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« on: May 19, 2019, 09:17:31 am »

With HSTs now consigned to history as far as Paddington is concerned it will mean the end of sights like this as the water tanks are refilled at the platforms.



But what about these - will there be any rush to remove HST stop boards? 



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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2019, 10:10:37 am »

Good photos bobm. My hope is that now the mainline HSTs have ended, perhaps we won't see repetitive posts comparing the IET's facilities unfavourably with the HST again. It seems like it's a good moment to move on?
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2019, 10:11:29 am »

As the stop signs at Tilehurst on the main line platforms are still the Network Southeast ones, I wouldn't have thought there would be any hurry to get rid of them. Grin
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2019, 10:21:06 am »

"The buffet is now closed." Cry

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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2019, 11:47:03 am »

Are IETs not going to be watered at Paddington ?
In view of the number of toilets that are locked out of use, presumably some of them for want of water, replenishment at Paddington seems a good idea.
Or are only Hitachi allowed to fill them.
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A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2019, 11:49:25 am »

We will no longer see people struggling to figure out how to open the door to leave the train. We will also no longer see the guard or platform staff walking alongside the length of the train to close a door not closed by the last to get on or off.
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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2019, 11:53:42 am »

We will no longer see people struggling to figure out how to open the door to leave the train.......

I was queuing to get off an IET at Newton Abbot recently, whilst the person at the door waited for the door to open automatically. Only when the person behind them reached over to push the button did they realise that they still had to do something to open the door!
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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2019, 12:04:56 pm »

We will no longer see people struggling to figure out how to open the door to leave the train. We will also no longer see the guard or platform staff walking alongside the length of the train to close a door not closed by the last to get on or off.

We may for a short while as classics wait to be converted to castles ... but those LONG stops of the "Down Dawdler" to Westbury / Frome as the guard walks 8 coaches at Hungerford, Kintbury, Bedwyn and Pewsey are gone.
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2019, 12:22:08 pm »

We will no longer see people struggling to figure out how to open the door to leave the train.......

I was queuing to get off an IET at Newton Abbot recently, whilst the person at the door waited for the door to open automatically. Only when the person behind them reached over to push the button did they realise that they still had to do something to open the door!

People are strange.

A few years back a gentleman in his 70's (well practiced with slam door stock you would have thought) came into the vestibule I was dwelling in on the Cornish train and exclaimed he was getting off at Bodmin Parkway, the next stop. As the train came to a standstill he looked at me and said
"Is this it?"
"Yep this is the one."
Then he stood there against the door
"Well, are they going to let me off?"
"You will have to let yourself off" I told him and then opened the door for him.
"Not a very good service" he said and off he went without even a thank you!
I noted that he was the only person to get off at Bodmin from that carriage and wondered how the scenario would have turned out had I not been there. How some people get through life I will never know.
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« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2019, 12:23:15 pm »

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as the guard walks 8 coaches at Hungerford, Kintbury, Bedwyn and Pewsey are gone.

I think they'd be in the cess if he/she walked all 8 at any of those locations  Wink

It certainly did lead to some long stops though.
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« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2019, 12:36:10 pm »

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as the guard walks 8 coaches at Hungerford, Kintbury, Bedwyn and Pewsey are gone.

I think they'd be in the cess if he/she walked all 8 at any of those locations  Wink

It certainly did lead to some long stops though.

The second picture of the HST stop signs in the opening post was taken at Hungerford.
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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2019, 12:40:49 pm »

PhilWakely:
Maybe they lived in London and used the Underground where all doors are opened(by the driver).
For me personally when using the Underground  
I wish that only doors that open are the ones to be opened by the passenger.
Thus keeping the heat in during the winter months
Having said that I presume that the Underground has an "all door all opened" policy
so that you know you have to get off when the doors open
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« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2019, 02:22:17 pm »

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The second picture of the HST stop signs in the opening post was taken at Hungerford.

Yes I recognised it, a quite different view since the recent "vegetation management" that has been taking place in the area.
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« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2019, 02:27:07 pm »

The bacon baguette. The sausage one went some time ago. Real milk in the tea.
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« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2019, 06:21:50 pm »

I am reminded of the occasions a few years ago when T & T coaching stock was used by FGW as it was on some services between Cardiff and Taunton and the train manager has a script to read over the PA on how to open the carriage doors as for many years previous the service had been in the hands of sprinters and pacers.
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