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Allegheny1600

Member
Joined
6 Jul 2016
Messages
65
Location
Leigh, Lancs
Hello GrimsbyPacer,
What a great name!! Yes! Our beloved (mis)guided busway!
TBH, I only saw it in operation yesterday for the first time and it does look rather good, I must admit.
I actually live in a small village just the other side of Leigh to the busway, that's why I've not seen it working before.
It was a lot of money, caused HUGE disruption and quite a lot of bad feeling but we've got it now so that's that.
It also causes quite a bit of amusement on facebook as some idiot car drivers get caught on it, the signs for each junction are pretty bloomin obvious too!
Maybe one day I may use it but really, I'm still sore they didn't make it either a railway or a tramline.
Cheers,
John.
 
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DVD

Member
Joined
23 Jul 2009
Messages
74
Location
Sidcup
Hallo everyone. I'm David.

I've been a member of the forum since 2009 but have rarely posted, although I am a regular reader of the forums. My lack of direct participation is for multiple reasons : endless difficulties in logging in, crap IT, plus - as an amateur enthusiast - I am never quite sure how much value I can bring to the threads.

But I love the forum and want to pay tribute to the incredible knowledge and expertise here. I now have a shiny new laptop so hopefully - with a bit more confidence - I will be a bit more active in the future.

Unlike many I was not an enthusiast as a kid, but it slowly developed during my adult years, particularly when I became a Southeastern Sidcup line commuter in the early 1990s. I remain fascinated by the Dartford lines and re-wrote some of their Wikipedia entries a couple of years ago (hopefully improving them).

I have been a subscriber to Modern Railways since the early 1990s and still find that (and Rail and Today's Rail UK) enjoyable reading. I love combative writing and am a great fan of Roger Ford and Ian Walmsley !

I have recently began to take an interest in the preserved / heritage scene although modern rail remains my main interest.(Despite having lived on the south east London / Kent borders for over 20 years it was only a few months ago that I made my first trip on the Spa Valley, my "local" preserved line - although I have been a fan of the Epping & Ongar since it opened (I originally came from Central Line territory - Loughton in Essex).

I love reading about railways and have built up quite a big library. Visits to Robert Humm's shop are lethal and I usually come away much poorer ... (Does anyone remember a secondhand rail bookshop in Charlotte Place near Tottenham Court Road ? I remember going there in the 90s and buying up back issues of Modern Railways).

Anyway there are a few more details :

Occupation : Civil servant (but not for much longer, voluntary redundancy at the end of next month).

Favourite Lines : The three Dartford lines, East Coast Main Line, Barking to Gospel Oak (for 6 months in 1992 I lived next to it in Walthamstow), the GN & GE Joint line.

Favourite Rolling Stock I have a soft spot for 465/466 'Networkers' despite their many drawbacks, Class 357s, any DMU.

Despite being predominantly a fan of the modern scene, I am increasingly interested in rail history. So much so that I have recently enrolled in a Postgraduate Diploma in Railway History run my the university where I graduated in History in the 80s (York). Hopefully this will keep my busy when my 30 Civil Service career ends ....

That's all for now.
 

mikeVastano

New Member
Joined
31 Aug 2016
Messages
2
3rd time lucky with this post...:D

Hi all

Just registered so thought I would introduce myself.

I have registered as I work for a Major IT Consultancy and we are currently doing a Proof of concept for a new fare payment phone app, so thought I may get some useful train information from the forums.

Unfortunately since the project is in its early stages most of what we are doing is commercially sensitive at present. But hopefully as time goes by I may have more freedom to discuss things more openly.

I am learning quite a lot about railways as this is my first project in the area.

Thanks
 
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adon

Guest
Hello I'm an italian student of railways engeneering. I'm 26 years old. I living in Reggio Calabria (italy) and I 'm very interesting of your railways, locomotive and infrastructure. Hello everybody.
 

Kewrail

New Member
Joined
30 Sep 2016
Messages
1
Location
Ramsey, Isle of Man
Name: Andy
Age: 40
Lives: Ramsey, Isle of Man... for now!
Job: Driver
Transport Interests: Mostly rail but if it's got an engine, it's all good!
Something I could not live without: Coffee
Whats in my wallet: Are you joking? I'm married, there's nothing in my wallet :lol:
 

Kristen29mk

New Member
Joined
11 Dec 2014
Messages
4
Location
Milton Keynes
Name: Krissie
Age: 31
Lives: Milton Keynes
Job: Engineer (Railway)
Transport Interests: Anything EMU
Something I could not live without: Coffee and chocolate
Whats in my wallet: Cards , work ID, student ID... money sometimes
 

MartinMissingX

New Member
Joined
16 Oct 2016
Messages
3
Second post.

Hi,

I am Martin of Lost Property software and cloud services throughout the UK and Europe including the Nordics.
We currently service airports and railways including some bus routes.

Hoping that one day we can revolutionise the way the country sees lost property for the painful thing it is to most people.
We have created the only “ecosystem” that actually works, one system for all businesses so when you search our system you actually search ALL our partners databases.
FREE to search and FREE to register found items! Free now and forever! That there is a promise.

Happy to answer your queries where I can. Thanks for accepting my registration. After 18 years worth of railway experience I hope I can answer most things by now.
 

dave23

New Member
Joined
5 Nov 2016
Messages
2
Hi
I am Dave did a job in railways long time ago, due to the health problems left the job. I used to clean inside the engine train most times. Presently I'm married lives with wife and a kid, hope to enjoy while traveling in Train, but it's all our life. I am planning to go back and live in Paris.
 

AntoniC

Member
Joined
28 Dec 2011
Messages
709
Location
Southport
Hallo everyone. I'm David.

I've been a member of the forum since 2009 but have rarely posted, although I am a regular reader of the forums. My lack of direct participation is for multiple reasons : endless difficulties in logging in, crap IT, plus - as an amateur enthusiast - I am never quite sure how much value I can bring to the threads.

But I love the forum and want to pay tribute to the incredible knowledge and expertise here. I now have a shiny new laptop so hopefully - with a bit more confidence - I will be a bit more active in the future.

Unlike many I was not an enthusiast as a kid, but it slowly developed during my adult years, particularly when I became a Southeastern Sidcup line commuter in the early 1990s. I remain fascinated by the Dartford lines and re-wrote some of their Wikipedia entries a couple of years ago (hopefully improving them).

I have been a subscriber to Modern Railways since the early 1990s and still find that (and Rail and Today's Rail UK) enjoyable reading. I love combative writing and am a great fan of Roger Ford and Ian Walmsley !

I have recently began to take an interest in the preserved / heritage scene although modern rail remains my main interest.(Despite having lived on the south east London / Kent borders for over 20 years it was only a few months ago that I made my first trip on the Spa Valley, my "local" preserved line - although I have been a fan of the Epping & Ongar since it opened (I originally came from Central Line territory - Loughton in Essex).

I love reading about railways and have built up quite a big library. Visits to Robert Humm's shop are lethal and I usually come away much poorer ... (Does anyone remember a secondhand rail bookshop in Charlotte Place near Tottenham Court Road ? I remember going there in the 90s and buying up back issues of Modern Railways).

Anyway there are a few more details :

Occupation : Civil servant (but not for much longer, voluntary redundancy at the end of next month).

Favourite Lines : The three Dartford lines, East Coast Main Line, Barking to Gospel Oak (for 6 months in 1992 I lived next to it in Walthamstow), the GN & GE Joint line.

Favourite Rolling Stock I have a soft spot for 465/466 'Networkers' despite their many drawbacks, Class 357s, any DMU.

Despite being predominantly a fan of the modern scene, I am increasingly interested in rail history. So much so that I have recently enrolled in a Postgraduate Diploma in Railway History run my the university where I graduated in History in the 80s (York). Hopefully this will keep my busy when my 30 Civil Service career ends ....

That's all for now.
Sorry to hear you losing your job and being forced to take VES, are you in one of the offices affected by BOF ?

I am a Civil Servant of only 28 years and I am lucky NOT to be affected by BOF as I can commute to my office in Liverpool.
 

Thomas choo

Member
Joined
23 Jan 2017
Messages
36
Good evening ladies and gents.
I've only just found this forum and what I've seen so far it seems to be the best place for any help required. I thought I would just say hello to everyone and get a feel on how everything works around here.
 

r37

Member
Joined
23 Jan 2017
Messages
79
Location
Wales
Hi! I am also a new member and have discovered this forum today. :) It does look very good especially for help with fares.
 

Thomas choo

Member
Joined
23 Jan 2017
Messages
36
HI r37. I think this forum covers every aspect of the railway, I'm slowly getting to grips with it but I'm sure people will offer the help if we get stuck.
 

Thomas choo

Member
Joined
23 Jan 2017
Messages
36
Hey spikey. It was just generally saying if help was needed then I'm sure people would come forward. Since then I have started another thread regarding interview pointers for a trainee driver role for southwest, not sure if you know anything?
 

shredder1

Established Member
Joined
23 Nov 2016
Messages
2,013
Location
North Manchester
Hi and welcome

I`m a relatively new member and found the site very helpful, with some very knowledgeable people abroad and the site appears to be well moderated, friendly and organised,
 

Thomas choo

Member
Joined
23 Jan 2017
Messages
36
Hi shredder. Thank you for the welcome. I've been reading through some of the posts and I can see people are more than willing to help out anyway they can, I just need to keep doing my research and hopefully I'll find what I'm looking for.
 

geordieboy88

Member
Joined
7 Dec 2016
Messages
28
I've found this forum fantastic for information and advice when researching positions in the industry. Some very helpful and knowledgeable people.

Good luck with it all
 

Pete_uk

Member
Joined
28 Jan 2017
Messages
523
Location
Stroud, Glos
Hello!

I've been on various forums and usenet groups and I have been lurking here for a while. I decided to register so I can ask questions. I loved railways as a child and that love was sparked again when I commuted to Gloucester and back for three years for college.

So, um, hi :)
 

TurboFintan

Member
Joined
2 Oct 2015
Messages
70
Location
Greater London
I've already started posting in the thread 21:30 St Pancras to Glasgow (1970s) but I thought I would make an introduction here as well.

Name: Fintan (Anglo-Irish here)
Age: 18
Lives: London
Job: Currently doing A-levels
Transport Interests: Turbostars!
Something I could not live without: Food
What's in my wallet?: London Freedom pass, Oyster card, couple of coins, my college pass, keys
 

Cowley

Established Member
Associate Staff
General Discussion
Joined
15 Apr 2016
Messages
8,339
Location
Devon
I've already started posting in the thread 21:30 St Pancras to Glasgow (1970s) but I thought I would make an introduction here as well.

Name: Fintan (Anglo-Irish here)
Age: 18
Lives: London
Job: Currently doing A-levels
Transport Interests: Turbostars!
Something I could not live without: Food
What's in my wallet?: London Freedom pass, Oyster card, couple of coins, my college pass, keys
Hi (Turbo) Finton, welcome to the forum. :)
 

Harlesden

Member
Joined
23 Jun 2010
Messages
968
Location
LONDON NW10
Just saying hi.
Barney Fisher. 45-year old American guy based in Wilmington DE (Delaware).
Just looking around for a week or so before my next post.
I think of myself as a novice rail fan. The interest and fascination is there but not the knowledge.
Wondering why your main line trains seem so narrow. I did London to Manchester a couple of years ago but spent a lot of that vacation in London.
I was thinking Richard Branson couldn't fit his ego on one of his Pendolinos but not sure how that would go down.
See you later guys. :):):)
 

507021

Established Member
Joined
19 Feb 2015
Messages
3,843
Location
Liverpool
Just saying hi.
Barney Fisher. 45-year old American guy based in Wilmington DE (Delaware).
Just looking around for a week or so before my next post.
I think of myself as a novice rail fan. The interest and fascination is there but not the knowledge.
Wondering why your main line trains seem so narrow. I did London to Manchester a couple of years ago but spent a lot of that vacation in London.
I was thinking Richard Branson couldn't fit his ego on one of his Pendolinos but not sure how that would go down.
See you later guys. :):):)
Hey, Barney. Welcome to the forum. :)
 

Ash Bridge

Established Member
Joined
17 Mar 2014
Messages
3,608
Location
Stockport Cheshire
Just saying hi.
Barney Fisher. 45-year old American guy based in Wilmington DE (Delaware).
Just looking around for a week or so before my next post.
I think of myself as a novice rail fan. The interest and fascination is there but not the knowledge.
Wondering why your main line trains seem so narrow. I did London to Manchester a couple of years ago but spent a lot of that vacation in London.
I was thinking Richard Branson couldn't fit his ego on one of his Pendolinos but not sure how that would go down.
See you later guys. :):):)
Hi, and welcome to the forum, as nobody has yet answered your question about narrow mainline trains I thought I should explain that the Pendolino (and Super Voyager trains) operated by Virgin out of London Euston to the likes of Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Chester etc. are narrower than a more conventional High Speed Train such as those which operate out of Paddington to the West of England as they are tilting trains and due to the limited loading gauge in the UK thus require a bodyside profile to allow this function.
 

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