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    Dented Carriages?

    Every morning on Sheffield station, as I am waiting for my train, I see the XC HST come in. The carriages seem ‘dented’ with some undulations above the window line, not smooth as you would expect. The paint is unbroken and I am not supposing for one moment there is any problem with the...
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    Are you obliged to ‘rush’ to make your cross-London tube connection?

    I’m on a train now, delayed, that should arrive at Paddington at 2020 but is predicted to arrive at 2038. I have a ticket that allows the tube, and my next train leaves St P at 2132. Now, depending on which source you read on this forum either 45 or 51 minutes are allowed for this transfer, so I...
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    Any connections or meetings with celebrities?

    As a spin-off from the Walking thread, @Non Multi mentioned he saw Timmy Mallett out cycling, and other members have said they saw Peaky Blinders being filmed. How about you? I do remember a few years ago, there was a thread about whom you had met on a train, but this is general. Obviously, if...
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    Your pub and hospitality experience as the Covid restrictions ease

    Several people have mentioned their first visits to the pub as the restrictions have eased, so I wondered if it is worth having a dedicated thread for members to share their experiences. During the hot weather last week it was almost a Parisian experience in Doncaster (yes, I know), with many...
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    Walking and Rambling thread

    I just wondered if any members wanted to share any interesting experiences and observations while they had been out and about. Certainly, walking (sometimes with RailUK members!) has kept me sane during this crisis. I am not thinking detailed trip reports (“We ate Kendal Mint Cake and availed...
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    Is your signage in the city becoming back to normal?

    I remember a few months ago when I was in Sheffield with @yorkie and he asked ‘why are there all these strange crosses marked in the road near bus and tram crossings’. I must say, I hadn‘t noticed them before, but we deduced they were a guide for people to stand two metres apart before crossing...
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    Brian Rose, London Mayor Candidate, and COVID.

    I don’t live in London, but I have seen today a couple of adverts for this candidate: on this forum and a childish meme channel I subscribe to. The adverts are highly critical of Khan’s approach to COVID, and especially the introduction of traffic-restricted zones which he claims increase...
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    Future public health policy when the COVID is over

    There was a terrible incident about a teacher dying on her 25th birthday, widely reported. She was a recovering anorexic who was trying to tutor others suffering about this affliction, so I would expect her immune system would be compromised anyway. Then there was a case reported on Joe Rogan...
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    Being sick/ill at school when you were young

    This is a polite euphemism for vomiting. I am 60 years old and seem to remember quite a few, maybe six times a year, days of my primary school years being off with this ailment, which was cured by a day in bed vomiting until I could face dry toast and an Oxo cube in water. At the same time...
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    Hypotheses for the geographical distribution of Covid

    Let me say I have genuine sympathy for any victims of COVID and their families to start with, as what follows might seem a bit abstract. I have been really fascinated by how the virus is distributed through the UK, and I have an idea that at the moment that the places with the highest rates...
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    Mink

    A long time ago, a mink coat was seen as a sign of success for a brash, vulgar woman who wanted to show off. Now, with animal activism and changing fashions, I thought those days had died. So why have Denmark - one country - so many mink? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-55101058...
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    Trivia - Intervisibility of tram stops.

    There have been a few threads about stations where you can see other stations from them. I wonder about tram stops. I’ll start with Supertram in Sheffield, where if you are stood at Castle Square stop, you can see Cathedral to the west and Fitzalan Square/Ponds Forge to the east. So that’s...
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    Google maps inaccurate

    There has been a thread about the demise of Traveline recently, and many people suggested that it was irrelevant as Google Maps could be used instead. I went walking on the Norfolk coast today and found a bus from Happisburgh to Stalham on Google Maps at 1650, also on bustimes.org. It was...
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    Norfolk Ranger?

    Despite much Googling, I can’t find a day ranger ticket for Norfolk that covers buses and/or trains like the Derbyshire Wayfarer does. Is there such a thing? In particular I would like to visit the north coast and Walsingham from Norwich for a day out.
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    Really strange PIS pronunciations

    Currently sat on a 195 to Sheffield. The PIS lady pronounced Hope, not rhyming as ‘rope’, but ‘Howp’ (in fact the train is in this station now, and she’s done it again). It has the vowel sound of ‘cow’. This is weird. I can understand perhaps the wrong stresses, but this is way out. I know...
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    Quarantine

    I couldn’t really find an existing thread to post the point I want to make, but to be fair, there haven’t been many posts on the quarantine from Spain, and now Belgium. I’m currently in quarantine from Spain, and I’ve been a good boy. I went straight from my flight to Stockport on the bus and...
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    Face Coverings - Advice on usage.

    Moderator note : posts #1 - #4 originally in this thread Serious question, how long are you supposed to wear a disposable mask for before...erm...disposing of it? I use mine on trains and buses for about two hours a day, shove it in my pocket in between, then maybe throw it away after three...
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    If there were a general election in a month, whom would you vote for to most effectively get us out of this mess?

    In the last general election, I voted for the Yorkshire Party, as I knew the leader’s mother and he was a good chap. Normally I vote Labour, but I figured that my local candidate would get in anyway and in any case I didn’t like her much (Oops she lost her seat!). Now all this stuff about...
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    Powers of a person at a station

    Unfortunately there was a very similar thread, which was just closed down before I could reply to it. I have a South Yorkshire Travelmaster card. It looks like a credit card, and you can load various tickets on it. If you wanted the ’supreme’ version - South Yorkshire Connect Plus - which...
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    Recycling centre experiences during Covid19 pandemic

    How is your tip? I probably should say recycling centre, but you know what I mean. I’ve produced a lot of waste recently, because of moving from a house to a flat, and doing up another house. This involves the authorities of Sheffield and Doncaster MBCs, neither of which closed during the...

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