It's terrific by train

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by bocken » Wed Jul 01, 2009 22:39

I'd say there's very little chance of NX losing anymore of their franchises just yet, based on http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters ... rains.html

In other news, I was working in the main UCL library today, and in a quiet moment I had a quick browse of the dvds and found volumes 7&8 of the BTF dvds. They'll be mine for a few weeks...

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by humblebee » Thu Jul 02, 2009 09:44

bocken wrote:In other news, I was working in the main UCL library today, and in a quiet moment I had a quick browse of the dvds and found volumes 7&8 of the BTF dvds. They'll be mine for a few weeks...
I think you'll find the production and editorial standards of the packaging and booklet to be of the very highest quality.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by bocken » Sat Jul 04, 2009 17:02

I can not fault that, it's true.

Oh man, I'm not sure I can face The Finishing Line in full dvd quality on a tv screen. Youtube was enough for that one.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by a layer of chips » Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:38

EMT are a fucking disgrace. This sort of gives the lie to them trying to promote trains as a green method of transport, doesn't it?

http://www.thisisbusiness-eastmidlands. ... ticle.html

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by a layer of chips » Fri Jul 10, 2009 20:23

If there's a more stressful train journey than the 5.40pm from Manchester to Nottingham I've not been on it. I nearly started crying at a Steven Wells obituary in the paper. That's how bad it was today.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Sootyzilla » Sat Jul 11, 2009 00:25

a layer of chips wrote:EMT are a fucking disgrace. This sort of gives the lie to them trying to promote trains as a green method of transport, doesn't it?

http://www.thisisbusiness-eastmidlands. ... ticle.html
I don't think a limo is necessarily any less carbon efficient than the taxi the potential customers of this service would otherwise be getting. If they took the train at all.
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Post by a layer of chips » Sat Jul 11, 2009 08:57

No, but it's just more cuntish, isn't it? Are it sort of goes against their green week they had in April where your mate Brian Souter said:
“Public transport has a crucial role to play in reducing global carbon emissions. Our research has told us that the issue of climate change is of real concern to our customers. As well as looking to save time and money, people want healthier and more environmentally friendly ways to get around.
“Taking the bus, coach, train or tram instead of commuting by car is perhaps the single most effective way for people to reduce their carbon footprint. By providing good value, reliable and convenient low-carbon travel, we believe we can attract even more customers on to Stagecoach services.”

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by a layer of chips » Sat Jul 18, 2009 08:34

Shut completely for weeks? I'll get cabin fever...

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/homen ... ticle.html

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by a layer of chips » Wed Jul 22, 2009 13:24

Everything about this made me laugh. Especially the music.


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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by humblebee » Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:04

The Tories have spent most of the last year or 18 months positioning themselves as the new saviours of the railway, right? Oooh, poor commuters. Oooh, look at this mess New Labour is making of the railways. Yeah, don't mention who privatised them. Sure, we'll build a second high-speed line from London to the north. Vote for us, we'll reverse the Beeching axe. And so on.

And yet the very fucking instant the Government announces a major new investment in the railways - as it did yesterday, committing £1bn to the electrification of the Great Western Main Line - the Tories are like, oooh, that's terrible, the country can't afford it, our poor taxpayers.

Twats.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by a layer of chips » Wed Aug 19, 2009 09:41

I'm interviewing Tim Shoveller, the managing ditector of East Midlands Trains next month.

Would anyone like me to ask him anything for them? No swearing.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by sarahluv » Wed Aug 19, 2009 11:06

can i have my money back?

i had to buy a £53 single the other day as i couldn't pick up my fastticket as i'd lost my debit card.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by a layer of chips » Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:00

Shoddy, Sarah. Very shoddy.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by sarahluv » Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:01

i have emailed them but i fully expect to be told to sod off.

also, where's the free tea gone?

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by darvé » Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:19

I thought you caould use any card? Thats what we tell people at work, as long as the card is in the same name as the tickets then it just verifies the name on the magnetic strip. Of course, we could be making that up and just looking for an easy life. Or it could be different for corporate accounts.

Either way, i guess it doesnt help now does it.
and that snare drum, that drum roll
means we've got a winner

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by sarahluv » Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:29

it's different for corporate accounts.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Martijn » Wed Aug 19, 2009 13:16

sarahluv wrote:i have emailed them but i fully expect to be told to sod off.
I would write them a letter, that generally works better (at least for me, though admittedly never in a situation like this and with a different train company; one that has an equally bad reputation though). With a bit of sliming about how you like them as a company and always expect good service from them. If you send them your ticket, they should be able to check that your other ticket was never picked up.

We took the Dartmoor on Sunday a week ago. It was very exciting, even if the train doesn't really go through Dartmoor and most of what you could see from the train were trees. They're also going to run more trains on the line -- currently a few trains a day run each way on Sundays during the summer months -- which is very cool in a eat-your-heart-out-Dr-Beeching kind of way.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Martijn » Sun Aug 23, 2009 00:07

Today's Guardian has a nice piece about railways in the US, or, mostly, the lack thereof. When I did history in school, one of the subjects was about the US between independence and WW1 and the book was called "a society on rails", partly referring to the importance of railways in the growth of the country. It is a rather sad affair that so few traces of that are left. (Although I do understand that distances aren't the same as they are in Europe and people from New York can't just take a train to San Francisco if they want to see a band they like.)

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by Sootyzilla » Sun Aug 23, 2009 00:20

As wrong as it was to do,
Those eyes were made to look into.

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Re: It's terrific by train

Post by darvé » Mon Aug 24, 2009 09:20

Pffft, i can control 8 trains on my electric train set, wheres my job then York?

Thats actually equal parts quite a lovey story, and yet slightly scarey too.
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means we've got a winner

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