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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Renamed trains on: July 18, 2018, 03:37:13 pm
The Frying Stopsman.

From a few years ago to 'celebrate' the withdrawal of the Travelling Chef services.

Or - to pay tribute to the termination of Pullman services - The Brighton Belle End...

2  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Renamed trains on: July 18, 2018, 09:44:11 am
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Always two sides to a story on: July 15, 2018, 10:31:57 pm
"Come in boat number 9; your time is up."

"We haven't got a number 9."


"Number 6, are you in trouble?"
4  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Useful phrases when travelling.... on: July 03, 2018, 12:54:57 pm
Are you sure it wasn't his lack of gravity versus the barrel of bricks?
5  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Useful phrases when travelling.... on: July 03, 2018, 12:36:25 pm
Of course...
6  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: New transport hub for Bristol! on: June 28, 2018, 12:31:48 pm
There are currently 300 car parking spaces available at the trust's hospitals, but there were almost 1million patience attendances in 2016/17.

Well at least it looks as if they are happy to wait for a parking space...

Or is that a fine example of 'tempry' local journalism?
7  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: June 26, 2018, 09:55:23 am
According to comments on another forum, one of the ten-car units that failed yesterday did so in Sapperton Tunnel. That must have caused chaos: the Golden Valley line is currently being used as the Severn Tunnel diversionary route and is way busier than usual with all the South Wales traffic.

One bonus - I bet it was lovely and cool in the tunnel itself... Shame the windows don't open!
8  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Where was bignosemac today, 7th June 2018? on: June 07, 2018, 08:03:05 pm
Easy - Slough - it's painted on the road.  Grin
9  All across the Great Western territory / Other ways to travel: cycle routes, cycles, and how the railways deal with them / Re: Cycles to / from Heathrow on: June 07, 2018, 01:47:11 pm
Echoing CJB's question; what happens if you arrive at T2 or T3 with your bike and panniers in the hold, all set for a pleasant cycling tour of our lovely country? How  do you get out of the central area? Presumably one of the bus shuttles will take bikes? Not a problem for T4 or T5 of course.
10  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: Residents cut down trees at Montpelier on: June 01, 2018, 10:46:12 am

Perhaps the article give the answer:

It is thought the trees prevented landslips on the steep embankment down to the railway line, and acted as a noise buffer against the noise of the trains.

This is a complex area of geotechnical engineering so I cannot be sure what the effect would be in this particular instance.  If we get a slip next time we have a wet winter then we might find out.

It's also a complex area of environmental acoustics. But... surely the people who would suffer most from any increase in noise will be the very people who instigated the felling of the trees? A slight irony there, one feels.
11  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: Forgetting where you parked on: May 25, 2018, 12:47:33 pm

Agree, my late Grandmother (who had never passed a driving test !) was known for forgetting where she had parked, and no I do not think that she should have still been driving.

Reminds me of the Jasper Carrott monologue:

My mother-in-law's been driving for sixty years and has never had an accident.

She's seen thousands...
12  All across the Great Western territory / Broadcast media about railways, and other means of transport / Re: Intercity 125: The Train That Saved Britain's Railways on: May 23, 2018, 09:14:44 am
Next episode to feature the "125's bold new ad campaign"

They'll be somewhat limited in the old TV adverts they can show. I wonder if a certain track suit wearing pædophile will even be mentioned. I hope not.

Well, I think they got the balance just about right. There was no way they could highlight the ads whilst ignoring Savile, but limiting his air-time and noting his demise was appropriate. Interesting though the way they dropped his "...of the train" VO from the end of the "This is the age..." jingle, and it was played several times.
13  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption elsewhere - ongoing, since Oct 2014 on: May 22, 2018, 09:47:25 am
Issue with an insulator.

Well at least it'll still be under warranty...  Roll Eyes
14  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: Marlborough Branch? on: April 20, 2018, 01:58:39 pm
and of course it would be "Malmesbury Parkway".

Or "Dyson Parkway"...
15  Journey by Journey / Swindon to Gloucester / Cheltenham / Re: Another case of "good news, bad news". on: March 30, 2018, 01:02:06 pm
I think the word 'castrated' might be more appropriate for that example  Grin
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