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    Rail staff facilities: Some TOCs say to be used in an "emergency" only

    RSTL have issued further guidelines today. While the restrictions on specific TOCs is crystal clear, the general guidance for using leisure facilities seems less so now. I’ve had berths booked in August with my discount on CS since last year. I’d love to use them, but I don’t want to be...
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    Long distance heritage dmu journeys

    I recall a Summer Saturday arrival into Norwich formed of suburban DMUs which was way too long for the platform (6). I presume it was from the Birmingham area, and there was much hullabaloo when it arrived. It was unusual for cross country trains to go to that platform, I often wonder if it was...
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    The signal you speak of has indeed gone. BL5 & BL7. First signal I climbed as a boy. Terrifying. I’m not on the front line anymore, but I gather things have settled down a bit after initial teething problems.
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    GA promotion ticket

    Ah I see. Thank you for your help. Perhaps I should stick to Luddite fare finders!
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    GA promotion ticket

    if I may tap the minds of those with fares knowledge... Searched for a return fare from Norwich to Stansted Airport this morning on brfares and there appears to be an extremely keenly priced ticket named GA PROMOTION NX2 available at £15. I can see it’s only for use on GA trains, and it is for...
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    Gwili Railway - carriage liveries

    I think the coach with the roller shutters is a converted BG which now serves as kitchen one end, brake still in the middle, and generator the other end which is part of their dining set which also includes a TSO for covers and a converted TSO that serves as a bar/buffet with a large open space...
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    Nene Valley Diesel Gala

    It’s in October. I’m just getting ahead of the game as the opportunity to attend has presented itself. Getting the gen before I book accommodation.
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    Nene Valley Diesel Gala

    Just wondering from those who have attended this event in the past, how family friendly this event is? I’m not after fairground rides and children’s entertainment, but are there museums and displays to see to fill the gaps in between trains at the various stations? Also I’m aware that...
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    Rail sail tickets Hoek to any NS station

    Sound like I’m in the same boat as you. My young family are going to Railworld in Schaerbeek via Harwich-Hook and Breda on a rail/sail ticket. I had just assumed they would have to purchase RET travel for the tram to Schiedam as part of a newly disjointed system. Ability to just wave a QR code...
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    TRIVIA: Unstaffed stations with toilets

    Saxmundam did until recently. I assume they disappeared when the station building burnt down a year or so ago.
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    Liverpool Norwich service to be split at Nottingham

    I’m on the same page as you brother. Nothing like taking 7 hours to do a 8 hour journey and feeling that you won!
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    Abellio Greater Anglia Class 755s (Regional Trains)

    They do. And have done for many years. And in the unlikely event of them not doing so they are subject to rigorous investigation to find the cause of failure.
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    Abellio Greater Anglia Class 755s (Regional Trains)

    What a load of rubbish. The railway is maintained often over and beyond what is required in the standards by staff, who are hugely experienced in their local districts.
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    Abellio Greater Anglia Class 755s (Regional Trains)

    Vaughan Harmon control works in that a command is sent from the controlling panel via telecommunications circuits over a modem to a local interlocking, where the command is checked, and then auctioned. There is no wireless tech involved. A rail telecommunications circuit is just as vulnerable...
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    Abellio Greater Anglia Class 755s (Regional Trains)

    In use on the Bletchley to Bedford Line also. Signalling has been affected by lightning storms for time and memorial.
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    Level crossing incident near Norwich new RAIB investigation

    Not entirely correct. There are treadles, but not for track circuit actuation. Pedant out.
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    Retired staff and Amtrak

    My experiences reflect those above. It’s not really worth the effort of applying for the rail staff discount. Caused confusion, and I the case of the agent selling to me at NY Penn, embarrassment when the fare they came up with was a single dollar less than the public rate that day to travel on...
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    Foot crossing called 'Nowhere'

    The lane remains “Sluts Hole Lane, but the railway powers decided to change the LC name for some reason, although it’s still universally known as Sluts Hole to staff.