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1 hour ago, Scary Bear said:

 

It’s good that Leven is getting a railway station. Maybe not that good for me, because getting a seat on commuter services through Kirkcaldy will be even worse. Still, should help house prices in Leven and make commuting from there a bit easier. Handy for the football too.

 

When is it happening?

The place will be fucking reeking as well when the c***s take their pigs and chickens to market.

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15 minutes ago, welshbairn said:

I thought Fife was already full of railway stations for places nobody has heard of. Do they really need more?

Yes because traipsing on some shan public bus to the ground from a total bin like Kirkcaldy is unacceptable. Glad to see the good guys once again sorting this out. 

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On 02/08/2019 at 15:47, Florentine_Pogen said:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/aug/02/caledonian-sleeper-train-overshoots-platform-edinburgh-waverley?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Surely the H+S Executive should be all over Serco re. their appalling performance? (Was going to say track record but .......)

Not sure if it’s been reported in the press, but this particular issue was found to be the fault of GBR railfreight, who run the locos. When the northbound unit split off, either the driver or a track worker has made a very big mistake and closed off all air pressure between the loco and the train, stopping the brakes applying. I would imagine whoever is responsible won’t have a job for very long. 

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I thought Fife was already full of railway stations for places nobody has heard of. Do they really need more?


St Andrews doesn’t have a station either. They’re also campaigning.

It's for all the folk who can't afford to live in Edinburgh


Didn’t you see the adverts? Fife is great. It has a bridge and beaches and stuff.












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Extraordinary thread on railways in general. Almost all of them in the UK are owned by other countries state railways. We pay for shit trains in Scotland so people in Holland get cheap tickets and nice trains

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11 minutes ago, MixuFixit said:

Extraordinary thread on railways in general. Almost all of them in the UK are owned by other countries state railways. We pay for shit trains in Scotland so people in Holland get cheap tickets and nice trains
 

Italy! Are they going to reverse all the way to London?

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5 minutes ago, MixuFixit said:

Extraordinary thread on railways in general. Almost all of them in the UK are owned by other countries state railways. We pay for shit trains in Scotland so people in Holland get cheap tickets and nice trains
 

It’s official, Virgin Trains will be no more from December this year. a consortium of Italian state railway Trenitalia and First Group will be taking over running the West Coast Mainline from that date https://t.co/K3WSCESKmq

— Jon Stone (@joncstone) August 14, 2019

Except Abellio's Scotrail parent company had to loan them £10m, and other companies like Deutsche Bahn and SNCF didn't receive dividends. https://www.railmagazine.com/research-hub/reference/from-the-archives-how-much-money-generated-by-uk-rail-goes-overseas Plus there are trains on the continent operated by UK companies as well.

And the reason why Dutch trains are better is probably because their government subsidises its railway by more than twice the amount in that the UK govt does (France and Germany pay three or four times more).

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I imagine the likes of the rail network in France and Germany also doesn't have to put up with the utter dregs of society that Scotrail seemingly employ.

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47 minutes ago, Jason King said:

I imagine the likes of the rail network in France and Germany also doesn't have to put up with the utter dregs of society that Scotrail seemingly employ.

I actually find Scotrail train and station staff, for the most part, to be okay.

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8 minutes ago, Bold Rover said:

I actually find Scotrail train and station staff, for the most part, to be okay.

They are to anyone who isn't a complete arsehole.

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1 hour ago, Jason King said:

I imagine the likes of the rail network in France and Germany also doesn't have to put up with the utter dregs of society that Scotrail seemingly employ.

^^^ failed the interview

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15 hours ago, Sergeant Wilson said:

Italy! Are they going to reverse all the way to London?

Hopefully we get Mussolini's great grandson in charge of the timetabling. 

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25 minutes ago, Melanius Mullarkey said:

Hopefully we get Mussolini's great grandson in charge of the timetabling. 

only if he moves to Milton Keynes. 

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I always find it interesting when folk talk about how good the railways are in places like Germany and Italy. Yes, the high speed services are usually fantastic and yes, the ticket prices are usually good value but the smaller lines, commuter lines and the like are often on a very limited timetable, with old stock and are prone to cancellations. If you spoke to a random German or Italian who only ever went on a LNER from London to Edinburgh then a Scotrail train to Glasgow or Dundee, they'd probably think the trains are good in the UK.

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Having been on a couple of actual Trenitalia trains from Milan to/from Rimini earlier this year...

Yes the high speed trains are easily of same or better standard than what Virgin, LNER or X Country provide on long distance services here.

The newer trains are about same as a standard Scotrail train (i.e. the new 385's) but there is a lot of ancient stock still rattling about the Italian network on the local routes.

We honestly don't have it that bad here.
It's generally the rail infrastructure that lets Scotrail down & that's not within their control - that's National Rail's remit.

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9 hours ago, Melanius Mullarkey said:

Hopefully we get Mussolini's great grandson in charge of the timetabling. 

That is one of history’s great urban myths , mussolini only ever got 1 train on time , when he went to Rome to accept the king’s offer to run the country in 1922 . ( not that the king had much choice in the matter )

 

other than that under il duce  the trains were as shambolic as ever 

Edited by bishopburn boy
Effing autocowrong

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I always find it interesting when folk talk about how good the railways are in places like Germany and Italy. Yes, the high speed services are usually fantastic and yes, the ticket prices are usually good value but the smaller lines, commuter lines and the like are often on a very limited timetable, with old stock and are prone to cancellations. If you spoke to a random German or Italian who only ever went on a LNER from London to Edinburgh then a Scotrail train to Glasgow or Dundee, they'd probably think the trains are good in the UK.

I'm not a daily commuter so doesn't necessarily affect me, but I would happily take a slash in service/quality if it meant I was paying a fraction of the prices we're paying here. Pretty sure we (Britain) have the most expensive train service in Europe and the quality doesn't exactly reflect that.

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A petty point to raise I know, but it's frustrating as f**k having to squat down when using the ticket machines. Unsure if it's countrywide but in Dundee the PIN pad sits at around waist level.
Not a problem for all you small bois but it's a tough life for the #massive units like myself.

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30 minutes ago, parxyz said:

A petty point to raise I know, but it's frustrating as f**k having to squat down when using the ticket machines. Unsure if it's countrywide but in Dundee the PIN pad sits at around waist level.
Not a problem for all you small bois but it's a tough life for the #massive units like myself.

You can bend, people in wheelchairs can't stand up.

Edited by Adam101

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