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    Driver's favourite rolling stock

    Yes that does seem to be the trend with these units, but I'm not sure its indicative of a problem. I've even joked myself that the brake steps are 1, 1 1/4 and 3. But whether the expectation that the brake steps ought to be proportional is correct is moot, but the general idea is that each brake...
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    Driver's favourite rolling stock

    They’re OK. I don’t mind them at all, although they’re not particularly comfy on long haul trips. I find the performance between units no more or less variable than between individual units of other classes. There’s good visibility and everything falls nicely to hand, but the negatives are that...
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    Driver's favourite rolling stock

    I'm not a huge fan of Voyagers. Yes they have good acceleration and reasonable brakes, but the cab is appalling. I was told that they were designed with the input of a driver, but if that's true he must have been built like an orangutan. I need to put the seat all the way back to be comfortable...
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    British Rail Water Abstraction

    I’m afraid it’s long gone. Has been for at least 10 years. It was a bit of a bone of contention for me when learning the route. “Where should I brake for Tamworth?” “You know where the water tower used to be?” “No.”
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    Drug users on the train

    I'm finding your logic baffling. For the record, I haven't offered to agree to disagree.
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    Drug users on the train

    We agree that a key means of reducing criminal or anti-social behaviour is the presence of a second person on the train. Where we disagree is because you're trying to compare DOO with a second person onboard in a non-safety critical role to services with guards, and that is not what I'm trying...
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    Drug users on the train

    The majority of DOO services do not run with an OBM/OBS/TTI/whatever. They run with a driver and no-one else. If you do get "grippers" on-board they generally only travel a certain distance and then get off again. Therefore you do not have an on-board presence to discourage criminal or...
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    Where can CrossCountry trains reach 125mph?

    Really...? Maybe XC is due an acceleration in timings then. ;) The ATP issue is certainly true between Westerleigh Jn and Bristol Parkway (not that you'd be able to hit the full 125mph and meet the speed reductions approaching Parkway), but not between Didcot and Reading as you say.
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    Where can CrossCountry trains reach 125mph?

    Perhaps under the old layout but not any longer. The vast majority of XC services are actually booked to use the Relief lines. Platforming at Reading is not an issue either, as you can access P3, P7 or P8 from the Relief easily by being routed along the Festival line beneath the flyover, and the...
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    Drug users on the train

    I'm sorry, old friend. But it is. I agree that it's due to visible staff presence in the train acting as a deterrent, and on most DOO routes that presence is entirely absent. I agree too that not all guards patrol the train on a regular basis, but the fact that there even is a guard who might...
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    Up and Down lines in UK

    Brum to Stansted is Up Down Up Down without reversing, while Brum to Notts is Up Reverse Up Down.
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    Drug users on the train

    I appreciate that you’re trying to avoid this descending into another DOO thread, but I’m afraid that the method of working does have a bearing on the topic. If there is no staff presence at all in the train then people are emboldened to smoke, take drugs or commit acts of criminal damage or...
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    Pros and cons of different electrification schemes (e.g. 3rd rail / OHLE / battery power)

    The problem is that you cannot always be going for the "next big thing", as it undermines the principle of running a network. Instead you adopt a standard and stick to it otherwise you're just going to end up with a patchwork of different electrification systems with all the operational...
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    Long distance heritage dmu journeys

    To me a "heritage" DMU is not simply one that's old but rather one of the 1st gen classes. Sprinters are 2nd gen.
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    Long distance heritage dmu journeys

    Well if we're including Cl150s, there was a daily Cardiff Central - Gunnislake service. But then I'm far from convinced about including Sprinters as "heritage" units. Yes, Cambs to Donny via the Joint Line was definitely a DMU service back in the day.

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