Trains...why?

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Re: Trains...why?

Postby mjr » 13 Nov 2018, 3:58pm

pwa wrote:I'm sure we all agree that this sort of thing shouldn't happen and anyone should be able to use public transport without a worry, day or night. But if I had a journey to do tonight I would avoid public transport for that reason, just as I would avoid dark alleys in urban areas. It isn't going to change soon, so nor will my preferences. The world should be a nicer place, but it isn't.

One is far more likely to encounter abusive drunks on certain roads in most towns most nights of the weekend than on a late train IMO. The British Transport Police are fairly visible around our late trains - I wonder why Wales is getting the short straw?
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Re: Trains...why?

Postby brynpoeth » 25 Nov 2018, 7:17pm

I get disgruntled when the popular media starts on about rail travel without mentioning how safe it is, that should be compulsory :wink:, there is a standard complaint about one toilet being faulty when a dozen more are all working and another about punctuality, as if motroning from a to b could be done to a timetable :?
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Re: Trains...why?

Postby kwackers » 25 Nov 2018, 8:41pm

brynpoeth wrote:as if motroning from a to b could be done to a timetable :?

I always found that comment laughable.

If I get the train from Warrington to Liverpool, as a rule it'll turn up within a 5 minute window and get me to Liverpool within the same window (and usually within a minute or two).
I can count on one hand the number of times in a year this doesn't happen and out of them perhaps twice the train will be very late (i.e. 20 mins or so).

When I've driven the same journey the time taken is give or take about 15 minutes either side every day (more coming home) and I'd reckon five or six times a year it'll balloon out to be an extra hour or so (on one occasion I left work at 3:30 and only got home at 8:30 - 5 hours to travel 14 miles!)

I guess it's all about expectation.
Trains are fairly punctual so any deviation is whinge worthy but everyone expects to get stuck in traffic so it's not even worth a mention...

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Re: Trains...why?

Postby brynpoeth » 5 Dec 2018, 6:57pm

Went on another train trip, the first train left on time but arrived two minutes early, so I had to loiter in the cold two minutes longer than planned before the next train came :(

Had a laugh with some strangers on the way back, told them where to get on, someone asked me whether I was a railwayperson. Unfortunately not, just a railway enthusiast :wink:
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Re: Trains...why?

Postby landsurfer » 5 Dec 2018, 8:47pm

brynpoeth wrote:Went on another train trip, the first train left on time but arrived two minutes early, so I had to loiter in the cold two minutes longer than planned before the next train came :(

Had a laugh with some strangers on the way back, told them where to get on, someone asked me whether I was a railwayperson. Unfortunately not, just a railway enthusiast :wink:

2 minutes in the cold .... minus 37 deg C was it .... :)
Come on, be honest , no one asked you if you where a "railway person" ... did they .... unless it was a train load of Guardian reading Social Care Workers ..... :lol: :lol:
I've worked "on the rail" for 20 years+ ... "railway person" .... really ... :lol:

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Re: Trains...why?

Postby RickH » 5 Dec 2018, 8:57pm

I used to sometimes get asked questions as though I was "staff" when on the platform wearing my orange hi-vis cycling jacket (if I'm going to wear hi-vis, I tend to avoid the radioactive lemon look as there are just too many dressed the same!). That was despite the fact I was wheeling a bike around.

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Re: Trains...why?

Postby brynpoeth » 5 Dec 2018, 9:24pm

landsurfer wrote:
brynpoeth wrote:Went on another train trip, the first train left on time but arrived two minutes early, so I had to loiter in the cold two minutes longer than planned before the next train came :(

Had a laugh with some strangers on the way back, told them where to get on, someone asked me whether I was a railwayperson. Unfortunately not, just a railway enthusiast :wink:

2 minutes in the cold .... minus 37 deg C was it .... :)
Come on, be honest , no one asked you if you where a "railway person" ... did they .... unless it was a train load of Guardian reading Social Care Workers ..... :lol: :lol:
I've worked "on the rail" for 20 years+ ... "railway person" .... really ... :lol:

Railway Enthusiast .... ? .... respect .. me too.

Yes they did ask me, I know the timetable which is very regular, Bad Kleinen station is being rebuilt and there is nowhere warm to wait, made a joke about the Ringbahn in Berlin too, it just goes round and round 24/7
Besides, many years ago I did work at Britains Premier Steam Railway, we built a new 'Thomas' :wink:
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Re: Trains...why?

Postby brynpoeth » 5 Dec 2018, 9:27pm

RickH wrote:I used to sometimes get asked questions as though I was "staff" when on the platform wearing my orange hi-vis cycling jacket (if I'm going to wear hi-vis, I tend to avoid the radioactive lemon look as there are just too many dressed the same!). That was despite the fact I was wheeling a bike around.

Reminds me of a Dream Job advertised a few years ago, so many cyclists go by train in Germany that people were (are?) employed to help them load and unload their bikes. Makes sense, so the trains are not delayed
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Re: Trains...why?

Postby 100%JR » 5 Dec 2018, 11:41pm

My shift is having a walk/meal/festive drinks in Castleton/Hope on Tuesday 11th.It looks like the Train is going to be the preferred mode of transport yet again.I think I'm going to get the missus to be my Taxi service instead.Train journey is a minimum of 1hr 5mins(with one change)each way.Takes less than half that in the car and I get a guaranteed seat :roll:

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Re: Trains...why?

Postby Vorpal » 6 Dec 2018, 8:16am

100%JR wrote:My shift is having a walk/meal/festive drinks in Castleton/Hope on Tuesday 11th.It looks like the Train is going to be the preferred mode of transport yet again.I think I'm going to get the missus to be my Taxi service instead.Train journey is a minimum of 1hr 5mins(with one change)each way.Takes less than half that in the car and I get a guaranteed seat :roll:

So you waste the missus' time instead of yours? ;)
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Re: Trains...why?

Postby kwackers » 6 Dec 2018, 9:06am

Vorpal wrote:
100%JR wrote:My shift is having a walk/meal/festive drinks in Castleton/Hope on Tuesday 11th.It looks like the Train is going to be the preferred mode of transport yet again.I think I'm going to get the missus to be my Taxi service instead.Train journey is a minimum of 1hr 5mins(with one change)each way.Takes less than half that in the car and I get a guaranteed seat :roll:

So you waste the missus' time instead of yours? ;)

Always amuses me that folk wanting a lift somewhere never think about your time.

30 min journey each way and presumably he's not expecting his missus to hang around and wait for him. So two hours of her time and an hour of his.
Just so he can save an hour...

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Postby Vorpal » 6 Dec 2018, 12:26pm

kwackers wrote:Always amuses me that folk wanting a lift somewhere never think about your time.

30 min journey each way and presumably he's not expecting his missus to hang around and wait for him. So two hours of her time and an hour of his.
Just so he can save an hour...

My daughter is fond of asking for a lift, usually home from music lessons. She has a bus pass, and has been told that getting herself home is a condition of attending. But it doesn't keep her from calling most weeks and asking me to collect her. That essentially means 20 - 25 minutes of my time to save 15 minutes of hers. :lol:
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Re: Trains...why?

Postby 100%JR » 6 Dec 2018, 1:13pm

kwackers wrote:
Vorpal wrote:
100%JR wrote:My shift is having a walk/meal/festive drinks in Castleton/Hope on Tuesday 11th.It looks like the Train is going to be the preferred mode of transport yet again.I think I'm going to get the missus to be my Taxi service instead.Train journey is a minimum of 1hr 5mins(with one change)each way.Takes less than half that in the car and I get a guaranteed seat :roll:

So you waste the missus' time instead of yours? ;)

Always amuses me that folk wanting a lift somewhere never think about your time.

30 min journey each way and presumably he's not expecting his missus to hang around and wait for him. So two hours of her time and an hour of his.
Just so he can save an hour...

Swings and roundabouts.
I run her about she runs me about.That’s how things work.She has a friend in Hathersage so she’ll probably spend the day with her so is “wasting” no time :roll:
Even if she returns home does it not occur to you she might actually enjoy the scenic drive?
Quite a few drivers do actually like driving.

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Re: Trains...why?

Postby brynpoeth » 6 Dec 2018, 1:15pm

How much does one charge an hour for "taxi" services? Does the taxi wait until time to go home, or does the taxi go home, then out again?

- Mum, may a have a quid to get the bus into town?
- Sorry love, I only have a fiver
- No prob, I shall take a taxi!
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Re: Trains...why?

Postby kwackers » 6 Dec 2018, 1:49pm

100%JR wrote:Even if she returns home does it not occur to you she might actually enjoy the scenic drive?
Quite a few drivers do actually like driving.

Scenic? You're going out for festivities but will be back before dark!

You could be right, but my money is on "likes a quiet life".