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« on: March 25, 2020, 04:30:51 pm »

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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2020, 02:54:02 pm »

...and now:

Swindon Panel is back in Main Line Use!
Swindon Panel Society and Didcot Railway Centre are proud to be helping Network Rail during this Coronavirus period. 

NR are making use of the preserved Swindon Panel in their preparations for train service delivery in the event of a shortage of signalling staff over the coming weeks and months.

Staff who have been in signaller roles in their past are being refreshed and assessed on their skills and competence to manage railway operating scenarios such as regulating trains, infrastructure failures, signals passed at danger, failed trains, etc.

All of these scenarios can all be created using the very high-accuracy simulator equipment fitted to Swindon Panel which makes all the controls and indications work in exactly the same way as they did when it main line operation.

(NR is also appealing for retired and even heritage railway signalmen to help.) 

It is a great testament to the restoration work done by SPS volunteers that the panel is now being used by main line signallers again! SPS is happy to do its bit for the country and human kind to help keep vital rail traffic moving in this national emergency. Well done everyone!
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2020, 04:56:33 pm »

Part of my day job over the last 2 and a bit weeks, I along with many other colleges, have been working on the Domes Day scenarios of what to services, lines and stations to prioritise in the event of staff shortages due to Covid-19.

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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2020, 11:43:44 am »

Part of my day job over the last 2 and a bit weeks, I along with many other colleges, have been working on the Domes Day scenarios of what to services, lines and stations to prioritise in the event of staff shortages due to Covid-19.

The plan is well developed and is in place now

Thank you for that ... I have answered / commented onwards at as there's been a bit of thread drift here!

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