Train Graphic
Great Western Passengers' Forum Great Western Coffee Shop - [home] and [about]
Read about the forum [here].
Register and contribute [here] - it's free.
 today - WWRUG - Westbury
tomorrow - TWSW AGM
17/11/2018 - GWRA Auction, Pershore
21/11/2018 - First Bath Bus panel
21/11/2018 - Consultation end - Angel Road
26/11/2018 - TransWilts Board and Members
Random Image
Train Running @GWR Twitter Acronyms/Abbreviations Station Comparator Rail News GWR co. site Site Style 1 2 3 4 Chat on off
November 15, 2018, 12:32:37 pm *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Forgotten your username or password? - get a reminder
Most liked recent subjects
[184] Yate Tytherington Freight Branch
[106] Four track for Filton Bank - ongoing discussion
[53] MetroBus
[44] Consultation on proposed closure of Angel Road Station
[36] Station Usage figures from the ORR
[30] Should rail companies block passengers on Social Media
News: A forum for passengers ... with input from rail professionals welcomed too
 
   Home   Help Search Calendar Login Register  
Pages: [1]
  Print  
Author Topic: How it used to be under British Rail  (Read 219 times)
grahame
Administrator
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 22471



View Profile WWW Email
« on: October 27, 2018, 02:19:52 pm »

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV2lmSDKvO8
Logged

Coffee Shop Admin, Member of Melksham Rail User Group, on the board of TravelWatch SouthWest and some more things besides
SandTEngineer
Transport Scholar
Hero Member
******
Posts: 2454


In a Linemans Hut in the far Southwest


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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV2lmSDKvO8

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....
« Last Edit: October 27, 2018, 04:23:24 pm by SandTEngineer » Logged

Out of this nettle, Danger, we pluck this flower, Safety.
[Henry IV, Part 1, Act 2, Scene 3]
broadgage
Transport Scholar
Hero Member
******
Posts: 2222



View Profile
« 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.

Logged

"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"
Do you have something you would like to add to this thread, or would you like to raise a new question at the Coffee Shop? Please [register] (it is free) if you have not done so before, or login (at the top of this page) if you already have an account - we would love to read what you have to say!

You can find out more about how this forum works [here] - that will link you to a copy of the forum agreement that you can read before you join, and tell you very much more about how we operate. We are an independent forum, provided and run by customers of Great Western Railway, for customers of Great Western Railway and we welcome railway professionals as members too, in either a personal or official capacity. Views expressed in posts are not necessarily the views of the operators of the forum.

As well as posting messages onto existing threads, and starting new subjects, members can communicate with each other through personal messages if they wish. And once members have made a certain number of posts, they will automatically be admitted to the "frequent posters club", where subjects not-for-public-domain are discussed; anything from the occasional rant to meetups we may be having ...

 
Pages: [1]
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.2 | SMF © 2006-2007, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
This forum is provided by a customer of Great Western Railway (formerly First Great Western), and the views expressed are those of the individual posters concerned. Visit www.gwr.com for the official Great Western Railway website. Please contact the administrators of this site if you feel that the content provided by one of our posters contravenes our posting rules (email link). Forum hosted by Well House Consultants