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Discussion in 'Infrastructure & Stations' started by zuriblue, 25 May 2015.
The old Kings Cross Thameslink platforms also have signs saying do not alight here.
That is peculiar. The ones at West Marina date from the days when slammers would wait in the platform for the signal, so I could imagine people getting off by accident. There can't be much of a risk passenger operated doors turning up at the old Thameslink station !
You could always pull the emergency door release or alarm after thinking that King's Cross Thameslink is still an open station and "why hasn't the driver opened the doors?!?"
Ah yes, that could be an issue !
At a couple of stations in Germany (for instance Karlsruhe and Offenburg) there are signs saying don't alight this side. In Offenburg they're in German and French.
This is because of there being a service road in the six foot opposite the platforms.
Obviously new stock only releases doors on the right side but some of the older stuff like the Silberlings that are used for peak hour strengthening services can still open doors both sides.
In slam door days, there were numerous short platforms with the red 'do not alight here' signs beyond their ends where longer trains used to stop routinely. These should all be covered by automatic or guard controlled door locking procedures today, so wherever the signs might still exist, they only cover mistakes and malfunctions today.
Not true either. Plenty of stations in Scotland and on the Midland Main Line where HSTs call regularly with short platforms and no SDO.
Oh. I'd heard the FGW HSTs had got a guard controlled selective door system late in their life and assumed it would have been rolled out to the other operators' fleets. Case closed.
Mods' note: split from "Don't alight here for...<place>" signs
St Leonards West Marina used to have "Do Not Alight Here" signs all along the platform. Think they're still there.
The largest "Do Not Alight Here" signs that I see regularly are those at the north end of the up platforms at Pitlochry.
The ones I always remember were along the outer wall of the International section of Waterloo, at (and beyond) the very end of the highest-numbered domestic platform. Also on the island platforms at Esher, Walton-on-Thames and (I think) New Malden. Not sure if they're still there now that the slammers have gone though. I have a vague memory of seeing some somewhere on Merseyrail, along with possibly Ardwick, but I could be mistaken.
New Malden doesn't have them. In fact, its island platform has PIS displays and platform numbers despite being gravel.
I seem to remember Shotton still has them at the western end on the up line towards Chester.
Rather superfluous now, as there is no actual platform at that spot and ATW units fit the available platform.
Green Lane on Merseyrail has them.
I remember learning that on a European night journey years ago - leaning on the door and flicking the handle, "knowing" it wouldn't open...then it did, and I nearly fell out, and looked like a right idiot to the member of staff across the way. Cue scrambling for the close button.
Then there was the Thai night train where the doors were "locked" by pulling the emergency release...then somebody "unlocked" one. They open automatically on a pressure pad, meaning a quick "lean on the door and look out of the window" for another member of our tour almost meant a close encounter with the countryside.
"Do not lean on the doors"!
Still in active use at Falkirk Grahamston. The southbound Highland Chieftain has both 1st class coaches off the platform. Big red signs on the wall.
Still there at Tunbridge Wells Central in both the tunnels, I think.
They're not there any more. They used to be mounted on posts; both the signs and posts are now long gone.
Dawlish Warren where the loops are longer than the platforms.
The disused platform 1 at Queenstown Road has them also.
End of platform 1 at elephant and castle. Yet it's the last door on an 8 car unit!
Tisbury has them as it the doors can only be opened on the leading 3 car unit.
Does anyone know the purpose of the various 'do not alight here' signs at the London end of Woking platform 5 (the down slow)?
As the platform is significantly longer than even 12 car booked trains (at around 280m) it doesn't seem to be a precaution against people jumping down onto the ballast in the days of slam doors.
Was there a particular issue with people trying to get out of slam door stock there before it had come to its final stopping point?
(On a more general point, I did hear that the contractor responsible for applying the new signage colour scheme across SWT's network (the current dark blue) vinyled a large number of 'do not alight here' signs that he should have ignored - because with the demise of slam door stock the signs were redundant anyway - but had just been abandoned over the intervening period. Many look as if they are about to collapse - but at least the vinyl has been smartened up...)
As I recall the signs are on a platform, namely the old disused platforms that served the slow lines. Today's shorter platforms serve the (remaining) fast lines, and are built on the trackbed of the old slow lines.
I can easily picture an inebrietad reveller spotting the distant platform and finding a sudden drop, back in the days of slam-door Regional Railways services.
They still have them at a few station on the Marston Vale line: Bow Brickhill & Lidlington immediately spring to mind
Manchester Victoria had them at platform 5 and 6 on the offside as the bridge supports are the right height to resemble a platform.
Frome has them as well
Wellingborough is one for this. No do not alight here at the end of platforms. HSTs stopping there at night witha coach off the end.
Earlswood used to have them on the fast (Quarry) lines. Not sure if they are still there...
Falkirk Grahamston has them as the Chieftain is too long for the platform.
Beauly has them as due to the short platform the only door used on 158s there is the rear door of the leading coach, Conon Bridge may have some too but I can't remember off the top of my head.