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1  All across the Great Western territory / Smoke and Mirrors / Re: Mineral hardness scale for amended journeys on: July 07, 2018, 10:56:35 pm
I thought Moe's Hardness Scale was:

Duff Beer; Henry K. Duff's Private Reserve; Tuborg (The Beer Of Danish Kings); and Red Tick Beer, a beer flavoured with dogs.

Being totally unscientific my first thought was also connected with that yellow family  Cool
2  Journey by Journey / London to Didcot, Oxford and Banbury / Re: Oxford Area Resignalling 2018 on: July 07, 2018, 10:44:37 pm
Just to let everybody know that another ex-WR panel signalbox closes early Saturday morning 07 July 2018. 

Thank you so much for such detailed information.  Muchly appreciated (even tho' it's a long way from my area)...
It's good to see detailed information passed for all to see.
Thank you again
3  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Useful phrases when travelling.... on: July 06, 2018, 11:35:08 am
.....and the morse code for 'I am sinking'.....just in case.
4  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Two dozen days, 24 locations to identify on: July 03, 2018, 08:01:11 am
I think I'll give somebody else a chance with this one as I recognise the crew training diagram  Grin  But as a sub-question, why is this running as a Class 2 service rather than a Class 5?
For those of us not on the iron road, may you please translate the above!  Huh Wink
5  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: IETs into passenger service from 16 Oct 2017 and subsequent performance issues on: June 20, 2018, 01:31:40 pm

Anyone in my work who started before 1994 can opt out of any Sunday. Those of us who started after have no choice, although a local unwritten agreement is in place on my department we can have either Saturday or Sunday off if wished. Nobody is contracted to work both weekend days unless voluntarily picked both for personal reasons of needing weekdays off.
Admittedly not quite on topic, but; in First Kernow bus your contract states a 5 day out of 7 working days, which will include weekends and bank holidays. No choice but weekend and bank holiday working.
6  Sideshoots - associated subjects / The Lighter Side / Re: Out and about with Archie on: June 14, 2018, 02:54:15 pm
Looking for Finn?  Roll Eyes

Guess it's not Taunton (to steal someone's thunder) - sorry  Grin
7  Journey by Journey / Bristol Commuters / Re: MetroBus on: June 06, 2018, 11:45:44 am
Don't mind me; I'm just trying to remember where I buried me nuts...
Waaay off topic Gentlemen, BUT.
Very many thanks for so many chuckles in any thread on the forum.
A move to the "The Lighter Side" (only in jest before someone shoots me)
Good to have a giggle in a serious life
8  Journey by Journey / London to the West / Re: More dangerous overcrowding to the Westcountry on: June 03, 2018, 11:51:32 am

Looks like an interesting read. Sneaky with the paywall though.  Angry

Not prepared to sign up, so will miss out on this one!
9  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Preserved railway lines, Railtours and other rail based attractions / Re: Happy accident - came across this scene on: June 03, 2018, 11:11:38 am
I'll admit to being far more concerned with daily transport stuff than one off specials ... but this scene I came across yesterday was rather special.  Braunton - which hauled the Steam Special from Melksham to Stratford upon Avon a few years back - in disguise and at a slightly larger station.
The sun shone, the seagulls chirped, and the spectator crowd stood far enough back to give everyone a good view

Lovely video Grahame, many thanks indeed.
Also not spoilt by 'background music' which really gets my goat.  It's a rail video, let's hear rail.  If I wanted music, I will play music.
Sorry, rant over.
Lovely video.  Again, thanks
10  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: May 27, 2018, 03:48:11 pm
So we finally arrived at St Ives, ....

May I wish to you all a lovely stay in a lovely town.
Although the weather has taken it's usual bank holiday expected turn, it's still a lovely place to be.
Seem to be many visitors down the far west already.
Much to see and do, despite the cost.
11  Sideshoots - associated subjects / Campaigns for new and improved services / Re: Community Rail at Waterloo on: May 17, 2018, 06:54:44 am
Well the bottom picture in yellow is definitely not Graham.
Damn. That was my first guess! (Sorry Grahame)
12  All across the Great Western territory / Buses and other ways to travel / Re: a company that people want to work for, travel with and use - a good mantra? on: May 13, 2018, 10:19:06 am
Bus driver pay is very low round here.
Iím on a higher  hourly rate doing grocery home delivering for a supermarket than my bus driver friends at Plymouth Citybus (go ahead) for example

I believe I was told First Kernow currently pay around £10 per hour for 'established' drivers.  Trainees start just under £8 per hour and that slightly increases over two years until they reach the established driver rate.
For the responsibility drivers take on, it's not great pay.
Trainees seem to start then rapidly leave once the reality of the 'system' gets to them (including bearing the burden of working many lates/weekends and bank holidays).
13  Journey by Journey / London to the Cotswolds / Re: Cotswold Line - 2018 cancellation and amendments log on: May 11, 2018, 09:51:47 am

This is due to a fault with the on train signalling system earlier today.
Last Updated:11/05/2018 08:27[/i]

Last Updated:11/05/2018 08:58[/i][/quote]
On train signalling system? Have we gone European?
Thought on train signalling was common in Europe but would be introduced in the UK 'drekly'.
14  All across the Great Western territory / Who's who on Western railways / Re: Possible takeover offer - Firstgroup on: May 09, 2018, 07:49:39 pm
Should we have a whip-round?
Please do.  It's my pension I'm looking at!
15  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Great Western Main Line electrification - ongoing discussion on: May 03, 2018, 11:29:26 am
I saw a lot of knitting in Swindon Station last week though by no means complete.

Yarnbombing now?
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