The only thing of note was that on my last trip back yesterday I was told at WHC to go Coded to SHB as they needed to retrieve something from the track. When I got to SHB a member of station staff was stood less than a car’s length into the platform with a hand lamp showing red, I drew up to it, secured the train and handed them my keys. With the train immobilised and providing protection the Station Super could retrieve whatever it was that was on the track after which I opened up again and brought the train fully into the platform.
Obviously when the train is in Auto the only way to stop it short coming into a platform or anywhere else is to activate the emergency brake by knocking out the TBC or hitting the big red button on the dashboard but this does make me wonder how they’ll deal with these sort of situations when the trains are driverless. I guess the Train Attendant will have to fight their way to the front and drive it manually, not something I’d want to attempt at 08:30 on a Tuesday morning. Like I care, I’ll be retired by then so it won’t be my problem.
Two more days and then I'm off to the Isle of Wight for four nights in a tent with New Order and Stevie Wonder.