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  1. Mintona

    Chalford, the state of the down line

    There is a natural water course under the railway line at Chalford, and Network Rail aren’t aren’t allowed to use a weedkilling train on this section as they do on others. Hence the overgrown nature.
  2. Mintona

    PRIV Oyster

    I tried to get non safeguarded priv added to my Oyster card at Paddington Elizabeth line a couple of weeks ago and none of the staff there had the first clue what I was taking about so just paid normal fare in the end.
  3. Mintona

    Reverse Situation: Leaving the Railway

    I’ve been a driver for ten years but also looking at getting out now. I’m scared for the future of the railway, so I’ve been looking into other job opportunities in my local area. Nothing has jumped out at me yet but I’ll keep looking.
  4. Mintona

    RIP Great western 125mph.... (IETs to have speed limiter automatically set)

    Fwiw I don’t use the speed limiter ever. Keeping a train at 125 is a skill. A limiter takes that skill away, and will mean the mind is far more likely to wander onto other less important things.
  5. Mintona

    Rail strikes discussion thread

    No, they can’t be because it is overtime and by its very definition overtime can’t be compulsory. So no sanctions.
  6. Mintona

    Rail strikes discussion thread

    Just bite the bullet, do it properly and bring Sundays inside as part of a four day week. Three guaranteed rest days a week would do wonders for fatigue. Just making them committed wouldn’t really change anything, plenty of crew have that already and there are still staff shortages.
  7. Mintona

    Rail strikes discussion thread

    Quite. Loads of money has been saved during the strike. The DfT will be perfectly happy for them to continue ad infinitum. People wfh, staff lose money, government saves money, and nothing changes.
  8. Mintona

    Rail strikes discussion thread

    Yes, that’s correct.
  9. Mintona

    Rail strikes discussion thread

    Thanks. I don’t drink beer, I only drink water, I regularly get five a day, and I ran a marathon last month and have another in September. Sure I eat some stuff that’s not so good but apart from that I’m pretty good at looking after myself I think.
  10. Mintona

    Rail strikes discussion thread

    I do now I’ve just seen @dk1’s post. That’s not a role we have at my TOC. 1655825541 I’m just finding my 30s far too stressful at the moment. Everything just seems to be going wrong.
  11. Mintona

    Rail strikes discussion thread

    I’m not entirely sure what that is. We don’t have them. But at 05.30 I was the last spare man on until 14.39, so I kind of had to stay in case of problems.
  12. Mintona

    Rail strikes discussion thread

    You never know when the phone is going to ring. Better to be safe than sorry. I was on a 9 hour spare day so I still made an hour.
  13. Mintona

    Rail strikes discussion thread

    I stress and worry about everything. That’s just who I am. Thanks for the post though, I appreciate it. I’m still going to stress and worry until the mortgage is paid off. God I can’t wait to be 60ish.
  14. Mintona

    Rail strikes discussion thread

    This driver (not DOO but not sure why that bit is relevant) set an alarm for 04.10, drove to work to book on spare at 05.30 and waited in the mess room for eight hours to see if anything needed doing before returning home.
  15. Mintona

    Rail strikes discussion thread

    It’s a fight that isn’t going to be won, and I can’t be dealing with the stresses of the fight. I’ve not been balloted yet and I’m having sleepless nights worrying about it. So yes, I’d rather just leave and not have that anymore. Yes, I know a Freighliner manager, he asked me to come and...
  16. Mintona

    Rail strikes discussion thread

    No, nothing at all would be enough to make me want to go on strike. I’ll just leave instead.
  17. Mintona

    Rail strikes discussion thread

    Yeah true. We don’t. You’ll probably have fire and rehire instead to end up on the same.
  18. Mintona

    Rail strikes discussion thread

    I wouldn’t be surprised if for drivers the offer is for Sundays inside but as an extra day, no extra money, and we go to a five day week instead. So effectively a 25% pay cut. Either that or redundancy.
  19. Mintona

    Rail strikes discussion thread

    I’ve read the article and don’t recognise anything in there that couldn’t be classed as a pack of lies. Maybe it happened one day but it just doesn’t anymore.
  20. Mintona

    Rail strikes discussion thread

    Well no, the vast majority of railway staff haven’t had a payrise at all since 2019. That’s kinda why we are 45 pages into this thread in a matter of days.

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