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Spare Parts. - 1205/3452
Written by sennencoveuk on Thursday, 25th January 2007

I commute from an unmanned station that has one of those automated-information points where you press a button and an electronic lady tells you when the next train is due etc.

The station was recently maintained by Network Rail and in the process, they removed the front panel on the info-point

Re: Spare Parts. - 1205/3453
Written by Sion Bretton on Thursday, 25th January 2007

Which station do you use. Is it a FGW one?

Re: Spare Parts. - 1205/3455
Written by Graz on Thursday, 25th January 2007

More ineptness by the TOC and Network Rail. :-\

Those information points are extremely useful, if not essential. If you're on an unmanned station such as Oldfield Park waiting for a train, and don't have a phone/have no battery on it, etc, you have no other way of knowing if the train is going to arrive. And it's always good to know if the train is on time when you arrive at the station, too. I remember when I contacted Wessex trains when the info point at Oldfield Park wasn't working a few years ago, they were very grateful for me telling them and by the next day it was working. How times have changed...

I assume, sennencoveuk, you mean the silver ones with the 2 buttons for each platform? There are also the blue telephone-based box ones.

Re: Spare Parts. - 1205/3468
Written by sennencoveuk on Thursday, 25th January 2007

1: The station is PATCHWAY which is a FGW station in North-West BRISTOL, next to Rolls-Royce.
2: The info-point is a silver-ish box with 2 flat, touch-sensitive 'buttons' on the front and a speaker.

Re: Spare Parts. - 1205/3469
Written by Graz on Thursday, 25th January 2007

Arriva Trains Wales uses these info points as well, I've seen exactly the same ones at Severn Tunnel Junction and Lydney. Seeing as they operate those stations, they may have some spare. It may also help that Patchway is fairly close to Wales!

I'd do it soon, as any rain and such probably won't do the electrics any good.

Re: Spare Parts. - 1205/3495
Written by sennencoveuk on Friday, 26th January 2007


Re: Spare Parts. - 1205/3508
Written by Graz on Friday, 26th January 2007

I'd probably take a slightly less drastic approach! ;)

I'd e-mail Arriva Trains Wales and see if they can supply one. Or contact your MP, and see if he can arrange to get one fitted from Arriva. It'd be a shame to see nothing done about it, so well done for trying to get this sorted.

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