Railway, Trains January 22, 2013 Skippy No comments

Taking the Piss

At Manchester Piccadilly Station they have Toilets for the travailing public to use while they are on the station, This is not unushal; however since Manchester Piccadilly is a “Principle Station”, it is operated by Network Rail; and Network Rail have a policy for charging for the use of toilets… However they have hidden them behind turnstiles, now looking […]

Trains and Cost – Part 5: Why Automatic Ticket Gates FAIL

One of those things that TOC’s seem to be fond of installing at Stations is ATGs (Automatic Ticket Gate see RIS-7701-INS – Rail Industry Standard for Automatic Ticket Gates at Stations). Obstensivly they claim that these are installed for revenue protection (reduction of ticket less travel), Reduce anti-social behaviour, and also seem to be a requirement of the franchise agreement […]

Train and Cost

Tomorrow I start a new job in Staverton (near Staverton Airport) its a small village between Cheltenham and Gloucester Swindon to Staverton by Car takes 56 minutes and is 37.1 miles (according to google) and according to fuel-economy.co.uk This journey would cost me £6, or by train will about an hour ten (not including the half […]

Railway June 11, 2011 Skippy No comments

Didcot Railway Centre

Today Helen and I went to the Didcot Railway Centre; home of the The Great Western Society; who were offered the use of the Didcot Motive Power Depot site, and they took over the site in 1967. The society has a comprehensive collection of ex Great Western Railway (GWR) locomotives and rolling stock. There are two short […]