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Inevitably a printed timetable is out of date before you have pressed the print button these days. Back in time timetable clerks used to amend their printed WTT with every supplement. If you made an error because your WTT wasn’t up to date it was tea and no biscuits with the boss.
When I started you changed the WTT and it took a week to appear downstream. There wasn't as much change and churn then. Nowadays I click publish and it's downstream the next day, or as I discovered a few months back the same day in some systems. With modern communication we can phone up or email signallers and advise them of changes. I did print off a physical individual schedule yesterday (F3 for those who know) and that's the first time I'd done that in months.
Most people now want a PIF or CIF for their system, or signallers interrogate TRUST or their own simplifiers. That said if I touch a station where we do the workings I will see the daily workings for the rest of the week are amended and reissued along with base workings updated. Not doing that can lead to interesting conversations.
Last time I saw a printed WTT it was propping a door open.
The quality of the LUL books is well known and I hope LUL keep it that way.
The usefulness of the NR WTT books took a major hit years ago when they reduced the number of trains per page as well as the length of line on each page. Following what happens on a busy 4 track railway then became virtually impossible. I can’t say the accuracy was maintained either.
So WTT’s like a YA, which at one time was a slim volume that easily sat in my desk “library”, got turned into an unreadable brick.