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James_Trinder
post Dec 8 2019, 10:29 PM
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Obviously this isn't Facebook but some of the points raised in this article seem familiar:

BBC News - General Election 2019: Has your local Facebook group been hijacked by politics?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-50663302
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post Dec 8 2019, 10:40 PM
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As I deleted my Facebook account years ago... no. If you are still on it... more fool you.
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James_Trinder
post Dec 8 2019, 11:07 PM
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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Dec 8 2019, 10:40 PM) *
As I deleted my Facebook account years ago... no. If you are still on it... more fool you.


The more general point that I was trying to make is that in my opinion this forum has been hijacked by politics in the same way that some of these local Facebook groups have been.
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post Dec 9 2019, 11:00 AM
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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Dec 8 2019, 10:40 PM) *
As I deleted my Facebook account years ago... no. If you are still on it... more fool you.


I remember "trying" to delete my facebook account years ago and to say they did not like it was an understatement. The more they protested the more I insisted until the irresistible force prevailed, but it did leave me wondering why they made such a big deal about it.


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je suis Charlie
post Dec 9 2019, 10:56 PM
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It's odd that some people have been on here and complained about the lack of variety of topics yet few seem to take the time to start new threads.
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post Dec 10 2019, 12:13 PM
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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Dec 9 2019, 10:56 PM) *
It's odd that some people have been on here and complained about the lack of variety of topics yet few seem to take the time to start new threads.


Bet that changes on Friday. laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif


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post Dec 10 2019, 05:55 PM
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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Dec 10 2019, 12:13 PM) *
Bet that changes on Friday. laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif

Anything happening on Thursday then?
Friday the 13th could take on a whole new meaning when we wake up to Jezza..🤣
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post Dec 12 2019, 09:46 AM
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Back on the railway topic of this thread, there is a major change to the timetable as from the start of next week.
Most times will be changing.

There will now be 3 trains per hour all day each way between Newbury and Reading / London.
PLUS and hourly service all day each way from London to the West Country
PLUS an increased number of aggregate trains between the Somerset quarries and various destinations in the Home Counties.

The main message being, avoid Thatcham Level Crossing if you can!! tongue.gif
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post Dec 12 2019, 08:52 PM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Dec 12 2019, 09:46 AM) *
Back on the railway topic of this thread, there is a major change to the timetable as from the start of next week.
Most times will be changing.

There will now be 3 trains per hour all day each way between Newbury and Reading / London.
PLUS and hourly service all day each way from London to the West Country
PLUS an increased number of aggregate trains between the Somerset quarries and various destinations in the Home Counties.

The main message being, avoid Thatcham Level Crossing if you can!! tongue.gif


All I want for Xmas is for people to stop committing suicide on the railway. Poor souls. Nightmare for commuters as well.😪
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post Dec 13 2019, 01:22 AM
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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Dec 12 2019, 08:52 PM) *
All I want for Xmas is for people to stop committing suicide on the railway. Poor souls. Nightmare for commuters as well.😪

Many deaths at Thatcham crossing may have its benefits. sad.gif
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James_Trinder
post Dec 13 2019, 10:23 AM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Dec 12 2019, 09:46 AM) *
There will now be 3 trains per hour all day each way between Newbury and Reading / London.


You are correct on the all day part of that statement but not so correct when it comes to the late evening services, which are pretty similar to now.
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post Dec 13 2019, 10:53 AM
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QUOTE (James_Trinder @ Dec 13 2019, 10:23 AM) *
You are correct on the all day part of that statement but not so correct when it comes to the late evening services, which are pretty similar to now.


Which is still over and above the off peak service that Biker quoted.
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je suis Charlie
post Dec 13 2019, 02:26 PM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Dec 12 2019, 09:46 AM) *
Back on the railway topic of this thread, there is a major change to the timetable as from the start of next week.
Most times will be changing.

There will now be 3 trains per hour all day each way between Newbury and Reading / London.
PLUS and hourly service all day each way from London to the West Country
PLUS an increased number of aggregate trains between the Somerset quarries and various destinations in the Home Counties.

The main message being, avoid Thatcham Level Crossing if you can!! tongue.gif

Let's hope this one works better than last year's.
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post Dec 14 2019, 06:55 AM
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I suspect the level crossing issue is really down to us making the influential nay sayers on our local councils see sense.
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post Feb 20 2020, 06:08 AM
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Major disruption cost.
I wonder if the railway (GWR / NR) will be claiming back the hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage, delays and disruption caused by this this idiot?
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post Feb 20 2020, 12:56 PM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Feb 20 2020, 06:08 AM) *
Major disruption cost.
I wonder if the railway (GWR / NR) will be claiming back the hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage delays and disruption caused by this this idiot?


Not a chance. He/She will receive a short lecture on the dangers of level crossings and no doubt will blame the sun/rain/the loss of their aunties cat etc. but the long suffering commuter will burden the cost. angry.gif


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post Feb 22 2020, 10:24 AM
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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Feb 20 2020, 12:56 PM) *
Not a chance. He/She will receive a short lecture on the dangers of level crossings and no doubt will blame the sun/rain/the loss of their aunties cat etc. but the long suffering commuter will burden the cost. angry.gif


The obvious way to avoid level crossing incidents of this type is to not have a level crossing and build a bridge instead. I understand that it has been decided that this isn't economically feasible currently but there must come a point with the continuing expansion of Thatcham where it is.
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post Feb 22 2020, 11:48 AM
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QUOTE (James_Trinder @ Feb 22 2020, 10:24 AM) *
The obvious way to avoid level crossing incidents of this type is to not have a level crossing and build a bridge instead. I understand that it has been decided that this isn't economically feasible currently but there must come a point with the continuing expansion of Thatcham where it is.

Fancy bulldozing Pipers lane estate and moving the railway station do you?


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James_Trinder
post Feb 23 2020, 11:16 AM
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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Feb 22 2020, 11:48 AM) *
Fancy bulldozing Pipers lane estate and moving the railway station do you?


The way that I would do it is to upgrade the Colthrop level crossing to a bridge, reroute the traffic via that new bridge and close the current station level crossing to vehicular traffic.
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post Feb 23 2020, 01:25 PM
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Where do you cross th canal then? It's at its furthest from the RR at colthrop. Do cross both with one span would mean a massive bridge. Unless bin looking vat the wrong OS map, very likely 🤔
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