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West Somerset Railway Operations

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by gwr4090, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. Greenway

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    If you think 'station' is something new then I mention that back in the late 1960's I found that that expression was used then. As oic of a fire engine I gave the instruction to the driver "Paignton station.". I meant the fire station in Paignton - we were going on stand by duties from a nearby town. On reaching the centre of Paignton the driver took a right hand turn (the road is a precinct now). I asked where he was going (or words to that effect ;)). He replied "Paignton station" meaning the railway one. Now this was an ex-mariner of middle age, so no modern vocabulary for him. :D
     
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    I really can't see why some people get so upset about 'train station'. It is a perfectly unambiguous phrase. As long as someone's meaning is clear, I think there are plenty of more important matters to get exercised about!
     
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    It was even used twice in PMQs today by the MP representing Chelmsford and in reference to a second 'train' station for that city.

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    West Somerset Railway - Then and Now

    Watchet station 1875 - 2017

    Just after the Minehead extension had been opened at the railway driven through what had been a cross-roads before.

    Ian Coleby Collection / Robin White

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    Interesting pair of photos. It looks like the only structures to have survived are the station building, goods shed and the church.
     
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    An interesting pair of photos, Robin. Making comparisons it's interesting to see those vintage solar panels [skylights] in the first photo have been removed and tiled over and that scourge of many a photographer [in this case] the telegraph pole popping up in the second. Though on second thoughts, could it be the new "P.C." Jodie Whittaker Doctor Who's Tardis, complete with a gender neutral companion entering?
     
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    The house on the left with grey quoins is also in both photos, though somewhere along the line it has gained a small dormer in the roof.

    Tom
     
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    I agree. Dr David Turner has pointed out that 'train station' was used in the 19th century. In terms of what is 'correct' I would suggest both are accurate, and those getting upset about it tend to be basing their view on what happened to be popular in their youth.

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    <grumpy-old-git>What are things coming to? The youth of today are using all the wrong words for things, I mean what's this "radio" thing? It's a "wireless" I tell you, a wireless!!</grumpy-old-git> :eek:


    (Of course, now that it really is wire-less they call it radio!) :D
     
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    Here's a little overlay I prepared earlier -
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    Bring back Railroad, I suggest :) .
    Radio 4 say train station now therefore the days of the railway station must be over. There is no going back, except on heritage railways I hope because that’s what they’re for. I remember my first visit to the K&ESR at Tenterden in 1975. The road sign pointing into Station Road from the High Street said ‘Light Railway Station’. Now the sign says ‘Steam Trains’ and it is brown.
     
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    Then again, why do we refer to a "telegraph pole". I doubt whether the wires were ever used for a telegraph service. For most if not all of their existence they have been for the telephone (and latterly for broadband internet as well).
     
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    This is really good news. Watchet has a get up and go attitude that is attracting investors. It could become the Beamish of the west.
     
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    Sitting at Bournemouth plane station waiting for a flight to Alicante.;)
     
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    Front of the queue at Seville plane station about to board a Squeezyjet for Brizzole. Give us a wave as you go t'other way. Gagging for a decent pint and a steam fix. Straight to QB this evening (no, not that one).
     
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    Did you get the bus from the road station?

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    Don’t you mean:

    ‘plane

    Robin;)
     
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    More importantly - is the 'plane the right colour?
     
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    I understood it to be pronounced 'bristle'. ;)
    May I recommend these books (if still in print):
    "Krek Waiters Peak Bristle"
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    The essential guides to understanding the locals. :D
     
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    Whist on a plane offshoot, when staying at my grandparents Gran would have the odd gin with the lady opposite, who kept a Cobra at the time. Little did I know of her achievements:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs_Victor_Bruce
     
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