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    Advice sought on monitors/VDUs

    For a good few years my desktop monitor has been a 22" unit with a 1680 x 1050 display. For many purposes it's still fine, but increasingly I'm finding things where it doesn't give me enough screen territory, particularly like editing Word documents when I want two documents open side by side to...
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    Bradshaw's timetables

    Does anyone here happen to know if Manchester City Library still holds the Bradshaw & Blacklock company archive, including a pretty complete run of the timetables? Some forty years ago I referred to these in the Central Library (St Peter's Square) and found it a much pleasanter way of accessing...
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    Firefox 79 and Open Street Map

    Does anyone else here use Firefox 79 as their main browser, and if so, do they experience any problems when trying to use Open Street Map? On my machine the tiles of large areas of the map simply don't render, making it useless. It's not the classic Firefox lack of memory (I've got 16GB RAM and...
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    Manchester Victoria zero milepost

    Does anyone know whether the L&Y's zero milepost at Victoria, now alas no longer to be seen, stood at the point where the lines of the two original companies (L&M and M&L) met each other opposite the mid-point of the original main station building or at the later point of junction where the...
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    Station usage statistics pre-1997?

    I'm not sure if this is the right place for this query — if not, could Admin move it to the proper location, please? The figures for passenger usage of the various stations from 1997 onwards are readily available on line. But does anyone know if any similar figures for earlier years are to be...
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    Timetabling and regulation policy of EMR and Thameslink services in the current timetable

    Moderator note: split from https://www.railforums.co.uk/threads/mml-electrification.110445/ Oh dear! Will keeping West Hampstead mean that long-distance services continue routinely to shudder to a stand to let Thameslink units make a fast/slow crossing, or spend miles at a reduced speed for the...
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    Liverpool & Manchester : Patricroft

    Does anyone know the reason for the severe kink in the line at the west end of Patricroft station, and whether this is the reason why the speed-limit remains 75 right the way through from Astley to Ordsall Lane and why the 60 at Astley was never raised (remember the announcements of 75 all the...
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    Shamima Begum

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-47312026/shamima-begum-uk-unjust-to-remove-citizenship This woman is reported on the BBC PM programme this afternoon as being surprised that the Home Secretary has not talked to her before taking decisions about her and surprised at the lack of sympathy he has...
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    Realtime Trains

    Is it possible to use Realtime Trains to get a list of all passenger trains from A to B within a specified time-window? I'm trying to get such a list for trains from Durham to York tomorrow afternoon. If I insert Durham as "Location" and York in "Calling at?", I get a list of northbound trains...
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    Who runs the railways?

    Grayling on the BBC R4 "Today" programme at about 8:23: "Actually, no — I don't run the railways". So, given the degree of prescription and interference by the DfT that we all know about, who does run the railways if he doesn't?
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    Limits of capacity?

    In the franchising process the DfT lays down the sort of timetable it expects bidders to bid for, and ove the years this has involved getting more and more trains on to an infrastructure that has seen minimal provision of additional facilities. Debate in these forums has shewn very clearly how...
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    Collective responsibility?

    Boris Johnson strongly criticises in public a policy still under discussion in cabinet. The prime minster's spokesman declares that she has full confidence in him. Does this mean that cabinet collectve responsibility is finally utterly broken, or does it just shew that May is a prime minister...
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    TSB woes

    Is anyone caught up in TSB's IT "upgrade" problems? You'd have thought that by now there would have been enough learnt from the IT disasters other banks have had for TSB to have got it right, or at least to have set aside enough time to be able to work through any problems instead of telling...
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    Stalybridge mileposts

    In a 1914 book of Gradient Tables of the LNWR that I have gradients and distances of all the company's lines are listed to the nearest one-sixteenth of a mile and the starting-points of the sequences are given, in some cases from a station but in most from the appropriate junction (as, for...
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    North v. south investment (from MML thread)

    Senex said: ↑ And the 185s have been totally inadequate for the job from the day they appeared since London-DfT didn't allow four vehicles per unit to be ordered at the start and then wouldn't allow later construction of the additional vehicles. And on significant parts of the TP network they...
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    Preston-Blackpool future track layout

    I seem to remember that some time back in this thread there was a link to the planned future track layout for the Black pool line that shewed not just layout but also speeds. I've tried hunting for it with "Search" but without any luck. Can anyone give me the link reference, please? And thanks...
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    Census 2011

    Help, please! The "Key Statistics for Built-up Areas" results of the 2011 Census were published in 2013 and I remember consulting the information at the time, though I didn't download anything. I cannot find it again (it doesn't seem to be there with all the other information downloadable from...
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    Pre-Grouping Atlas and RCH Junction Diagrams

    Three years ago Ian Allan published an atlas combining a re-drawn and enlarged reprint of Philip Conolly's Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer of 1958 and a reprint of the Ian Allan reprint of the Railway Clearing House Junction Diagrams. I think it was a superb idea to bring these two works...
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    Vienna to Bratislava (Preßburg/Poszony)

    ÖBB began work at the end of September on the upgrading of the old main line between these two cities. The 37.5-km section between Stadlau and Marchegg will be re-doubled, 13 level crossings will be abolished, and line-speed will go up from 120 km/h to 160 km/h. Work on the Slovak side will come...
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    DB Fernverkehr train despatch

    After a six-month trial at Cologne and Hannover, DB Fernverkehr introduced a new despatch procedure nationwide with effect from 17 October. Provided the signalling shews a "proceed" aspect, the aim is that trains will now start to move at zero seconds of the departure-minute. Until now it was...

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