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1  Sideshoots - associated subjects / News, Help and Assistance / Re: The Coffee Shop - planning ahead on: September 10, 2018, 09:59:11 am
Week commencing February 17th is Cornwall education half term so we could book a lodge (or similar) for a few days away. Hopefully might persuade Mrs GBM (who works in education in aforementioned County) to come away.  If not, would schedule a day off and drive.
Rarely travel by train but follow the forum avidly.
2  All across the Great Western territory / Across the West / Re: Shortage of train crews on Great Western Railway since September 2017 - ongoing discussion on: September 10, 2018, 08:55:09 am
Looks like the majority could be Paddington drivers.  I wonder if the proposed new driver depot at Swindon might be seen by GWR management as a solution to staffing Paddington on Sunday’s??
Proposed? Surely it will take a few years to build a depot, then staff it.
A long way off for now.
Maybe the next franchisee would benefit more from this.
3  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Discrimination against night shift workers on: July 27, 2018, 08:32:57 am

Working out whether the ticket time is more or less than 24 hrs? Surely it's not that difficult, even for the Cornish? 😉

Quite used to such insinuations!  Passengers purchase tickets at totally different minute intervals throughout the day, so every ticket will have a different issue time.
The date and time the ticket was issued is not a bold clear highlight time, so a driver would need to visually look at every ticket presented at boarding and manually work out the time difference.  A late running bus (as most are); perhaps 20 passengers queuing (many more at some stops) would delay the bus to unmanageable levels.  Passenger ticket tampering could easily occur as well.  A ticket inspector would spot that and of course, the driver would get reported for not spotting that.
It would need to be done electronically so the return section could be auto scanned.
Hence, if the Ticketer was programmed for that, then yes, it could be done.
Last winter, return tickets were valid up to 5 days, but no longer.
4  All across the Great Western territory / Fare's Fair / Re: Discrimination against night shift workers on: July 25, 2018, 07:39:09 pm
If I work a shift from 08:00 to 16:00 near Swindon station, I pay a £9.90 fare to get there and back
If I work a shift from 11:00 to 19:00 near Swindon station, I pay a £7.40 fare to get there and back
If I work a shift from 21:00 to 05:00 near Swindon station, I pay a £15.30 fare to get there and back

Shouldn't day return tickets be valid for a day - 24 hours from time of issue or first use?

Input thought for fare consultation.

In Kernowland it used to be midnight to midnight.  So a shift starting later say Friday evening, that ticket would expire that same day at 23h59.  Return home early Saturday morning is a new day, so a new ticket required please.
All sorts of problems doing a 24 hour validity from, say 17h00 one day to 17h00 the next day.  Problems as in working out whether the ticket time is more or less than 24 hours - especially when the driver is busy.
Could the new Ticketer machines do this? Perhaps so.  Guess they would need a software update/change.
5  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
6  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
7  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.
8  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
9  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.

Edit note: Quote marks fixed, for clarity. CfN.
10  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
11  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
12  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!
13  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
14  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.
15  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)
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