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    The future of staff at stations

    We are on the DLR, which for more than 30 years has had no station staff, not even at Canary Wharf. It runs through some run-down parts of east London, and the ungated stations are left wide open 24x7, but I've honestly never seen a piece of vandalism or graffiti on it.
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    Co. Donegal Railways

    Other side of Manchester, the railway normally patronised Nasmyth Wilson, of Patricroft, who mainly built locos for colonial companies, particularly India. They went out of business in the late 1930s. The several locos which survived were all bought in 1960 when the railway closed by a wealthy...
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    SNCB to Maubeuge / Aulnoye

    The "Ventimiglia approach" takes advantage of much SNCF stock being dual voltage 1.5kV DC/25kV AC. The station area is wired throughout at 1.5kV DC. French 25kV trains change voltage about a mile out. Italian 3kV DC trains likewise pass through a changeover point outside, and run quite...
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    Co. Donegal Railways

    The two Donegal narrow-gauge railways both moved over to run replacing bus services, in different ways. Because of their cross-border ownership they didn't get included in either side's rail or bus consolidation, but remained independent. The County Donegal invested in some fairly basic diesel...
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    Gatwick Express 1984 re-launch

    It actually seemed to work well; the Southern had long had the knack of handling portion emu services, something which seems lost nowadays. When Gatwick opened up the special shuttle used the eight post-war 2-HAL units, which looked like a 4-SUB, and which had been built as replacement for...
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    Holborn Viaduct services

    One such occasion was in 1967 when all Surrey and Hampshire lost their papers, as the 03.40 Newspapers from Waterloo was wrecked in a spectacular high-speed overturning accident at Raynes Park, fortunately without injury, with the vans all smashed upside-down on the platforms, thousands of...
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    Gatwick Express 1984 re-launch

    My principal recollection of the 4-VEG on the service was a couple boarding at Gatwick one evening, suitcases plus an enormous stuffed toy donkey. Older hands here may recall these had a heyday in Spanish resorts in the 1970s-80s, they were about 3 feet high/long and sufficiently popular that...
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    Acela 2 on its way to testing

    Could that be a bit like North British in the 1960s in Britain with their fine, reliable diesels, because the components were all tried and proven from Germany ... :) .
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    Gatwick Express 1984 re-launch

    I doubt BR had thought about it at all. The first class loadings were absolutely minimal, and I guess that the few in there were mostly "1st class Britrail", or BR staff on passes, which didn't give any extra revenue at all. It is surprising what a difference having just the same fare charged...
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    Holborn Viaduct services

    Actually it was (and to an extent still is). The Sunday newspaper titles were then wholly separate from the weekday ones, with different staff and editors, and with various cross-arrangements for printing on the weekday printing plants. The printing of the news section did used to take place...
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    Gatwick Express 1984 re-launch

    Surely the formation of a train should be driven by passenger demand rather than what stock is hanging around. This original suggestion seems to include two full first class vehicles rather than one as done later. Given that (in my experience) the First Class vehicle in the Gatwick express...
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    Co. Donegal Railways

    Sounds like Petticoat Junction :) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petticoat_Junction
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    Scotrail paper timetables not being printed during Covid 19

    Timetables are not just to find the time of the next train. They are a statement of what the standard service provision should be. I can understand not putting paper ones in racks at the moment, but the PDFs obviously do not suffer from this. Although quite capable of automatic generation from...
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    Holborn Viaduct services

    The night trains were just odd services. A 1950 timetable shows the Herne Hill-Bromley line departures at 1.20, 2.20, 3.15 and 4.50, with Catford Loop services at 1.50 and 5.00. The only Wimbledon Loop service was change out of the 1.20 at Herne Hill, and a 3.00 to Gillingham ran nonstop to...
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    Holborn Viaduct services

    Relative who lived at Barnehurst in the late 1930s described how the population had just got used to jumping on the first London service, they all stopped at London Bridge, and changing there or not depending on whether you were going to Cannon Street or Charing Cross, as the porters there...
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    Braking issue on Caledonian Sleeper causes train to "run away" at Edinburgh

    That's a regenerative brake. Rheostatic braking is nothing to do with the overhead line supply. Plenty of rheo brakes on diesels. One of their greatest bits of luck is Edinburgh is, I think, the only terminus on the sleeper network that doesn't end in bufferstops.
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    Braking issue on Caledonian Sleeper causes train to "run away" at Edinburgh

    So a series of detectors have been installed on the coach windows, in case one is somehow opened/cracked, but nothing to detect that the brakes have been switched off ...

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