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  1. Killingworth

    You know you’re getting older when……

    When visiting Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway and recalling buying stamps by sending postal orders to the Bridgnorth Stamp Club, then remembering having a lapel badge on the school blazer to show loyalty, along with different coloured badges for all the BR regions.
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    EMR Overcrowding

    Trouble is the ordinary traveller just experiences a very bad journey. In the case described that was due to issues at all 3 TOCs on the route and distant Network Rail. The users leaving muttering 'never again' probably will return, but not if it keeps happening.
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    Hope Valley Capacity Scheme updates

    Yes 1653157446 See my post1048 for blockades until end July. These are to cover multiple tasks particularly laying and connecting the new track though Dore station. That should be in place by August. Fast TPE services (any running) will divert via Huddersfield. EMR will have bus substitute...
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    EMR Overcrowding

    So the 10.37 from Sheffield, according to RTT from Norwich and Skegness, came as a single 158. The former TPE 11.11 isn't running. Last week's Northern 6 car 11.14 was only 3 car and was totally rammed leaving passengers behind at Dore. The 12.14 left Dore equally rammed and with a thrown half...
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    Is electrifying Windermere worth it?

    Or even the Windermere branch!
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    Hope Valley Capacity Scheme updates

    This is where the new Dore loop will cut off the Hope Valley line just north of West View Lane, running parallel with the existing tracks below Poynton Wood on the right. At the site of the current Dore West Junction it will take that route through short Dore Tunnel to the MML. Trees now...
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    You know you’re getting older when……

    When you've scrolled through 7 pages of this, constantly mumbling 'so true', and thinking of what to add, and having got to the end can't remember. Now musing how on my grandmother's 94th birthday she said "everything's going too fast." I thought she meant cars, planes, trains. No, the last...
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    Transpennine Industrial Relations

    I think you'll find more than one or two already have - they don't like trains and all their subsidies! Some members of the opposition might also think the money could be better spent on the NHS etc.
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    Is electrifying Windermere worth it?

    If we're really serious about so much national electrification by 2030 we need more teams trained to get the work done. We need some fairly quiet stretches with simple requirements for young apprentices to cut their teeth. Can anyone think of a fairly simple 10 miles or so that might be...
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    Transpennine Industrial Relations

    The Operator of Last Resort, otherwise the franchise ends, there are no TUPE transfers, all staff are redundant, there are no trains. Depends on the government and franchise how such a situation might then pan out. In all probability all other franchises would be faced with total walkouts in...
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    Transpennine Industrial Relations

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but I doubt a 9% settlement would have been agreed. Back in 1975 we reached 25% but over the last 30 years we'd kept below 4% and minds haven't got used to such high figures. We're entering a very different and difficult period.
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    Transpennine Industrial Relations

    It's 2 years now since one of, if not the, most successful negative transport advertising campaigns in history - don't use public transport or you may die! Just as travellers are recovering their confidence in rail they face the prospect of cancellations and disruptions. Management that...
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    Is electrifying Windermere worth it?

    To be pedantic the Windermere branch is actually 10 miles long, the confusion is probably because only about 5 miles is within the National Park boundary.
  14. Killingworth

    Is electrifying Windermere worth it?

    Although ASDO can be used, as is currently being demonstrated at weekends on the Hope Valley line with 5 and 6 car 195s at 4 car platforms.
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    Is electrifying Windermere worth it?

    Professor Joad might well have said "it all depends on what you mean by a LOT." It would certainly cost a LOT of money and generate a LOT of protests - anything new in National Parks is almost guaranteed to trigger a nerve for some, or several, pro-active lobbying groups! However taking a LOT...
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    Things you don’t see outside any more

    Some of the doors would still open when I was a lad. Coal might have gone straight in originally but by the time I can remember the 1 cwt bags were carried on the coalman's back into the yard tipped in behind the slatted up boards. 10 cwt or more bought in the summer for lower prices. We had...
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    TPE additional stock order - speculation

    Same happens at Sheffield!
  18. Killingworth

    Things you don’t see outside any more

    I could find you at least one in the road within a mile of where I live any day!
  19. Killingworth

    Northumberland Line to be re-opened to passengers

    Newspapers have optimistically talked this project up for years, possibly decades. In March 2022 the Newcastle Chronicle said "Passenger services are due to be restored to the railway line from December 2023 or early 2024." See...

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