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« on: October 27, 2018, 02:19:52 pm »

For those of you who hanker after the old days ...

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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2018, 02:53:58 pm »

For those of you who hanker after the old days ...

Yes, I know. Curled cheese sandwich and all that.....

But don't forget WCML, ECML MML Electrification, IC125, Eurostar, etc. etc.  It did a lot of good stuff as well, and speaking as a former BR employee, it did have lots of good dedicated staff working for it despite the outer image....
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2018, 12:01:48 pm »

Despite the negative images of the past, trains were in IMHO often better back in the good old days.

Many trains were longer than today.
Buffets were the norm on long distance services, and even on outer suburban commuter trains.
Restaurants were more numerous.
Fares were cheaper if compared to average incomes, and simpler.
Major stations were less cluttered with shops etc.

I also suspect that services were generally more reliable. Individual trains no doubt failed regularly, but were soon hauled or propelled out of the way. I don't recall closures of major London termini and advice not to travel being a feature back in the day.


"When customers say that they want a seat, they dont mean they want to sit with their knees behind their ears so that 4 more can sit down. They mean that they want an extra coach so that 74 more can sit down"
"Capacity on intercity routes should be about number of vehicles, not compressing people"
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