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« on: January 22, 2018, 03:59:25 pm »

In addition to the standard GWR display and push to talk terminal and the recently installed (and working) WiFi at the station a new platform indicator and speakers have been installed in the past few days ....



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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2018, 05:19:17 pm »

Just need to stop the local supermarket crashing their lorries into the bridge next to the station as one did yesterday...

http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/15888660.M_S_lorry_gets_more_than_it_bargained_for_when_it_gets_stuck_under_railway_bridge/
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2018, 06:27:07 pm »

In addition to the standard GWR display and push to talk terminal and the recently installed (and working) WiFi at the station a new platform indicator and speakers have been installed in the past few days ....





Good news but how long before the neighbours complain about the noise from the announcements!
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2018, 08:00:46 pm »

That's not the First time that particular bridge has been bashed - from the Falmouth Packet of 1 April 2011:

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A bus has crashed into a railway bridge next to Falmouth Town train station this morning.

The vehicle has become lodged under the railway bridge in Avenue Road.

It has sustained severe damage to the upper deck, and appears to be wedged.

The road was closed, and the railway line shut between Falmouth Town and Falmouth Docks while the bridge is checked for structural damage.

Both have since reopened.

Luckily, there were no passengers on board at the time of the accident.


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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2018, 08:09:46 pm »

A touring coach hit it in the summer as well. I suspect this weekends m&s lorry would have cleared it if he got down the centre... he hit the arch!
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2018, 08:54:43 pm »

Hmm.  I'm not convinced it was ever possible: the Falmouth Post picture shows he tried the central approach, but still failed:



The maximum height of that bridge is apparently 11’ 9” (3.58m) (arch bridge).

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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2018, 09:07:22 pm »

Another photo I saw on a friends Facebook was more square from the rear and he’s over to the left side and off centre. It would have been tight though...
I came across a 10ft arch bridge today in my 9’10 sprinter. That was taken very cautiously
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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2018, 12:02:09 am »

In addition to the standard GWR display and push to talk terminal and the recently installed (and working) WiFi at the station a new platform indicator and speakers have been installed in the past few days ....

Great to see this.  Similar at Penryn very soon too. 
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« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2018, 09:24:14 pm »

Houston, we have a problem, the electronic indicator was test live tonight. Almost everywhere on the platform however it is obscured by the 'Help Point' sign which obliterates the information displayed.
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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2018, 09:57:09 pm »

Houston, we have a problem, the electronic indicator was test live tonight. Almost everywhere on the platform however it is obscured by the 'Help Point' sign which obliterates the information displayed.

Classic ... like the platform numbers at Chippenham which are blocked by other newer signage.   Perhaps the contractors installing the electronic indicators will be back tomorrow to move the Help Point sign?
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« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2018, 04:50:30 pm »

Pictoral Evidence taken today ...





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« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2018, 04:39:07 pm »



No audio announcements yet but at least, at last, the indicator is now live, albeit not quite synchronised with the actual train movements.

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« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2018, 08:08:51 pm »

Probably down to the way the signalling system works.

I have been told when Melksham gets similar screens they will be set to clear information a certain number of minutes after the previous timing point.  This will be set slightly generously to allow for any delays between there and the station and extended dwell time at the actual station.
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« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2018, 09:13:19 pm »

Probably down to the way the signalling system works.

I have been told when Melksham gets similar screens they will be set to clear information a certain number of minutes after the previous timing point.  This will be set slightly generously to allow for any delays between there and the station and extended dwell time at the actual station.

The display on the WebTIS is already laggy in that way - with a train that was late onto the single line that's made up time (166s are good at this!), you can get off the train, watch it go, and see it still on the screen.

With rail replacement buses, there seems to be an assumption that the buses are on time ... and they disappear soon after the scheduled time even if they were significantly delayed from Trowbridge / Chippenham and haven't yet arrived at Melksham.  This is a serious worry for those few  Grin non-technical passengers who trust the system and assume the bus has simply driven past at the top of the road.
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