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« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2018, 08:26:40 PM »

Evening All
The Swansea to Paddington Deisel Electric is now Doing 148MPH on its runs.
Better tracks it could do higher speeds.
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« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2018, 02:20:38 PM »

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If you look at the posts on this forum why not sign up
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« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2018, 02:25:11 PM »

Hello
The powers that be are now talking about bringing
25 year old trains from Gatwick to run in Wales.
Wales really does need a new leader.
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« Reply #18 on: March 16, 2018, 06:18:02 PM »

Oh dear, back to the stage coach!
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« Reply #19 on: July 03, 2018, 02:33:04 PM »

G W R have announced today that they do not have enough coaches to run a
proper train service..What next.
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« Reply #20 on: July 04, 2018, 08:58:52 AM »

Will there be enough drivers,we haven't got enough in the SE of England
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« Reply #21 on: July 04, 2018, 05:00:00 PM »

The Railways have all fallen off the lines. We should take them
back into public ownership.
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« Reply #22 on: July 04, 2018, 08:31:52 PM »

The only time the East Coast Mainline to Scotland made a profit was about 5 years ago when the government took it back over for 2 years then gave it to Branson.Now it back again in government hands again
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« Reply #23 on: August 22, 2018, 07:05:46 AM »

Thinking back to the days of British Rail and diesel loco's. BR were trying to make such severe cut backs in its latter years, that they decided it would save money by not replacing the starter batteries on the diesels. Instead, it left them ticking over all night in sidings. This soon cost them loads more money as Diesel engines like to be worked hard, this is why they are so robust. The bores in these Diesel engines soon glazed over, compression was lost, the loco then needed a new engine @ . No sense at all.

Why is it so difficult for public services to plan into the future and to understand that sort term gains leads to heavier medium and long term loses?

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« Reply #24 on: August 23, 2018, 02:36:06 PM »

TWM,it's because most of these people have no idea how everything  functions coming straight from University in the big world.They think they've learned everything .Saw a film on U Tube about the amount of Deisel trains that are being scrapped that are only 12-15 years old.Not just at one firm but up and down the country.No wonder the fares are high it must be costing them a fortune for new ones,they're not cheap and are mostly made abroad.
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« Reply #25 on: August 23, 2018, 04:26:03 PM »

Edifi, you've hit the nail on the head. Same has happened to the NHS. Fast Track managers with all the theory are screwing it up. They will not listen, screw it up and move on, highlighting their 'successes' on their CV. A lot of them coming in have very limited people skills. They think the louder they shout the problems will be solved.

Bring back the days when folks knew what worked as they had worked on the shop floor.

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« Reply #26 on: August 24, 2018, 12:29:28 PM »

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We are in a mess. All the know alls know nothing.
I remember waiting on a platform for a train back to Birmingham from Cambridge, spent a few days with
a girl I knew.
Waited and waited. No train. A station worker walked along and told us to wrap up as warm as we could
because the Diesel engine was crawling along because the diesel was freezing.
About an hour later we were told the train will be here in 5 minutes. It crawled in. We then had an anouncment
that a steam engine from Tysley was making full steam to fetch us. It did with whistle blowing. In under 2 hours we
were back in Brum.
How come the Brains had not worked out that diesel froze. We were taught at school that to stop diesel freezing
you added a drop of Meths.
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« Reply #27 on: August 24, 2018, 03:52:56 PM »

Hello
All of my training was both written and practical work.
I remember one Monday morning being told to take a mower to pieces, every single nut and bolt.
It was to be back in full running order by Friday afternoon. Written work to explain what eveyy part was
for and how it worked.
Did it and remembered it all.
That was learning and I enjoyed it.
Do you remember taking the Motor Bike to bits on Saturday afternoon and have it running again
Sunday afternoon.
We should still train people how to do a proper job and not pretend to know it all and be the manager.
Keep putting the lock washers on.
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« Reply #28 on: August 24, 2018, 07:40:02 PM »

Hello
It has been announced that in future all new trains in Wales will be step on trains.
No need for ramps and steps.
Problem is that by the time they get these trains we will all be house bound.
Mind the Level Crossings
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« Reply #29 on: August 24, 2018, 10:44:00 PM »

When I started my apprenticeship as a mechanic after about 3 weeks our foreman mechanic Mr Bert Lowe asked me to strip a Morris Minor engine down.He told me to put a sheet of cloth on the floor and as I stripped it down to clean the parts with Paraffin.After a couple of days stripping and cleaning he said did you watch how you stripped it down,I said yes ,he said OK put it back together again.Hadnt got a clue,that was the start of my apprenticeship.But through him I soon learned .What a good teacher he was.
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