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« on: September 06, 2015, 09:56:46 am »

And for a different take on rail time-keeping, try http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34139314, also available as a podcast.
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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2015, 01:26:25 pm »

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Travelling by train may not be the quickest way to cross the US, but delays and a relaxed pace bring their own rewards, as Christine Finn recently found in Texas.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34139314

Not a hugely informative article, but one that makes me happy that passenger trains on our "railroads" are given priority, compared to the freight intensive system in the US.
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2015, 02:23:09 pm »

Also interesting to note the street running and lack of fencing of railway rights of way, even in litigation mad America this seems to be acceptable.
Contrast to the panics here over trespass and the risks thereof.
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A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2015, 06:56:41 pm »

Notice to mods, this topic has now appeared twice
http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=16186.0
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2015, 10:27:43 pm »

Thanks for pointing that out: both topics now merged here.  Wink
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William Huskisson MP (Member of Parliament) was the first person to be killed by a train while crossing the tracks, in 1830.  Many more have died in the same way since then.  Don't take a chance: stop, look, listen.

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Notice to mods, this topic has now appeared twice
http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=16186.0
Thanks.  I was on a very bad hotel internet connection - slower than dial-up, so only had a cursory search of the forum!
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