On my journey to work this morning I saw an S Stock train pull into Barking so seeing that I was early I decided to get it instead of my usual C2C train, every other H&C train I saw on that journey from Barking to West Ham were S Stock (although I could have not noticed one).
I can't wait for people to get comfortable seeing H&C trains as S Stock and then in 2015 letting S Stock District Line trains come and go assuming that they're H&C .
i passed my medical today for train ops so just waiting for a training date now although the lady said i shouldnt be waiting to long i have over 6 years service and the waiting list is formed on the length of service so 6 years is pretty high apparently
Indeed - same one I did this time last year for my TfL medical for the Underground apprenticeship - unfortunately my eyes were worse than I thought and unfortunately I could not join the apprenticeship without being able to drive a train!
yeah i will second that i just done my medical on monday and the test is harder now there are 2 parts the first part is really easy i find as stated above by zeedee you use a joystick like thing from the old atari's and watch the screen these colourd squares move around the screen and go to a certain corner of the screen all you do is select the corner when you hear the beep
the second is similar except the dots are more faint
christopher125 - alas, the deal has been "in the process of being signed off" for nearly a year now; first, financial close was scheduled for last autumn, then by the New Year, then in March. Ford's First Law - Beware any deadline expressed in terms of the seasons - applies. DfT has not explained why the close has been delayed but TLK franchise bidders suspect that the contractual structure has made it difficult for Siemens to raise the finance.
All this assumes that, even if desirable (and what could be less desirable than a ride in a Pacer?), the Merseyside ones will be being released to any reasonable timescale; they still appear to be tied into a cascade that starts with the release of the 319s from TLK and that in turn depends on actually signing the deal with Siemens...
Thankfully this issue should be addressed by news reported late last year - not only did Southern secure an add-on order of Dual Voltage 5-car units but are tendering on the DfT's behalf the equivalent of 54 DV units which could be used directly or indirectly to cascade sufficient 319's. That said, apparently the deal is in the process of being signed off by the lawyers so fingers crossed we don't have much longer to wait.
Guards procedure on the mainline requires the guard to first ensure train is platformed correctly which means getting out onto the platform and then pressing the door open buttons. Especially if working from the inside the saloon on a 350, the doors are very slow to open, though 30secs seems abit excessive. Definitely strange to have waited 10-15secs on the Overground though as the driver is responsible for the opening of the doors on the 378's and theyre usually released within 2 secs of stopping!
The change only applied on the WCML from when London Midland took over from Silverlink (it isn't a general mainline thing). The delays can be upto 30s per station, when there is a particularly slow guard on, even with a 4 car train where there is little problem in getting the unit platformed. Overall delay can get as high as 4 mins, by the end of the journey.
Southern seem to operate a much better scheme, on the WCML, where the driver is in control of opening the doors, and the guard is only responsible for signaling that it is safe to close them. Southbound Southern services are often delayed by London Midland services, mainly due to delays in door procedures (LM train leaving Tring on time and gradually losing time to Harrow).
Oh really? What used to happen under Silverlinks rule?
The change only applied on the WCML from when London Midland took over from Silverlink (it isn't a general mainline thing).
We get this on SWT too - train stops: long pause: doors open.
Recently London Midland have introduced a very good scheme on the Cross City line. They've painted green lines along the platform edge where the rear or middle cab stops so the guard doesn't need to have a walk about before opening the doors therefore speeding up the time it takes for the doors to open. This would be a good idea for SWT especially on the suburban commuter network. However all this is for another thread!