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It's ridiculous how they constantly change the name of when something goes into public run.
Directly Operated Railways was the last one, and now "Operator of Last Resort". Trying to make it sound like some kind of terrible thing...

RMT and unions are quite funny though, jumping on the news going "We told you this years ago!" :lol:

Wonder what knock-on effect it may have for other Govia-run franchises...
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At least they don't just slap 'OPERATOR OF LAST RESORT' stickers underneath the old companies logos to rub it in on the liveries.

The Operator of Last Resort has a few under its belt now, London North Eastern Railway, Transport for Wales, and I believe Northern is still under that too since early 2020.

I have to say though, I use LNER & Northern very often, and they're all run really well and seem to be a lot more stable and less likely to go full foobarr than in the past. So I kinda hope the OoLR hold on to them instead of refranchising them out, which yes I know, is a dream that'll never get fulfilled.
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Redirect Left wrote: 28 Sep 2021 13:27 At least they don't just slap 'OPERATOR OF LAST RESORT' stickers underneath the old companies logos to rub it in on the liveries.
I'd find that quite amusing.
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Well, this week has been an interesting one...

Tractor taking out some Level Crossing barriers and overhead lines.
Enfield Town service testing the buffers trying to arrive into the booking hall.
And a single Rat completely destroying the signalling system on the ECML for hours.

Did I miss anything else? :mrgreen:
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Geo Ghost wrote: 14 Oct 2021 23:02 Well, this week has been an interesting one...

Tractor taking out some Level Crossing barriers and overhead lines.
Enfield Town service testing the buffers trying to arrive into the booking hall.
And a single Rat completely destroying the signalling system on the ECML for hours.

Did I miss anything else? :mrgreen:
Didn't know rats had superpowers
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dol422 wrote: 15 Oct 2021 07:22 Didn't know rats had superpowers
Teeth and an interest in cables apparently!
And then becoming a rather impressive conductor across a set of high voltage electrical contacts :mrgreen:
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My local bus did not run last night... again - fourth occurrence and second for this particular time (last bus of the night that serves my area which is quite annoying).
For some reason, bus drivers do not know why (which for some reason is all they can say when I go and enquire about it).

Buses and bus drivers seem to be a rare commodity nowadays it seems. :mrgreen:
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Geo Ghost wrote: 14 Oct 2021 23:02 Did I miss anything else? :mrgreen:
In the last week?! A lot :lol:
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A few weeks ago, a London Overground train rammed the buffers at Enfield station, it has now been released (by various media outlets) the driver was on cocaine at the time. If this is true, then that is very alarming progress in the investigation. Thankfully during the accident, only two people were treated for what were described as minor injuries.

Source: MyLondon or BBC News.
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RAIB have released a statement regarding the collision which occurred at Salisbury on Sunday evening.
It confirms what a few people were wondering which was if one of the trains had passed a danger signal due to poor adhesion.

It's unusual to get this much detail from a statement saying they are investigating, but I'm glad they have done as it puts a lot of questions to rest right away.
Was a very nasty accident and whilst it is fortunate no one was killed and that it wasn't human error, it's still incredibly saddening to hear one of the drivers suffered life changing injuries :(

For those who don't know, basically what happened was a GWR service was signalled normally through a converging junction heading into Salisbury. At the same time however, a SWR service was attempting to slow for a red signal protecting that junction, but encountered low adhesion. Despite the drivers' attempts to stop and even applying the emergency brake, the train continued to slide through the protecting signal, and collided with the side of the GWR train passing over the junction resulting in both trains partially derailing, and extensive damage.

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What annoys me is the number of times over the years I've heard the general public laugh at reasons like "leaf fall, wrong type or snow/rain" and such things as "stupid excuses" and thinking we make things up.
This is exactly the reason why these reasons are not 'stupid'. Leaf fall season can be incredibly risky and dangerous, especially with other weather conditions too. If anyone ever laughs or complains about 'stupid excuses' like leaves on the line and poor weather, I'm referring them to this example of why we have to be careful.
I recall reading a few years ago about an incident with Scotrail Service which occurred in the early 2000s, 1B47 I believe it was, which slid for nearly 2km in emergency braking due to very poor rail adhesion.
I've been caught in wheel slides before and they can take you by surprise suddenly. Some can be kinda interesting in a way, but other times they can be quite terrifying if you're trying to slow for a reason and can't tell if the train is going to slow and stop where you want it to.
Metal wheels on metal track is fantastic for high speeds and low rolling resistance. Bloody awful for adhesion in bad weather though, especially when you consider the total surface area for each axle contacting the rail is going to be far smaller than that of just a 5pence piece!
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