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  • OK so I found this video made by the transport authority in Vienna entitled "Sliding on escalators can be deadly"
    I don't know why, but I think it's hilarious
    Reading an alphabetically organised list of stations becomes incredibly unsatisfying down the middle, because you get a list of all the london terminals irritatingly interrupted by the two London Roads.
    Springs Branch
    Springs Branch
    Not to mention that London station which isn't a London Terminal - London Fields.
    Does anyone happen to know what is the meaning of a bright blue sign showing "GSM-R" with a 3 large digits underneath is?

    I spotted a few at Gloucester. I'd upload an image but I can't figure out how to do one in a profile post
    py_megapixel
    py_megapixel
    Figured out how to insert an image, yay!
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    CC 72100
    CC 72100
    They are a GSM-R registration code. The symbol you see next to the wording is the same as the symbol the GSM-R keypad for registration.

    Generally speaking, the code is the last 3 digits of the signal number, with 0s added in if the signal has a short number (Say M23 for example, in which case the code would be 023).
    CC 72100
    CC 72100
    They are meant to be where signal plates can't be viewed very clearly from where the cab would be, but they seem to be everywhere, including where there is no problem with reading the number on the signal plate.
    Thank you very much to the fantastic member of staff in my local ticket office this morning who patiently went through and booked me reservations on several trains for a journey I want to make shortly - despite them not being the ones that appear in the journey planners for that journey, and despite me not explaining what I wanted very clearly!
    The forum is certainly getting a good bit of extra traffic from this 80x withdrawal saga...

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    hst43102
    hst43102
    Wonder if any of this will end up in media reports?
    D365
    D365
    Wonder how many of the guests are concerned LNER social media staff!
    Probably not worth a full thread for this so I'll ask here: am I correct that on Bank Holidays off-peak tickets are valid all day, like Saturdays and Sundays?
    Starmill
    Starmill
    Usually but it depends on the specific ticket. Some tickets do have restrictions that apply on Saturday and Sunday.
    If you're ever looking for something relaxing to listen to, try the sound of a 323... :)
    Metrolink
    Metrolink
    I like it! but not too much. It really does sound like a metro train though, but I can’t pinpoint which one!
    D365
    D365
    ”Relax” and ”Class 323 sounds” are two of the things I would least associate with one another. :!:
    Just a random curiosity that occurred to me.

    Are there any National Rail, London Underground, or light rail stations anywhere in the UK that have never seen a mention on this forum in the many years of its existence?
    py_megapixel
    py_megapixel
    This would obviously have to exclude threads which involve intentionally stating lots of station names - which precludes most of the Quizzes & Games section, as well as Trivia threads asking for lists of stations. I'd probably also exclude stations that closed before the forum existed.
    Radley
    Radley
    Such an interesting question.

    While this is not one of them, Colliers Wood appears to be mentioned very little with 4 pages of forums where said station has been mentioned.

    If I find anything different (trying to exclude trivia forums!) I’ll update!

    Part of me thinks although, that every station has been said in some capacity. Would be amazed to figure out any anomalies!
    Metrolink
    Metrolink
    I have seen Withington has 10 pages of mentions, however 70% are on the quizzes and games subforum, so I think that is a considerably small amount.
    Excuse the ignorance, but what's the meaning of the heart icon in the logo at the top of the forum?
    Peter C
    Peter C
    Ah - just thought - could it be to do with Valentines Day on Sunday? (sorry for making a second post, couldn't edit previous one)

    -Peter
    A
    A Challenge
    @Peter C, it has changed for me, perhaps you need to clear the cached version (Ctrl+F5)?
    Peter C
    Peter C
    @A Challenge It seems to have changed for me - but thanks anyway. I'll use that trick in future. :)

    -Peter
    What is the route called please.
    py_megapixel
    py_megapixel
    I assume you mean the BVE route I was taking about in the post below?
    I can't remember exactly, and I have a few dozen routes installed so can't really go through them all and check, but I do know it was Northern, and I think it was from a set by 'eezypeazy', either the ECML one or the Tyne Valley.
    (As you can likely tell, I don't drive trains for a living - if I did, I'd have far better route-knowledge than that :D)
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    adsim
    ok thanks for the reply.
    Just been playing BVE (which is a driving simulator) and there's a yellow sign with a black letter 'T' on it on a post next to the track. Doesn't seem worth starting a whole new thread for but does anyone know what this means?
    Just wondering - have GWR or FGW ever run Pacers coupled in multiple with their 150s, 153s or 158s?
    AMR
    AMR
    It was one hell of a Diversion.
    hexagon789
    hexagon789
    150s definitely, seen a few combos down Dawlish way; 153s seems quite feasible; 158s I've no idea, maybe as ECS?
    TT-ONR-NRN
    TT-ONR-NRN
    Yes, yes and yes. I've seen all three combinations.
    If anyone knows what the prominent sort of screechy-sounding instrument in most - if not all - versions of the theme to "Doctor Who" is, I'd like to know... I just can't place it!
    Peter C
    Peter C
    There was a show I watched on TV which mentioned this at some point - I think it was a case of the relevant BBC department going away and making the theme from countless different things. The suggestion of the theremin seems to be the best answer. (The theremin being one of few instruments you can share in the current climate as you don't touch it! :))

    -Peter
    hexagon789
    hexagon789
    @XAM2175 probably that then, it was in a documentary about the programme some years ago that mentioned it
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    pdsalford
    It could possibly not be a real instrument at all, most of the music and sound affexts were created by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
    Some proof-reading and sanity checks would not go amiss on the National Rail website (example below:)

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    hexagon789
    hexagon789
    I think the time it showed a Fife Circle train as destination Shoeburyness was even more laughable ;)
    hst43102
    hst43102
    Also note the date tag attached to the photo - unprofessional at best!
    What's Father Christmas' favourite local authority area?

    The London Borough of Ho-Ho-Hounslow.
    Mag_seven
    Mag_seven
    You've been opening the Christmas crackers early I see.
    Regardless of your stance on Covid, can we all just agree that the communication quality of information needs to improve?

    Vague ambiguous nonsense, nonsense one-way systems. and blatantly incorrect terminology seem to be the norm now.
    Y
    yorkie
    We need to say "NO" to the "new normal" of restrictive practises
    I have just realised that the Speculative forum is invisible if you are not logged in.

    I never noticed that before!
    talltim
    talltim
    It's like a guilty secret...
    The forum isn't letting me submit posts for some reason...
    nlogax
    nlogax
    I had the same issue on the TV advertising thread. 'Submit' didn't work in Chrome, but seemed fine in Safari.
    py_megapixel
    py_megapixel
    @nlogax Adblockers will detect the word "advertising" and assume things below it are an ad, which interferes with the submit functionality. Do you perhaps have an adblocker installed in Chrome, but not Safari?

    @Xenophon PCDGS Yes, I managed to figure out why as you can see above
    nlogax
    nlogax
    Hah, good point and well spotted..foiled by my own adblocker!
    I wonder if they have trouble getting trains started at North Pole TMD because of how cold it is :D
    py_megapixel
    py_megapixel
    I'll see myself out...
    hexagon789
    hexagon789
    They have magical reindeer for shunters, so as long as they don't run out of carrots it's all good! ;)
    That's nice, it seems that I get to be an "Established Member" now!
    hexagon789
    hexagon789
    Have you only just become one? It used to be at about 990-1020 posts that triggered it
    py_megapixel
    py_megapixel
    @hexagon789 I've not been paying attention very much, but I don't believe I was one yesterday and I've posted about 30 times today so make of that what you will
    hexagon789
    hexagon789
    You're right, the threshold seems to have been raised. It used to be around 1000, now it seems to be over 1100
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