When festive dotmatrix signs go bad
Posts about "railways"
There has been a lot in the press about the news that Virgin Trains has lost its franchise on the West Coast Mainline, to be replaced by First Group.
Duplication in the Twittersphere when it comes to railways and social media
The Caledonain sleeper survives to run another day
It’s clear that a Rocky Mountaineer train can’t set off from a station without someone standing on the platform waving goodbye to the passengers. Kamloops’s staffing levels however are a bit lower than Vancouvers, leaving just four people to stand and say goodbye to us as we leave the station for our second and final day of train travel as we head to Jasper. The train has also shrunk a bit overnight; several of the coaches and at least one engine have been left behind somewhere, presumably on a nearby railyard. From Kamloops the Rocky Mountaineer can go in one of two directions. Some trains head over the Canadian Pacific lines to Banff, but ours is going the other way to Jasper on the Canadian National line. It will take us into the Canadian Rockies proper. But first there’s breakfast to think of as the train crew work once more to put the pounds on their passengers.
"All aboard!" chorus the Rocky Mountaineer staff loudly as the train hoots in sync in a slightly cheesy way. Passengers are invited to make their way to their seats. The Rocky Mountaineer is getting ready to depart.
"One of the World's Ultimate Experiences" says the Lonely Planet about the Rocky Mountaineer. There's just the matter of the picket line to cross first.
A train ticket I bought this week brought a whole new level to rail fare insanity.
I wandered over to the fastticket machines, put my card in and lo, my tickets printed out several hundred miles away from where they were supposed to.
The Oystercard website – exposing the underbelly of your technology is not necessarily what’s best for your users
I've learned that the Oystercard website is quite bad for tracking all this stuff - a fact that amazes me.