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    Class 701 'Aventra' trains for South Western Railway

    Out of interest about the issues around the size of the cabs... the short end of the class 153s are tiny. Am I right in thinking that such decisions about can size/comfort/visibility aren’t retrospectively applied?
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    A career as a signaller

    I’m no expert on recruitment but I’d imagine it’s a question of tempering interest with enthusiasm. An interview is entirely about proving to a hiring manager that you’ve got the personal qualities to do the job well and work together with colleagues. If when asked why you want the job you...
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    A career as a signaller

    Now would be a good time to argue for free travel presumably. Not much skin off their noses given the existing subsidy for season tickets and would go a long way to making NR staff happy with very little outlay
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    A career as a signaller

    Mine still going ahead as things stand, today was going to be my first day in the box but for other reasons it’s been delayed for a little bit
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    A career as a signaller

    I’m sure it’ll be an interesting experience to train in NR’s actual HQ. Certainly looking forward to the experience!
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    A career as a signaller

    Does anyone have any info about Milton Keynes signalling school. I start tbere on the 5th but I understand it’s quite new. Anyone been (or indeed joining me in a couple of weeks!)?
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    A career as a signaller

    Well I had mine last Wednesday and I got the email about a start date so roughly a working week
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    A career as a signaller

    Just been told that all my checks and medical etc have gone through for Feltham this morning so I’m just waiting for a start date. From them requesting you availability to start how long did it take before you knew?
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    Guards of this forum, what do you to negate the risk of giving a RTS bell on a red signal?

    As a dispatcher I’ve come up with my own technique to remind myself to check at the start of dispatch (at a mostly doo station). Since we are supposed to be on the platform before the train has pulled in, I would find myself just standing there watching the front of the train as it (quite...
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    A career as a signaller

    I had an email from my LOM about ‘displacement’ as my job will move from Feltham to Basingstoke ROC at some point and said that I had a meeting to discuss it on the 3rd November. Now I haven’t had my medical or got a start date yet, but would it be likely that I’ll have started by then given...
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    A career as a signaller

    Any suggestions for how long it would take (post signalling school) to pass out on all 4 panels at feltham? Bearing in mind they seem to be short staffed so I imagine would want to get it done quickly
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    A career as a signaller

    Purely out of curiosity, from where and how is the Island Line signalled?
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    SWR DOO Dispatch Methods

    With the 701s coming into traffic soon, does anybody know what methods of dispatch will be employed regarding platform staff at different stations? I understand that they are fitted with cameras and can self dispatch, but I have noticed that several stations (all of which have RO2s on the...
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    A career as a signaller

    On BBC news website today, seems quite relevant for a lot of people... Signalling error caused near miss at Suffolk rail crossing https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-53946687
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    A career as a signaller

    I was asked “why do you want to be a signaller” first, then it was all safety and NTS questions from there after...
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    A career as a signaller

    I've just had my medical booked, which is in three weeks time, but on the email from recruitment they said I may be contacted to discuss availability for a start date only after they get my acceptance form (and do the background checks which I have now completed/sent to them), so does that mean...
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    A career as a signaller

    Very true, they defiantly don’t worry about age, I’ve just had my offer for Feltham at 19... judging by the mix of people on this forum it would seem that this profession is quite diverse in a lot of ways
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    A career as a signaller

    And when was your interview? Just trying to get a sense of timescales... or can I pm you?
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    A career as a signaller

    Are you at feltham?
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    A career as a signaller

    Had the interview bang on two weeks ago

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