Fun and games on a Sunday. The first half, a simple LES-WER-LES went without incident for me though when I was going WB trains were held WHC-HOL on the EB with the current discharged HOL-LIS for a “person on the track” at HOL. It turns out someone thought it would be a good idea to step off the platform at the headwall to relieve themselves. I bet they didn’t think it was such a good idea when BTP arrived and dragged them off to the cells.
My second half was a rather bizarre LES-WOO via HAI-WHC-LOU then empty to WOO, round the loop to HAI and into the depot before going back on the cushions to finish at LES. For a start why go to HAI and have to change ends on the platform when you could just as easily go in via GRH? Why go up to LOU rather than straight to HAI via NEP in the first place? Why not put it into LOU sidings? Why waste all that time running empty and riding the cushions? Sometimes you have to wonder at the thought process that goes into writing timetables and duties up at 55 Broadway.
However I never got west of LES, on the approach to GAH on the way into town Wood Lane gave us a “platforms and hold” for a track circuit failure just west of BEG, a track circuit being part of the signalling system for those of you not in the know. Trains were able to go through the section to LIS in restricted manual one at a time but we can only do 15kph while in RM rather than 65kph in Auto or Coded so it was causing delays and trains were moving up one station at a time.
I was ten minutes late by the time I reached LES WB and as I was only due to go into the depot after one trip rather than add another train to the queue Wood Lane decided to send me up to EPP, back down to WOO in service, reverse off the platform back around the loop empty and into the depot early. Subsequently I was rolling into the depot over an hour earlier than I was timetabled, just as Wood Lane announced that the problem had been fixed and we’d be running as normal. Which was nice…..