Look At Us, We're Wonderful!
Northampton correspondent Alan was decidedly underwhelmed by the banner tacked to the fence at Northampton Station. From the lines new operating company ...
But it all happens with the December timetable change.
Better information screens are no good unless the information is better and Alan frequently reports that it is wrong or missing entirely, especially in times of disruption.
Trebling the number of trains between Birmingham and London on Sundays ...
Alan would like to see, amongst other things, an improvement to PRINTED information on disrupted days (especially Sundays). Just referring folk to the internet is not good enough.
We shall see. BUT ...
Vivarail has today (30 October) informed London Northwestern Railway that there will be a delay in delivering the Class 230 units for the Marston Vale line. Both partners have worked tirelessly to bring the trains into service for the December timetable change as scheduled. However due to technical issues with the first train the knock-on effect means the three will not be ready in time.
Here we go again!
Vivarail remains confident that the full fleet will be ready for service in the New Year and thanks London Northwestern Railway for their patience and help in resolving the few remaining problems.
Which new year? Cynical, moi?
London Northwestern Railway says services will continue to run on the Marston Vale Line this December using existing rolling stock.
Unreliable? - there is no "spare"!
LNW says, “The class 230 programme is an innovative scheme that will deliver many benefits to local rail users. We will continue to support Vivarail in bringing this new concept to the Marston Vale Line.”
Adrian Shooter, CEO of Vivarail, said, “My experience in the rail industry means I am fully aware of the problems that can occur when introducing new trains and that one unforeseen event can easily overturn months or even years of planning. That is the case here and at Vivarail we hold our hands up to that fact.
Well disseminated via the on-line media, but perhaps missed by some blog readers who restrain themselves from too mush Social Media, is this.
Daddy, Can I Have A Trainset For Christmas?
For many of fbb's generation, their first entry into model railways was a Hornby O Gauge tinplate set, powered by good old clockwork; or "spring drive" as modern enthusiasts describe the motor.
There is a controller ...
Odd - possibly a bludner in list writing as you need EIGHT curves to make a traditional "oval".
It all comes in a nice shiny box ...
Actually, a real bargain for "O" gauge. You could easily pay that for not a lot more in "OO" or "N".
fbb has not even dropped hints as the increasing clutter in the attic and the unfinished modelling activity outside can cause "political" domestic concerns!!!