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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Discussion' started by Aurum Noble, 1 July 2012.

  1. Wessexbrony

    Wessexbrony UKoE resident Victor Meldrew

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    TBH, I've found it rather disappointing. The HST brakes apply too quickly and release too slowly, but hopefully the Armstrong Powerhouse will work its magic once the 91+Mk4 set is released. WCML over Shap is coming soon, though.
     
  2. Little Phantomhive

    Little Phantomhive Recognised Pony

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    I didn't want to start a new thread for this question and you guys seem to ride the trains a lot so could you help me out a little?

    Ive never used a metro card on the rail system before, do you guys know how I go about using it at the train station? I thought you need a ticket to get through the barriers.
     
  3. Alfie

    Alfie Banned User

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    Presuming you mean for the Tyne & Wear Metro?
     
  4. Little Phantomhive

    Little Phantomhive Recognised Pony

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    I mean around the Leeds area. I have a student pass for trains and buses. I get the buses part but how do I get passed the barriers at the station without having a ticket? Ive never used one before.
     
  5. mattyhex

    mattyhex Fwuffy Cheetah

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    If it has a magnetic strip on the back, you could probably try using it in the barriers.

    Otherwise I'm guessing you'll need to show it to one of the guards working on the barriers.
     
  6. Aurum Noble

    Aurum Noble Ferroequinologist

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    You might want to check out the WYPTE (Metro) website for more information.
     
  7. Loganberry

    Loganberry Element of Custard

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    I don't live in W Yorks, but we have a similar thing in the W Midlands -- there's a day pass called the Daytripper that you can either buy at stations (in which case it's like a rail ticket, so works the station barriers) or on buses (in which case it's like a bus ticket, so doesn't). If you have a version that doesn't work the barriers, you show it to someone at the staffed barrier (usually the wide one) and they can use their own staff pass to open the gate for you. I'd imagine the same thing would be true for Leeds.

    (This thread is absolutely fine for questions like that, incidentally.)
     
  8. Aurum Noble

    Aurum Noble Ferroequinologist

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    It's all about trains and rail transport, so anything goes :)
     
  9. vaska00762

    vaska00762 R6 Siege fan

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    Another option is that it's contactless using a system like London's Oyster card or whatever. In which case you may need to load money on to it in order to use it. There are pay as you go student fare cards like that around the world notably the Student Oyster and Student Leap (Dublin's equivalent) which depending on where you are may also provide discount fares on services not using the PAYG system.
     
  10. Absentia

    Absentia Zero Zero Six

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    So this was apparently at Victoria today. Cannae believe I missed it.
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  11. Dash

    Dash Well played Fluttershy, well played.

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    A week late, but just as a normal ticket. If you've bought it from a rail station, just put it through the barriers. If it's from the Post Office/Bus station, just show it to the barrier staff. On train just show the conductor as you would on the bus. Be aware of the zones unless it's a student plus or zones 1-5.

    Incidentally, they're introducing smartcards next year http://www.m-card.co.uk/home/
     
  12. electrokitty

    electrokitty Coffee Enthusiast

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    Couple of photos from my trip to yesterday's Worcester meet. It was a severely delayed 158 from Brighton on the way up and in the end was about 35 minutes late. However, when stopped near abbotswood junction just off of the mainline towards Worcester waiting for another train to pass, it gave me the opportunity to get this photo. Didn't know they were even still in use on NR services, but there we go, and old semaphore signal! I watched it operating as well. I've seen them before but only on heritage rail lines. Was a little bizarre to see one in service and allowing a modern high speed train past.
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    After the massive delays, they decided to terminate the train early at Worcester Shrub Hill, and announced that there would be another train at platform 1B continuing to Great Malvern where the terminating service was due. We arrived about 5 minutes after when they said the connecting service was due to leave, but I guess they decided to hold that service at Shrub Hill presumably because there wasn't another to Great Malvern for a while. I was just planning on walking to Foregate Street as it wasn't far, but ended up getting on the connecting service, which was a FGW 180.

    Having not been on one before I was quite amazed by everything. It really did feel much better than HSTs. The interior was clean, spacious, new and modern, Free WiFi onboard and automatic doors! It was amazingly smooth as well, and the engine noise was barely perceivable. It really did just glide along, and comparable to what you'd expect with Virgin Trains or something. It was by far the best journey I've ever had with First Great Western. All two minutes I was on it :p

    They really should have replaced their HST fleet with them back when they were still making the things, or at least bought more than 5. I'd genuinely consider travelling with First a lot more if they used them rather than avoiding them like the plague. I got a quick photo of the interior, although the shutter lagged because phone camera so sorry it's a bit blurry.
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  13. Centurion

    Centurion Honorary Pony

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    I saw semaphore signals on the branch line between Aberdeen and Inverness being used when I went to Scotland last month.
     
  14. vaska00762

    vaska00762 R6 Siege fan

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    There's semaphore used on certain sections of the NI Railways network between Colraine and Portrush as well as rail sidings mostly used by heritage at main stations.
     
  15. Absentia

    Absentia Zero Zero Six

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    I do believe they are still plentiful in Shrewsbury station and the junction where lines head off to Aberystwyth and Telford.
    Maybe NR are in the mindset that they still perform their purpose very well so there is no hurry to replace them. Must not have been difficult to wire them up to AWS.
     
  16. cool110

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    While we're on the subject of signalling there's a couple of strange things around here 1 NR, 1 heritage.

    On the Ormskirk branch line trains still stop at Midge Hall even though the station closed in 1961 because it used to change between single and double track. Now it's single all the way but only the section between Preston and the level crossing has track circuits so the crossing gets blocked while the token exchanges takes place. (Interestingly one side of the crossing is colour light while the other is semaphore.)

    The Ribble Steam Railway is a bit more unusual in that it goes over a swing bridge so it looks more like a tram line than the freight route is actually is.
    EDIT: How did I forget that the signalbox at RSR is in the pyramid.
     
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  17. Hampshire Brony

    Hampshire Brony Shaun of the dead

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    I think it's Brentwood that has the odd mixture of LUL trains on some platforms, and on the others NR services being controlled by LQ semaphores.

    The Marchwood branch is still on semaphores, but that's a freight line.
    The Arun Valley is still on them, and there was a RAIB bulletin on drivers misreading stop over distants (and improper bellcodes between 'boxes) near the end of last year brought on by a SPAD somewhere Oop Norf.
     
  18. Alfie

    Alfie Banned User

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    Nop
    Brentwood is only served by GA
     
  19. Hampshire Brony

    Hampshire Brony Shaun of the dead

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    Greenford. Not sure when I got Brentwood from.
     
  20. Loganberry

    Loganberry Element of Custard

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    Yep: it's still semaphore all the way from Droitwich to Hereford, and will probably remain so for some years yet. Even Kidderminster only changed over to colour lights a few years ago. Next time I have a bit of spare time and there's good weather (hah) I might take a few photos along the route to Worcester and post them here.
     

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