Trouble is I'm old school so to speak, the railways used to be a family tradition of sorts to a lot of railwayman and women. Those days may be gone but we still watch each others backs so to speakIt does exist, I meant that people viewing it as "just another job" seem to be growing in number.
My feeling as well, not as good as it used to be in BR days but I think as we get older things seem to change more and the older you are the more resistant to change you become:cry:Trouble is I'm old school so to speak, the railways used to be a family tradition of sorts to a lot of railwayman and women. Those days may be gone but we still watch each others backs so to speak
Same at my depot. I'd say we are a medium sized depot occupied by 2 TOCs who all interact and get along (generally)At my depot it certainly does, in fact up north it still exists in spades (imho) of course
Same here all round really. Being on the freight side even now there's still a surprising amount of what you'd call 'railway work', ie: shunting, running round, fuelling locos etc, we still use the old hand signals and jargon on the ground and most of the people I work with are enthusiasts of one sort or another anyway. We all do our best to keep the job running despite the problems which are usually outside of our control, and it does generate quite a 'family' feeling.Same at my depot. I'd say we are a medium sized depot occupied by 2 TOCs who all interact and get along (generally)
I will chat to any member of staff regardless of uniform or colour their train is painted. When I'm out driving I wave to all passing trains if I can regardless of operator.
Not so sure I'd agree with that.... not too many years ago while I was still with EWS at Rugby, we had about a week of heavy snowfall and the resident Shunt Driver Tom Blackburn (aged about 63 at the time) battled in to work for his 6am shift on his little moped from his home about twelve miles away, mostly via the back lanes. He came in early every morning to shovel snow from all of the walking routes around the station and yard and as the rest of us arrived we got stuck in too.Have you seen the "Snow (1963)" video on YouTube? A gang of men working furiously to clear a snowdrift from the track to keep the trains running. That could never happen now, the TOC would simply cancel the service until the snow melted away.
These days, it seems to be just a job, a means of earning a living. The dedication to the service and the traveling public so evident in British Railways (not so much British Rail) days is now largely absent.
I salute you.eh? On another toc? Course you can.
Back when I was a trolley steward on RRNE I took my trolley on a Manchester tram over to Vic
Camaradarie is everything and I owe a lot to others at my depot. Proud to say I was asked not too long ago to help a mate write his appeal after he was sacked.