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  1. Obviously done without much thought as they have used the wrong sort of clips.
  2. That makes sense I can see how having Tie my Kangaroo down sport and Waltzing Matilda on an endless loop tape would encourage a desperate concentration on anything else. The only problem I can see is hearing the AWS horn over the drivers screaming.
  3. I heard that pensions was a big problem in that the liabilities for the new employing authority were in the £ billions, yet the amount the BTP section of the Railway Pension Fund could be forced to hand over to cover the liability was £0.
  4. He had brown trousers! I was once working lifting and packing with a gang on a Monday morning between the platforms at Wembley Central under the protection of a 20MPH TSR, when a train came through at linespeed. I can still remember looking up from where I was lying on the platform (it is surprisingly easy to jump up onto a platform with a suitable incentive) to see the driver white as a sheet and hanging onto his desk for grim death, as his loco bounced all over the place. Once the train had passed we just dusted ourselves down, jumped back down onto the track and carried on. Did not seem wor
  5. That might explain a lot as myself I found that most of the data in GEOGIS particularly for the age and type of the track which was what I had the most to do with was so unreliable as to not be worth reading. GEOGIS was an old system where everything used obscure letter and number codes to reduce the size of the data. To be able to enter the data you needed to know what you were talking about and what each code really referred to, however GEOGIS input was often delegated to the temp, or most junior member of staff. The way the input screen was set up did not help either as for exam
  6. I wonder what format the output is in these days? Does the train use GPS to generate a mileage figure? If the gang were then working from the physical mileposts and the one they were using was in the wrong place as a lot of them are could that be the source of the error? If the train reports the defects as co-ordinates were the gang using GPS on an ordinary mobile phone to find them which might be less accurate than Martins super whizzo £300 pound tracker. As according to Goggle Maps on my phone I am not typing this from in front of my fire, but from the middle of my back lawn, and it believed
  7. Somewhere that the GPS signal is poor so the train gives a false mileage, that just happens to coincide with a section of track that has a similar but non actionable fault, might explain a couple of times. But you would expect the lesser fault to have been corrected out of existence after a couple of goes, in which case questions should have arisen in the minds of the maintainers.
  8. The local PW Section Manager probably does not have the spare staff and equipment needed to do that. I was told of one before I retired who only had enough staff to do his routine patrolling, if they found anything needing a repair, he had to get permission to hire in more staff. As if he took his own staff off their inspections to do it, it screwed up his programme for the week, and changing all the blocks and margins required was a nightmare. As for safety reasons late changes to these blocks was frowned upon. Even if they were mandated for safety reasons to cover safety inspecti
  9. I would not expect cyclic top at a renewals site, as it tends to be a fault created over time by the action of wagon suspensions. If you have some sort of dip or wet bed, and a lot of the stock has similar suspensions. A wheel set dropping into the original dip, compresses its suspension as it does so, then the wheel comes out of the dip and the suspension decompresses lifting the wagon above slightly. The suspension then drops to its normal position and the wagon follows it down, re-compressing the suspension a bit and applying an impact load to the track. If this happens often e
  10. I suspect that some of these mysteries may be something to do with not spoiling the TSR or other, KPI figures. KPI = Key Performance Indicators. By the time I retired now some years ago keeping the figures looking good on the spreadsheets was getting to be way more important than wasting time buggering about with that on track stuff.
  11. I suppose that shooting the speed where a single detonator was placed at the warning board for every train until the speed was in the drivers notices would be much too old fashioned a way of drawing a drivers attention to an ESR in the modern age. Usually this was a way of using up out of date detonators, some times two were placed on the rail next to each other just in case one did not go off. If a supervisor had a speed to shoot all his neighbours would contribute their old detonators usually in plastic sacks. I have several times spent an hour or two sitting on a sack of detonat
  12. Depends on the sort of track you are modelling, CWR track should have a shoulder off the sleeper ends raised 5" above the sleeper ends on the cess and any wideway sides of the track. Modern jointed is likely to have a similar shoulder as although it is not mandated by standards that is what the staff are used to doing. On traditional jointed track there would only be a small shoulder with no raised section off the sleeper ends. Older track often tended to be neater, gangers were known to use a string line to get a nice straight edge to the ballast. Said edge perhaps even being mark
  13. The first 150 vans as stated by others have the drop bar for the opening where you descend to the track and the section of waist height side panelling laid out the opposite way round to the later vans. Presumably as there were about 2,000 vans built to several similar designs of the later layout it was thought of as normal or standard, and the earlier vans were hence considered reversed in comparison.
  14. There were according to LMS Wagons Vol1 no vacuum fitted vans of this type. However the last 50 of the 150 built were vacuum piped (296406 being one such).
  15. Jealousy not the most attractive of emotions, and one that drives its victims to strange extremes.
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