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    Buying house near tracks / Kent House station

    Most freight trains are sent via the Catford loop; it's very rare that you'll have them pass via Kent House although there's possibility for late night engineers' trains from Tonbridge. The standard timetable for Kent House as far as I'm aware (a CML local) is two trains per hour stopping...
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    Slough Station Staff / Jobsworths

    I most definitely agree with you there.
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    Slough Station Staff / Jobsworths

    Funnily enough, I was given the exact same form/slip to fill that would be given to contractors. The form was fit for a contractor, but not a spotter. As I've said, no problem with signing in, but the treatment and handling it was rather unclassy.
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    Slough Station Staff / Jobsworths

    Yes, and that's just another lesson for the future. I had made the rather innocent assumption, but wrong in hindsight, that signing in (which my guardian was afterwards given a slip with my name on etc.) was simply just making my presence known to the staff, so they can look out for me. The fact...
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    Slough Station Staff / Jobsworths

    My ticket was valid from Paddington to Slough, a return off peak ticket. Saying that I was 'waiting for a connection' wouldn't have worked in this case, given I was planning to spot for roughly an hour and all possible connections would've passed through at least once in that time, some even...
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    Slough Station Staff / Jobsworths

    I'm aware of the guidelines before and after this post, one of my first intentions was to travel to the ticket/info office on the other side of the station (after the cafe visit), to let them know I was there. After Petts Wood earlier this year I've learned another lesson to let station staff...
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    Slough Station Staff / Jobsworths

    In (multiple) posts throughout the topic I had tried to clarify my opening post which admittedly is in a large mess. As I have stated twice now, I got off the train with my guardian, within seconds I was identified as someone with a camera, presumably a trainspotter to them, and approached...
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    Slough Station Staff / Jobsworths

    Ah... someone else from Chatham! (Yes, I'm also from Chatham too, not as great either here as Slough!) In hindsight, I guess that it's just them keeping an eye on the both of us. As part of the hour or so I was there, I saw a lot of dangerous behaviour on the platforms, mainly from clueless...
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    Slough Station Staff / Jobsworths

    Yes. It's been a learning experience for me. I'm sure there will be more lessons to come in the world of trainspotting as I get older. As I have mentioned at least once, I had a guardian with me as I left the train at which point I was immediately identified and spoken to by a member of station...
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    Slough Station Staff / Jobsworths

    Unaccompanied?? I think that if you read my previous posts you will see that I was accompanied. Equally, I wasn't aware that I had to sign out until I jumped on the train. We had to go, I couldn't afford to wait another half an hour, the trip was running it fine time-wise as it is. The fact that...
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    Slough Station Staff / Jobsworths

    Likewise. I gave my name and phone number as well as signature, which I was asked for on the signing in slip. I have no problem with signing in, but I feel that the way and manner in which I was approached and spoken to by the station staff, and the way it panned out in general, wasn't entirely...
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    Slough Station Staff / Jobsworths

    In a way, yes, but also no. The member of staff however acted as if it was the first time he had done it. It was an awkward encounter, because we were both getting things confused and he was slowly becoming more irate as I was signing the document (albeit incorrectly as a result of...
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    Slough Station Staff / Jobsworths

    That may well be possible. However, given that one was in Southeastern staff uniform (Which could have just left staff to dismiss them as a trusted person), and all three entered and left the stations from long distance intercities from both London and the Cotswolds, as did I, I would assume...
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    Slough Station Staff / Jobsworths

    I understand what you are saying. To clear up any confusion, that was more aimed towards the concluding question instead of considering the staff as jobsworh though I recognise that I did put jobsworth in quotes. As such, it is my first experience with ever being approached by a member of...
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    Slough Station Staff / Jobsworths

    Good evening all. Has anyone had any bad relations with the staff at Slough station? I got off a train today and got my camera from my bag. I was immediately approached by a member of station staff who asked me if I had signed in yet, and what I was doing. I was then asked for my age and whether...

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