Yes - BR was rubbish ..

Discussion in 'transport' started by davesgcr, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    Can get a bit emotional about this very good mate can identify about half of these guys on the Great Northern and I suspect that I got my job as a Management Trainee because I honestly said I wanted to provide the best possible service to the community. Which I think I did - but on the way entered a magnificent cadre of good friends.....
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  2. Ax^

    Ax^ Silly Rabbit

    2018 the year of the train

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  3. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Sweetcorn, Seagulls and Wasps are Brilliant!

    I always find it interesting, as I have an annual season ticket, the difference between rail staff. Some are lovely and use their discretion when passengers break the absurd rules, but some are total knobheads.

    I'd recommend The Good Conductor by Bernard Hare as an illustration of how BR staff can do good. :)
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  4. davesgcr

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    All part of the community - still some excellent staff out there .....
  5. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Where's bungle when you really need him
  6. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    Working on public transport should be something to be proud of, a respected position in society, making the vital infrastructure of the country work, helping people along their daily lives - in some countries it is.

    Helps if you never had Thatcher, and everything hasn't been sold off to people who make it clear that they're interested in fucking people as much as possible, I suppose. Or even just the transformation from "passenger" to "customer".
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  7. davesgcr

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    Just remember , none of this was posed , sort of covert camera shots - the confident conductor striding through the train was an ex Kings Cross freight guard , an ambassador for Inter City no longer with us -an emblem of so many others. ..the Railmen helping with luggage would then have been on not much more than £50 a week ....
  8. davesgcr

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    Put it this way - I was incredibly (and still am - as many of my retired mates and ladies) , to have been part of it. Not Thatcher - but Major ..
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  9. MrSki

    MrSki Who am I to say you're wrong

    Pissed me off to.

  10. MrSki

    MrSki Who am I to say you're wrong

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  11. davesgcr

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    Not me - but a hugely respected Assistant Station Manager at Crewe - a very good friend who I would trust with my life ...and in total and utter control , with a tremendous customer and operations focus. Let him alone speak for the unified railway we once had, - F==ck the privateers , we should have just been left to get on with it , with maybe a bit more money that is presently wasted on "franchising" and the "contractual" railway.
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  12. Ted Striker

    Ted Striker Foot's on the other hand

    Nothing gives greater proof of people/frontliners being decent, tho the system/management they operate in being shit, than dealing with train personnel.

    Whoppingly romaticising the thing, but I don't think it's a job (as conductor/platfrom staff) you go into unless you are genuine about helping people get from a to b (and dealing with Joe Public in general).

    Put up with shit services, no information from control, shortage of drivers, procedures designed to prevent you from obtaining correct information (especially refunds, the cunts)...
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  13. MrSki

    MrSki Who am I to say you're wrong

    And another thing whilst I am on a rant, How come it takes longer on a lot of train routes than it did in the Nineteenth fucking century? :mad::mad::mad:
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  14. davesgcr

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    Do please me give me some non Daily Mail examples ..and I will try and honestly answer ....
  15. MrSki

    MrSki Who am I to say you're wrong

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  16. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    I remember a couple of years ago the Orpington to Victoria service was down. I asked the driver of the train sat in the station what he could tell me that was different from the info given by the travel apps. He said he wasn't allowed to look at any of them and that I was better informed than him. Genuinely flabbergasted at that.
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  17. SikhWarrioR

    SikhWarrioR And the Worms ate into his brain

    The worst problems BR had were the cronic underfunding, beeching and a certain intrancigence from the unions regarding modernisation of working practices and deffiniately on the freight side the decision to stick with crap 4 wheel plain bearing vacuum or no brake wagons when in the 1950s BR should for 4 axle roller bearings and air brakes American style wagons and let the road hauliers have the pickup/branch line goods traffic
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  18. gosub

    gosub ~#

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  19. Doppelgänger

    Doppelgänger There's only one of me!

    This is the age of the train.


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  20. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    I love how that ends with a train being canceled....i never clocked it before but We're Getting There also suggests BR is a bit shit, but trying our best.
    Compare that dose of humility to the bravado of modern advertising, and we're your fake best mates twitter messages
  21. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    Spot on ! - not perfect , by any means , but trying - ....I certainly did , and followed the advice given which was "never turn your back on a departing train (i.e check it) , and always engage (99% of the public are OK !)
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