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    T & W Metro reducing services on 29 Nov. Not enough drivers!!

    Agree with this. Would prefer a timetable they can stick to over an unrealistic one with rafts of cancellations.
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    ‘Via’, ‘Then’, ‘For’

    Ah my bad. I knew green was the new special bus livery so just assumed that was it.
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    ‘Via’, ‘Then’, ‘For’

    Saw a good one in Newcastle this week which combined the two. ‘685 - Hexham for Brampton and then Carlisle’. :D It was in Stagecoach’s new “special bus” livery (below - not my photo).
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    Tyne & Wear Metro Fleet Replacement: Awarded to Stadler

    I think it actually contacts the rails. Think them dropping to the rails is the sound you hear when the driver first puts his key in. 1603886105 I asked this question a while back and was given the answer that heavy rail don’t use magnetic emergency brakes because the trains are so heavy, that...
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    Tyne & Wear Metro Fleet Replacement: Awarded to Stadler

    The greasing the rails idea is a good one as gives a chance to practice it in real time rather than on a simulator. Not sure if Metro could do this however, perhaps the depot would be a potential location if there is a long enough stretch of track in it. If true, that is a rather shocking and...
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    Tyne & Wear Metro Fleet Replacement: Awarded to Stadler

    Problem is Metro stops and starts a lot. So whilst taking a cautious, early braking approach to every station would be ideal, it would probably end up in you consistently running late and a resulting angry DM. Just curious, how would they train people to deal with low rail adhesion scenarios? I...
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    Tyne & Wear Metro Fleet Replacement: Awarded to Stadler

    It would appear leaf fall season is in full swing. My last two commutes to work have involved that unmistakable feeling of weightlessness/gliding followed by usage of the magnetic brake on approach to Tyne Dock. I assume the new stock will also have the magnetic brakes? It could be a struggle...
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    Types of trains

    Np. If you check during/after the journey it will tell you exactly what train it is/was eg “Operated with 158844“, but if you check in advance it might just say eg “Pathed as Class 150/153/155/156 DMU”.
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    Types of trains

    https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/ Find your service on there, click on “Go to detailed version” then click on “Show train information“.
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    Railway ghosts

    Either a ghost or a crazed trainspotter wearing old BR clothes to get onto the lines.
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    Scotswood Tyne former rail bridge

    Haha aye. Be confusing for outsiders visiting the area.
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    Scotswood Tyne former rail bridge

    Yeah it’s kinda in the middle of nowhere really.
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    ‘Via’, ‘Then’, ‘For’

    Bus operators may not want to try to get rid of it in case it goes the other way in terms of the government say it has to be strictly enforced.
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    Doors opened wrong side at Wigan

    Wonder how the driver managed this one then. Maybe used to pulling in on a different platform at Wigan - muscle memory can be a killer sometimes.
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    Doors opened wrong side at Wigan

    Is it easy to do a wrong side door release, like are the buttons right next to each other so “fat fingers” could be blamed or are they on different sides of the dash board?
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    Scotswood Tyne former rail bridge

    Yeah true. Realistically there is only one MetroCentre so no real need to prefix it with Gateshead.
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    ‘Via’, ‘Then’, ‘For’

    Yeah, I imagine there are more pressing matters to attend to first.
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    ‘Via’, ‘Then’, ‘For’

    Thanks for the replies guys. From reading the replies, it seems ‘then’ and ‘for’ are mainly used to comply with EU distance regulations, but occasionally are instead used if a point mid route is more popular than the final destination. Perhaps their usage will therefore drastically reduce once...
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    Scotswood Tyne former rail bridge

    I noticed it was announced as Gateshead MetroCentre by the automated announcer at Newcastle Central yesterday, wonder if they are planning on changing its name back to Gateshead MetroCentre.
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    ‘Via’, ‘Then’, ‘For’

    On bus destinations displayed at the front of buses I previously only used to see ‘via’, but now ‘then’ and ‘for’ are becoming more commonplace. Eg: •West Auckland via Durham •Durham then West Auckland •Durham for West Auckland Is there any difference between the above three or do they all...

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