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    When will Scotland return to some sort of normal?

    Pretty much what the Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority managed to implement a few years ago with their permit system and preventing previous wild camping in certain areas and forcing people to pay and using certain areas. Once the reservation quota is full, then have to find somewhere...
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    What travel is currently allowed by the legislation?

    The EMR ticketing page requiring ticks before proceeding does make me uneasy even if it's supposed to be well meaning. As usual during this pandemic , the messaging from government is mixed and confusing. Section 5.1 in the link you provided doesn't explicitly ban leisure travel, but says if...
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    When will Scotland return to some sort of normal?

    With the weather cooling a bit, less people will wanting to be out and about in honey pot places like luss and loch Lomond etc that seemed to have inundated at the weekend. A lot of people are off work righ t now and probably trying to make the most of it befor they have to go back to work. I...
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    When will Scotland return to some sort of normal?

    Maybe we need to allow history to see who was right, because right now there are plenty down south who think the lockdown has been eased too quickly. It would have been better for another few weeks of proper lockdown (not that we had a proper ld anywhere in the UK at all) to stamp the...
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    Have you been to the beach? (English experience)

    I just don't understand the mentality of people who pitch up at the beach, often in a beautiful clean state in a lovely area or go to a lake or loch, a walk in the countryside, climb a hill and just toss their litter as they go. as for dog walkers who do bag up Fido's deposit into a wee bag...
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    LNER reservation compulsory from 18 May! Will other operators follow suit?

    If you mean Avanti and lner then I'm just as flummoxed as to how you can see it working on the likes of swr, se, gtr etc
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    LNER reservation compulsory from 18 May! Will other operators follow suit?

    A EDB to GLQ non stop an vv could be policed by allowing only a limited number of people on it, but that's it really. This is a passenger self-policing exercise and with people's different tolerance levels to 2m and other characteristics, the potential for arguments and flare ups is much...
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    LNER reservation compulsory from 18 May! Will other operators follow suit?

    Realistically, just how is that going to work at busy stations on non inter city trains? How's that going to work at somewhere like Woking where fast trains run every few minutes to London coming from various origins? While at barriered stations it's possible to control the numbers entering...
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    The Flying Scotsman - Slow Radio - 2330 - 31 May 2020

    "We take a journey back in time to recreate the golden age of steam, travelling on the Flying Scotsman from Manchester to Carlisle. We have privileged access to the footplate of this iconic engine which weighs 100 tonnes and is nearly 100 years old. We hear coal being shovelled from the tender...
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    What travel is currently allowed by the legislation?

    It's quite funny that people are debating the minuatue of the regulations and guidance and possibly putting people off making a trip that would be of great benefit to themselves when out in the real railway world people are jumping on trains to the beach, or to outdoor space with a bike and...
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    Govenment Briefing 23rd May - Reversing Beeching Cuts

    Hopefully the Waterside Line near Southampton will get going as although the line needs upgrading it was still being used by freight until 3 or 4 years ago.
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    Medium term rail timetable

    Don't suppose you've a link or can point me to the timetable increase announcement today? Thx.
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    Have you been to the beach? (English experience)

    Oh dear, oh dear the covid police will be visiting shortly as it sounds like you met one other person who is not a member of your household in a public area. Glad you enjoyed it ! :)
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    Caledonian Sleeper

    I'm just making it all up pal, jeez.
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    Caledonian Sleeper

    Earlier on in the lockdown I witnessed BTP stopping, questioning and telling someone changing trains that their journey wasn't necessary and telling them to get back on the train they'd just got off and go home. But hey, it's ok for a senior officer in BTP to pop back to his first home from his...
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    Caledonian Sleeper

    The newspaper articles claimed that 1) soames travelled to his second home to conduct an interview for a manager at his second home hich he claimed couldn't be done online and 2) the BTP boss was going to his family home to see his wife who he hadn't seen as he is based in Scotland for work...
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    Trivia: Which major town has the least direct route from London?

    Partially compensated for by the fact that certainly at least the first half out of Derry to Belfast is beautiful along the coast.
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    Class 442s - storage, refurbishment and redeployment

    Thanks, have they sorted the gauging issue? Correct, double manning was still required when they were withdrawn because of COVID19 and current policy is only one driver in cab unless rule book requirements. When they're needed again, I'd imagine that the double manning agreement will be...
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    Class 442s - storage, refurbishment and redeployment

    No mainline testing has been done on the unit that was fitted with AC traction last year (not sure which one it was tbh) as it was found to be very slightly out of gauge so wasn't allowed out on mainline. Can only guess the issue has been sorted. So do a lot of train crew. In their favour at...

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