The Anonymous Widower

History Repeats Itself

The BBC is today showing a clip on Breakfast Time, where their Transport Correspondent, gets a ride on the new Class 800 train from Hitachi, as it runs round the test track.

But it is already suffering from the same problems that dogged the British Rail trains of the 1970s and 1980s. According to this document on a web site about the Advanced Passenger Train, the drivers blacked the train for twelve months because it was single-crewed. The writer claims this was a factor in the abandoning of the project.

So what was last week’s strike on First Great Western about?

Crew levels on the new trains, as is reported in this article on the BBC.

We may be in the twenty-first century, but some people and their attitudes are still in the nineteenth.

July 15, 2015 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,

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