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« on: Today at 09:17:31 am »

With HSTs now consigned to history as far as Paddington is concerned it will mean the end of sights like this as the water tanks are refilled at the platforms.



But what about these - will there be any rush to remove HST stop boards? 



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« Reply #1 on: Today at 10:10:37 am »

Good photos bobm. My hope is that now the mainline HSTs have ended, perhaps we won't see repetitive posts comparing the IET's facilities unfavourably with the HST again. It seems like it's a good moment to move on?
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« Reply #2 on: Today at 10:11:29 am »

As the stop signs at Tilehurst on the main line platforms are still the Network Southeast ones, I wouldn't have thought there would be any hurry to get rid of them. Grin
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« Reply #3 on: Today at 10:21:06 am »

"The buffet is now closed." Cry

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« Reply #4 on: Today at 11:47:03 am »

Are IETs not going to be watered at Paddington ?
In view of the number of toilets that are locked out of use, presumably some of them for want of water, replenishment at Paddington seems a good idea.
Or are only Hitachi allowed to fill them.
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« Reply #5 on: Today at 11:49:25 am »

We will no longer see people struggling to figure out how to open the door to leave the train. We will also no longer see the guard or platform staff walking alongside the length of the train to close a door not closed by the last to get on or off.
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« Reply #6 on: Today at 11:53:42 am »

We will no longer see people struggling to figure out how to open the door to leave the train.......

I was queuing to get off an IET at Newton Abbot recently, whilst the person at the door waited for the door to open automatically. Only when the person behind them reached over to push the button did they realise that they still had to do something to open the door!
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« Reply #7 on: Today at 12:04:56 pm »

We will no longer see people struggling to figure out how to open the door to leave the train. We will also no longer see the guard or platform staff walking alongside the length of the train to close a door not closed by the last to get on or off.

We may for a short while as classics wait to be converted to castles ... but those LONG stops of the "Down Dawdler" to Westbury / Frome as the guard walks 8 coaches at Hungerford, Kintbury, Bedwyn and Pewsey are gone.
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« Reply #8 on: Today at 12:22:08 pm »

We will no longer see people struggling to figure out how to open the door to leave the train.......

I was queuing to get off an IET at Newton Abbot recently, whilst the person at the door waited for the door to open automatically. Only when the person behind them reached over to push the button did they realise that they still had to do something to open the door!

People are strange.

A few years back a gentleman in his 70's (well practiced with slam door stock you would have thought) came into the vestibule I was dwelling in on the Cornish train and exclaimed he was getting off at Bodmin Parkway, the next stop. As the train came to a standstill he looked at me and said
"Is this it?"
"Yep this is the one."
Then he stood there against the door
"Well, are they going to let me off?"
"You will have to let yourself off" I told him and then opened the door for him.
"Not a very good service" he said and off he went without even a thank you!
I noted that he was the only person to get off at Bodmin from that carriage and wondered how the scenario would have turned out had I not been there. How some people get through life I will never know.
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« Reply #9 on: Today at 12:23:15 pm »

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as the guard walks 8 coaches at Hungerford, Kintbury, Bedwyn and Pewsey are gone.

I think they'd be in the cess if he/she walked all 8 at any of those locations  Wink

It certainly did lead to some long stops though.
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« Reply #10 on: Today at 12:36:10 pm »

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as the guard walks 8 coaches at Hungerford, Kintbury, Bedwyn and Pewsey are gone.

I think they'd be in the cess if he/she walked all 8 at any of those locations  Wink

It certainly did lead to some long stops though.

The second picture of the HST stop signs in the opening post was taken at Hungerford.
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« Reply #11 on: Today at 12:40:49 pm »

PhilWakely:
Maybe they lived in London and used the Underground where all doors are opened(by the driver).
For me personally when using the Underground  
I wish that only doors that open are the ones to be opened by the passenger.
Thus keeping the heat in during the winter months
Having said that I presume that the Underground has an "all door all opened" policy
so that you know you have to get off when the doors open
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