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  1. We all need that, not just ECML. I see that we are unlikely to agree on this subject and whilst I agree with you with provision for limited stop long distance IC services they are being overtaken more and more by long distance all stops services which encourage a very different type of passenger. Not to mention that today's passenger tends to like to keep their baggage near them, I am sure there are some that don't but they are not the majority from my experience. I hope that EC can hold on to the limited stop trains but I suspect their days are numbered. Anyhow rather than create even more thread drift I feel that it's better we agree to differ. I have plenty of sympathy for what you describe, believe me, but in my world inside the trains I can see we need a different type of IC train for today's passengers, a sort of high speed, maximum seat train which seems to be what they are building these days, for better or for worse... Enjoy your retirement, I am hoping to join you in the next few years if that lot in Westminster don't ruin things completely! On a similar vein I see we are now on page 14 and the facts as we know them haven't changed very much from what we knew on page 3 other than the "railway whispers" going to town so I am going to press the "Ignore Topic" button, but I am still very interested in what actually happened and what the fall out will be, especially for all those new trains, so can someone PM me when the official report is released please and posted up here! Ta!!
  2. If he does as a Guard then his experiences are very different to my own (his "location in the cab" would indicate he was a driver?), I've worked XC for the last 20 years and have seen them go from being quite quiet with mainly long distance passengers to very busy with short/medium distance commuters and that includes the section of ECML from Donny/Leeds to Newcastle. The more stops a train has the larger share of revenue the TOC gets which encourages them to want to stop as many stations as possible to increase revenue. That has lead for new trains to prioritise seating over luggage space, for better or worse (worse usually!). There are times when it's busy with luggage, our boat trains, end of Uni terms and start/finish of holiday periods. But I recon we carry much more short/medium (i.e. up to 2 hour) commuters than we ever did in the past so a comparison with 20 or 30 years ago isn't relevant for modern traffic flows unless the TOC makes a train limited stop which are not that common (though LNER and WCML do still have some), There are some flows where "holiday" traffic is more common I agree, but the modern inter city train passenger is a very different beast to what it used to be even a decade or two back.
  3. Ok Ken you know better than those of us who currently work long distance ic trains. Times have changed especially over the last decade or so. What happened even 20 years ago is a lot different to now. At certain times of the week luggage is an issue but for most of the time we need seats even more. Times change.
  4. They might be supposed to be long distance ic trains but most of the passengers aren't. These days we have a bigger percentage of short/medium distance commuters who more often than not outnumber the long distance crowd. with increased in the number of trains and stops it has encouraged the long distance commuter who are often the majority. Hence seats take priority over luggage on modern trains. Yes I do have trouble in getting them to use the spaces we have and an awful lot of people don't like their bags to be out if sight. It may be different on London centric ic trains but I can assure you my experience is as I have stated. I don't make things up for the sake of it. i only wish what you say is true but my experience at work is that it isn't.
  5. The only service we ran where the HST's luggage areas in the power cars were fully used were the summer Saturdays trains to the SW and even then we had to practically beg people to put their bags down there. People want to have their bag as close as possible to them, I can assure you that the present travelling public will not use a "van area" even if it's provided unless they are forced to!! And that's before you factor in longer dwell times at stations due to people having to walk the length of the train to collect their bags... In the days when there were lots of staff and we were not as rushed they work. Not now.
  6. As the recent stabbing in London proves there is still someone in charge during an election campaign, the outgoing Government. So if they were needed to make a decision then they could.
  7. Yes I agree, I just couldn't find the "sarcastic" emoji when i posted! (Found it now!)
  8. So you parked in a disabled space without a blue badge... It's not "theoretically" wrong it's WRONG. Full Stop. End Of. I am sick and tired of able bodied people using all sorts of excuses for parking in a disabled spot when they are not disabled and could park elsewhere and WALK a few yards. I've heard your excuse used so many times, and variants of it, when I've turned up with my wife in a wheelchair and needed the space. You have no idea of the problems you cause to people who genuinely need that space. Disabled spaces aren't "part time", just as Disabilities aren't part time (my wife would love for that to be the case!). Tell you what, you can have her disability and she'll take your good health and we'll park a bit further away and walk? Deal? No, I thought not! Please don't do it in the future. It is wrong. Please. (If people object to my tone in this post I'd suggest they try having to park in a BB space in any town in the country when they have a disabled person with them. They will find it difficult to do at the best of times. A survey was done of the (mis)use of BB bays in towns across the country, the average misuse of bays by non BB holders was 33%. That means someone who genuinely needs the space can't get one because of illegally parked vehicles at least a third of the time, sometimes far more.)
  9. So much for saving the planet eh! Put on more buses then they wouldn't need the cars...
  10. He said lighter so must be the stuff used by Fiat...
  11. I don't take that view, though. Any decent general exhibition will have a variety of layouts to suit most needs. Whilst i may take a quick glance there are certain types of layouts I will normally by-pass such as Modern Image TMDs and American shunting layouts. Neither do anything for me. OK I may miss out on the odd gem but such is life, I'd rather spend my time looking at something that interests me. Is that wrong? I don't know, it's just what i do. Life's too short!
  12. Why not? It's an accepted way of operating and it is used safely hundreds of times a day over the whole network in many locations. We need to be careful not to over-react to one incident where we do not know the truth as to why it happened, that will be the job of the RAIB.
  13. I seem to remember Neville Hill having some issues a few years ago... Edit: 2009! Didn't realise it was as long ago as that! Not quite the same issue, though... Just out of interest what's the state of the track down that line? I wonder if poor state of the track would have assisted with the derailments of the Azuma?
  14. On a small layout a board like that will work simply because it's "in your face" when you look at the layout so human nature as it is we will read it, especially if it's like mine and just above the backscene in line of sight! On a large layout, though, unless you happen to be directly opposite it you won't be able to read it. If youwant to stay with the photos/text then I'd suggest more photos spread out down the layout front in A4 size and three "text" A4 sized boards spread out between them but with less text and a bigger font. Unlike my TTe layout it's obvious what scale it is so you just need the basics, where, when and what. And don't forget to put "Any questions please ask!" on it!! Another thing that works for large layouts is to have someone out front to talk to people, if you have someone out there that knows about the subject (you?!!) then you'll find people will stay longer which then attracts others...
  15. It was probably one of those bogies that came off. Perhaps it hit something it shouldn't have and damaged it, brake linkage for instance and it was easier just to skate it... I've seen plenty of damage at slow speeds where it's been more than it should be due to individual circumstances... No doubt it'll all come out in the wash!
  16. Ah, I see, sorry I thought we were talking about the subject collision!
  17. I'm getting confused now. I thought this was on the entry road? Or are you saying that there was a stop board on this line facing (therefore applicable to) these units and this stop board was passed without stopping (by I assume, the 800)?
  18. Isn't that a different thing, though, I didn't think this piece of line has a "stop" board which has a very different meaning.
  19. Whilst YouTube is useful to see what it looks like I don't feel it can ever replace seeing something "in the flesh" so to speak... You can miss so much with just photos and videos as you will only see what the photographer is seeing, which is not necessarily what you will see.
  20. I don't know, was it? Seriously, though, I have never "flogged" the nationality of my layouts, they have just been shown with their name and an information board. I have resisted the temptation to put great big flags along the front, wear silly hats or put up "humorous" signs in a pigeon version of the country's language... All of which I've seen on many foreign layouts and I feel that sort of thing often winds up a certain type of person... Mind you as a narrow gauge modeller I am used to comments like "Oh, that's N gauge" anyhow so probably have a higher tolerance level to some types of punter!
  21. You're not Allegheny, but I do seem to have very different experiences of exhibiting "foreign" layouts than you or the other poster, Luck, perhaps!!
  22. Does the above answer your question (a post of mine from the previous page)... Four Czech narrow gauge exhibition layouts, three of which have featured in CM and several German themed NG layouts before them, and yes, I do know what Prussian stuff is, thanks... TBH I've have a much better response at local shows and narrow gauge shows than the biggies, the visitors tend to be more open to seeing something different. I saw few "family" groups at Warley, compared to it being quite common to see husband, wife and kids at local shows. At the local shows I find there are people who have visited the lines or, even better, used to live in the country I model. I can safely say, though, I have NEVER had any hostile comments or behaviour towards them... Mind you I try to be as friendly as possible (my helpers even more so!) so I doubt that sort of bigot would bother saying anything, being open and friendly normally prevents negativity!
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