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Author Topic: Station lighting fails at Paddington.  (Read 1661 times)
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« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2019, 11:54:42 am »

Also had an effect on train running as the red lamps on the stop blocks at the head of platforms 1-8 failed.  That was solved by placing Bardic lamps on the buffers to guide trains in under caution.

Back in the good old days, such lamps would have been duplicated, one oil lamp in case of power failure, and one electric light in case the someone forgot to fill the oil lamp.

Stop lamps today like the ones in Gloucester seem to be L.E.D. type emergency fittings with just red covers on. And set to be maintained, I.E on all the time.
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« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2019, 02:07:22 pm »

I'm not sure how well DOO works in complete darkness on 165s and 387s but at least services were still stopping.

Ollie was frustrated, SSE had said the power would be back on by 6am, but was still off at 645am when I left. He wanted to be on both platforms at once to assist the drivers in leaving.

Interestingly enough, the lift on platform 2/3 had its light still on, whilst everything else was off. I am surprised it was not closed for 'elf & safety, it was pretty sketchy wandering along the platforms in the pitch black!

PS. I tried to upload the photo I took (295KB) but when I click Post I just get a blank screen and nothing happens, will PM grahame

We were probably on the same train. Ollie definitely shows the value of having a staffed station.
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« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2019, 04:02:20 pm »

I have thought of something, that happened in 2017 in June, The power went in Gloucester station knocking out the lights, and the cis screens, anyway someone said, 'HAS ANYBODY GOT A SHILLING FOR THE METER', Everyone laughed.
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