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    Stations with mandatory assisted dispatch

    From the (publicly available) Sectional Appendix DOO trains are CD/RA at all of these locations (as well as Heathrow stations), except for Slough (bat and flag) and Didcot/Newbury (self dispatch)
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    Signalling Connections to ROCs

    The reason I say ROCs are often in a poor location is not only the fact that they seem to be very difficult to commute to a lot of the time, and also that when they were being planned they should have been placed in or around places the best and brightest talent want to live and work in order to...
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    Signalling Connections to ROCs

    Few ROCs are in the right place!!
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    A career as a signaller

    I don’t think anyone really knows that until an offer comes in
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    Stourbridge Shuttle Suspended 08/05/2022

    Aye fair go I could have punctuated that one better, sorry
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    Stourbridge Shuttle Suspended 08/05/2022

    Not for Stourbridge, no.
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    Stourbridge Shuttle Suspended 08/05/2022

    OTW without train staff, which counts for these purposes as continuously track circuited. Southminster, Braintree and possibly Paisley Canal are other examples of this 1653316703 Whatever species of shape the bit of metal/wood may be the principle remains the same. St Ives is probably the...
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    Stourbridge Shuttle Suspended 08/05/2022

    Quite correct. London Midland’s input into the scheme would have been negligible at best.
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    Stourbridge Shuttle Suspended 08/05/2022

    It is indeed the industry’s best experts and professionals who have deemed this method of working is the safest and most efficient. I don’t think anyone’s so much as mentioned trade unions on this thread
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    Stourbridge Shuttle Suspended 08/05/2022

    The cost of that would be similar, as would be converting it to a tramway As craigybagel has so rightly said, it works well as it is, why change it? As far as I can see the most compelling fact based argument for changing the method of operation is “because it annoys a few forum members to see...
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    Stourbridge Shuttle Suspended 08/05/2022

    Correct Incidentally Stourbridge (Sheerness and Lymington are other examples) never had this requirement, even when it was a 153 it was oftentimes the same crew all day, excluding breaks 1653237559 Even assuming double crewing does not offset any of this expenditure by the income from...
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    Stourbridge Shuttle Suspended 08/05/2022

    That may be the case, but OEIS did not always have a train staff. That was, at best, a post Abermule development. The name should probably have been changed then when the train staff was introduced. Anyway, semantics.
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    Stourbridge Shuttle Suspended 08/05/2022

    I’m afraid this isn’t the case, one engine in steam is (or was) completely unsignalled with no safeguards for its operation whatsoever. OTW with train staff relies on the train staff being unlocked from a machine under the signaller’s authority, and no other trains can enter the single line...
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    Stourbridge Shuttle Suspended 08/05/2022

    Indeed, but equally the signalling for that to take place is in a controlled manner and gives specific instructions to the driver as to the way they should proceed. Granted, this relies on the driver carrying out these instructions and not continuing at an excessive speed, but no more so than...

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