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« Reply #90 on: May 31, 2008, 12:52:40 am »

the half hourly timetable was the best thing that happened to the branch perfect for moving large passenger numbers all thats needed to make it right is to sought out the fares Wink
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« Reply #91 on: May 31, 2008, 01:04:58 am »

word of warning to anyone traveling on the st ives on saturday the new postcard type timetable is wrong they have just copied the mon to fri times which are different to saturdays.
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« Reply #92 on: September 23, 2008, 09:48:37 am »

From the FGW (First Great Western) website :

09:22 St Ives to St Erth due 09:35

This train has been cancelled.This is due to animals on the line earlier.

09:41 St Erth to St Ives due 09:55

This train has been cancelled.This is due to animals on the line earlier.
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« Reply #93 on: September 23, 2008, 11:00:13 am »

Reminds me of something Victoria Wood joked once about trains on the Thurso line having to stop for deer, every so often there'd be the crush of antler on sleeper and 10 minutes later a range of venison sarnies would appear on the buffet trolley.
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« Reply #94 on: September 23, 2008, 08:26:13 pm »

Train hit a dog and injured it's leg, the traincrew picked up the dog and took it to Penzance where a vet was called, last I heard the dog had it's leg amputated but was recovering as well as could be expected!
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« Reply #95 on: September 23, 2008, 08:31:11 pm »

Well done to the traincrew involved from me.
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« Reply #96 on: September 24, 2008, 01:08:30 am »

Train hit a dog and injured it's leg, the traincrew picked up the dog and took it to Penzance where a vet was called, last I heard the dog had it's leg amputated but was recovering as well as could be expected!

Was trying to work out what could have been hit as cattle are not common on that route - paragliders get in the way sometimes but dogs commonly race the train up and down the incline past West Cornwall Golf course at Lelant.
 
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« Reply #97 on: September 24, 2008, 04:48:42 pm »

Train hit a dog and injured it's leg, the traincrew picked up the dog and took it to Penzance where a vet was called, last I heard the dog had it's leg amputated but was recovering as well as could be expected!

Well done to the traincrew for picking up the dog from me.
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« Reply #98 on: September 25, 2008, 01:14:38 am »

If it had been Norway, the dog might not have made it to the vet...

Trains operating out in the wilds there used to carry rifles in the driver's cab in case they struck an elk (moose to our North American cousins) or reindeer in the north of the country. The idea was that they could finish the animal off if it was injured and unable to move, since there was no way to get a vet out to do the job in the back of beyond.

The guns were removed on security grounds a couple of years ago, because of a switch to DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) and EMU (Electric Multiple Unit) operation of almost all pasenger trains (in case a passenger somehow got into the cab and grabbed a gun), but the train drivers' union protested about the decision and there was a nasty incident last year when a herd of reindeer was hit by a freight train, which prompted a rethink.

On the Nordlandsbanen (Trondheim-Bodo) and Rorosbanen (secondary route between Trondheim and Oslo), both particularly prone to animal strikes, rifles have now been put back in the cabs, but the driver has to pick up a rifle bolt when signing on for duty and is only allowed to fit it to the gun when needed to deal with an injured animal.

Having lived in Norway for a while in the 1990s, I almost saw a demonstration of the system in action on the Rorosbanen, in the east of the country, when the DMU I was travelling on had a near-miss with an elk. The first I knew was when the emergency brake went on. When we had pulled up, the driver reversed back, just in time for us to see a rather dazed elk picking itself up from the snow and stumbling off into the trees.


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« Reply #99 on: October 25, 2008, 12:29:32 pm »

From Monday 24 until approximately 1600 on Friday 28 November 2008 buses will be replacing trains between St Erth and St Ives (link below.)
http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/Content.aspx?id=3326
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« Reply #100 on: January 12, 2009, 07:19:35 pm »

Live updates has started listing the current shortforming (1 coach).
This is silly as it's 4/3/2/1 according to seasonal demand and has been 1 unit for a while.

Doing this all day/every day makes live updates a bit hard to read.

Also having 1 unit isn't going to inconvenience anyone.

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« Reply #101 on: January 12, 2009, 07:42:36 pm »

The people in Swindon wouldn't have a clue whether or not the St Ives branch is busy in winter  Cheesy
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« Reply #102 on: January 12, 2009, 09:08:59 pm »

The people in Swindon wouldn't have a clue whether or not the St Ives branch is busy in winter  Cheesy

Surely ... with the St Ives Festival on 1st February to celebrate the founding of the town by St Ia, it will be seriously busy.  Between the parade and the hurling, the use of a "153" would be seriously stretched, and London - Penzance trains will be extended to serve Carbis Bay and St Ives stations - something which would not have been possible under the old multiple franchise arrangements and before the introduction of selective door opening  Grin
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« Reply #103 on: January 12, 2009, 09:35:02 pm »

The people in Swindon wouldn't have a clue whether or not the St Ives branch is busy in winter  Cheesy

Surely ... with the St Ives Festival on 1st February to celebrate the founding of the town by St Ia, it will be seriously busy.  Between the parade and the hurling, the use of a "153" would be seriously stretched, and London - Penzance trains will be extended to serve Carbis Bay and St Ives stations - something which would not have been possible under the old multiple franchise arrangements and before the introduction of selective door opening  Grin

Feast Monday so it's the 2nd.

I don't think the Signaller at St Erth would be very amused if a sunday morning 8+2 came up from Penzance with it's left turn indicator blinking - no diagrams till after midday.

 

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« Reply #104 on: January 12, 2009, 09:53:15 pm »


I don't think the Signaller at St Erth would be very amused if a sunday morning 8+2 came up from Penzance with it's left turn indicator blinking - no diagrams till after midday.


Who is this signaller at St Earth, I thought signallers stood on the back of the bridge of warship in war films saying "Aye Aye Sir"  and being first to be killed when the shell lands and aren't they usually Cockneys?

Do you mean the the signalman on duty in St. Earth signal box?

When my grandmother was Mayor of Southampton in 1951 she was "Mr. Mayor" and woe betide anyone who forgot to address her in that way.
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