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12 hours ago, TxRover said:

Lots of cargo rail, little passenger…Union jobs explains the pay.

Don't the freight companies own a lot of the rails (or at least get priority)?  The information will be out there somewhere but I imagine there's more freight trains in America than passenger trains as well.

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5 hours ago, Bairnardo said:
6 hours ago, 19QOS19 said:
Why on earth are you up at this ungodly hour on a Saturday?...

Well we know what he's not doing....

He said he was pulling his lever, best leaving it at that.

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2 hours ago, Highland Capital said:

Don't the freight companies own a lot of the rails (or at least get priority)?  The information will be out there somewhere but I imagine there's more freight trains in America than passenger trains as well.

I took a train from Washington to Savannah and every so often it would have to pull into sidings to let freight trains pass. It took forever, I flew back.

I also went on a fantastic train journey from Nuevo Laredo on the Texas border to Mexico City, stopping on route. The Peso was so cheap at the time I went first class and airconditioned for £6. :lol: Sadly the line's freight only now. :(

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1 hour ago, Highland Capital said:

Don't the freight companies own a lot of the rails (or at least get priority)?  The information will be out there somewhere but I imagine there's more freight trains in America than passenger trains as well.

Yes, just one of the problems.

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Based on some of the posts above, here's a suggested TV add for Scotrail, LNER etc hunting for train drivers (in the style of the Royal Navy one):

If you can work a microwave then you can push a button, and if you can see a button then you can see out of a window, and if you can do all that... then you can drive... a 14 carriage Azuma train!

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4 minutes ago, Hedgecutter said:

Suggested TV add for Scotrail, LNER etc hunting for train drivers, in the style of the Royal Navy one:

If you can work a microwave then you can push a button, and if you can see a button then you can see out of a window, and if you can do all that... then you can drive... a 14 carriage Azuma train!

I was born in Kilwinning, but I was made in Scotrail

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Wonder how many people are in a similar situation to myself tonight, having to cancel a night out watching the Champions League final because the last train home (for me) is 8:50pm

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Wonder how many people are in a similar situation to myself tonight, having to cancel a night out watching the Champions League final because the last train home (for me) is 8:50pm
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On 27/05/2022 at 20:50, 19QOS19 said:

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Come on now, I've played Train Simulator. You should be glad you actually get paid as much as you do.

Football managers, too. Piece of piss.

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On 27/05/2022 at 21:23, Brother Blades said:

You are genuinely a Tory, your use of gifs, whilst amusing, doesn’t disguise the fact that you are punching down on people you see as below you. 
“Ordinary workers” as you term them are definitely suffering because of this, but train drivers are also ordinary workers. Strange you take the management side? 

Show me please where I've taken Scotrail management's side in this dispute. Be extremely specific. 

The reality is that both sides in this dispute are completely in the wrong. And my very straightforward solution - turn railway workers into civil servants with the associated rights/protections, while losing their syndicalist nonsense resort to strike action - is literally the opposite of 'Tory' policy in any employee dispute.

Meanwhile you can't actually decide from post to post whether your heroes are in fact 'being punched down' on, or are in fact significantly above a poster you're very, very rattled about indeed.

All in all, a solid 0/10 contribution from yourself then. 

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5 hours ago, Clown Job said:

Wonder how many people are in a similar situation to myself tonight, having to cancel a night out watching the Champions League final because the last train home (for me) is 8:50pm

I'd move to somewhere with a pub in walking distance, as pointed out above.

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1 hour ago, virginton said:

turn railway workers into civil servants with the associated rights/protections, while losing their syndicalist nonsense resort to strike action

FREEDOM!!!! 

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45 minutes ago, welshbairn said:

I'd move to somewhere with a pub in walking distance, as pointed out above.

A great comfort to pubs in the city centres that lost millions of pounds of custom through no fault of their own, I'm sure. At least it has been a vintage couple of years for them beforehand. 

Next up, why nurses should move to work in a hospital within walking distance, because a public transport system can no longer service their shift patterns!

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29 minutes ago, NorthernLights said:

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/8935570/scotrail-train-driver-mortified-cuts/

A Scotrail driver is claiming that service cuts of 15% would have been enough for the emergency timetable.

Train drivers are the last people I would be listening to with regards to anything related to strike action. They are well aware of their power within the industry; a train can’t move if it’s not got a driver, and they hang that threat over the regulator wether it’s Abellio or ScotGov with regular occurrence. 
 

I was a contractor in a Scotrail depot during the dispute where the drivers were demanding extra money for journeys that didn’t have a guard on board. The ‘Sunday working’ dispute that has been ongoing for as long as I can remember, is also something that the drivers have been instructed to push back against by the RMT so it can be used as a bargaining chip at every turn. They have never been scheduled for Sunday working, instead taking shifts at an overtime rate and when the drivers are happy it all goes along without a hitch. When the drivers find an issue, they threaten the removal of Sunday work, and the RMT also ask all other full time staff to comply with the overtime ban as well. So cleaners, storemen, forklift drivers etc., who aren’t on anything like the salary of a train driver, need to forego an overtime shift which more than likely they have factored in to their wage. 
 

Because I was contracting I had no dealings with the union, but I did get to hear the ins and outs of the (many) disputes, and it’s no secret that the drivers are not well thought of amongst the full time staff. I’ve got 101 stories about drivers from my time on the trains, and I’m sure some of them are nice guys, but from my experience a majority of them have an extremely high opinion of themselves which isn’t justified. 

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