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Author Topic: Intercity Express Train (IET) failure, near Exeter, 13 September 2018  (Read 5128 times)
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« Reply #90 on: September 22, 2018, 01:21:53 pm »

I cant speak for Devon, but here in Somersetshire we move with the times.
On the Minehead branch line was recently demonstrated a new type of train, this appears to have no locomotive nor any fireman, but proceeds under the direction of only a driver. It does however make an odd noise and may frighten horses.

Does it have just the one member of rail staff then?   Is there no guard, no train manager, no conductor and no buffet car attendant?  If not, who closes the doors when the passengers leave them open?   Who serves the teas and coffees, or is there now a vending machine on the train?

Whatever next!  Grin Grin
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« Reply #91 on: September 22, 2018, 01:45:31 pm »

Only a driver is required to move the train, but a guard is on board to check tickets and close the doors.
Also two staff in the buffet which offers a pleasing choice.
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« Reply #92 on: September 23, 2018, 07:58:58 pm »

Funny - I thought the facsimile machine was older than any kind of telex, or indeed than the telephone!

I recall seeing machines at the Daily Mail offices on High Holborn in the 1960s on a school trip, sending and receiving pictures between their offices.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wirephoto#/media/File:Belinograph_BEP-2V_-_MfK_Bern.jpg

Never believe everything you read - I'm afraid it was the Daily Mirror.   In clearing out old stuff today came across a picture from that visit ... scanned it on something much more modern

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« Reply #93 on: September 24, 2018, 01:02:38 am »

What a brilliant photograph that is, Grahame.  Just look at the faces of the children etched with intrigue as to how it all happens.  Bet our modern keyboard warriors wouldn't be a bit interested in what happens when they press a key these days. Wink
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« Reply #94 on: September 24, 2018, 07:40:15 pm »

A leak of that severity would probably deplete the supply very quickly.  Also of course there will be damage that should be quite easily determined as to whether it was component failure or a foreign object.  That said the waters are always muddied a little by all parties involved desperately trying to prove they werenít at fault!

There is truth in that, for sure. In the olden days, if it wasn't trespass, sabotage or terrorism, it was British Rail's fault. That comforting knowledge didn't make the trains run any better, but did deny career opportunities to many lawyers.
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« Reply #95 on: September 25, 2018, 05:33:46 am »

From a driver on uk.rail.....

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> A guard on a train I was on the the next day said it was an air hose coupling that sheared.
 
Yes Iíve just had that confirmed - train hit something unknown followed by
huge loss of air, traced to broken pipe joint under nose of train.

I find that hard to believe, I canít see how an object would be able to access any of the pipes under the nose of the train.  Considering the delay cost runs into a 5 figure sum, one wonders wether Hitachi are trying to wriggle out of it.

I've been looking for the report of an Adelante being disabled by a pigeon. I think that it's in one of the CLPG magazines, but from about 10 years ago. On an Adelante, the coupling connections are very exposed and it's not surprising that a pigeon could hit an inconvenient place.  But on an IET, they're hidden behind the nose. Was this an armour-piercing pigeon perhaps?
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« Reply #96 on: September 25, 2018, 09:08:16 am »

Who's saying this IET delay was caused by a pigeon?
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« Reply #97 on: September 25, 2018, 10:10:24 pm »

I am aware of a pigeon being disabled by an Adelante.
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