of use and ease of keeping clean.
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: 'Castles to Legend Land' HST Castle Class 255 nameplates. on: Yesterday at 10:43:58 am












11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: W43002 on display at STEAM museum on: July 17, 2019, 10:17:23 pm
Incidentally, today (17th July 2019) is Sir Kenneth Grange's (human version) 90th birthday.

Happy birthday Sir Kenneth.
12  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: 'Castles to Legend Land' HST Castle Class 255 nameplates. on: July 17, 2019, 09:35:52 pm
Invited guests received a booklet with details of the castles/stately homes that have leant their names to the GWR Class 255 fleet of HST power cars.

13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / 'Castles to Legend Land' HST Castle Class 255 nameplates. on: July 17, 2019, 09:25:07 pm
Tonight (17th July 2019) at STEAM Museum Swindon the nameplates for the Class 255 Castle HSTs were unveiled at a presentation by GWR for invited guests. The Class 43s remaining with GWR, for operation of the shortened sets on inter-regional services, are being named after castles/stately homes from across the area that GWR serves.

I believe there will be 24 named power cars on the fleet. 23 names have been decided upon, with one more to come.

Those names are:

Cromwell's Castle
Chn Castle
Tregenna Castle
St Michael's Mount
St Mawes Castle
St Catherine's Castle
Castle-an-Dinas
Trematon Castle
Launceston Castle
Kingswear Castle
Compton Castle
Berry Pomeroy Castle
Okehampton Castle
Castle Drogo
Powderham Castle
Rougemont Castle
Taunton Castle
Dunster Castle
Walton Castle
Cardiff Castle
Caerphilly Castle
Newport Castle
Chepstow Castle

The individual allocation of a name to a 43xxx has yet to be confirmed. Although Laira do have all the nameplates ready to go.

Also unveiled at STEAM tonight were a selection of nameplates that have adorned Class 43s throughout their time on BR/GWT/FGW/GWR in the west.

I'll post some pictures of the nameplates from the Class 255 'Castles' later.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Overchecking of tickets - on train and at arriving station. on: July 17, 2019, 02:02:04 pm
There would be sense in that.  There might be sense in doing that for the SWR station (that's platforms 2 and 3) and not for the GWR station (that's platform 1).  GWR trains are typically fully checked by the train manager. SWR trains are (I don't think) fully checked in the same way.


Since when did Weymouth become two stations? Its one station with three platforms. Services can and do use any platform.

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Others (not yourself I don't think, Robin) suggested that all trains irrespective of the operator running them, should have all their passengers checked at a block. ALL trains, you note. So (I agree with you) it's very unlikely that anyone would have arrived unticketed on that train - but never the less others are suggesting that all eleven carriages of people should have queued for inspection via the couple of active checkers.

I think you are being facetious grahame. Merely because I left out the words 'scheduled' or 'service'. You will note however that at gated stations all passengers from charters are expected to wait their turn/queue to enter/exit platforms after showing their authority to travel. I and many others had to do this numerous times when we travelled on the Flying Banana.

I think you've made an unnecessary mountain of a molehill with this moan grahame.

15  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Overchecking of tickets - on train and at arriving station. on: July 15, 2019, 04:16:39 pm
I fully support random ticket blocks. These need to be conducted without fear or favour regardless of the origin, calling points and operator of incoming trains.

A highly visible presence on a busy day to the seaside (and a Sunday too) is to be applauded. Any chancers (on ANY incoming service) may not have expected a block on a Sunday.

How were those manning the block to know that the conductor had done a full ticket check? For instance, can you categorically confirm said conductor got to all those who had boarded at Dorchester West and Upwey? All incoming services should be checked.

When you travel on the railway you have to expect a ticket check at any point of your journey and whilst on railway property. And remember, exit checks were once common across the network, privatisation and fragmentation is not to blame.
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