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Author Topic: Weather disruption caused in 2014, and how to prevent it happening again - ongoing discussion  (Read 341786 times)
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« Reply #990 on: October 16, 2019, 11:28:18 am »

Indeed, they are the professionals, they will have considered it & chosen another option.

NR have been holding open meetings along that part of the route to explain the work - you could have gone along and asked. I appreciate you may live a long way from these meetings, but there was a contact email address n the NR webpage announcing these meetings.

Reminds me of episode 1 of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy where Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz chastises the people of Earth for complaining against the demolition of their planet when they could have made the effort to view the plans at their local planning office on Alpha Centauri.  Grin Tongue
I love the analogy, but if the meetings were planned along the route I suspect they were indeed publicised locally.  (By the way, weren't the plans in the basement where the light didn't work?)
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« Reply #991 on: October 16, 2019, 02:51:53 pm »

I love the analogy, but if the meetings were planned along the route I suspect they were indeed publicised locally.  (By the way, weren't the plans in the basement where the light didn't work?)

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“But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?”
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« Reply #992 on: October 16, 2019, 11:39:08 pm »

A flashlight? Sure he said a torch..
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« Reply #993 on: December 19, 2019, 12:52:22 pm »

Two IET failures after being hit by waves this morning along the sea wall.

1A82 0915 Penzance - Paddington had all GUs shut down by a wave.

Then a little while later 1C75 0937 Paddington - Paignton suffered the exact same issue.

You'd think after one total failure due to a wave the powers that be would have been a little more circumspect about sending another IET along the sea wall.

All IET services along the sea wall are suspended until at least 1430.

Questions for Hitachi to answer as well.
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« Reply #994 on: December 19, 2019, 01:25:15 pm »

What happened to the "essential requirement" that IETs be Dawlish proof ?
Are Hitachi paying compensation for the failure to meet the specification, or is there some wiggle room.
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« Reply #995 on: December 19, 2019, 03:08:34 pm »

Two IET failures after being hit by waves this morning along the sea wall.

1A82 0915 Penzance - Paddington had all GUs shut down by a wave.

Then a little while later 1C75 0937 Paddington - Paignton suffered the exact same issue.

You'd think after one total failure due to a wave the powers that be would have been a little more circumspect about sending another IET along the sea wall.

All IET services along the sea wall are suspended until at least 1430.

Questions for Hitachi to answer as well.
Making the journey from Euston to Burton-on-Trent, I got caught up in this!
My Euston to Birmingham New Street train lost a few minutes outside Coventry due to what looks like quart-into-pint-pot timetabling.  So I missed the connection at New Street onto 1M99 Cardiff to Nottingham, so I looked for the next train to Burton.  Next one was 1S49 Penzance to Dundee - but it's running 120 mins late leaving Exeter.  Whooda thought that a Voyager on the Sea Wall would be stuck behind an IET?

So I'm now on the next Brum-to-Nottingham train.

Edit to add:
D'oh!  1S49 appears to be timetabled as HST, not Voyager.  Mea Culpa for not checking.  It's still running a tad behind time - 117 mins at Worle Jn.
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