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« on: October 22, 2008, 08:42:38 am »

Hello all, and thanks for letting me into the Coffee Shop - mine's an Americano with an extra shot of coffee, please.

I use FGW (First Great Western) occasionally to travel between Evesham and London.  The service level is shockingly poor, in my experience.  Sometimes, I drive to Warwick Parkway and take the Chiltern train to Marylebone.  It takes longer, is less convenient, less of a rip-off and far more reliable.

When the re-doubling work has been accomplished on the Cotswold Line, perhaps the service will improve and I'll use it more often.

In another life, I was a signalman at Moreton-in-Marsh in the early - mid 1970's, although my job these days is well removed from railways.

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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2008, 08:52:20 am »

Welcome to the forum, Nottage_Halt
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2008, 01:46:53 am »

Amen to that!  Even though I got a frosty stare for calling a signaller, the signalman t'other day Grin Grin
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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2008, 12:46:33 pm »

Well in those far-off days the railways and the rule books etc were full of "men" - signalman, secondman, P-Way man and so on.  There were some female signalmen on the railways, and I think I remember something in the Rail News about a female secondman at Inverness, working the Mallaig line.  Times have changed and there are now many more women in operational jobs on the railway and the rulebook terminology has changed.  I do know one present-day signaller quite well who always refers to his job as "signalman".

Before my time, the real Great Western employed lots of women "signalmen" in WWII (World War 2 - 1939 to 1945), I believe.
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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2008, 12:56:27 pm »

Amen to that!  Even though I got a frosty stare for calling a signaller, the signalman t'other day Grin Grin

What did she look like?  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2008, 08:32:46 pm »

Signalmen, rather than signallers, according to a previous debate here, regarding the correct term to be used: see http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=1965.msg18696#msg18696

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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2008, 10:08:18 pm »

Yes, a word like signalman is not gender specific, just like human, policeman and fireman.

I think these new terms like "operator" and "officer" (two favourites in the PC brigade) are tacky and devaluate the meaning of the words.
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« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2008, 10:13:08 pm »

If they want to be consistent, perhaps 'woman' should be changed to 'woperson'!
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« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2008, 10:47:28 pm »

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Dickie Attenborough, surely?
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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2008, 10:52:12 pm »

Good point - Richard Attenborough it is!  Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2008, 11:33:30 pm »

If they want to be consistent, perhaps 'woman' should be changed to 'woperson'!

Or even woeperson...

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« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2008, 11:45:58 pm »

Erm ... fetch mine as well: http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=3695.msg28682#msg28682  Wink Cheesy Grin
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