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« on: August 01, 2021, 08:54:18 pm »

I noticed a few weeks ago that SWR» (South Western Railway - about) guards were managing to blow their whistles without removing their face masks. This confused me. I noticed it the following day too. How were they able to put the whistle to their mouth without me noticing, blow, then remove the whistle again without me noticing?

I then noticed the guard holding a red/orange object and pressing it to produce the whistle sound. I'm guessing it was introduced for hygiene reasons due to the pandemic. I've not seen a traditional whistle since.

Do any other TOCs (Train Operating Company) have this?
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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2021, 10:30:41 pm »

It’s being talked about as the way forward with several TOC (Train Operating Company)’s, some (including GWR (Great Western Railway)) are currently not using any whistles.  I will keep mine in storage until told otherwise!
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2021, 11:18:40 pm »

It’s being talked about as the way forward with several TOC (Train Operating Company)’s, some (including GWR (Great Western Railway)) are currently not using any whistles.  I will keep mine in storage until told otherwise!

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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2021, 09:42:08 am »

I noticed a few weeks ago that SWR» (South Western Railway - about) guards were managing to blow their whistles without removing their face masks. This confused me. I noticed it the following day too. How were they able to put the whistle to their mouth without me noticing, blow, then remove the whistle again without me noticing?

I then noticed the guard holding a red/orange object and pressing it to produce the whistle sound. I'm guessing it was introduced for hygiene reasons due to the pandemic. I've not seen a traditional whistle since.

Do any other TOCs (Train Operating Company) have this?

I think Southeastern are using them and possibly Southern on services that are not DOO (Driver-Only Operation (that is, trains which operate without carrying a guard))
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