Search results

  1. L

    UK face coverings discussion

    I get that you are annoyed Dave but seriously - I've tried my best to inject a bit of sympathy, how I view the world as a transport employee and try and make it a bit easier for those struggling with what I fully accept is a big change because there is nothing more intimidating for someone...
  2. L

    UK face coverings discussion

    What strident heroes of the class struggle :lol: If my train became the scene of a heroic stand of civil disobedience to be spoken of every 2 or 3 days on a railway forum I think I'd be sorely tempted to add my own by declaring myself unwilling to be inside the tin can with the heroes and...
  3. L

    HAA Wagons

    The last rakes were retained until about 2008 or so when Stirling - Alloa - Kincardine reopened to allow coal traffic for Hunterston to be diverted away from the Forth Bridge which was route barred to the larger replacement wagons and I think until maybe 2010 or so once Hope Cement Works could...
  4. L

    UK face coverings discussion

    Yes, I am always happier dealing with any issue on board short of a gunman appearing without notice myself. In this case I can almost definitely say I will respond with "they're exempt" or "I'll have a quiet word and see if they're ok". I had a lady in her 30s on the other day sat with a group...
  5. L

    UK face coverings discussion

    Like all things it's a judgement call. I personally have a policy of never giving consideration to the cost of delay minutes, only the impact on the network. I don't mind giving account of myself to managers and I pride myself on averaging less than one BTP call out a year. I always go for...
  6. L

    UK face coverings discussion

    To be fair playing music and getting rip roaring drunk on trains are both illegal and I've removed/had removed people from trains for both. 61016 is a discrete reporting mechanism for railway crime that is helpful when you feel you may be subject to reprisal from people you can't get away from...
  7. L

    Long term implications of suspending ticket checks

    I'm loving seeing people again. It's been a totally miserable, boring few months to be a guard. We lost most of our passengers, our colleagues in catering (we have no idea if the contractors will ever return), the revenue protection teams we work with and so on. If I wanted to be locked in a box...
  8. L

    Trivia: Redundant railway infrastructure built post WW2

    My experience is first hand having ridden the train from one end of the tunnel to the other and had a tour of the maintenance facilities :lol:
  9. L

    UK face coverings discussion

    All I can say is I am patrolling my train regularly, having a quick word with anyone not wearing a mask along the lines of "are you aware of the rules?" in a friendly way so that any busy bodies can see I've spoken to them myself, and then making a fairly pointed announcement telling people not...
  10. L

    UK face coverings discussion

    If we've managed to get groups of teens and 20 somethings to get on with it on the way to and from the lash it doesn't seem a huge issue. I had a group of 6 lads earlier having a laugh trying to decide who looked daftest. I'm also seeing more people with exemption cards out and about which...
  11. L

    UK face coverings discussion

    In the meantime despite all predictions of gloom I've just finished another Saturday shift on the trains far busier week on week. I've been into town a few times as well and it also seems just as busy. Mask wearing seems to be pretty prevalent still with getting on for 100% compliance on the...
  12. L

    Trivia: Redundant railway infrastructure built post WW2

    It was located in the bore nearest the new tunnel and had some small out in the open sections immediately west and east of the tunnel, siding/loop type affairs. There was a maintenance shed outside the west portal. A manrider train and some wagons featured. There were petrol or diesel and...
  13. L

    Trivia: Redundant railway infrastructure built post WW2

    Cotgrave Colliery branch, Rectory Junction, near Nottingham. Built 1960 including a large concrete viaduct, out of use since the 1990s following the closure of the colliery. Bletchley Flyover - technically in use but never really as intended.
  14. L

    Long term implications of suspending ticket checks

    I keep having a giggle to myself about the checking masks thing. Everyone seems to think we are wandering around checking masks. I've had several people say as much to me. We are requested to engage and inform with people, if we feel inclined, who aren't wearing a face covering. The main...
  15. L

    EHRC require LNER to improve accessible travel service

    They do. But suggesting it is an occupational hazard that should be shrugged off should it happen when you book assistance or even travel ad hoc is ridiculous. There are so many easy ways to prevent it happening. I write it on my docket next to the stop. I used to print a TRUST lineup for my...
  16. L

    EHRC require LNER to improve accessible travel service

    Really? Not something I've come across. No customer facing staff have been furloughed at my TOC. Suggesting people should just get on with being left on trains etc is grossly negligent and if you're a colleague then your attitude is pretty disgraceful (I am a guard and some time ago now used to...
  17. L

    EHRC require LNER to improve accessible travel service

    Yup. Efficiency savings and cuts rarely leave people in a happy and engaged frame of mind. Same with the on board service. They've had years of being mucked around with since GNER so it is hardly surprising they're uninterested. Whenever I have used them they've been good, though.
  18. L

    EHRC require LNER to improve accessible travel service

    Passenger assistance is one of the few areas on the railway that you can make really good for individuals - personal service outside of Intercity first class is quite unusual. By the same token it can also be a horror story. It is something I put quite a lot of effort into getting right though...
  19. L

    Collection tickets when no office or machine

    EMR have a formal policy dating from the EMT era whereby passengers who can't collect tickets at an station without facilities for journeys via an interchange will be honoured for travel to the interchange location to collect their tickets. Alternatively in normal circumstances the guard can...
  20. L

    EMR Class 360's

    Albeit providing different functions - the likes of Kettering and Wellingborough have 'intercity' fares which are much more expensive than neighbouring Northampton on the WCML so the standard of rolling stock has to be considered as I doubt they will be planning fare cuts.

Top